Pakistan is not exactly a tourist destination (thank you U.S. travel warnings since forever), so it’s tough to know where to go to find souvenirs and gifts. But with the art and political culture opening up, there is a lot of cool stuff around.
This is a list of shops and spots I discovered in Karachi. It should come in handy for those who end up there, including the flood of expats and their kids on ritual family visits during wedding season.
1. Daku (Bandit).What: Politically-conscious t-shirts.
Where: Yellow and Deepak Parwani in Zamzama have some. Or become a fan on Facebook.
What: Jewelry, souvenir trucks and rickshaws, home decoration.
Why: Run by a Lahore-based NGO.
Contact: Call 021 5804707 or try their website.
What: Sunday market.
And to experience a bit of Karachi’s cosmopolitan culture while you are there, don’t forget to check out www.karachisnob.com.
Feel free to add tips or clarifications. I would love to hear about other finds so I can check them out next time I’m there.