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No.2 New Railway Road
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Located within the Kailash Beach Resort, Galerie offers a range of products and is mostly targeted at a tourist. On offer are colorful cloth bags, handicrafts, incense sticks, mud lamps and other little knickknacks. The boutique also has a small selection of books on various topics so you can chill with a book in the garden or at the beach. A nifty little shop for some casual shopping.
Looking for a good place to shop for souvenirs, then walk into the Maya Boutique inside The Sunway GRT Grand hotel in Mudaliarpet. A Government registered shop, it is a storehouse for table-top souvenirs, decorative handicraft products, jeweleries, beautiful wall hangings and postcards. With an array of products on display you are bound to be spoiled for choices.
Owned by the Vinbros and Co., the Top Knotch on the South Boulevard is one liquor shop that shouldn't miss your eye. Located on the edge of the boulevard town and close to the Asian House, this liquor shop sells a variety of beverages ranging from wines, beer, vodka to whiskey and rum of leading national and international brands. Walk in to take home your favorite bottle of beverage.
The Mahatma Gandhi Road (M.G. Road) which lies parallel to the Mission Street towards its west, is an arterial road connecting the East Coast Road to the northern parts of the city. The starting point of the road lies in the Indian Quarter close to the Puducherry Railway Station and Subbiah Salai (also known as South Boulevard), and is marked with a number of shops, restaurants and budget hotels on either side. The street is a shoppers hub with a number of options to shop at bargain prices. The local Goubert Market (better known as Grand Market) is located midway through the Mahatma Gandhi Road at the intersection of the Jawaharlal Nehru Road. The roads are crowded for most part of the day hence the best way to explore the market street is by foot.
If you're out for shopping and are looking for funky colorful bags and clothes, look no further than Nirvana. Located across the street from the Alliance Francaise on rue Suffren, the boutique has a great collection of original handmade products ranging from cloth bags and purses to children's clothing and cushion cover. Most of the designs incorporate pop art and kitsch, so you'll find highly contrasting colors and themes like Indian movies and mythology. The boutique was established in Puducherry in 1998 and has a formidable reputation in the city for such stuff. A wonderful boutique with a great collection, it definitely warrants a visit.
The avid shoppers in India need no introduction to the Fabindia. However those unaware about this chain of retail shops should definitely walk in to check out the variety of handcrafted works by artisans from villages in India that are found in more than 140 stores in India. Its unit in Puducherry is no different as it is stuffed with a lot of varieties with range of clothing and accessories for one and all. Women can choose to take home from the collection of kurtas, churidars, bags and skirts, whereas, for men the variety in shirts, pants and jackets is abundant. Besides this, this shop is also a good place to shop for bedsheets, curtains, rugs and daily accessory products. Walk in for a unique shopping experience.
Being a former French colony, you are bound to come across a number of French cafes, restaurants and bakeries in Puducherry. Accompanied by charming decor and friendly French speaking staff, one cannot afford to miss the Baker Street in the Indian Quarter of the city. To begin with, the interior of the bakery is neatly decorated with bright lights, paintings on the wall and wrought iron furniture comfy enough to sit down and savor some of the products. The French breads, pastries and salads are skillfully prepared using the freshest of ingredients, and also on offer here is a variety of beverages such as creamy coffees, chocolate drinks and fresh juices. Walk in to bite into the French delicacies of croissant, eclair, macaron and beignet, served at prices lower than most of the bakeries around.
Celebrating India's deep cultural heritage is LivingArt Lifestyles at Puducherry. With a mission to promote authentic Indian art forms like embroidery and weaving; they have cultivated ties with highly-skilled craftsmen and experienced designers to offer an exquisite range of handmade items including garments, home decor and linen. The designs are a unique juxtaposition of traditional techniques and modern concepts.
Primarily a wooden furniture shop which doubles up as a souvenir store, Pondy Wallah is located on the quiet rue Labourdonnais. The shop comprises of wooden tables and other furniture that are made by recycling old products. Apart from that visitors can also find a variety of table-top souvenirs and collectibles such as postcards, photographs, miniature models of cars and rickshaws that make for a charming gift to take home. Located in the premises of the Le Tirou Cafe des Arts, this is an ideal stopover to pocket some well-crafted items.
As the name suggests, this small shop located at the corner of the Bussy Street and Mission Street, has a great collection of bags and wallets. These include quality leather wallets, and a wide range of school bags, backpacks, leather pouches and jewel bags. For those who fear getting duped by local vendors, Baggy is a reliable place to buy less expensive leather products.
The Neemrana Shop inside Hotel de l'Orient is small shop selling table-top souvenirs and other handcrafted collectibles. The interior of the shop are cramped with a number of handicraft wooden and designer lifestyle products that are bound to take your breath away. Easily accessible, the shop is a convenient option for the guests staying at the Hotel de l'Orient to shop.
The one and a half kilometer (1 mile) Mission street stretches South to North from Lal Bahadur Street till Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Street. It is considered to be an upscale shopping hub due to the presence of a number of accessories showrooms such as HiDesign, Casablanca and Kalki. These are mainly concentrated towards the northern part of the street and truly serves as a paradise for shopaholics. For those looking to appease their hunger pangs, walk into The Pasta Bar Veneto which is renowned for their large variety of of pasta. Due to the presence of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the street is also referred to as the Rue de Cathedral. With a sit-down coffee shop Coffee.com and a gourmet chocolate shop Choco La to accompany, one couldn't ask for more. The neatly cobbled streets make for a great walk with interludes of narrow by-lanes.