Gift 5: Shopping in Saddar

130013711_bb0903a08c_m.jpgStarting from Zainub Market, all the way to Empress Market, comprised of Bohri Bazar, Electronic Market, Abdullah Haroon Road, lies an area that can truly be regarded as shoppers paradise. Here you can find everything that money can buy. Be it clothes, leather jackets, snake skin purses, carpets, cosmetics, jewellery, perfumes, shoes, pet animals, books, sports equipments, cell phones, consumer electronics, handicrafts, paper items, crockery, furniture, books, cheap dentists, doctors, black magic experts, palmists, ghost busters, you name it. If you can’t find it in Saddar, it doesn’t exist. And that holds true for car parking as well. It’s better that you take a cab.

karachi02.gif Here you will find the true Karachi. Here, if you are skilled enough, you can negotiate to buy anything 50% off the list price, or lower. Here, if you are not careful enough, you can easily be a victim of a con artist. Here you will find best chana papri (yum yum!!) in town. Here, if you have the eye for it, you will find some genuine artifacts, and some not quite so genuine.

This is Saddar, the heart of Karachi.

12 Comments so far

  1. Mad Racer..... (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 6:09 pm


    Bro u forgot to mention Pirated CD’s….. :D

  2. zahra (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

    @umar: very well written, bro. keep up the good work

  3. umar (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    of course… how could I forget the great rainbow center… thanks buddy.

  4. kidal (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

    Well-written, Umar

  5. Asif Raza (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 1:07 am

    impressive :)

  6. wasiq (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 2:49 am

    If you can’t find it in Saddar, it doesn’t exist

    $ i never found a Gameboy….lol.

  7. llama (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 10:54 am

    “victim” you mean.

    i agree—saddar is the center of karachi in more ways than one. i always get lost in saddar though. can anyone make a simple map with the places mentioned above marked? like for example, how the heck do i get to empress market from zainab market?

  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    How come one talks about Saddar and doesn’t mention ‘Rainbow Center’ and ‘Student Biryani’ ?

  9. tooba (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

    are those books in the second pic? wots that place? i mean ofcourse ots Saadar, but where there?

    nice post wesey =)

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

    I might be wrong but looks like ‘Khori Garden’.

  11. umar (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 4:13 pm

    It’s Saddar, empress market, near rainbow center. That makes it another where in Karachi pic!

  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 5:09 pm

    The lane which goes to Student Biryani?

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