Lahore, the capital city of the Punjab region is colorful, bustling and one of the most prestigious cities in Pakistan. There is a good selection of shops for the souvenir hunter. There are open-air bazaars and markets, including Anarkali, the oldest market in front of the Lahore Museum. Ichara is the most affordable market and Liberty Market, well known for its silks and jewelry- especially gold. Good-natured bargaining over prices in the market is the way to secure good bargains! Take a look at the top 10 souvenirs to buy in Lahore.
1. Pop some packets of Nan-Khatai in your suitcase
These delicious crumbly biscuits are very popular in Lahore and are perfect for dunking in a cup of tea! They are widely available, but the best places to buy them are the Gourmet Bakery or the Khalifa Bakery in the old city.
2. Choose a platter of dried fruits
There is a great selection of dried fruits to buy and the dried figs are particularly good. With gifts in mind, there are attractive sealed platters available with a selection of kishmish, chilgoza, peanuts, and hazelnuts.
3. Pamper your feet with a pair off khussa
Khussa footwear is both pretty and distinctive and made in soft materials, decorated with elaborate designs. You will see many women wearing khussa as they are very comfortable and they go with many different styles – and look surprisingly good with jeans!
4. Treat yourself to some traditional jewelry
A stroll through Liberty or Anarkali markets will reveal a wealth of different jewelry to buy. The jewelry is made in traditional designs and carefully handcrafted using precious and semi-precious stones. – many of them mined in northern Pakistan. The most popular sets have attractive necklaces with matching earrings with rubies, emeralds, and sapphires all proving firm favorites!
5. Sleep well with beautiful bed linens
In Lahore, buying bed linen is certainly fun! There are shops that specialize in custom making bed sets to order! There is a great selection of different linens to choose from including plain, classically patterned and beautifully embroidered. The sheets will be made to the exact size you request and will be ready for collection – along with the required number of pillowcases – in just a few hours!
6. Select a beautiful piece of onyx
Lahore is famous for its stylish black onyx and although it is quite expensive, it is well worth considering as it is very special. There are some specialist shops with a good selection of trinket boxes, vases, dishes as well as ornamental pieces.
7. Admire the Multan pottery
Pieces of pottery can be easily found in the bazaars and the Multan pottery is distinctive as it is blue and white in color and decorated with floral designs. It makes an attractive and affordable gift.
8. Relax with a Himalayan salt lamp
If you are looking for an unusual souvenir of your trip to Lahore, these lamps are certainly rather special. They are made from a chunk of mountain salt which is mined in the foothills of the Himalayas. The salt is thousands of years old and can be bought either in its natural shape or as a skilfully carved piece. The salt has a lamp fitting inside and emits a lovely soft golden glow which creates a restful ambiance in a room. It is said that the lamps are healthy too because if they are placed near computers, televisions, etc they preserve the air quality as they emit healthy negative ions. Pak Souvenirs is the specialist shop to visit.
9. Admire the locally carved wood
Wood carving is a very important craft in Lahore and there are many craftsmen who can be seen at work carving the most beautiful pieces of wooden furniture. Of course, if you fall in love with such a piece, you can get it shipped home, but there are smaller pieces of intricately carved wood that will fit inside your suitcase and these include lovely wall plates and sweet dishes.
10. Decide on a gorgeous shawl
There are countless beautiful shawls to admire in the bazaars and any of them would make a really special gift. The shawls are hand embroidered in intricate designs and often decorated with shimmering sequins. The shawls are available in a rainbow of different colors and in two sizes – the smaller size is perfect for adding a colorful top layer to a winter jumper or coat. The larger sized shawls are known as ‘stoles’ and are really large but can be cleverly used as curtains, wall hangings or throws to add a splash of color to your home.