Humayun Saeed or Fawad Khan? Mahira Hafeez Khan or Saba Qamar Zaman? Sindhi Biryani or Lahori Paye? Who is better? Karachi or Lahore? This debate has continued for decades and does not seem to be settling anytime soon. Just like every other comparison that is made between the two biggest cities in Pakistan, their shopping centers are also compared. Today, we have taken it upon ourselves to settle the latter debate once and for all. We have brought you an extensive guide to the famous shopping centers of both cities.
Shopping destinations of Karachi:
- ZAMZAMA STREET
This market categorizes as an elite shopping destination. Here you can find all types of restaurants: from fine dining to fast food. Apart from this, all local and famous international retail brands also have their outlets on Zamzama Street. This includes Khaadi and Mont Blanc.
- SHEHRSHAH KABARI BAZAAR
More commonly known as “Chor Bazaar”, Shershah Kabari Bazaar is Pakistan’s biggest spare parts market. It is located adjacent to the Shershah Bridge at the junction of Sher Shah Town and Lyari Town. The market sells locally along with imported goods at pretty affordable rates.
- LUCKY ONE MALL
Lucky One Mall the largest shopping mall in Pakistan apart from being the biggest in South Asia. It is located on Main Rashid Minhas
Road in Gulberg Town, Karachi. Furthermore, it is home to various national and international brands such as Interwood and Charles and Keith.
- PARK TOWERS
Park Towers is considered one of the pioneers of the mall culture in Pakistan. It is located in Central Clifton. It was the first mall in Pakistan to introduce shopping festivals and customized campaigns on national holidays with special discounts.
- DOLMEN MALL
Dolmen Mall remained the biggest mall in Karachi before the inauguration of Lucky One Mall. Its prime location in the heart of Clifton continues to keep it a favorite amongst the masses. Sometimes, it also hosts a plethora of national and international retail stores.
- ZAINAB MARKET
Zainab Market is located on Abdullah Haroon Road in Saddar, Karachi. Typically, It is considered the perfect destination for buying export quality t-shirts and jewelry amongst various other affordable goods. Zainab Market is also known for its shops that sell local handicrafts and artifacts, particularly truck art.
Famous shopping centers of Lahore:
- PACKAGES MALL
Packages Mall is one of the most famous shopping centers in Lahore. It is located on Walton Road, near Defence. It has two floors and offers a large variety of brands, a huge food court, and a modern well-equipped cinema.
- EMPORIUM MALL
Emporium Mall changed the perceptions of malls in Lahore after its launch in Johar Town, in 2016.
It is an 11 story building and houses a 5-star hotel: The Nishat. It is popular for its shopping festivals in which customers are given exciting prizes. Some of the biggest prizes include cars and electronics. Emporium Mall houses local and international brands like Sapphire and Nike.
To local residents, Anarkali is more merely a shopping destination. It has a rich history with many heritage sites and old buildings located. It is famous for bridal dresses and jewelry shops.
- ICHRA Bazaar
Ichra Bazaar is located on the main Ferozepur Road. It also offers imported alongside locally manufactured and raw products at cheap rates. It is home to shops of electronics, furniture, sanitary, and tiles.
- SHAH ALAM MARKET
Shah Alam Market more commonly known as Shah Almi is located near the famous Data Darbar. It is a wholesale market which has all kinds of products available on it. From cutlery to crockery, toys to clothes, electronics to jewelry; you can shop it all here. That too, at very low prices as compared to other markets.
- MM ALAM Road
It won’t be an exaggeration if we call MM Alam Road the Times Square of Pakistan. This is the one-stop-shopping destination for all your luxury shopping. From the fashion house of internationally acclaimed designers, MM Alam Street is home to an exquisite shopping experience.
We have summarized the most famous shopping centers from both Karachi and Lahore. Now it is on you to make your judgment that which city offers a better and more complete shopping experience.