The Sunday Bazaar Karachi

The Sunday Bazaar Karachi

Monday, May 23, 2011 Sara Hassan , 81 Comments

Today, I am taking you on a virtual trip to the Sunday Bazaar located in Karachi city, Pakistan. If you're new here, I suggest you check this place out.

The Sunday Bazaar
Because it's open every Sunday, that's why we call it the Sunday Bazaar or "Itwaar" Bazaar ("Itwaar" means Sunday). Unlike any mall with concrete roof and air conditioned shop in Karachi, this one is a bit of a stand out.

Ever wondered shopping under the sun with sand under your feet? This place is UNFORGETTABLE if you ask me. It has a lot of cool stuff from household items to clothes, bags, shoes, books and groceries.

All that you find here is not all "brand new"- some of it is second hand. You have to be very careful shopping for things here. The best part about this place is that everything is dead cheap here + you can spot some branded items too. You can purchase items starting from PKR 50 (that's almost half a dollar).

This place is a huge tourist attraction. I see a lot of foreigners (usually Asian and Europeans) visiting it every time I go there. For those who are new, I would suggest bargaining with the sellers, don't just pay whatever they ask for.

BARGAINING TIP: If a seller asks for a price of PKR 500, make a deal at PKR 200-300 (depending on the item). NEVER show excitement when you find something you like, pretend as if it's nothing good, lol. This way you can get the item for a lot cheaper.

I went there yesterday when it was 34°C outside - yes, it's very hot these days. Here are some photos that I took while shopping. You'll know what to expect there.

The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
Oh yes! A lot of fabric can be found here.

The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
You'll come across a lot poor kids roaming around, chasing you and asking to carry your items while you shop in return for some money. This little fellow asked me to take his photo. All the sellers and these kids were so enthusiastic about being snapped, how cute?

The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
Look what I found! a second hand wallet in a shape of a corset.

The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
Here comes the shoes section.

The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The jewelry section.

The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
These rings can be bought for as cheap as a PKR 100 (almost $1 each).

The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
Some handmade jewelery by Shaaz. Prices vary from PKR 100-400. (from US$1- $5). you can find their stall at Street #9 A 28-29.

The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
Handmade wall hangings

The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
The Sunday Bazaar - Karachi
A book stall. You can get new and second hand books for cheap.

I could have covered a lot of other stalls but then this post would've become way too long and pic heavy. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did taking snaps for you all.


So tell me, what do you think about it?

81 comments :

  1. This is such a nice post, i have never been to sunday bazaar..loved the visit with you :)

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  2. Nice post sara:)I LOVE the sunday market.Have been there soooo many times that i know each and every stall like the back of my hand.My love for reading fiction started from here.I have seriously followed this markt all around defence(as they have changed locations like 3-4 times).
    I really like that you have covered something so totally "karachi".Will try to do the same:)

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  3. The best place to shop bags and shoes :D I love going to Sunday Bazaar. Thanks for the lovely post Sara :)

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  4. Woww thanks for these lovely pics Sara!!feels as if I'm really walking through this market!!! Love the accessories <3

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  5. Hi sara..Sidra here..This is in Karachi???

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  6. wow! this is like a dream market! :):) the shoes r so awesome, loved the red peep toe ones :) and the silver ballarina shoes, awesome stuff!and cheap books, im so tempteed!

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  7. Yes Sidra, It's in Karachi DHA phase 8.

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  8. Damn it this post made me so nostalgic. I really miss karachi's Sunday bazaars :D
    Btw, this is the one in Defence right?
    Awesome post Sara.Keep it coming :)

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  9. OMG ..what pics ...u r making me so J ...love those accessories and specially the ear rings ...you had gala time for sure ..

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  10. great post gal :)

    de-jeeya.blogspot.com

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  11. this is such an awesome post! it's like being able to go shopping with you. all the pictures are amazing and i love how you said everyone was cooperative. :D

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  12. I want me those rings!!!! Ur pics make the stalls I always visit look even more awesome and colourful! *drools* Must make plans to go this Sunday :D Darn exams :'(

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  13. greatttt post sara ... can i ask whicch camera you use coz thhese are greatttt pics ... keep it up :)

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  14. Lovely post Sara!! I really enjoyed it :)

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  15. WOW Very nice post Sara. Thoroughly enjoyed the pics, made me miss home all over.

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  16. This market looks pretty clean though :)

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  17. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing. My husband to be's mother is from Karachi so maybe one day I'll get a chance to visit! xx

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  18. nice post, i have never been to sunday bazaar but loved the visit with you :)& very nice camera result. In your next blog write about ur camera :) cheers

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  19. AWESOME POST!!! I dropped you an email with regards to it :)

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  20. exotic place. i've been there quite a few times! loved the detailed review and loved the pics too!

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  21. wow luvly post... i really miss Sunday bazaars :(...... DHA lhr main sunday bazaar pehlay lagtay thay ab band kar diye :( pata nai kyoun :(:(:(

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  22. Oh wow Sara, your review is amazing! =) <3

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  23. Very interesting post sara! I really enjoyed, all the pics are so good .

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  24. gorgeous pictures :)
    thanks for sharing!! x

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  25. i love love the jewlry so beautiful espicialy the rings ;) xx

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  26. coming to think of it I think I've driven past this bazaar in karachi its not too far from where my auntie lives. I will definaly visit once i visit pakistan again this month ;) xx

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  27. ZABERDACT SARA GOOD JOB.......KEEP IT UP.

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  28. this is awesome,it looks so nice.i wanna go there i once saw islamabad's sunday bazar it was aamazing!!!!!!!
    P.S you got the talent of photography

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  29. Love this post, i would love to get some of that beautiful jewelry :)

    Love Christine ♥
    http://christineiversen.blogspot.com/

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  30. Bazaar's are so much fun! Great photos! I loved this post.
    x

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  31. Thank you for these amazing photos!! I really miss places like this. They don't really have them in Australia. The markets in China were very similar looking though!

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  32. Great pictures! I like your tip! lol! Pretend that you don't like anything? lol :-P

    It's great to see what it's like in other countries!

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  33. oh i enjoyed the post so much!! <3 <3

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  34. great post. amazing pics. love it. it kind of looks like the fashion street in mumbai

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  35. That is SO cool! I love all of the jewelry & shoes! :)

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  36. This was really like a virtual trip. thanks sarah, great pics.

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  37. Sara lovely post...and the bazaar definitely has ego satisfying stuff...I could go bankrupt if I had this kinda bazaar in my city..

    Love,
    Dipti

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  38. AMAZING POST!!! a lot of rings! love alll!!!

    In Palace ♥

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  39. Awesome post Sara. I have never been to Sunday Bazaar but after seeing your pictures I am planning to go this Sunday :)
    I am most attracted to the Book Stall lol

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  40. Lovelyyy Images and review.. Loveee it <3.. Bags, Jewelery, shoes,etc everything is so attractive :).. Keep up the good work sara :).. Keep Shining~!

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  41. Wow! a very good post :D the particular sunday bazaar is looking so managed, neat&clean some sunday bazaar in karachi are not so clean :(

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  42. OMG!!! this is such an amazing place! i'm almost drooling here over the jewelry section. oh god! wish i were there. i want those handmade pieces and those statement rings! *sigh* :(

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  43. This is amaaaaaaazing, I would love to go there and browse!!! thank you for sharing, your post really made my day!!!

    http://fixyourfacemakeup.blogspot.com/

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  44. ooh sara love ur post about sunday bazar ,also love to visit there.the pics r soo cool

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  45. Gosh... these are the amazing colors!!! Did you buy much?
    Lovely post, give a great insight into another country culture! Amazing!
    xoxo
    Marusya V
    http://crashingred.com
    p.s. Also, I gave you and your blog the Lovely Blog Award! Come, pick it up - its all yours now:)

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  46. I MISS SUNDAY BAZAAARRR.
    You have inspired me to do a post in it too!
    Great photos man. Love your mad photography skillzzzz.

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  47. This looks like a great place to shop. I love outdoor markets like these - there were similar bazaars in China when I went to visit, but unfortunately I still haven't come across anything like this here in the US :(

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  48. I could get lost in that beautiful sea of jewelry!

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  49. what are the timings for this bazaar?

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  50. Sara, always love reading your posts & admiring the pictures :))

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  51. ooohhh Sara u reminded me of old days........i miss it so much n i love booksssss......is this the clifton one.... this bazar?

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  52. Now ! I have taken a virtual tour of the Sunday Bazaar at your place... Thanks for sharing... The collection you have shown is beyond comparison... Lovely !!

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  53. where it is ? plz tell me . .

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  54. @Anonymous, it's in DHA Phase 8.

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  55. Tell me you bought the corset shaped wallet. I've never seen anything cuter! :D

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  56. @Areesha, you're right! It's so adorable ^^

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  57. I know! I went today and looked for something similar everywhere on the off chance that you hadn't bought it! :P

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  58. ive been through this defence sunday bazar quite a lot of time and i really enjoyed going through ur post but some points that i really feel i must mention that are against these bazaars is that they are a complete waste of money cuz once u enter this market u cant stop ur self buying stuff that u actually did'nt planned to buy. secondly the people over there know u are gonna bargain on thi and they price things so high that atleast i feel ashamed of bidding my price (which is one fourth of what they actually quote). and there are many more. but yeah the good point abt them is u spend a good time there esp when u have got a good healthy and entertaining shopping partner with u :)

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  59. i love this post sara.. i wonder if the lahore sunday bazar is as interesting..

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  60. i somehow stumbled upon your blog through facebook and entered the contests as well =p Sunday bazaar really is awesome . . great post btw . . will be following u from now on =) keep it up !

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  61. wow... there are so much cute jewelries and stuff!
    I'd love to go there!!!
    I have that lucky bear case (but white with flowers):D
    have a nice day ^-^

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  62. Wow i really enjoyed this post and especially the photos!

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  63. i absolutely loved this trip i have never been to sunday bazaar coz when i was in pak my mum never took me supposedly waste of time but i think she knew me i wouldnt stop shopping thats y? lol. good post do more trips like this

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  64. i absolutely love this post do more trips like this

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  65. Nice Pics dear thanks for sharing with us.

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  66. Lovelyy picturess =) Sunday bazaar is like seriously my heaven :p i just love roaming around there.. love this post xD

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  67. can someone tell where is sunday baazar in lahore please????????????

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  68. Sara where is this bazaar in karachi, can uh give the adress plz

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  69. Hey Sara you have posted some amazing picture. I been to Sunday market a month ago and I like the atmosphere even through it was warm but little bit windy. Seems like this place is over crowded most of the time. My experience was okay when it was first started here. However, after a long time, I observed this place is well organized and managed pretty well. Definitely both foreigner and local will benefit from this market because of low prices or if you have a barganing quality you will surely enjoy shopping at this place.

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  70. Sara yahan par ladies bag aur jewelry k kya price hain approx ???

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    1. Hey Arbab, the price varies but it's reasonable. :)

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  71. Hey Sara are brand new shoes available here or is this all second hand?

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  72. Lol your technique for bargain is just like mine and it really workd lol
    Love
    Afeefa khan

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  73. Nice post Sara, need to mention the food court is also available with some reasonable variety of food available . . .Nics pics too . . . keep it up

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  74. Great post can u tell me what time the bazar opens?

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  75. Sara also inform people to look after their money and cell phones as one never comes to recognize that how he got stolen.

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