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Empress Market, Karachi

(3.5/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I have been there quite a few times to buy some stuff. It has everything. Local and imported vegetables, chicken, meat, fish, chocolates, baking etc everything at one place. You can only walk there an...  more »
  • Great place for shopping for all kinds of goods from spices to textile. Can get very crowded. Good idea to go with some locals to find what you are looking for. A place where bargaining is king. 
  • You can Literally buy anything here its no joke anything you want and it is quite cheap so its a win win situation 
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  • The colors, sights and smells are a unique blend that is probably not evident anywhere else. Small, quaint shops that make you feel you've stepped back in time. Where else can you get a talking parrot, a cow tongue and some nice fruit in the same street!
  • If you want to buy imported vegetables fruits baking n cooking raw materials which not available in local market go there n buy in most reasonable rates.... not only that but meat, groceries and verity of stuff. Not forgetting lots of pets as well available for sale. Only drawback of this place is cleanliness.
  • Great Market but would talk about one store in particular which i have been seeing since i have been visiting empress market since the 60's. One of the oldest established stores there currently is Paradise Store, (shop#1 of empress market, look left after entered main gate). The owner still runs it with his son and senior employees, he is MashAllah very aged but still comes Daily .... He comes using a walker and can barely walk up the main gate stairs since they are broken and severly damaged. But his compassion of being on seat everyday shows how self driven he still is to work. Hats Off. Again Paradise Store, Do visit and give your deepest acclamation to the owner for sticking by empress market even in Tough* times like this. Never the less there is hope for change. *Parking issues, Encroachment, Traffic, Tight Spaces, Misbehaved men, Unauthorised small window/street sellers and that is all because of the Pathan Group which has taken over the market in recent years, making it unethical and unbelievably Disgusting (Dirt vise).
  • Empress market provide each and everything at single place. A buyer can buy vegetable, fruit, fresh meat, dry fruit and each and everything of daily use with economical price. You can find everything on reasonable price.
  • You can find any type of fresh vegetable even which is hard to find in karachi apart from it you can do groceries and fresh chicken .