The Empress market's story dates back to the times of the British Raj, when it was first inaugurated and named after the then-empress Queen Victoria. It remains in operation today, and is a busy marketplace selling all manner of produce, including that which isn't in stock at markets elsewhere in the city.
- Address: Saddar Bazar Quarters, Karachi
- Phone: +92 313 8908443
- Opening House: Daily 7am-11pm
Saddar, the old area of the city, is home to a number of markets. Zainab Market and Bhori Bazaar are full of stalls selling handcrafted items such as woodwork, clothes, and leather garments. For jewellery, head for Sarafa Bazaar, which is a gold and silver market, whilst the Empress food market is great for spices and is worth a trip for the atmosphere alone. Aside from the souks, Zaibunnisa Street is lined with fashionable boutiques and jewellers, whilst Tariq Road in the neighbouring PECHS district has much of the same. Need a new carpet for the living room? Then head down to Abdullah Haroon Road, where you can pick up quality new or antique carpets from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. If the thought of haggling leaves you in a cold sweat, head to the Clifton and DHA areas, where you will find a number of malls which provide a range of brand name outlets in air-conditioned surroundings.