Given that it is a hill-station,
Panchgani may not have a lot on its plate for the shopaholic tourists, but it
is not entirely disappointing. The markets are a display of some of the most
exquisite leather goods, slippers, handicrafts, apparel, confectionaries and
some of the fruit-based products, especially strawberries. You can also buy
marmalades, jams, fruit crushes and strawberry and other fruit drink
concentrates from the Mapro shops that can be located at every other corner in
the city. Another outlet that sells similar products is Mala’s Fruit Products.
If you are a strawberry lover, head straight to Strawberry Den to get fresh
strawberry, jam, and cream. You can also explore other markets like the Buddha
Bazaar and the Shivaji Circle that are noteworthy in Panchgani
A market that is open on
Wednesdays only, the Buddha Bazaar is a popular weekly market in the hills. It
is usually filled with local visitors and tourists alike to procure local
products at the best prices. The market is a collection of a variety of things
ranging from the local vegetables to the organically grown fruits and varieties
of hams. Kolhapuri chappals, pots, and cooking pans are also commonly purchased
articles in the market.
For anyone who enjoys sweet
items, Roach & Sons bakery or the Kerala Bakery, some of the oldest bakers
in town, have great options. Fans of handicrafts and leather items would enjoy
shopping at the Shivaji Circle market. There is a rage among female shoppers to
get slippers and bags from this market. If you’re lucky, you may also get to
enjoy the process of chikki and channa making in this market.