FAMOUS ANTIQUE MARKETS IN INDIA
Yes, malls and online shopping have literally taken over our lives, but don’t you
feel the charm of a flea market is unparalleled and completely irreplaceable? From
clothes to spices and jewelry, these markets offer amazing stuff at the best prices.
We live in a digitally dependent world. In an age where everything imaginable is a
mere click or two away, the idea of trotting out into the market to procure your
everyday essentials is deemed, well, antediluvian. And yet, the enigmatic charm
of flea markets continues to attract crowds by the dozens even today. Be it the
sight of vendors trying to make an honest living by selling everything from
handcrafted trinkets to freshly made jalebis or the unruly racket of experienced
hagglers at their wrangling best, a flea market is nothing short of an experience in
itself. Engrave has rounded up the best flea markets of both historical and cultural
ARJUNA FLEA MARKET, GOA
A favorite haunt of tourists & locals is the flea market at Anjuna beach. It is a
great place to experience the culture of Goa. It is a place where you will find
everything from fabulous handicrafts to funky jewelry and hippest clothes.
DILLI HAAT, DELHI
The word ‘haat‘is used to describe a market in many parts of rural India. So Dilli
Haat, essentially, is a traditional rural market. Situated in the south of the chaotic
capital, the ‘haat’ has been operational since 1994 and has various exclusive and
exotic handicrafts on offer that showcase the talent of the many skilled artisans
and the terrific detailing and intricacies with which they work.
GARIAHAT MARKET, KOLKATA
Filled with shops and stores on both sides, the Gariahat shopping area straddles
the entire region selling an eclectic variety of clothes, jewelry, electronics, saris,
furniture and much more.
JEW TOWN, COCHIN
While it might come as a surprise to many, India was actually home to many
Jewish people who lived peacefully in the country for over two centuries. Post
1948, many chose to move to Israel, but the few who chose to stay in Cochin own
a majority of the shops in this market called Jew Town. The last known surviving
Jews in the area make a living by selling spices, perfumes, shawls, handcrafted
products, jewelry, and other similar products from around the country.