February 04, 2016
Where to Shop
By: Liisa

For basic necessities we trust our beloved Magarpatta’s three shopping complexes: DC, Seasons, and Amanora.
At first, Destination Center (DC) just looked like a random collection of food stands and kiosks. But you can find stationary, toiletries, real-estate dealing, homeopathic clinics, doctors, beauty parlours, two well-hidden ATMs and nice sit-down restaurants, as well. Oh and cakes, so many cakes.

Destination Center A relatively quiet and calm day in DC. In the evening buzz, people are queuing for pani puri, chaat, momos, coconut water, and other snacks. Kids try to make their parents buy them kulfi, ice cream of sorts.

Destination Center On Republic Day, suddenly balloons, ribbons, flags, pins and stickers appeared out of nowhere.

Destination Center Small shops are impressive in their space management

Destination Center Kalle and I walk through DC every day on our way to work and back.

The two malls Seasons and Amanora are close, just 20 minutes by foot or 5 minutes by auto rickshaw. They have western and Indian clothes, restaurants, spas, a cinema, arcade games, and bars.

Amanora Kids get to do cool stuff in Amanora.

Amanora, spread out in a large area, has nice dining options. We went to Sigree Global Grill with the team and overdosed on yummy appetizers, prepared on the grills integrated in the tables.
Seasons on the other hand is cozier and simpler for actually finding what you need (say, a yoga mat, yoghurt, and band-aids).

Seasons Saturday and Sunday are the busy mall days among the locals, but during the week, Seasons is rather quiet and calm.

While I enjoyed visiting the bustling and crowded Laxmi Road, I have to admit these nearby soulless malls are convenient with their big selections, AC, and haggle-free shopping. Security in the malls is strict though. Everyone needs to go through a metal detector gate and a bag check.

Laxmi Me, Kalle and Jonatan exploring the nicely priced clothes and accessories of Laxmi Road.

Shops have a lot of workforce. You might be approached by three salesclerks when entering. Having so many people at your service (ready to tie your shoelaces, even) can feel uncomfortable at first. Selling is not as pushy as in markets, but the salesperson will eagerly suggest items for madam or sir.

The post-holiday sales are over for now but we keep our eyes open for good deals – this country seems to love coupons, discounts and special offers.

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