Bangladesh is indeed a shoppers' paradise with a rich tradition in handicrafts at throw away prices. While muslim of Dhaka has gone down in history, other products such as contemporary paintings, wood works, cotton, silk, gold, silver, jute, reed, brassware, traditional dolls and leather goods also receive deep appreciation of the lovers of arts and crafts now over the past centuries. In addition, Bangladesh is famous for pink pearl.
Where & When to shop
Dhaka has been divided into seven areas to maintain a schedule of weekly holidays. All markets of a specific area are remaining closed on a specific day except daily goods, medicine and food courts. Markets are being closed for the whole day once in a week and for the half day (till 2pm) in another day. And on others day, markets remain opened from morning to 8pm. Lets know about the weekly closing day of markets.
Friday full day & Saturday half day off
Book market of Bangla bazaar, wood storehouse of Farashganj, wholesale raw material market of Shyambazar, Buriganga bridge market, Alam super market, Samad Super market, Rahmania super market, Idris super market, Dayaganj bazaar, Dhupkhola math bazaar, Dayaganj city corporation market, Kaptan bazaar, Thathari bazaar, Capital super market, Chakbazaar, Moulovi bazaar, Imamganj market, Babu bazaar, Naya bazaar, Islampur cloth market, Patuatuli electronics and optical market, Nayamati accessories market, Sharif mansion, Choto and Boro Katra wholesale market, Begum bazaar, Tatibazaar, Nababpur road and shops of North-South road, Azimpur super market, Fulbaria market, Gulistan hawkers market, and Sundarban square market.
Sunday full day & Monday half day off
Mollah tower, Al-Amin super market, Rampura super market, Malibag super market, Taltola city corporation market, Kamlapur stadium market, Goran bazaar, Meradia bazaar, Aysha Mosharrof shopping, Donia Tejarot market, Abedin tower, Dhaka shopping centre and Mitali super market
Thursday full day and Friday half day off
Century arcade, Mouchak market, anarkoli market, Bishal centre, Aysha shopping complex, Karnaphuli garden city, Concord twin tower, Eastern plus, Polwell super market, City heart, Jonaki super market, Gazi bhaban, Stadium market- 1 & 2, Gulisthan complex, Khaddar market, Pir Yemeni market, Baytul Mokarram market.
Tuesday full day & Wednesday half day off
Hatirpool bazaar, Motalib plaza, Eastern plaza, Bashundhara city shopping mall, Green super market, Saudia super market, Farmview super market, Sezan point, Lion shopping centre, New market, Chandrima market, New super market, Gauchia market, Chandni chak, Noor mansion, Bakushah market, Islamia market, Dhanmondi hawkers market, Eastern mollika, Globe shopping, Badruddoza market, Priangon shopping centre, Gausul azam market, Elephant road, Shimanto square (Rifle square), ARA shopping centre, orchard point, capital market, dhanmondi plaza, Mamtaz plaza, Metro shopping mall, Plaza RA, Prince plaza, Rapa plaza, Orchid plaza, Keari plaza, Anam rangs plaza, Karwan bazaar DIT market, Kabbokos super market, Kichen market, Aziz co-operative market, and Sakura market.
Thursday full day and Friday half day off
Mohammadpur town hall market, Krishi market, Arong, BRTC market, Shyamoli hall market, Muktijoddha super market, Mazar co-operative market, Shah ali super market, Muktobala shoping complex, and Mirpur stadium market.
Sunday full day and Monday half day off
BCS computer market, Pallabi shopping market, Mirpur benarasi polli, Pallabi super market, Purobi super market, New society market, Sweden plaza, Parbata tower, Tamanna complex, Chayanir super market, Rajanigandha market, Ibrahimpur bazaar, UAE moitri complex, Rahman market, Banani super market, DCC market gulshan-1 & 2, Navana tower, Alam super market, and Coloni bazaar market.
Wednesday full day and Thursday half day off
Lutfun shopping tower, Hakim tower, Holland centre, Nurnabi super market, Suvastu nazar valley, Jamuna future park, Rajlokkhi complex, Rajuk centre, Ekota plaza, Mannan plaza, Bandhan plaza, Kushal centre, AB super market, Amir complex, Mascot plaza, SR tower, Police co-operative market, and Rajuk cosmo.
Pink pearls are the best buy in Dhaka. These natural products are unparallel in luster.
Gold & Silver
A wide range of gold and silver ornaments, silver filigree work etc, are considered by many traveler's to be unparalleled.
Brass & Copperware
Among the best buys here are brass and copperware trays, wall decoration, vases etc, all are hand made with fine engravings and filigree work. Products made from the hides and skins of animals and reptiles, intricate wood carvings, cane and bamboo conchshell, bangles, embroidered quilts, jamdani and silk fabrics can also be bought. These are available in DIT market and in a number of exclusive shops in New Elephent Road, Dhanmondi, New Market, Mirpur Road, Pantha Path, Dhaka.
Duty free sales and display centers run by Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (National Tourism Organization) are located in Dhaka Zia International Airport, and Sylhet Osmany International Airport. These shops enjoy the reputation of being well established with a wide range of goods at unbeatable prices. Goods available include wines and spirits, perfumes, cigarates, hi-fi stereo and audio-visual equipments like T.V., Radio, Tape Recorder, VCR, VCP, VCD Players, Cameras, Watches and a range of household appliances. All purchases must be paid for in foreign currency.