Shimla

Further down the Mall Road is the Lakkar Bazaar, which has quite a few shops selling wooden handicrafts. The Mall is full of shops selling woolens most of which find their way to Shimla from Ludhiana, Punjab and Kullu shawls. Other favorites have included wooden toys, walking sticks and Tibetian carpets made in nearby Kinnaur. As the center of the food-processing industry in Himachal, jams and squashes made from local produce are indeed worth purchasing. The stretch between Combermere Bridge and the Telegraph Office is full of small stores which stock handcrafted Chinese shoes. The more well-known ones include Hopsons, Tatung and Hugh & Co.

Himachal Emporium

3 the mall, +91 177 280-1234 fax:+91 177 265-3164, (http://www.himcrafts.com). open mo-fr, 10am-5pm. an excellent place to purchase locally-made handicrafts at set prices. run by the himachal pradesh government.

Minchys

Anywhere in shimla!, +91 177 286-0203, (http://www.minchys.com). open mon-sun, 10am-6pm. the place for himachal fruit products! jams and squashes and wines: name it, michys has it. and the best of the lot. though the main shop is on the delhi-shimla highway, you can find stalls everywhere on the highway and in the city. worth a try...

Dockers San Francisco

Dcar, the mall, (http://www.dockersindia.com/). open every day, 11am-7pm. virtually the only international brand-store in shimla, dockers is a trendy and upmarket place. a favorite haunt of college students.

Maria Bros.

78-a the mall. antique and rare book dealers. absurdly overpriced. try the couple of other options further down the mall.

Minerva Book House

Hotel minerva, +91 177 225-2043. a good selection of novels.

Honeyhut
near the Lift

Part of a chain in the North, Honeyhut serves sandwiches, cakes, ice-cream and drinks. It also sells honey-based products such as soap, shampoo, lip balm, tea, and of course, honey. If you are a chai tea fan, try the organic cardamon tea with saffron honey.