Here is a list of some of the best street markets in the Northeast that you must try if you fancy street shopping.
Police Bazaar – Shillong
Shillong is traditionally famous as the shopping hub of the Northeast. Police Bazaar is a one stop destination where you can shop till you drop. Be it boots, jackets or trendy dresses, PB offers a mix of the modern and traditional so you will surely find what you are looking for. The bazaar is filled with interesting shops and emporiums that sell a variety of products that may be hard to find elsewhere. The best part is that you can bargain as much as you want. This market is one of the best places to shop for warm clothing. When here, you are bound to find tartan cloth which has been turned into gowns, sarees, shawls, shirts and more. If you are lucky, you will also stumble upon leather jackets with tribal bearings, cool sneakers and edgy leather boots
Hong Kong Market – Dimapur
This market is loaded with foreign goods and products. To conquer this market you need to hunt, and it helps if you have an eye for spotting unique and branded items. It offers a wide range of items like shoes, clothes, electronic goods and more. Be sure to check out the foreign products, imported from Myanmar or Thailand, at dirt cheap rates. If you like collecting second-hand items then this is the place to visit. It is also a haven for fashion enthusiasts as you are bound to find trendy clothes and accessories that will make you the envy of all your friends.
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MG Marg – Gangtok
MG Marg is the main shopping hub of Gangtok, especially for tourists. It is the best place to hang out with friends as it houses some of the best cafes and pubs in the city. It is also the place you head to when you need to buy amazing clothes which have been directly imported from Bangkok. Being able to indulge in affordable trendy clothes while munching on yummy food is one of the best reasons to visit MG Marg. Be sure to stroll the street at night when the lights come on. A part of the MG Marg area, which is known as the New Market, is the best place to hunt for clothes, shoes, gifts, souvenirs, and trinkets. One of the must-buy things that you should definitely buy are Sikkimese cups. They are not only unique but are also attractive showcasing traditional designs.
Bara Bazaar- Aizawl
Bara Bazaar is a favorite among locals. Many tourists prefer coming here to get their hands on traditional handicrafts, shawls, clothes and jewellery. It is definitely as must-visit whenever you find yourself in Aizawl. The authentic and beautiful items on sale will make great gifts for your friends and loved ones. It is also the best place to buy clothes and accessories, you can browse through plenty of modern as well as traditional outifts.
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Fancy Bazaar- Guwahati
Fancy Bazaar offers a whole variety of items. You can find everything from food, to jewellery, garments, handicrafts, electronics and more. The best thing about this market is that you can either shop at the typical showrooms or purchase items for cheap from street vendors. If you are ever on the lookout for wholesale products then this is the place to go. Be sure to bargain and do try out the many street food stalls that offer yummy refreshment when you need a break from all the shopping.
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By Priya Bargayary