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Shopping in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Odisha, has gained prominence for reasons other than just being a city of temples. It is also widely known for handicraft items, woven fabric like Tussar silk, sculptures and beautiful regional paintings. Residents from neighbouring towns often come to the city to enjoy shopping and take home some beautiful items. Some of the most famous things to buy in Bhubaneshwar include sarees and dresses, decorative things like purses, mirrors, jewellery boxes, trays, table tops, utensils, etc. The Pata Chitra paintings, done on palm leaves, are also seen in many markets in the city. If you’re looking for some exclusive shopping time in the city, head to the following markets:

Ekamra Haat:  Ekamra Haat, a craft village, is an initiative led by the Odisha state government to promote not just local Odishan handicrafts, but handicrafts from all across India. The state has set up similar craft villages at the pilgrimage town of Puri, and Konark as well. The aim behind this initiative has been the promotion of crafts by enabling direct marketing opportunities to urban as well as rural artisans.

The layout at Ekamra Haat has been keeping in mind the thought of recreating a rustic appeal for visitors that is unique to Odisha. As a result, each shop assigned to an artisan has been designed as a mud hut over grass mounds. Visitors have the choice ranging from browsing through the wide range of handicrafts such as, palm leaf engravings, pattachitra, cane and bamboo products, stone and wood carvings to name a few. There is also a wide range of textiles across the 42 shops, and you can also binge on local cuisine that is available at the 10 food stalls – all of which is evenly spread over five acres of land.

Market Building Chaotic yet colourful, cramped yet vibrant and noisy yet appealing! This is what defines Market Building—one of the oldest shopping destinations of the city. It is a place which defines the city’s character—a shopping psychology woefully absent in the new flamboyant malls cropping up in the capital. The roads leading to it are filled with garment shops set up on footpaths where you can get apparels for all ages and seasons at a great value for money. There are two facets to this place. One is the brick and mortar shops like traditional outlets of Kalaniketan, Queen’s Collection, Kalamandir, Narula Cloth House, M Bazaar and Priyadarshini selling authentic garments of the highest quality along with budget shops like Kolkata Bazaar, Vishal Megamart and plethora of other small shop establishments including medicines, grocery, stationery, opticals, sports etc. The other facet is the street vendors. They used to occupy almost every available empty space in Market Building. Recent changes by the municipal corporation have shifted them to a more organized area at either end of the market. The middle row is now beautifully set up with wooden benches, plants and lamp posts. People love to hang out here among the hustle and bustle of the evening market. A heaven for street food lovers—Market Building offers mouth-watering paani puri (gupchup), dahi bara-alu dum (odia delicacy), chaats, pau bhaji carts and ice cream and milk shake stations. Narula’s Kulfi—a small shop in front of the famous Narula Cloth Store sells delectable sticks of paan, black current and litchi flavour. Apart from this, it is also a mecca for bargain shopping. More often than not, the physical stores have fewer customers than the street hawkers where you can hear constant cacophony of haggling customers trying to get the best price. From all kinds of household items to bangles, ear rings, belts, clips and nose rings, you can find almost everything here. Variety is the hallmark of Market Building and is more frequented by the prettier gender.

Bapuji Nagar: Bapuji Market is famous for being an all-round shopping centre in Bhubaneshwar. You will find everything here, right from furniture, electronic equipment, branded jewellery, gift items, watches, and antique items. Bapuji Nagar is also famous for the wide range of designer clothes shops that are available. The shops here are colourful and joyful, with lots of variety in store.

Saheed Nagar: If you’re looking for high-quality computer or mobile accessories, this is the place to go. Apart from this, the Shahid Nagar Market is also known for handicraft items like bangles, beaded necklaces and beautiful statues made with wood carvings.

Utkalika: The Odisha State Cooperative Handicrafts Corporation Ltd. has been branded as Utkalika (with reference to the state being called Utkal in ancient times). Odisha is known for its fine lineage in handicrafts over the centuries. The exemplary applique work (traditional patchwork art) in the small town of Pipli is world famous. Wall hangings, lamp shades, purses and garden umbrellas are the most sought after items. Other handicraft works available at Utkalika are dhokra (brass metal items), woodcrafts, horn craft, pattachitra, terracotta items, tribal jewellery and palm leaf engravings. Silver filigree is a 15th century art of erstwhile Persian countries and is practiced in Cuttack. This intricate process is used to design brilliant pieces of jewellery. It is also used to make decorative idols and religious paraphernalia. Utkalika has a variety of these products at their outlets. The corporation’s objective is to provide sales and marketing support to all handicraft works in the state. They encourage designers to adapt to latest evolving trends and changing customer expectations. There are two outlets in Bhubaneswar (Market Building and Airport) and another five outlets in the state. Utkalika is also present in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Almost every drawing room of the state proudly carries an indigenous artefact.

Boyanika: This brand comes under the aegis of Department of Handloom, Govt. of Odisha. It’s an impressive initiative by the state government which gives 177 affiliated hand weavers (Primary Weavers Cooperative Society) of the state a spectacular platform. Working for the weavers for more than five decades, it has 40 state-of-the-art stores across India with Vizag, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and New Delhi being the cities outside Odisha. Finest pieces of hand woven products bought from Boyanika ensure a stamp of authenticity. It is authorized to use Handloom Mark (a symbol of rich legacy and tradition) and Silk Mark (authentic pure natural silk) and is the first government-owned organization to receive the ISO 9001-2008 certificate. The famous products here are the natural dyed Kotpad fabrics, Tassar Silk, hand woven brocades, intricate Bomkai pattern in silk and cotton sarees and the newly introduced Dupion Silk known for its glossy appearance. Beautifully designed upholstery, curtains, bed covers and other home accessories are also available here.