Allo' Expat Bangladesh - Connecting Expats in Bangladesh
Main Homepage
Allo' Expat Bangladesh Logo


Subscribe to Allo' Expat Newsletter

   Information Center Bangladesh
Bangladesh General Information
Bangladesh Expatriates Handbook
Bangladesh and Foreign Government
Bangladesh General Listings
Bangladesh Useful Tips
Bangladesh Education & Medical
Bangladesh Travel & Tourism Info
Bangladesh Lifestyle & Leisure
 
Entertainment & Nightlife in Bangladesh
Food & Dining in Bangladesh
Shopping in Bangladesh
Bangladesh Business Matters
  Sponsored Links


Check our Rates

Shopping in Bangladesh
 
 
 

General

Bangladesh is indeed a shoppers' paradise with a rich tradition in handicrafts at throw away prices. While muslin of ancient Dhaka has gone into history, other products such as contemporary paintings, wood works, shital pati (mattress having cooling effect), bamboo decoration pieces, cane and conch shell products, gold and silver ornament, cotton, silk, gold, silver, jute, reed, brassware, traditional dolls and leather goods also receive deep appreciation of the lovers of arts and crafts now and over the past centuries. In addition, Bangladesh is famous for pink pearl.

Among the best buys here are brass and copperware trays, wall decorations, vases, etc – all are hand made with fine engravings and filigree work. Products made from the hides and skins of animals and reptiles, intricate wood carvings, cane and bamboo products, conch shell, bangles, embroidered quilts, jamdani and silk fabrics can also be bought. These are available in DIT market and a number of exclusive shop in New Elephant Road, Dhaka.

Bangladesh is one of the largest ready-made garment manufacturers in the world, exporting clothing for famous brands such as Nike, Adidas and Levis. Though these products are usually not meant for sale in the local markets, they can be found in abundance in famous shopping areas such as Banga Bazaar and Dhaka College.

Aarong is one of the largest and most popular handicraft and clothing outlets with stores in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet and Khulna. It's a great place for souvenirs or to pick up a stylish kurta or salwar kameez at fixed prices.

Duty free sales and display centres run by Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (NTO) are located in Dhaka, Zia International Airport, Mohakhaii and Sylhet Airport. These shops enjoy the reputation of being well established with a wide range of goods at unbeatable prices. Goods available include wines and spirits, perfumes, cigarettes, hi-fi stereo and audio-visual equipment, Cameras, Watches and a range of household appliances. All purchases must be paid for in foreign currency.

Shopping hours are generally Saturday-Thursday, 9 am-8 pm; Friday, 9 am-12:30 pm and 2 pm-8 pm (shops in tourist districts often stay open later).

Dhaka

If you go shopping, there are certainly bargains to be had among the bazaars and markets of Dhaka. To get a feel for what things should cost in the local markets check prices in the western-style fixed price shops and then deduct 10%. If you prefer hassle free shopping then head to Bashundhara City, a huge shopping centre with more modern shops and other amenities you would expect to find in a mall.

Banga (or Bango) Bazaar, is a block west of the Gulistan bus station on Kamruzzaman Sharani Street at the edge of Old Dhaka. For shopaholics this is probably paradise but for others it can be a nightmare. There are thousands of small stalls intersected by narrow walkways which are often jammed with people. The quality varies widely but the prices can be very cheap, after you bargain vigorously.

New Market on Mirpur Road in Dhanmondi, just west of Dhaka University is the largest market in the city and it has more class, more room and just as much choice. Prices may be a little higher because the stall rent is likely to be more expensive. As well as clothing, there is leather, linen, jewellery, household goods, CDs and DVDs and so on. It is normally closed on Tuesdays.

Bashundhara City on Pantha Path just west of the Pan Pacific Hotel is a multi-storey complex. It is the newest and most modern place to shop in the city with small shops spanning over a whopping 10 floors.

 

 
 

 



 


copyrights © AlloExpat.com
2015 | Policy