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Several shopping venues line Link Road

Several shopping venues line Link Road

mother's day iconLocated in Model Town, one of Lahore’s most upmarket residential areas, Link Road is considered to be one of Lahore’s most rapidly developing commercial districts. The main attraction of this thoroughfare is without doubt the range of shopping venues it boasts of. This makes it the ideal place to take your mum on a shopping spree today and celebrate Mother’s Day.

Go shopping first… Top on the must-visit list are those shops dealing with fabric, readymade clothing and shoes; they include Brossons, Hush Puppies, Khaadi, Leisure Club and Raja Sahib. For mums who enjoy reading – be it a romance novel, the latest bestseller or Jamie Oliver’s most recent cookbook, head to Famous Books or Maqbool Books.

Pace is one of Lahore’s oldest shopping malls

Pace is one of Lahore’s oldest shopping malls

Shop a little more… Link Road is also home to several furniture and home stores of which Araish Furniture and Zubair Decoration House are popular. Pace, one of Lahore’s oldest malls is located there, as are Metro and Victoria, two of the city’s largest supermarkets. All this in addition to numerous grocery stores, general stores, embroiderers’ shops and bakeries.

Stop for a snack… Not surprisingly, Link road is also a popular foodie destination, thanks to a slew of desi eateries, which include Butt Chanay (whose main claim to fame is murgh chanay), Pronto and Chinese Restaurant, several snack stands known for their gol gappay, chaat and samosas, as well as branches of McDonald’s and Domino’s.

Model Colony is one of Lahore’s upscale residential areas

Model Colony is one of Lahore’s upscale residential areas

The real estate take… Link Road is completely built up; no vacant plots are available. Commercial property options include standalone shops and retail space in low-rise buildings. Property is in high in demand; prices and rentals have appreciated by approximately 35% and 30% respectively in the last five years.

In a nutshell… Although Link Road may not have any fine dining options, the range of shopping venues it offers makes it the ideal outing for retail therapy.

– Syed Wajeeh-ul-Hasan Naqvi

First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on May 11, 2014.
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