Famous Markets to Explore in Agra City
Against the very preconceived notion of associating Agra with primarily the Mughal architecture, we bring to you a plethora of other wonders that the city withholds.
These are undeniably those vibrant and essentially beaming markets of Agra. With their sheer local vibes, leather stores, marble shops, dress layouts, lip smacking food joints, aromatic spice outlets etc.
The city undeniably is a replica of the heterogeneity and diversity that India as a country embodies.
Let us now have a look at some of the markets in Agra that one cannot afford to miss when in the city of Taj!
Location- Sadar Bazar, Agra Cantt, Idgah Colony
Sadar bazaar is the heart of Agra for obvious reasons. This is the place where one can find probably every item ranging from leather boots, bags, belts, ethnic dresses, vegetarian and non- vegetarian food joints, Cafes, marble inlay items, junk jewelry etc.
This is one of the oldest markets in Agra and is a home to age old shops where you can find items suitable for every pocket.
Apart from this what one shouldn’t ever miss is the famous ‘Chaat’ from ‘Chaat Bhandaar Sadar’.
Even cafes such as Café Coffee Day can be visited if one is in mood of finding a personal corner for work while sipping a cup of Cappuccino.
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RAJA KI MANDI
Location- Professors Colony, Civil Lines
Well, this is the ‘Sarojini Market’ of Agra. This is the place where you can find all products related to clothing, beauty products, footwear, jewelry, local food and what not.
What makes it different from Sadar is the fact that unlike Sadar it isn’t a home to some international brand showrooms and splendid cafes rather it’s a place where with proper bargaining you can buy stuff at very nominal prices.
The advantage that this market holds is also its close location to the Railway Station.
Location- Jama Masjid Rd
Subhash Market is one such place which is flooded with ample of local products but the ones which are a must buy are silk fabrics and especially the intricately woven silk sarees.
So to all the ladies out there buying a silk saree from Subhash Bazaar is a must and along with that don’t forget to try some yummy streetstyle bhel!.
However, one should keep in mind that the market remains close on Tuesday.
Location - Kinari Bazar, Hing ki Mandi, Mantola
It is indeed a paradise for shopaholics because it offers everything from clothing to junk jewelry, from spices to shoes, form marbles to showpieces.
So spending quality time looking for the perfect item through these bustling lanes of the Bazaar is a good choice.
Location - Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nehru Nagar, Civil Lines
This is nothing but the go to place for every gadget freak out there. It is the home to electronic shops, mobile repairing centers, second hand mobile stores and also some outlets for your daily need products.
So if any of your tech device lags in the middle of your mesmerizing tour amidst the architecturally rich city of Agra, you know where to go.
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Well it’s not a market per say, but one of those areas in Agra which is a home to some high-end hotel chains, food courts and of course the core of Agra Handicraft and Marble Houses.
So if you wish to buy the perfect gifts for your loved ones back home do visit these lavish showrooms which of course a little heavy on the pocket!
Location - Fatehpur Sikri Rd, Sadar Bazar, Agra Cantt, Idgah Colony
Adjacent to Sadar this place offers some amazing shops for buying books and stationery.
Even the grocery shops, beauty parlors and street food stalls serving Desi Chinese make it an attractive spot for all.
HING KI MANDI
Location - Hing Ki Mandi
This place is famous for its beautifully embellished good quality and very affordable shoe market.
So if buying a branded shoe pair from Sadar seems a little expensive, do visit this place for catering the shoe-fetish within you.
Now I am going to state some specific shops you could visit for buying.
The Most Famous Materials of Agra
1. HANDICRAFT AND GEMS
The one sole location which offers the best souvenirs in handicrafts, marbles and expensive carpets, heads to the Sanskriti Imperial Gems on Fatehabad Road.
Famous for the collection of carpets that are impeded with precious stones, the shop also offers range of products for those on a limited budget.
With rich experience in the gems and jewellery business, this firm has become a celebrated name for stunning designs and collections. They are revered for their handpicked and exclusive designs that feature in their gold and diamond jewellery collections.
From classic styles to bespoke pieces, the fine craftsmanship highlights each precious piece of jewellery.
Adding spark to every occasion, there is something for everyone and suitable for special events like weddings and ceremonies.
Location - A11, Fatehabad Road, Taj Nagari, Phase 2, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
2. KALRA COTTAGE INDUSTRY
KCI is known for its experienced team which comprises of more than 745 families living in & around Agra.
The families work at the home executing the finest pieces of art with ethnic Indo-Persian & Mughal De-sign, all these beautiful pieces find their place in Sanskriti Imperial Gems and are also exported worldwide.
Location - A JASORIA ENCLAVE, Fatehabad Rd, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001
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Famous Foods of Agra
1. PANCHI PETHA
This is the most famous shop to buy the most famous sweet i.e. Petha and Dalmoth in Agra.
The Petha is available in several flavors such as Chocolate, Saffron, Coconut etc. And the dalmoth can also be customized as per preference
Where | Sadar Bazar
2. AGRA CHAAT BHANDAAR
Located in the very famous ‘Chaat Gali’ in Sadar Bazar, this more than a decade old shop offering some amazingly tangy golgappe, tikkis and savory pancakes.
Where | Sadar Bazaar
3. SHEROES HANGOUT
This is that warm place where you can enjoy some amazing food served with utmost love by the staff all of whom are acid attack survivors.
This is one place that shouldn’t be missed when in Agra.
Where | Taj Nagari Phase 1, R.K. Puram Phase-2, Tajanj.
4. DEVIRAM SWEETS
This old shop is famous for its steaming hot sabzi and fluffy kachoris which are the essentials for a perfect Agra breakfast and the crispy samosas and crunchy jalebis for a wholesome Agra evening snack, to make your tour complete in all its essence.
Where| Pratapura, Agra
5. PINCH OF SPICE
Pinch Of Spice is a fine dining restaurant with its two outlets in Agra.
It is known for its scrumptious platters and most vitally everybody’s personal favorite Mutton Rogan Josh and Masala Boti.
Where | Fatehabad Road, Agra | Wazir Pura Road Opp. Sanjay Cinema, Agra
Therefore, Agra as a whole is much more than the ‘Monument of Love’ as everyone knows our Vanilla Cascade to be.
The colorful markets of Agra are like a spectrum which offer every small and big thing in all price ranges.
So next time when you decide to visit the city don’t forget to get some Leather boots, some ethnic Kurtis, a small marble replica of The Taj, Angoori Petha and of course the Kachoris!.
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