Central Market Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya may be known for its cold climate and its resemblance to little old England, however, one thing that has become a trend is the shopping scene in Nuwara Eliya. Located slap bang in the middle of the town, in New Bazaar Street, the Central Market of Nuwara Eliya is the town’s equivalent to Colombo’s Pettah Shopping Precinct. Ranging from apparels to everyday groceries to souvenirs and handicrafts, the Central Market of Nuwara Eliya has it all.

Best Known For

  • The Central Market Nuwara Eliya is famed for being one of the foremost markets in the hill country, as it is a center for commercial activity for many industries. Boasting a myriad of apparel vendors that specialise in warm clothing, sarees, sarongs and other textiles, along with other vendors that sell your everyday groceries to intriguing curios, the market thrives with diversity.

Interesting Facts

  • The Central Market Nuwara Eliya acts a flea market of sorts in many ways, due to the myriad of goods for sale.
  • From your everyday items, such as fruits and vegetables, to the more uncommon goods, such as sweet scented flowers sold by flower vendors, along with some exquisite tea for sale at the many tea stalls.
  • The central market is also known for having a number of curio stalls that will surely hoard that one rare item that could cost quite a sum, but could be bought for a dime, thus making it a shopper’s paradise, especially for those looking for some unorthodox retail therapy.
  • The highlighting factor though of the market is the number of warm clothing that is lined up for sale in the stalls.
  • The reason for such a surplus of winter clothing available for sale is an interesting one, as many who venture to this ‘Little England’ often sell their winter clothing to these vendors, due to the excess space they take in their luggage.
  • The other reason for such a surplus is that these vendors receive factory defects and rejects, thus the reason as to why these clothing can be purchased for a bargain.
  • In other words, it is possible to get your hands on almost new or factory fresh branded winter clothing without necessary splashing out your wallet. Of course, you have to have quite a sharp eye on defects and have good bargaining skills.
  • The same can be said with the number of souvenirs and handicrafts on sale too, making it quite a diverse and unique market in the hill country of Nuwara Eliya.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The market is open daily, however, due to the number of independent vendors in the market, the hours of operation differ from stall to stall.
  • Do keep in mind that the prices quoted by the vendors are up for negotiation always, therefore it will come in handy to be knowledgeable on the prices of second hand and defective warm clothing.
  • Do keep in mind that all vendors accept cash payments only.
  • Moreover, it is important to keep some change cash too, if you find some little trinket that catches your eye.
  • It is highly suggested that you scour through the entire market first before you bargain on anything, so as to get the lay of the land.

The Central Market Nuwara Eliya may be an unexpected to-do in ‘Little England’, however, with all its enticing offers for the shopping enthuse, you could come away with something rare and useful.

Title image by: Roshie Kahandawela

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