Friday, 27 December 2013

Diary of a Shopaholic - The Ultimate Guide for Shopping in Pakistan

"You know that thing when you see someone cute and he smiles and your heart kind of goes like warm butter sliding down hot toast? Well that's what it's like when I see a store. Only it's better.. You see, a man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn't fit, you can't exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags.."

Well excuse my unconditionally crazy love for Confession of  Shopaholic and jump quickly to a long list of stores in Pakistan that are desperately awaiting you, to treat you like that princess you really are! Shall we?

Disclaimer: This isn't a sponsored post in any way but a genuine effort to help anyone who is in search of best shopping places in Pakistan for dresses, shoes, makeup, accessories, books, you name it! 

I often get people ask me about the best shopping places in Pakistan for cosmetics, dresses, accessories and what not & being the shopaholic I am, I always reply them with a long never-ending suggestion list. While revising this exercise the other day, this idea clicked me that I should better compile a proper and formal list of my personal favourite shopping spots in Pakistan and publish them on the blog so every body with same query may benefit from it. Now of course I cannot talk about all cool shopping places in Pakistan we have but only those from where I prefer to shop - online included!

To find out more about any mentioned store just click on its name and it will take you to its official Facebook Fan page, there you can find all relevant details.


Talk about fashion on a budget, this year over 50% of my summer wardrobe was from Lime Light. Their vibrant kurtas with that signature kind of light embroidery was a treat to wear in scorching Pakistani heat. 
Classic – a favourite since generations! Enough said.
Majority of my formals come from Zahra Ahmad. I had that secret bonding with the mind behind the brand that always make me feel if she had read my mind before designing her formals, I usually always get what I really want from her. 
Casual, chic and comforting! Compelling enough for me to burn few bucks each time I visit the store. 
Cool & Contemporary – house of best Kurtas with trendy cuts!


Uber chic combination of class & comfort!
What started from Lahore is now available all across Pakistan. A worth visiting place that carries almost all types of shoes & bags.
Not a bad place to go to when you want to get some quality shoes without burning a hole in your pocket.


The guy behind this brand is genuinly a legend! Oh-so-creative designs that surely would make you addicted!
A little home-based business that seriously isn’t bad if you are looking for some traditional hand-made jewellery pieces.
An amazing collection of gotta jewellery – perfect for our traditional wedding functions.


The hottest lifestyle store in Pakistan – it’s loud, it’s vibrant, it’s 9lines!
Super cute, super fun key chains, mini notepads, magnets and a lot more!


My notebook, my laptop my tab everything was ordered from here so it really have my trust! Although they usualy charge a few extra bucks as compared to the rest of the sellers in market but again nothing beats the satisfaction and assurance I get about the authenticity of the products I get from here. They stock a good variety of beauty gadgets too. is another reliable store for shopping gadgets and other electronic stuff online in Pakistan. Their prices are the best and they offer one year warranty of their own for almost all products/brands. I was introduced to this site by my brother, he has ordered tons of stuff from here and never had a problem. A couple of months ago, I ordered my tab from there and had a hassle free experience.


Web Based Stores:

A huge collection of brands to choose from, amazing customer service! Detailed review here.
An authentic place to get all that international makeup you had been craving for!! Detailed review here.

Facebook Based Stores:

My most favourite and trustworthy store to buy makeup! Very professional attitude and amazing prices. Detailed review here.
Shopped once! Loved it.
The owner is sweatheart, look nowhere else if you’re planning to get some Avon or The Bodyshop.
This is my new favourite store, they have this price matching policy according to which you would be getting the lowest prices in town! Ordered twice, thrid on the way already.
A very professional young lady who never gets tired answering no matter how many questions you ask from her! Loved ordering from her.

For locally available makeup brands you may like to check out the makeup counters of following malls/departmental stores. They sell authentic makeup. Make sure you pick up things from officially present counters only.
  1.  Al-Fatah…………...................Islamabad, Faisalabad, Lahore
  2. Sitara Mall……….....................Faisalabad
  3.  Mall of Lahore………………...Lahore
  4.  Centaurus…………………......Islamabad
  5.  Naheed Super Mall…………...Karachi 


Didn't have a very pleasant experience with their home delivery service but if you get a chance to visit their store in Lahore, there is nothing better than it.

EDIT [January 31, 2015] Readings have really made things better when it comes to their website and online books delivery service. Lately, I've been ordering so many books from them and my experience has been great. Their prices are always better than other online books selling websites in Pakistan.
Have been purchasing books online from Liberty since last three years & not for a moment they put me down! Can’t refer more.

 This is it guys! A lot of hard work, time and research is in the background of this post, I really hope some of you reading me from the other side of the laptop screen would find this helpful. If you feel your favourite store is left out, don't forget to add it to the list by commenting below.

Much Love,
Zubia Rizvi


  1. Very informative & detailed post.. :) Haven't ordered anything from Dhanak and Rouge yet... Will sure try these soon

    1. You should definitely visit them Huda, happy shopping! :)

  2. ooh I didnt know reading have home delivery service.Well the list is so thorough and helpful.Waisey I would have placed Iram and Dhanak on top :P great post.Thumbs up

    1. Dhanak's owner & Iram both comes in the list of few sweetest ladies I have ever met! :)

  3. such a informative post awesome

  4. very informative and detailed post. shopped from some of the site mentioned, and totally agree with you!
    thumbs up for all the hardwork you did! :)xx
    Sadia Malik's Blog

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