Bazaars in Karachi

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There are bazaars in every neighborhood of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The most popular bazaars in Karachi are: Tariq Road, Bohri Bazaar, Soldier Bazaar, Sarafa Bazar, Meena Bazaar, Urdu Bazaar, etc. There are generally thousands of small individually-owned or family-owned shops and stalls in each old style Bazaar or shopping area. Only some of the newly-built shopping malls in the suburban areas of city of Karachi may be managed by a large organization or a commercial company.


A bazaar (from Persian بازار (bāzār), meaning "market"; from Middle Persian بهاچار (bahā-chār), meaning "place of prices") [1] is a permanent enclosed merchandising area, marketplace, or street of shops where goods and services are exchanged or sold. (A souq, by contrast, is an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter.) The term is sometimes also used to refer to the "network of merchants, bankers, and craftsmen" who work that area.[2] Although the current meaning of the word is believed to have originated in Persia, its use has spread and now has been accepted into the vernacular in countries around the world.[3] The rise of large bazaars and stock trading centers in the Muslim World allowed the creation of new capitals and eventually new empires.

Saddar Town area is the old central shopping area in Karachi. Main streets for your shopping pleasure are Abdullah Haroon Road, Zaibunnisa Street, Zainab Market and Bohri Bazaar. For meats and groceries, you can head to the Empress Market. This is a vast Victorian structure in Mughal Gothic style, with a domineering 50 meters high clock tower in the front center of the building. Empress Market houses hundreds of shops and stalls so shoppers would have plenty of choice and a wide variety of consumer goods.[4]

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  1. ^ |archivedate=9 February 2007, website, Retrieved 3 April 2016
  2. ^ ["the Bazaar (the complex network of merchants, bankers and craftsmen who make up the heart of the traditional Islamic city)") from Introduction to Shi'i Islam, Momen, Moojan, (Yale University Press, 1985), p. 200]
  3. ^ "BAZAAR s. H. & c. From P. bāzār, a permanent market or street of shops.". University of Chicago. , Digital South Asia Library website, Retrieved 3 April 2016
  4. ^, 'Bazaars in Pakistan', website, Retrieved 3 April 2016