Top 10 Hyderabad Souvenirs To Pick – Shopping In Hyderabad

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Hyderabad Souvenirs
Hyderabad Souvenirs, Illustration Source – Shutterstock

Hyderabad is a great shopping place. You can buy Hyderabad Souvenirs for everyone from here. In the 30 months that I spent living in the city, I walked around all the old and new parts of Hyderabad. Looking back at the pictures and Hyderabad Walking Tours I realized that there are so many shopping opportunities that city offers.

Hyderabad Souvenirs

So, here is my list of top Hyderabad Souvenirs to pick:

Hyderabadi Pearls

Hyderabadi Pearls - a must buy in Pearl City of India
Hyderabadi Pearls – a must buy in Pearl City of India

Anyone who grew up in India knows that Hyderabad is well known for its pearls. It has been a center of pearl trade for many centuries now. Yes, with hardly a water body around, it can not be the source of pearls. If you walk around the lanes near Charminar or area around Char Kaman, you can see many pearl shops. If you can request the shop owners, you can see small workshops behind shops. This is where the raw pearls are polished, pierced and strung together in a string.

Prices range from as low as Rs 100/- for simple earrings to few lakhs. All depends on the pearls you pick.

Pearls are available at leading jewelry shops across Hyderabad city but my recommendation is to go to the old city to pick one of the most favorite Hyderabad Souvenirs.

Lac Bangles

Colors Lac Bangles of Laad Bazaar in Hyderabad
Colorful Lac Bangles of Laad Bazaar – perfect Hyderabadi Souvenir

The lane connecting Char Minar to Chowmahalla goes by the popular name of Laad Bazaar. You just can not miss the bright lacquer bangles sold here. I was fortunate enough to go behind the shining shops and see the bangles being made. The technique used to make the bangles is similar to the one you get in Rajasthan. The work done on bangles in Hyderabad is distinct for its bold colors and design. There is no way you can miss the shine of these bangles.

Read More – Laad Bazaar & Bangle Making

Each bangle is crafted manually. Each stone is individually pasted to create myriad patterns. Just explore the shops around to chose the bangles that best match your ethnic dresses. I used to enjoy just walking around these shops, watching women fuss over colors and patterns.

Lac bangles from Hyderabad make a perfect gift for all the girls and women around you.

Prices – Very affordable.

Bidri Work

Bidri work - a perfect craft to take home from Hyderabad
Bidri work – a perfect craft to take home from Hyderabad

The Bidri is a metal craft that comes from the town of Bidar. Now, Bidar technically falls in the neighboring state of Karnataka. Physically and culturally it is quite close to Hyderabad. I saw a Bidri work workshop near Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad. The works are of course available in most souvenir shops. It was an eye-opening experience to see the artisans craft each piece Most tourists end up buying it in state emporium ‘Lepakshi’. However, you can find small shops in the old city where you can buy them cheaper.

Most common items in Bidri work include small boxes and pen stands. The silver on top of black metal looks elegant, strong yet delicate.

If you have time at hand and a design in mind, you can get Bidri work made to order – just for you. Many families in Hyderabad get the pieces custom made for family functions.

Traditional weaves & fabrics

There are many types of woven fabric that you can buy in Andhra & Telangana. I would restrict my recommendations to two of them:

Pochampally Saris – Every woman who ever wears a Sari must have a Pochampally Sari in her collection. The choice is between silk or cotton. Once you made that choice, you need to choose between the wide range of color combinations available.

Ikkat pattern being woven at Pochampally
Ikkat pattern being woven at Pochampally

You can also buy home linen in the same geometric Pochampally patterns. If the weaving process intrigues you, head to Pochampally village that is only 45 km away from Hyderabad.

Kalamkari – This art of hand printing the fabric using a pen belongs to Sri Kalahasti further south of Hyderabad. However, among all the big cities, Hyderabad is your best bet to pick up authentic Kalamkari prints. Look at boutique shops in areas like Banjara Hills and Jubilee hills.

A Kalamkari stamp issued by Govt of India
A Kalamkari stamp issued by Govt of India, Image Credits – rook76 / Shutterstock.com

You can buy fabric for making dresses or you can buy paintings in Kalamkari.

Khada Dupatta

This is a traditional bridal wear of Hyderabad. It comprises of more than 12 meters of fabric. Most of the fabric wears heavily embroidery. When I first looked at the garment in a shop in old Hyderabad city, I was amazed how do fragile women carry so much weight. I tried one on me to figure out how it is worn. It seems simple & of course, beautiful.

Khada Dupatta
Khada Dupatta

While the full bridal wear can be a great gift for any to-be-brides around you, I recommend the ones you get for small girls. They look very cute and I am sure your daughter or your niece would love it.

Mangoes

I am not sure if you know Hyderabad boasts of many local varieties of Mangoes. Just step outside the urban areas of the city and more often than not, you will find yourself in a mango orchard. If you happen to be there during summer months, visit an orchard. Many orchard owners allow you to pick your mangoes – just pay for your pick at the exit.

Mango Orchards in Hyderabad
Mango Orchards in Hyderabad

Popular varieties include Himayat – which is absolutely green in color. My favorite though is Rasaal – the one you have to eat by sucking through a tiny hole on top.

If you miss the Mango season, pick the Hyderabadi Mango Pickle.

Hyderabadi Biryani

Take home the famous Hyderabadi Biryani
Take home the famous Hyderabadi Biryani, Image Source Shutterstock

This post can not be complete without the world famous Hyderabadi Biryani. Now, if you are thinking, how can you pack a perishable product as a souvenir. The biryani makers of Hyderabad have taken care of packing issues. You can pick up packed Hyderabadi Biryani from its famous outlets like Paradise in Secunderabad. It is available even at the airport. Believe me, your foodie friends can not ask for a better souvenir from Hyderabad.

Of course, there is nothing much that vegetarians like me would appreciate in Biryani. For vegetarians, check the next option.

Bakery Products – Karachi Bakery & Osmania Biscuits

Fruits cookies from Karachi bakery are those melt in the mouth cookies that you get nowhere else. You can get them almost anywhere in Hyderabad. If you want to visit the original shop, head to the old city at their original outlet.

Osmania Biscuits & Irani Chai
Osmania Biscuits & Irani Chai – What Hyderabad Loves, Image Credits – Sankalp Vishnu

If you want to pick up the biscuits that were invented for last Nizam of Hyderabad – Osman Ali, ask anyone for Osmania Biscuit. Now, I am not too fond of Osmania biscuits as they are both sweet & salt. Do not tell that to a Hyderabadi – they love it. Have it with Irani Chai you get anywhere in Hyderabad or Kesar Chai that you get in special places.

Both these bakery items make a good souvenir from the city of Hyderabad.

Pulla Reddy Paper Sweet

Purtekaaloo or the Paper Sweet of Hyderabad
Purtekaaloo or the Paper Sweet of Hyderabad, Image Credits – Sankalp Vishnu

Paper Sweet is a special sweet that you get only in Hyderabad. It is made of layers of the paper thin layer of rice – almost like rice paper. Inside there is a filling of coconut and jaggery or coconut and sugar. Every time I ate this sweet, I wondered, how they manage to make the paper thin layers of rice. You get them at many places, but for the authentic ones go to Pulla Reddy Sweets.

When I used to visit Hyderabad from Delhi or Bangalore, this is one Mithai I always picked up. It did not matter people liked the sweet or not – it always surprised people with its recipe.

Gongura Pickle – my favorite of Hyderabad Souvenirs

If you have not lived in Telugu states of Andhra / Telangana – you probably are wondering what is Gongura. Well, it is a green leave that is used as a souring agent in this region. The Daal made with it is simply yummy.

Gongura pickle is readily available in any grocery store in Hyderabad. This is the best way to take this Telugu leave home. Savor it with your food at home. A great gift too.

Do you have any more suggestions for Hyderabad souvenirs to share? Which is your favorite Hyderabad Souvenirs?

Recommend you read following travel blog on Hyderabad walking tours and places to visit near Hyderabad.

  1. Mythology Museum at Surendrapuri, Hyderabad.
  2. 10 Must do things at Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad.
  3. Bathukamma Festival – How Telangana celebrates Navratri.
  4. Walk from Charminar to Purana Pul via Mehboob chowk, Hussaini Alam.
  5. President’s winter home – Rashtrapati Nilayam.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Whoa! Hyderabad is my spiritual home town – I’ve experienced all this several times over and more in the 18-odd years I lived there. Thanks for the nostalgia Anuradha. Gongura pickle… the name itself makes me drool! I know what I am having for lunch today! 😉

    • Vidya, Gongura pickle is something I miss the most. These are all the things that I miss from Hyderabad. I packaged these things as souvenirs, but essentially this is what I miss from Hyderabad.

  2. Nice blog.. Gud job.. It is very important for traveller to know about the places where they want to visit. Places to visit at that time. Places famous for. everything they must. And this type of informative blogs helps a lot at the time of travelling. Thank you so much for the information.

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