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M G Road, Kochi Overview

Mahatma Gandhi Road, popularly known as MG Road among the people is considered to be the commercial hub of Kochi. Everything you want and need can be found here. It’s a shopaholic’s paradise with many colourful shops and markets lined up in one road. The people of Kochi and some even from far away places come here for shopping as one can easily find clothes, accessories and household items. If you’re a more serious shopper and curious about the local products and crafts, you can find some of the best handicrafts, spices, and local products as you walk through many alleys of MG Road. But, as you walk through alleyways and find something you like, always remember to haggle and bargain.

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Shopping in MG Road

If you want to have an unforgettable experience while shopping, MG Road is the place to be. You can find jewellery from world-class jewellers, the best furniture, handicrafts, paraphernalia and some of the best coir products. International brands who specialize in clothing and footwear have made MG Road their headquarters due to the high volume of customers every day. Apart from this, there are street markets where you can haggle your way to get anything you want. Haggling is an art form and you can hone your skills here. If not for shopping, visit MG Road to witness some of the best bargain conversations you will ever come across that is in itself an amazing experience.

Malls in MG Road

1. Centre Square Mall
From international products and brands to local products, everything is available here. The mall even has a multiplex movie theatre with 11 screens, a gaming centre, food court, and restaurants.

Timings: 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM

2. Jacob’s DD Mall
More of a complex than a mall, it has many shops selling local products and restaurants selling local food. The place also has a Tattoo parlour if you’re feeling particularly rebellious or just want some art on you.

Timings: 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Restaurants in MG Road, Kochi

  • Kochi is a coastal town with influences from all parts of Kerala, and the world has some of the best cuisines you can find. As MG Road is a commercial hub, restaurants are aplenty.
  • If you’re looking for some of the best local delicacies, make your way towards Arippa Restaurant or the Grand Hotel and fill yourself up with some traditional and not so traditional Keralite food. It will fill your stomach as well as your heart at a very reasonable amount.
  • You can also find franchises like Barbeque Nation, McDonald’s, Subway, Baskin Robbins and more.

Pubs in MG Road, Kochi

Kochi is one of the few cities in Kerala that has a nightlife which is worth mentioning with restaurants and pubs being open well into the nights. Couchyn at the Grand Hotel, Mezzo at the Avenue Regent and The Rooftop Bar at the Mercy Hotel are some of the best pubs around MG Road.

How to Reach

Access to MG Road is relatively easy with all kinds of transport at your disposal. MG Road also has a metro station that has now made travel to and from more convenient and cheaper. MG Road is only 2 km away from Ernakulam Junction Railway Station and an hour away from Cochin International Airport. Taxi services like Uber and Ola are readily available all around Kochi.

Tips

  • Always remember to haggle if you’re buying something from the streets.
  • Saturdays and Sundays are usually really crowded.
  • Getting to MG Road is easier if you make use of public transports: buses and the metro.
  • The best time to visit is between 12 PM and 5 PM as there will be a fewer crowd.

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