Akhtar Bakery, bed knobs, bread, broomsticks, dhoklas, fresh butter, homeware, jalebis, Karachi, malai khaja, mayonnaise, mazaar, mehendi cones, Meher Masala, old-fashioned shopping experience, pakoras, pao, plastic buckets, Raj, samosas, Shagufta Naaz, shoes, shrine, Soldier Bazaar, tea leaves shop, used clothes
Soldier Bazaar, once patronised by the wives of British soldiers during the Raj, may have lost its lustre in the face of all the glitzy malls sprouting up throughout Karachi, but the Bazaar and its surrounding areas still have a great deal to offer those looking for an old-fashioned shopping experience.
Mazaar-bazaar… The front of the Bazaar is an exuberant display of colour with handcarts laden with used clothes, shoes and assorted home-ware, all sheltered under the generous shade of century-old trees. An enterprising vendor even uses these trees to string up a clothesline and display his wares. The interior of the covered Bazaar is dim but once your eyes get used it, you can shop for anything from fresh meat and groceries to mehendi cones, plastic buckets, bed knobs, broomsticks and much, much more. The rear exit opens at the gates of a small shrine – complete with a green dome and flags – and an old woman tends a pottery shop around the corner, adding another quaint element to these slightly bizarre but charming environs.