Walled City Lahore: Famous Markets 

Lahore is a beautiful walled city having a history spanning hundreds of years. If you have ever been to this beautiful city, you will come to know that Lahore is famous for its gardens as well as its Bazaars (markets).

Famous Markets of Old Lahore: Here in this piece article, we are telling you about some of the historical bazaars (markets)  lying in the older (inner) part of the walled city Lahore.

Akbari Mandi

Walled City Lahore: Famous Markets 
Walled City Lahore: Famous Markets

Akbari Mandi is a wholesale market for grains, spices, herbs, and chemicals. It is Asia’s most prominent grain and spice market.

The market is named after the Mughal emperor, Akbar, and dates back to the time of Akbar. Therefore, this market is considered one of the ancient markets.

Kasira Bazaar

Kasira Bazaar is known for its iron, copper, brass, and steel utensils. This market is characterized by rare and old utensils and decorative items.

Kasira Bazaar was built about 125 years ago and has about 100 shops. The old name of Van Market is Bazar Van Watan.

This market is about 100 years old. The bazaar is characterized by plastic and cotton bamboo, apples and traditional beds, and colorful plants sold here. This market is the largest wholesale clothing market in Asia.

Azam Market

Textiles are exported from this market to Iran, Afghanistan, China, and India. The market was established in the 1950s by Lieutenant General Azam Khan.

There are about 12000 shops in this market. Pakistan Cloth Market is a popular clothing market.

From where the cloth is taken for buying and selling all over Pakistan. The market is about 35 years old and has 1300 shops.

Soha Bazar

This is the gold market which is also known as Soha Bazaar. It is considered to be the largest gold market in Lahore.

This bazaar is located between Lohari Darwaza and Shah Alam Darwaza.

Even before the formation of Pakistan, traders of precious stones used to do business here. But after the formation of Pakistan, this business ended here.

The current stone market is 30 years old and has about 55 shops. These are all floor shops.

Moti Bazzar (Pearl Market)

Moti Bazaar is a popular shoe market in the inner city of Lahore. This is the wholesale market from where shoes are supplied all over the country and also in other countries.

This market is almost 100 years old. In Sikh times, the area was known as Bazar Hassan, which over time moved to Shahi Mohalla (behind the fort) and became a shoe market.

At present, there are about 1200 shops in this market.

Rim Market

There is a rum market in front of the Masti Gate of the Royal Fort and at the end of Moti Bazaar. This market is relatively new and was built about 35 years ago.

There is a car rum business here. There are about 60 shops in this market.

Shah Alam Market

Shah Alam Market is one of the largest markets in Pakistan. Shah Alam Market is famous for electronics, cosmetics, handicrafts, rare items, stationery, crockery, sports goods, jewelry, and other necessities of life.

There are approximately 1200 shops in this market.

The necessities of life are imported from Shah Alam Market all over the country and to the neighboring countries.

Eyeglass Market

Ainak Market is located at Shah Alam Darwaza. This market was established in 1970. There are about 120 shops in this market.

There are also dozens of spectacle factories and warehouses in the surrounding area.

Bird Market

The bird market is located at Bhati Darwaza. This market is not very old.

The market was built about 15 years ago and has about 38 shops. Different breeds of pigeons, parrots, partridges, and bats are available in this market.

Bengal Market

The bangle market is located near the water pond. It is a wholesale market for bangles from which bangles are sent to different cities and markets.

This market was established in 1950. According to the locals, before Pakistan was formed, there used to be Hindu temples in this place which were demolished and a bazaar was built here.

There are more than fifty bangle shops in this market.

Papad Mandi Bazaar (Papar Mandi Bazar)

Papad Mandi Bazaar is located between Shah Alam and Lohari Darwaza. The market is a market for herbs, jams, perfumes, and plastic bottles.

There are about 250 shops in this bazaar and it is said that this bazaar existed before it became Pakistan.

Sheesha Moti Bazaar (Glass Pearl Market)

Shisha Moti Bazaar is located near Rang Mahal, next to Gumti Bazaar. This market was a place of cowherds and buffalo keepers for a long time.

Then a glass pearl bazaar was established in this place. This market is known for shoe-making materials (rags, decorative stones, and jewelery). There are about 40 shops in this market.

Fish Market – Markets of Walled City Lahore

There are two fish markets in the inner city. One is at Delhi Gate and the other at Mori Gate. Mori Bazaar Fish Market was established in 1969 and had been operating for almost 45 years.

There are about 40 shops in this market. The Delhi Darwaza fish market is 13 years old and has 35 shops. Fish is sent from this market to famous restaurants in Lahore and other cities.

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