Kochi offers an array of shopping opportunities for tourists from bargain hunting to exclusive boutique shopping. Visitors will find many unique gifts to take home as a reminder of their trip.
Kochi is a Great Place to Find Bargains
If you are the type of shopper who loves to hunt for bargains, you will have a wonderful experience shopping in Kochi. There are many open air markets that allow you to deal directly with merchants. Bargaining is a part of the experience when shopping in these markets, so hone your bargaining ability before you go.
A good rule of thumb is to shop where the locals shop to get the best deals and merchandise. Some areas to find open air markets are opposite the Chinese Fishing Nets and near the Vasco De Gama House. Take care when buying food to ensure that it is from a high-quality store with proper storage and maintenance.
Fort Cochin Offers Unique Textiles
For those who are interested in returning home with textiles from Kochi, Fort Cochin offers a wide range of unique goods. Beautiful silk scarves are sold at several shops, including arts and crafts specialty stores. Many shops are small businesses run by families, which makes shopping an intimate affair. The Kerala Handicrafts Development Society is a good place to start shopping for handmade gifts. You can also discover silks in several shops along MG Road in Ernakulam where you can buy textiles, silk and sarees.
Antiquing in the Jewish Quarter’s Antique Shops
The streets leading to the Pardesi Synagogue are lined with antique stores in the Jewish Quarter. These shops are jam-packed with collections of antiques including everything from furniture to animal figurines to household knick-knacks. It is important to know the difference between genuine antiques and reproductions.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Kochi shopping.