The shopping culture has quickly caught on in India with the emergence of large malls to serve the desires of the masses. For any city to become a modern city there has to be the presence of one high street mall that attracts locals and tourists alike. The existence of a mall defines how progressive the city is and how much it really has to offer.
India can’t come under the same umbrella as various shopping hubs such as Singapore, Dubai or even Hong Kong but India is frankly catching up to become one of the largest hubs that give the masses an easy access to name brands. It’s truly a unique experience to shop in some of these malls.
1. Lulu International Shopping Mall, Kochi
Lulu International Shopping Mall is the largest shopping centre in India with 1.7 million square feet of retail area. It’s located in Kochi, Kerala and is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala, especially by tourists.
It was opened in 2013 by Dubai based business mogul M. A. Yusuf Ali and has about 215 retail stores with a total of 5 floors.
The mall also has other activities to offer such as ice skating, bowling alley, indoor climbing, party hall and a fabulous food court with 3 fine dining restaurants along with a Hypermarket and PVR Cinemas.
2. Select Citywalk, New Delhi
Citywalk is one of the biggest shopping malls in New Delhi and the second largest mall in the whole of India. Located in Saket, New Delhi, it’s a shopping hub for more locals as well as a famous tourist spot for people to appreciate a unique shopping experience. The mall has a total area of 1.3 million square feet and was opened at the end of 2007 as a joint venture between Aaron Group and the Select Group.
The mall has around 180 retail outlets and more than 600 brands and houses 2 flagship stores in New Delhi; Espirit and Tommy Hilfiger while it’s also the location of the first stand-alone Calvin-Klein store. The mall has around 6 acres of outdoor area and a 100,000-square foot food court, a 6-screen cinema multiplex, and a 100,000-square foot open plaza.
The mall is extremely well planned and divided into 2 parts; Traditional for family, Celebration for centre stage, and High Voltage for the youth.
3. Elante Mall, Chandigarh
Elante is the third largest shopping mall in India with around 1.15 million square feet space. Located in Chandigarh, the entire complex covers an area of 20 acres of outdoor space which includes mixed-use real estate development project called Elante.
The mall is around 4 floors with two additional basements floors, an 8-screen cinema multiplex and more than 200 retail stores. It was stared in 2013 by the L&T Realty and is owned by the Carnival Group. The mall also provides a fun floor for the kids.
4. World Trade Park, Jaipur
Located in Jaipur, the World Trade Park is one of the largest malls in the country in terms of total area and are known to display images on the ceiling, the first system of its kind in the world. The mall has 11 floors which include amenities such as hotels, health clubs, restaurants, commercial office spaces and great entertainment spots.
It opened at the end of 2012 and was inaugurated by Shah Rukh Khan. The two buildings of the establishment are joined by a bridge, which house restaurants. All in all, it’s a unique experience to shop at this mall.
5. Phoenix Market City, Chennai
Phoenix Market City is considered the fourth largest mall in the country and the biggest shopping mall in Chennai. It beats the two other namesakes in Mumbai and Pune in terms of size.
The mall covers an area of 1 million square feet and opened in January 2013. It has around 300 retail stores providing top end brands to the shoppers and also has around 20 Boutique Hotel Rooms.
It houses an 11-screen cinema multiplex, a large food court, an IMAX theatre, and an interactive gaming zone called IPlay. The mall was developed by Phoenix Mills and Sharyans.