Empress Market, Karachi

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Indulge your senses with huge bowls of exotic nuts, hanging dried fruits, and the strong scent of spices and tea in the air at Empress Market. Built to commemorate Queen Victoria-- the Empress of India in late 19th century-- the market attracts locals and foreigners alike for its vibrant ambiance and cheap prices. Find fresh vegetables, meat, textiles, household items, various knick knacks and trinkets, as well as domestic and exotic animals. Be aware that haggling is expected. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Empress Market and many more Karachi attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Karachi itinerary builder.
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  • August 8, 2017
    its a very well known market place here in Karachi , one must visit it to check out the variety this market has to offer .  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    Surely it is a nicely located place, with plenty of things to buy ranging from general grocery, spices, meat to even clothing and what not at very reasonable prices. The building itself is piece of ar...  more »
  • June 13, 2017
    Went to the market to see the local place and culture, got a lot of impressions. This is the place to go to have a flavour of Pakistan and Karachi. Enjoyed going there a lot.  more »
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  • July 10, 2017
    It's the one of the oldest market of sub-continent from the British era... Built by the British it was the hub of the city of Karachi.... However, today it offers almost everything of daily life needs.. Prices are fair but the cleanliness has been an issue
  • March 24, 2017
    Empress market is one of the oldest in the town. It offers every kind of things for daily life from household to garments. The economical prices are a fair reason to visit this place. Cleanliness has not been kept up to the mark.
  • June 24, 2017
    Very economical grocery purchase place in khi. However, it is a dirty filthy place. Not all can digest thus place. It has it's own nostalgic charm. The Dolman Mall of a long gone era.
  • April 21, 2017
    An oldest market in the city. All kinds of household items are available here. People commonly buy fruits, vegetable, meat and grocery items from here. Parking is a big hassle but wallet parking service is available. Building is antique and must have fun buying here if you want to see some historical places.
  • July 14, 2017
    A traditional market where vendors peddle all kinds of goods from vegetables to rat poison. Saddar's Empress Market opened for business in 1889 during the British Raj in the sub-continent. Designed by the architect James Strachan, it was built to honor Queen Victoria, then Empress of India. The site it was built upon has a bloody history. Tradition has it that local sepoys uprising against the British Raj were ruthlessly executed by having their heads blown off with canon balls on the exact spot. That history aside, it is a brilliant place to shop for fresh produce. It's not for the light-hearted as hygiene remains a major issue. Part of the market has a large pets section where you can find everything from pigeons and puppies to exotic birds such as peacocks.

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