With shopping destinations like New Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida in its vicinity, the people of Faridabad
have always had a wide range of options for retail therapy. However, it is certainly difficult for them to make that extra time to travel to such places for even the most basic stuff. This is where Faridabad’s local shopping scene, comprising anything and everything from shopping malls to branded stores and street markets to hawkers, comes useful. Name it and the city markets have it; from clothes, bags, accessories and footwear to electronics, toys, books, furnishings and a million other things.
Perhaps the largest and best market for shopping in Faridabad
is Sector 1 in the New Industrial Town (NIT) area. Though most sectors in the city have its own market, some of the other preferred places for shopping include NIT-5, Sector 8, Sector 10, Sector 15, Old Faridabad and Ballabgarh. Besides these, there are many shopping malls, most of them lined along the Mathura Road, that are a popular haunt of shoppers looking for branded items. Shopaholics will find that the best time to visit Faridabad
is during the Surajkund Mela that showcases an enchanting collection of handicrafts and handloom.
Shop under the Sun at Street Markets
There is no dearth of options in Faridabad when it comes to local markets as almost every sector in the city has its own unique marketplace meeting day-to-day needs of locals. For tourists though, the best place to explore is NIT-1 as it has the widest range of products on offer in affordable prices. There is a good collection of clothes and accessories available here, besides a variety of other items like footwear, furnishings, kitchen appliances and much more. It must be noted that barring a few fixed price shops, you can bargain with the shopkeepers here at your heart’s will to get the cheapest possible rates.
Another popular marketplace in the New Industrial Town (NIT) area is Sector 5, which is mainly known for its food and snacks items. As you walk down its street, you can find anything that you might need during the trip. An equally busy market selling everything from groceries, clothing and footwear to electronics, books and stationary at affordable prices is in Ballabgarh. Old Faridabad in Sector 16 is another crowded marketplace, always buzzing with vendors, rickshaws and locals purchasing items for their everyday needs.
You can also head to Sector 8 and Sector 10 for buying local items at lowest possible prices. Sector 15, unlike those mentioned above, is a rather upscale marketplace. Situated in a posh area of Faridabad, this compact market has many branded stores and a few shops for books, mobile accessories, stationary and groceries. With plenty of parking space and some great options for eating, this market is surely worth a leisurely stroll.
A One-stop Destination for Retail and Leisure
In the last few years, this industrial town has transformed into a happening place with shopping malls springing all over on the map of Faridabad. Just as good as the ones in New Delhi or Gurgaon, these malls offer a plethora of shopping and entertainment options, under one roof. You can easily find the best of these malls while driving down the Delhi-Mathura Road (NH-2), apart from the ones tucked away amidst the residential sectors of the city.
For the most delightful shopping experience, head to Crown Interiorz Mall on the Mathura Road. The first of its kind in Faridabad, this mall houses A-Z interior products all at one place. It also has various branded lifestyle outlets, in addition to a food court, kids zone and four-screen multiplex. Other shopping malls along the highway include Ansal Crown Plaza, SRS Mall, Eldeco Station 1 Mall, EF3 Mall, Parsvnath Mall Manhattan and Parsvnath City Mall. Popular malls within residential sectors of the city include Sewa Grand, Pristine, SLF, Vardhman Star, Gardenia Sky, Radhika and Senior Destination Point.
The Annual Shopping Hub: Surajkund Mela
Every year, Haryana Tourism Department hosts the much-famed handicrafts and handloom fair, Surajkund Mela, in the month of February. With a distinct annual theme state, this event gives ardent shoppers an opportunity to buy the works of some of the most skilled artisans and craftsmen in the country. The fair has around 400 stalls selling an array of traditional handicrafts from the theme state. Adding to its vibrancy are the food stalls, fun rides and live entertainment, which makes it a highlight of of domestic tour packages.