Shopping in Kochi is an exciting experience, as long as you’re prepared to tramp around all over the place. The malls and boutiques where you can buy trendy clothes and designer branded accessories and goods are mostly on MG Road. Broadway is a maze of alleys and streets, with each alley or street constituting a separate market. Mattancherry is the best place for tourists looking for trinkets and curios and the odd stuff that people pick up as mementos. Specifically, you will a whole bunch of antique shops and art galleries in Jew Town, along with the spice market. Princess Street is likewise a good place for finding a lot of tourist-friendly shops.
If you’re wondering what you should buy, then the things that Kochi is most famous for are its banana chips, silk emporiums and jewelry shops selling exquisite gold and silver jewelry studded with precious stones. Well, that’s true of most cities in South India, but Kochi really does have a whole lot of this. You’ll find massive jewelry shops at Jewel Junction on MG Road. The hard and salty yellow banana chips wrapped in clear plastic can be purchased all over the city at specialty ‘chips’ stores. One packet of chips can last a long, long time (like months) – if you don’t end up eating all of it before you get on a plane.
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