A Shopaholics’ Edit: Top 7 Shopping Malls in Lahore

If you are an unapologetic shopping addict, scavenging through Lahore, looking for your next dopamine hit, then rest assured that this city will not disappoint you. While most tourists still recognize Lahore, by the warmth of its thousand-year-old heritage, there is no denying that it has come a long way in this modern era to offer more contemporary features that are equally enjoyable. One such is its generous selection of shopping malls in Lahore.

The best part about Lahore’s shopping malls is that they are a one-stop solution for all your entertainment needs; including hundreds of shopping outlets, a long list of delicious cuisines hosted at the food court, a packed movie theatre for adults and play areas for kids. [Featured Image: IG @oho._.mustafa]

Here are our top 7 picks of shopping malls in Lahore that you must explore:

1. Emporium Mall

Located on one of the busiest avenues of Johar Town, Lahore, Emporium Mall is the biggest mall in the city. As you drive towards the underground parking area you are welcomed by the mall’s contemporary ash-grey elevation that perfectly complements its modern, white-themed interior. Emporium Mall is a true shopaholic’s dream come true! It accommodates well over 200 different international and local brands that you can splurge on. Don’t forget to give yourself a break from all the shopping fuss, by grabbing a quick bite from the food court or dining in luxury at the mall’s 4-star hotel, Nishat Hotel. For those looking to amp up the recreational level at their mall trip, Emporium has a 9-screen cinema (Universal Cinemas), a one-of-a-kind ice-skating rink and a trampoline-themed amusement park, called Bounce.

2. Packages Mall

A stunning, landscaped architecture, a spacious parking area that can hold over 4000 vehicles and a clean, white interior; Packages Mall checks all the boxes when we talk about meeting international standards for a premium shopping experience. When we look at  the mall’s key attractions, the list is a long one!  A 7-screen Multiplex cinema (Cinepax), a massive food court with over 30 different food chains, numerous opportunities for fine dining at restaurants like The Pantry by Polo Lounge and Howdy, and over 200 local and international labels- Packages has something for everyone! Packages Mall believes in entertainment for all- with a handful of play areas for the kids and two trampoline-themed parks, FunCo and Bounce for the adults. Not to forget the various events that are organized by mall. From the Mango Festival, to celebrating Eid, Ramadan and Christmas, there is never a dull day at Package!

3. Mall of Lahore

A 13-storey, 130 feet tall building, standing in the heart of the Lahore Cantonment, is definitely hard to miss when you are driving on the Aziz Bhatti or the Tufail Road. Let’s begin with a lesser known fact about Mall of Lahore that is, it has the privilege of being the first smart building in Pakistan, powering the mall’s several corporate offices, residential apartments and retail stores. While it can only accommodate 400-500 vehicles, what the mall lacks in parking space, it makes up for with its superior shopping amenities. Get your kids hooked on some exciting video games at the play area, while you go off for some well-deserved therapy at over 70 different brands housed by the mall. With the finest selection of organic food, the mall’s grocery store, Green Valley, is perfect for a low-key day.

4. Gulberg Galleria

Are you in an endless search for a great designer brand to fit in some last-minute wedding shopping? Or are you looking for one of the most top-notch steakhouses in Lahore? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then its time you dropped by at Gulberg Galleria.

This state-of-the-art shopping mall is home to some of the most high-end fashion labels in the city, including Zaha, HSY and Maria Basit Malik. Moving from haute couture to haute cuisine, restaurants like RARE and Baranh are bound to elevate your mall dining expectations. The mall recently claimed more fame by hosting the infamous organic festival- Haryali Market.

5. Xinhua Mall

Located on the prestigious Mian Mehmood Kasuri Road, the asymmetrical architecture of the Xinhua Mall is bound to grab your attention. Besides local brands, Xinhua is also a hub for some of the most renowned international names including Adidas, Nike and The Body Shop. From a calorie-packed food court to a grand, multiscreen cinema hall, Cinestar, Xinhua Mall has everything that sums up a great shopping arcade that is worth swinging by at. Not to forget the expansive play area, where you can safely drop your kids off while you go shopping your heart out!

6. Fortress Square

While Fortress Stadium has been a recreational spot for Lahoris for past many decades, the presence of Fortress Square has taken the enjoyment level up a notch! This 5-storey mall is both a shopping extravaganza and an entertainment center, fit for adults and children alike. It is home to more than 100 local and global brands, from fashion to tech and even home décor. The mall has two dedicated play areas for children of different ages; Super Space and Rainbow Garden, a multiplex cinema; Cinestar and rooftop dining for a truly extravagant dining experience. Not to forget the spacious food court that is perfect for some mid-shopping munchies.

7. Amanah Mall

Amanah Mall is a lavish 8-storey shopping mall, located in Model Town. Not only does it give you access to over 125 different brands to shop from, it has tons of opportunities to make your ‘day at the mall’ truly extraordinary.  A trampoline park, bumper car racing, roller skating and VR games, Amanah Mall is the ideal entertainment extravaganza, that every Lahori must check out. Just like any other mall, Amanah Mall is filled with all the necessary amenities, including a cinema and a food court. Don’t worry about the extra calories that you might end up putting on at the food court- you can always burn them off at the mall’s executive gym; Velocity Health and Fitness.

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