Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Best Shops in Hyderabad

It's no secret that I LOVE to shop and have an excellent wardrobe of Indian attire. India is my favorite shopping destination, as the nation produces the most exquisite handiwork in an array of colors and patterns. Every time I go to India, I go with an empty suitcase and come back with 4 full ones - this is a running joke in my family!

Hyderabad is our second home to me, and I have been shopping there for a decade. It will always be my #1 shopping city in India. Hyderabad has changed a lot since the first time we visited there - back then there were very few Western brands, and now there are so many. However, I refuse to shop at any Western stores when I'm there, as I'd rather explore Indian shops instead.

Here are some of my favorite shops in Hyderabad:

Nalli Silks
Nalli Silks is my favorite place to get silk sarees in Hyderabad. They have an excellent selection of sarees with unique colors and a variety of price points. Nalli Silks is our go-to destination for silk sarees for our whole family. They have a wonderful store in Begumpet with lots of parking in front, and great service.

1-10-72 – Sardar Patel Road,
Begumpet, Hyderabad – 500016.
Phone: 040-27766601602

Biba is an Indian brand that has a lot of appeal with Westerners, as many of their items are ready-made. They also have the cutest kids clothes! Their outfits are more colorful than FabIndia, and also more stylish. They have a beautiful collection of Anarkali's as well.

Biba has 7 locations in Hyderabad.

Kilol is a brand which I discovered in Jaipur and fell in love with, and I was happy to find out that they also had a store in Panjagutta. They have beautiful block printed fabrics, which you can easily where in the West. Their outfits are not fussy, and very elegant. Their Salwar suits are semi-stitched, so you just have to get the sides stitched up - and they have a man who does it in the store. The lady who runs this store is excellent and efficient. Most of the outfits that I wore in my post, My Salwar Kameez Style, are from Kilol.

Panjagutta, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-66565152

Neeru's is famous for all Hyderabadi girls, as they carry all the latest in fashion and glitz. They have an excellent selection of party dresses, like embroidered Anarkali's in the hottest colors. The thing I like about Neeru's is that everything in the store has the latest fashions - there is not a single thing that is old. It is a very youthful store - great for women in their teens to 30's - who are not ready to graduate to silk sarees and being called an "aunty"!

Plot No 639, Road No:36,
Jubliee Hills, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-65220000

Kalanikethan is where we got our wedding outfits, and also where I bought my first collection of sarees. It is a grand store with 3 levels, and they have everything from costume jewelry, to sarees and Salwar Kameez, and they also have a great selection of men's and kid's clothes. The manager of Kalanikethan is an Anglo-Indian man who is very nice and helpful.

6-3-883, Somajiguda Circle, 
Somajiguda, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-32000934

Ten years ago, I got my first ever Salwar Kameez from Taruni. Hands down, they have the best selection of Salwar Kameez - an entire wall of them. I used to shop at their Park Lane store, but I recently visited their Jubilee Hills store and I liked that one better. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable.

8-2-293/82/A/708, Road No. 36, 
Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
Phone: 040-23545855

Elahe is a beautiful boutique shop that carries several of the top Indian fashion designers. They also have a beautiful bridal selection, and cater to Hyderabad's top society women. The items in their store are hand picked and are the most modern in selection. Their staff is very sweet and used to dealing with foreigners.

Banjara Hills No. 10 Road
Phone: 040-66565154

FabIndia is a famous Indian chain that carries a great selection of ready-made outfits, as well as home wears. They also have a wonderful selection of kids' clothes. I like to shop here for ready-made pants like Salwar, Patiala, or stretchy churidar (leggings). Their things are a bit overpriced, but when you're in a rush and don't have time to get stuff tailored, it's a good option. I also like to buy gifts at FabIndia, such as short kurtas or dupatta's to bring back to Canada as gifts. The colors are very basic - but just vibrant enough - that it translates well in the West. I have been to several of their stores in Hyderabad, but I prefer the store in Begumpet because it is less busy, cleaner, and well-stocked. And, this store is near Nalli Silks, so I always check out both!

Door No. 1-10-8/8-4, Ground Floor, Prakash Nagar, 
Begumpet, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-32948055

Tarun Tahiliani is one of the most famous fashion designers in India, and he has a store in none other than the posh neighborhood of Banjara Hills. They have a beautiful store that is very Beverly Hills. If you are shopping for a very special event, I would go here.

No. 8-2-577/1/C, Road No. 7 
Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
040 - 66903377

Manyavar is husband-ji's favorite for men's outfits. He got an amazing Nehru-style outfit from here that they tailored for him. They also have a beautiful selection of sherwani's. I like to go to their store strictly to gawk because it is filled with testosterone and it's like watching Magic Mike - minus the dancing! We like to go to the Panjagutta store because then I can go to Kilol, which is a few stores down.

Sharma Complex, Beside Model House 
Panjagutta, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-40113333

This is the only shop where I purchase gold. Their store in Hyderabad is right next to Kalanikethan, and it has 3 levels of amazing designs. Their staff is very nice, and gives amazing service. I particularly love their thick temple style jewelry - very Tamilian. We got our wedding rings, thaali, bangles, and my MIL's necklace. They are one of the few shops where they give you a fair price. You can also exchange gold there. They also fixed my wedding ring, free of charge.

6-3-882/5 Somajiguda Circle
Phone: 40-2341 4999

Amrapali is famous from Jaipur, and has absolutely exquisite jewelry. Many of their items have a vintage feel, and when I go there, I can't even pick one that I like the most. Their shop is like stepping into a palace! Amrapali doesn't have a stand-alone store, but it is located within both Good Earth and Elahe stores.

567A, Road 12 
Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Tel: 040-23327000

Siri Pearls World
Hyderabad is very famous for pearls and this shop has an excellent selection, as well as a knowledgeable staff. They also give a good discount if you buy more than one piece. As well has pearls, they have some beautiful semi-precious stones too. They also have a small store in the lobby of the Marriott hotel.

1-10-9/2 Ground Floor Prabha Plaza, 
Begumpet, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-66322407

This is my favorite bookstore that has a wonderful selection of fiction by Indian authors. They also have an awesome Indian fashion magazine selection, as well as kids' toys. They have a small store in GVK Mall, which is always packed with locals. Their books are much cheaper than they are in the West! (250 rupees for a new bestseller = $5 CAD)

GVK One Mall, Road No. 1, 
Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-44767725

InOrbit Mall
This shopping mall is probably the most Westernized in Hyderabad, and it has a beautiful view of the city. It is very popular with a lot of the "new money" kids who work in the booming IT industry in HiTech City, which is just a stone's throw away. It is great for people watching to see these young kids who think they're the coolest people on Earth. The mall has a Crossword bookstore, as well as the British brand Accessorize and Shoppers Stop, Kalanjali, Biba, FabIndia, Mebaz, MAC and The Body Shop. They also have a nice kids' play area too. And, if you're craving Western fast food, they have Starbucks, Baskin Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, Dominoes, McDonalds and KFC. (The Indian version of Western fast food is WAY better than you get in the West...McAloo Tikki, anyone?)

Opposite Durgam Cheruvu, Mindspace, 
Madhapur, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-65357221

Shilparamam is a giant arts & crafts village that has hundreds of vendors. This is a great place to get souvenirs from. The artists will also be crating many of the things they sell, so it is fascinating to watch. They have a great selection of hand-carved religious iconography, as well as beautiful hand-painted Christmas ornaments, and wooden kids' toys. There is an entry fee to get in, and be prepared to bargain! It helps to bring a local with you, because many people don't speak English inside.

Hi Tech City Main Road, 
Madhapur, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-64518164

Lepakshi is similar to Shilparaman in the sense that it displays crafts and handiwork from Andhra Pradesh, however it is a free-standing store and less overwhelming than a large crafts village. There is also no bargaining here. They have a wonderful selection of hand carved wood, and also illustrations. Their items are very well-made and timeless.

Opp. Telephone Exchange, 'Hasthakala Bhavan', 
Musheerabad, Hyderabad
Phone: 040-27668178

Charminar is the grand bazaar in old Hyderabad near the historic Mecca Masjid. It is a great place to explore, shop, and take photographs. During wedding and festival seasons, it is packed. It is famous for it's bangle shops, costume jewelry, pearls, and fabrics. It is also a great place to get pure attar perfume. Charminar is very far from central Hyderabad, so it's more like a day trip to get there. It's a really fun place to go with a bunch of girls! You'll bargain like anything here, and it is better to dress like a local.

This little alley is a jam-packed bazaar located in Secunderabad. It has a great selection of bangles, bindi's, costume jewelry, and household items. It's a more central place to go if you don't want to go all the way to Charminar for a bazaar experience, and the haggling was not as bad.

Abids used to be the biggest shopping area in Hyderabad - kind of like Times Square for shopping. It has a variety of stand-alone boutique stores that is great to explore. They have a lot of shops that sell textiles, sarees, electronics, costume jewelry, and shoe stores. There is also a really nice Hanuman Temple near Abids. Also worth checking out is the Samasthan Gadwal Handloom Centre.

Good Earth is a beautiful home wares shop that has table linens, pillow cushions, and plates. They use traditional Indian motifs in a modern, simplistic way. If you are attending an Indian wedding, something from their store would be a great gift for the bride and groom. Their store also carries clothing upstairs, and Amrapali jewels.

8-2-686/D Road No 12, 
Banjara Hills Hyderabad
Phone: 040-2333-8000

Kathiawar is my go-to shop for higher end shampoo, makeup, and nail polish. It's kind of like the Indian equivalent to Sephora. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. I like to go to their Secunderabad store because it's right near Mahankali Street.

Gandhi Statue Square, M G Road,
Phone: 040-66566234


Happy shopping, dear readers!
What are your favorite shops in Hyderabad?



  1. That's a great list Alexandra. My boyfriend is from Hyderabad, I've travelled to India but haven't been to his hometown yet. Can't wait to visit these shops!

    1. You will love it! It is a fantastic shopping city :)

  2. This is great! Thank you. I am thinking about visiting Hyderabad soon and I will keep this mind in list - hopefully it makes shopping easier.

    One more thing, I want to take my fiance (who is white) and his family with me. However, none of my family does not live in India anymore and I haven't been there in 10+ years. From what I have seen in the news, India feels like a totally different place. Growing up, I saw religious tolerance and I saw people who were open and receptive to new ideas. Everyone I have been exposed to have been decent, kind, and caring. But, unfortunately it does not seem like the case anymore. Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with intercultural relationship scenario in India? Also, if I am going to take my fiance's family, what if any, precautions do I need to take to ensure that everyone will have a safe and enjoyable trip?

    1. Hi,

      Do you follow Humans of New York page on Facebook. I am sure you do as its very popular. But if you don't, you must check it out to understand what I have written below.

      So HONY's Brandon Stanton went to Iran and Pakistan in July-August this year. Please read the comments published under his stories from both the countries. It amazed everyone. Amazed why? Because they all admitted that western media had made them believe that Iranians and Pakistanis are suppressed, religious extremists and live in fear. Violence and bombing is a norm in those countries. That it is not safe.

      But Brandon's clicks and interactions made everyone see that women are building bridges there, they wear western clothes, the people are beautiful & warm, and the country is peaceful & safe. That what media has been reporting is gross exaggeration of handful of incidents, which earned the entire country a bad name in everyone's books including mine.

      The current media is now doing this with my India. And it's making me extremely sad. To read a comment like yours tells me that for now media is winning. They are successfully feeding that India is no longer a tolerant country. Why are they doing that? Well, that will be a very long post. I wonder will it take a Brandon to make everyone believe that media is manipulating facts for sick personal gains?

      I hope you do understand the dirty game International as well a large portion of Indian media (funded by the last government) are playing by trying their best to attach 'Religious Intolerance' with India so that the current government is thrown out. The agenda is to portray that human rights in India is in danger.

      Am I suggesting all is good? No. We are country of multiple religions of various IQs living together. There will always be a small group of people who are stupid, arrogant, selfish, racist, ignorant and intolerant. But they always were there. Just like any other country. Just like it has been.

      I'll hope and pray that when you visit my country with your fiance and his family, you won't meet this small group of people. :)

    2. @anonymous - I have found Hyderabad to be very tolerant, and there are way more foreigners than there ever were before. Last year, our hotel was filled with families just like us - all mixed couples - it was beautiful. Don't worry at all, you will have a great time. Hyderabad is completely different than it was 10 years ago....it is giant!

    3. I have been in Hyderabad with my husband who is white and I have never had problems. I agree that media blows things out of proportion and focuses only on the negative.

      The only time I was irritated was when people at charminar and golconda kept on asking for photos. As long as one is with a local, takes a car Inever had a problem. Nobody stared at us even when we were waiting on the street. More people state at us abroad than they back there.

    4. Wow! a great shopping list and you mentioned all the stores I use and some new ones. Definitely will check them out next time.

    5. Thank you very much, listening to all of you made me confident. We are planning on going there for the summer. Can't wait to eat real mangoes! It has been ages.

  3. Hi Alexandra,

    You should try Global Desi's kurtis and salwaar kameez as well. It's by designer Anita Dongre. I find GD's fabric quality, fit, designs and stitch finish way way better than Biba. Very affordable too.

    Here's the link to their online store: http://globaldesi.anitadongre.com/

    They have stores in Hyderabad too.

    1. Love it! Thank you for the rec :)))))


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