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Less than a decade ago, Main Gulberg – known simply as Gulberg 1 – was a quiet residential area. However, several commercial enterprises have been established there recently.
Good food options… Main Gulberg is becoming increasingly popular among people living in Lahore due to the presence of several well known eateries. These include Tiramisu, a fine dining restaurant offering Italian and French cuisine, and Café Upstairs, best known for coffee, tea and dessert; the presence of The Last Word, an independent bookstore which has a large variety of books on offer, adds to the café’s popularity.
A park with more than just tracks… The tranquil Little Tollinton Park and Nursery is a popular recreational avenue, not only because of its walking and jogging tracks, but also because of the presence of the Spin Bar, a popular ice-cream parlour. Branches of McDonald’s and Submarine are located adjacent to the Park.
A mall is awaited… The Gulberg Galleria, the area’s first mall, has recently opened. Coincidentally, its architecture is reminiscent of the colonial buildings that line The Mall, one of Lahore’s primary thoroughfares. Gulberg Galleria is set to become a haven for shoppers and a host of high-end brands are expected to have a presence there. The food court is equally promising, given the fact that Gun Smoke, Gloria Jean’s and KC Grill will soon be major attractions.
Old world charm… Despite the commercialisation, Main Gulberg has an old world charm, thanks to the presence of rambling houses that have stood along tree-lined streets for decades.
In a nutshell… Main Gulberg is a charming mix of old and new – old fashioned houses provide a glimpse into the past, while the newer commercial establishments signal that the times – they are a changin’.
– Maheen Hassan
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First published in the Real Estate section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on January 12, 2014.