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. With our world travel planner, Karachi attractions like Empress Market can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A variety of stuff, from vegetables to birds, to old clothing and dry fruits and gardening stuff, always end up buying one thing or another even if I don't need it.  more »
  • I go here to get groceries that i cannot find anywhere else... almost all off - season produce and especially vegetables that most local shopkeepers do not stock. I get pure pressed oil (mustard/cocon...  more »
  • While location of Empress market in the Heart of Saddar makes it challenging to get to, the Classic English architecture of the main building has this Romantic nostalgia to it. The colourful sights, m...  more »
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  • One of the great wholesale market if Karachi. Not only dry fruits, vegetables, grocery etc available here but also imported stuff also available here. Parking can be an issue here but can be adjusted by visiting during early hours! Nice place for a discounted monthly shopping
  • Best place to go if you are planning to buy quality meat, dry fruits, fruits and vegetables, jams and marmalade and other commodities. It was built by British colonialists between 1884 and 1889, so for history buffs, the place offers some interesting stories and photography angles to post on social media. The site was used for hanging several local sepoys (soldiers) after the Indian Uprising in 1857. This building is one if the very few bazaars left from the British raj.
  • Very economical place for produce and fruits. However, it is a dirty and filthy. Not all can digest this place. It has it's own nostalgic charm. The Dolman Mall of a long gone era.
  • A historic market place with great architecture and design. You can literally find anything you need from groceries to pets. Although the area is crowded and parking is not so easy but it is worth visiting.
  • Live this place. It's one of the oldest open air markets in Karachi and named after Queen Victoria. You will find almost everything here from fruits, vegetables, dry fruits, pots and pans to chickens, parrots and other animals. This place is always bustling and there's always something to be bought.

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