Surat is an all time favorite shopping destination in Gujarat and is also a major trading center of Western India. In the ancient times, it was an important port with dynamic trade activities. The age old mercantile and trade still exists in the city. In Surat, there are a number of places to shop from and items to choose from. With the ebb of time, the city has progressed and become highly commercialized. Thus, it can indeed be called as a shopper's paradise. It is famous for its textiles, handlooms and handicraft industry.
It is said that one out of every five sarees is manufactured in Surat.
It has a huge saree market which is an all time hit amongst women. The
Zari work of the city is famous in the entire country. There are
numerous shops in Surat, which specialize in the Zari work using silver
and gold threads. These sarees are a must buy item for every woman's
wardrobe. Apart from this, you will also find sarees adorned with works
of kinari and salma. Another thing for which Surat is known is its
A major chunk of world's diamonds is cut and polished here. It even
earns foreign exchange through export of diamond to US and other
countries. Thus, jewelry shops are also found in abundance here. As a
result, during the festive and the marriage season, the markets of Surat
are flooded with people. People from across the country visit the city
to buy exquisite sarees and jewelry. You can also buy items decorative
items of wood, tin and ivory. Silver work is also quite popular here.
You can buy regional arts and crafts from the State Emporiums.
Major Departmental Stores in Surat