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Located in Lahore’s Liberty Market, Dupatta Gali – a small yet vibrant commercial pocket – is your one stop solution for wedding and Eid shopping.
Shopping galore… If you are on the lookout for unstitched and semi-stitched fabric at a bargain, a visit to Dupatta Gali is a must. Scores of shops offering stacks of fabric, hand-woven shawls with intricate needlework, not to mention thread, bead and diamante embroidered lace and gota kinari as well as eye-catching parandas line the narrow passageways of this lively market.
Dozens of coloured bangles to choose from
Strike gold… You will find makeshift stalls dotting the area boasting glittering displays of gold and kundan jhumkas, tikas and matha pattis, all essentials for a Pakistani bride. A wide-ranging variety of the Bazaar’s signature, hand-crafted kolhapuri slippers and khussays are also available, but only if you are up for spending hours to unearth these treasures.
Out and about… If you have not yet ticked off all the items on your shopping list, make a stop at the bustling Liberty Market, home to high-end designer boutiques and a whole lot more. A few minute’s walk will take you to MM Alam Road, a commercial strip known for upscale eateries, shopping malls, salons and homeware stores.
Grab a bite… After hours of spirited haggling and navigating through the crowded, winding alleyways of Dupatta Gali, a stop at the food street that offers savoury fruit chaat and rolls, refreshing juices and piping hot jalebis will provide you with much needed respite.
The real estate take… Due to its central location, property prices in Dupatta Gali increase by 20 to 25% every year, while rentals appreciate by 32 to 40%. Commercial property options include small, standalone shops and retail space on the ground floor of apartment buildings.
In a nutshell… Dupatta Gali may not be Lahore’s trendiest shopping hotspot, but the variety of traditional clothes, jewellery and accessories – all at comparatively lower prices compared to other commercial areas in the city – make it a hot favourite for many people.
– Moneeza Burney
First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on September 21, 2014.