The markets you’ll find in Kochi aren’t exactly the kind of tame grocery and foods/ produce markets you might see in other places. These are specialty markets such as the spice market in Jew Town. The Broadway markets, sandwiched between MG Road and Marine Drive, are ironically narrow streets and alleyways dedicated to specific types of goods. The name goes back to a time when the road was the widest one in Kochi. Then MG Road came along and Broadway now doesn’t seem so broad.
You have wholesalers and retail shops in old buildings with sloping roofs packed end to end on each street and alley leading in and out of Broadway. You’ll find an entire street packed with stores selling utensils, and another one will have a ton of shops selling shoes. Others are known for oils, clothes, furniture, books, electronic parts, spices, toys, bicycles, and just about everything you could possibly need.
MG Road likewise has its own birds of the same feather flocking about at specific locations. For instance, Jewel Junction has a collection of huge jewelry stores. Shenoys Junction on MG Road is known for its equally large silk emporiums. Penta Menaka is where you go for mobile phones, and Ravipuram is the local computer parts market.
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