The capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, has a plethora of shopping opportunities on offer from traditional street food markets to shiny, high-rise mega malls. Whether it’s tasty local cuisine or a blast of cool air conditioning that you’re after, the city has you covered. Here are three of the best places to go shopping in Dhaka.
Jamuna Future Park, Kuril
With seven stories of shopping to enjoy and conveniently located near to Shahjalal International Airport, this is a great place to pick up last-minute gifts before you head home. This supersized mall is the largest of its kind in the country and whilst it may not be to everyone’s tastes, it’s a great place to head to when you want to escape the heat. With a food court, two swimming pools, an ice skating rink and an entire theme park on offer, it’s much more than just a shopping centre.
New Market, Azimpur
Despite its name, New Market is one of the oldest markets in Dhaka, dating back to 1954, when it was first opened. You can pick up pretty much anything here and it’s a great place to try your hand at bargaining like the locals. From traditional clothes and shoes, bangles and jewellery to toys and kitchenware, it’s easy to get lost in the neverending sea of shops. With the hordes of tuk-tuks, busy shoppers and traffic, it can be an overwhelming experience and may not be for the faint-hearted!
Street food markets in Khilgaon
From Dhakai Bakarkhani, a type of pastry served with tea or Haji Biriyani, a biriyani-style dish traditionally made with goat’s meat, street food in Dhaka is world-famous. The area of Khilgaon is home to many of the top tourist attractions, such as the Bangladesh National Museum, Ahsan Manzil Museum, the botanical garden and Ramna Park. As a central area, you can find street food vendors everywhere here, but if you’re hungry and don’t want to wait, head to the Pallima Sangsad building where many of the vendors congregate.
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