Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun is known as the gateway to popular hill stations like Mussoorie and Auli. Neighboring the famous Rajaji National Park, Dehradun is rich both culturally and ecologically. Doon is known for its picturesque landscapes, breathtaking architecture, awesome bakeries, and frolic markets, making shopping in Dehradun one of the must do’s while in the city. The surrounding hills and pre-independence buildings make Doon one of the most beautiful and popular capital cities in the country.
Best Areas For Shopping In Dehradun
Here are all the places you must visit while shopping in this amazing city:
1. Paltan Bazaar
One of the most economical places in the city, Paltan Bazaar is famous for Basmati rice, which also is one of the most popular things to buy in Dehradun. Take an evening stroll in the narrow, cluttered lanes of Paltan Market, Dehradun and you will be able to get your hands on reasonably priced clothes, never-seen-before antiques, second-hand books, and Pahari handicrafts – all without getting broke. You can also head to one of the cafes or food-joints in the neighborhood, marking a sweet end to your day of shopping in Dehradun.
Location: Paltan Bazaar, Dehradun
What to Buy: Reasonably priced clothes
Timings: 10 AM – 10 PM
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2. Tibetan Market
Not many people know this, but Doon also has Buddhist monasteries and a Tibetan settlement in the city. The Tibetan market in Dehradun is famous for its beautiful tribal jewelry, handicraft items, semi-precious stones, and hand knitted woolens. One big attraction of this place is the local vendors selling mouth-watering Tibetan delicacies like momos, thukpa, and noodles.
Location: Tibetan Market, Pant Road, Race Course, Dehradun
What to Buy: Cool T-Shirts and Tibetan jewelry
Timings: 10 AM – 10 PM
3. Rajpur Road
Shopping in Dehradun is incomplete without going to Rajpur Road. This market is the heart of the city, located right next to Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar). You will find many branded showrooms here ranging from Nike, Adidas, Levi’s, etc. as well as local vendors selling unique craft items and other economical goods. The market is famous for its cafes and fine dining options, which will serve as the perfect place for an evening date. You will also find many quintessential fast food outlets like Domino’s, McDonald’s, and Cafe Coffee Day here.
Location: Rajpur Road, Irrigation Colony, Karanpur, Dehradun
What to Buy: Branded apparel, Cafes
Timings: 9 AM – 10 PM
4. Astley Hall
This shopping center is right next to Rajpur Road, housing a number of cutesy local stores and food-joints. You will find artificial jewelry, carved wooden items, woolen clothes, cane and bamboo artifacts, and hordes of other local items here. The prices range from moderate to economical here, with the place being a big attraction amongst both tourists and locals.
Location: Astley Hall, Irrigation Colony, Karanpur, Dehradun
What to Buy: Souvenirs, Shawls
Timings: 9 AM – 9 PM
5. Indira Market
This is a haven for all the fashionistas looking for shopping in Dehradun. The market is at a walking distance from Paltan Market, Dehradun. You will find all the latest designs and fashion trends here being sold as first copy items. The pieces are reasonably priced but may vary in quality, so we suggest you do a thorough check before buying anything.
Location: Indira Market Road, Race Course, Dehradun
What to Buy: Latest trends in budget prices
Timings: 9 AM – 8 PM
6. Connaught Place
The city of Dehradun sort of imitates Delhi when it comes to naming places. You will spot a Saket and Defence Colony there amongst others. What fascinates most shoppers is the Connaught Place, fashioning itself after its famous namesake in Delhi. Located on Chakrata Road, this Dehradun main market is one of the busiest places in the city, where you will find retail stores selling local wooden handicraft, Garhwali Paintings, and artificial jewelry. If not shopping, simply grab a cup of cocoa at one of the coffee houses here like most youngsters of the city.
Location: Chakrata Road, Connaught Place, Dehradun
What to Buy: Garhwali Paintings
7. Gandhi Road Market
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Known for curios, Gandhi Road Market is another street market in the city. You will find second-hand books, different souvenirs like wooden items and brass statues, jewelry items, shoes, cheap but cool sunglasses, and what not in the hustle and bustle of this market. The place is located near the Clocktower and a walk around here is bound to leave you with lighter pockets.
Location: Gandhi Road, Dehradun
What to Buy: Souvenirs and Artefacts
8. Arhat Bazaar
Located near the Saharanpur Chowk, this bazaar is, for sure, the cheapest market in Dehradun. The place is the go-to-market for ration, you will find all kinds of dals, spices, rice, etc. here at reasonable prices. The area is also famous for timber merchants.
Location: Arhat Bazaar, Lakkhi Bagh, Dehradun
What to Buy: Spices, rice, and ration
9. Pacific Mall
Though the concept of malls is new to this city, there are quite a few of them in and around Dehradun. These malls are perfect for brand conscious shoppers, who do not want to dig deep into heaps of clothes at street side vendors. The most popular Dehradun shopping malls are Pacific Mall, Times Square Mall, and Cross Road Mall. Pacific Mall is one of the biggest and most popular malls in the city. You will find almost all the mainstream lifestyle brands here, with a decent food court, a PVR and kids play zone. However, these places are still a novelty, with most locals and tourists favoring the local street markets.
Location: Pacific Mall, Jakhan, Rajpur Road, Dehradun
What to Buy: Branded clothes
Timings: 11 AM – 10 PM
10. Special Mention: Bakery Shops
No shopping spree in Dehradun is complete without paying a visit to its bakeries. The city is famous for its eggless and other products ranging from cookies, plum cakes, pastries, patties, tarts, and fresh cakes. Although the city is home to many bakeries, the butter toffees from Ellora’s are a must buy from Dehradun. Apart from that, Gaylords, Standard, Sunrise, etc. also have lots of school/college students and tourists pouring in. The milk rusks and eggless cakes of these bakeries are one of the most popular things to buy in Dehradun.
Location: Ellora’s, Chukkuwala, Dehradun
What to Buy: Milk rusk, butter toffee, lemon tarts
Timings: 10 AM – 10 PM
Tripping to Dehradun anytime soon? Make sure you reserve an entire day in your itinerary only for shopping in Dehradun since there’s so much to check out and buy! And if you haven’t been to this quaint city yet, now is the perfect time to book your trip to Uttarakhand!
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