Conventionally known as the City of Temples, Bhubaneswar has witnessed an upsurge in mall culture in the past couple of years. Leveraging the burgeoning disposable income of the city’s upwardly mobile consumers, many ambitious companies have set up their shopping complexes across posh locations in the city. While some of them have already gained a strong foothold in the city’s highly competitive FMCG market, others are devising creative models to tap into the potential shopping-junky population. Quite a few consumers in the city have demonstrated an unprecedented inclination towards spending on commodities ranging from clothing accessories to consumer electronics to groceries to food courts. It would not be an exaggeration to say that shopping malls have translated into the lifeblood of the city’s economy. These malls have become a rage among the city’s youth who frequent them practically any day.
Moreover, malls have also become favorite shopping destinations for families as they offer the convenience of shopping in the vibrant and comfortable environment of the malls. So let’s take a look at the seven most popular malls in the city.
Esplanade One is the largest shopping mall in Bhubaneswar, designed by the Practice Design Pvt Ltd and developed by the Forum Group and The Blackstone Group. Esplanade One has a built-up area of 9.5 lakh sqft, including 4 lakh sqft of leasable area (retail space and Cinepolis, a 7-screen Multiplex). Esplanade One draws a sizable crowd across the week, offering ample greenery inside the mall premises, an ensemble of popular retail stores, and a huge food court offering delectable food options for the crowd. It also includes 2.5 lakh sqft of offices and 3 lakh sqft of parking. The complex is spread over 9 floors and the offices start from the third floor. Esplanade One mall is located at Rasulgarh.
About the Mall: Forum Mart is the very first shopping complex in the city that created the availability of a one-stop shop for denizens. Popular for its anchor shop Big Bazaar, the mall has been successfully catering to the variety of needs of the city populace. From garments to gadgets to household accessories and almost everything, the mall is a big hit among people of all age groups on any given day. From classic brands for the ones with definitive taste to regular items for the commoners, this is one location where you can find something for every single individual. While a larger chunk of its crowd head for the shopping at Big Bazaar, others can be seen thronging the eateries housed in the mall. Over the years, Forum Mart has been the ultimate hangout zone and the favorite among the city youth as well.
How to Reach: The mall is located at Kharvel Nagar – a walkable distance from the traffic post.
About the Mall: Gone are the days when the common man had to hop from one shop to another for their day-to-day shopping. But with dream-store Pantaloons coming into the city, now anyone can get anything starting from a hairpin to a home appliance and electronics under a single roof. As a leading retail giant, Pantaloons offers some of the most innovative offers of quality products at affordable prices. Spread across a wide area and conveniently located near Vani Vihar, the mall gets some staggering footfalls every day from its loyal customers as well as casual window shoppers and mall hoppers. A hot favorite of the city youth, the mall adds to the glory of the city with its quality goods and services. The retail chain brings to you the best of products and garments produced by small, medium, and large companies and manufacturers from across India. The growing popularity of Pantaloons can be attributed to its vibrant culture and soothing ambiance.
How to Reach: The mall is located in Suruchi Commercial Complex, Saheed Nagar, and is on the main road. It’s hardly a couple of minutes’ walk from Vani Vihar square.
About the Mall: The mall is a shopping arcade with a giant megastore in the heart of the city. One of the most beautiful shopping malls in the city, it has a wide range of products for kids and adults as well. It houses almost everything, from garments to accessories, fancy items, and fashion products, etc. Started by Odia entrepreneurs, the mall offers absolutely anything you need. Tired of shopping? You can munch on some of the mouth-watering snacks at the food counters. A shopper’s delight, the shopping complex brings together a variety of items at affordable prices so that people from different socio-economic backgrounds can come and enjoy.
How to Reach: They have two branches; the first one is located next to the Kalinga Stadium on the Airport-Infocity Road and can be located on the right-hand side when one is moving towards the airport from Jayadev Vihar. The second one is located near Khandagiri-Chandaka Road.
About the Mall: The Pal Heights Mall stands next to the Pal Heights Hotel and is mostly known for its high-end retail stores which offer a wide range of merchandise in food items, electronic appliances, fashion garments, imported products, jewelry, and books. It is house to some of the best international cuisine eateries like Chinese, Thai, and Italian organic foods counter along with fish and meat counters. Pal Heights is also a well-known destination for book lovers who throng to its Oxford Bookstore and the Cha Bar within the limits of the bookshop. It’s a one-stop-shop for the city youth to shop and eat along their way to a perfect evening. Hanging out with friends was never so convenient before! Pal Heights has come a long way to win hearts and become a favorite locale for the city’s populace.
How to Reach: The mall is located near Jayadev Vihar Square.
BMC Keshari Mall
About the Mall: For the dedicated shoppers in the market building area, BMC Keshari Mall is a treat. With a four-way entrance, the market complex is one of the biggest in the city and gradually, the entire complex is to be transformed into a mega multi-storeyed block, complete with all the necessary amenities. The first market complex in the state with a roof-top parking facility for 70 cars, the place is commonly known as the Unit II AC Market. The megastructure is mushrooming with around 220 shops ranging from garments to gadgets to eateries filled in its 70,000 sq ft built-up area. Matching up to other malls across the length and breadth of the city, the BMC Keshari mall is the latest hangout destination for the city’s youth as well as older people. You can indulge in some really good shopping experiences, eat to your heart’s content and hang out with friends and family at this place.
How to Reach: The shopping mart stands at the rear side of the Market Building complex.
About the Mall: The Maruti mall has a total built-up area of around 5000 sq. ft at is situated at a prime location in Bhubaneswar known as Maruti corner. While the basement area is dedicated for parking space only, the mall stands tall with its anchor tenant Big Bazaar which is always crowded with loyal customers. This mall is the only organized shopping complex in the Patia area. The mall has thus opened its door for over 50 national brands across apparel, food, and lifestyle segments which cater to the varied taste of the people residing in Chandrasekharpur, Patia, Niladria Vihar, and Patia complex. The glitzy shops sport the latest trends in fashion and food and are a shopper’s paradise for that particular reason. Overall the mall is carving a niche in the city that is dominated by traditional markets for a long time. This ultra-new mart is increasing the brand consciousness among the people and promoting organized retail significantly in that part of the city.
How to Reach: The mall stands at the Maruti corner on KIIT Square at Patia.
About the Mall: Touted as the city’s most hip and happening shopping destination, Bhawani mall is a public-private partnership project of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation and Bhawani Constructions. The five-stoery shopping mega-complex and cineplex structure have been built on a six lakh square feet area, which also includes space for offices and retains outlets. Taking of space for parking, the shopping mall has about 60,000 square feet of basement parking and 45,000 square feet of terrace parking. Moreover, the mall has a 90-ft frontage for green cover. Located at the heart of the city, Saheed Nagar, Bhawani Mall has unique amenities including retail outlets like Brand Factory to cineplex like INOX. Bhawani mall is already drawing a sizeable portion of the city’s young consumers.
How to Reach: The mall is located at a walkable distance from IDBI bank at Saheed Nagar.