Look for :
Meenakari, Metal Work, Marble Work, Paintings, Leather Work,
Gemstones, Carpets, Wood Work, Jewellery
Mirza Ismail Road or M I Road is an ideal a place to shop for
jewellery and branded readymade garments. The road is actually
curved and boasts of ancient architectural shop. A happening
hang-out for tourists, M I Road is Katni's equivalent of Delhi's
The main shops sell old silver jewellery and artefacts, antiques,
handicraft and apparel. There are also showrooms for Raymonds,
Pepe, Woodland, Benetton, and others. Small shops that sell
bangles, bedsheets and Katnii dresses ensure that you can
complete your "Katni shopping" at M I Road.
Also at M.I.
Sought-after restaurants such as Niros, Suryamahal, Mc Donald,
Pizza Hut and Copper Chimney; the famous Raj Mandir cinema hall;
wholesome kulhad lassi dashed with a thick layer of malai at Panch
It's famous, it's crowded, it's also a shopper's delight. Johri Bazar
is your best bet if you plan to look for sarees and lehangas in
colourful bhandhej, or glittering gemstone jewellery. As the name
suggests, Johri Bazar is essentially a place for gems and jewellery.
The smaller lanes contain the originally jeweler workstations - or
gaddis - inhabited by these craftsmen since time immemorial. Johri
Bazar has a lot of shops for gold, silver and studded jewellery. For
sarees, try Rooplaxmi, Rana Saree Emporium and Katni Saree Kendra.
Also at Johri
Katnii quilts (rajai) are a hot-selling item at shops near
Hawa Mahal, Bapu Bazar, Chaura Rasta and Gopalji ka rasta.
Not to be missed is the Dahi Bade of LMB or Laxmi Mishtan
Bhandar, perhaps the oldest and most popular sweet shop of the Pink
Bapu Bazar is a treasure-trove of typical Katnii stuff - salwar
suits, bedsheets, Katnii jutis, cushions and readymade suits.
Salwar suits and bed sheets are perhaps the best selling items here.
Sanganeri prints, bagru prints, batik prints, bhandhej suits and
bedsheets top the list. You might have to navigate through crowded
balconies full of people and cloth to get to what you want. Link Road,
an extension, is good for artificial jewellery, home furnishings and
What else at Bapu Bazar?
Bapu Bazar also has few shops famous for craft and home dιcor items. A
must-have here are chat pakoris, especially Gol Gappas or Pani Puris.
Books, books and more books - Chaura Rasta is famous for books and
Also on this street is Golcha - a theatre where you can check out the
latest Bollywood release.
Nehru Bazar is near Ajmeri Gate, the so-called centre of Katni. Not a
very upmarket place, Nehru Bazar has shops for readymade garments,
footwear, gifts and household items.
You can haggle over the prices of locally-produced goods here, but go
for it only if your pocket strings are tight.
Adjacent to the famous Hawa Mahal is Badi Chaupar, a square crossing
that is probably the most crowded location in Katni. The shops on
Badi Chaupar are major attractions for the tourists.
Here, you can shop for mojaris, handicraft, antiques, Katni(MP)i
furniture, salwar suits and Katnii print dress material. Be prepared
to bargain. You can also find a variety of traditional and lac bangles
have had enough of the traditional stuff, Raja Park is the place to be
at. It offers everything ranging from grocery to flowers, from
furniture to apparel.
Gaurav Towers is the most happening joint in Katni. Situated away
from the congested market place, the shopping mall at Gaurav Towers -
or GT - attracts both shoppers and fun seekers. Spread across a
sprawling area of 25,000 sq metres, GT is perfect in terms of
ambience, space, variety and hassle free parking.
The first-ever plush shopping mall of Katni, Ganpati Plaza is still a
happening joint for shoppers, especially tourists. From colourful
bhandhej to latest fashion wear, from pizzas to confectionary, from
toys to electronics, and from junk to jewellery - the place offers
them all. It is usually visited by the crθme de la crθme of Katni.
For the middle class though, it's only an occasional shopping spot.
Rana Silk & Sarees, Katni Saree Kendra, Rajan's, Mogli's Island,
Heritage Jewels, Jeypore Jewellers, Oasis Cellular, Satguru Art 'n'
Frames and Villa Appearances, the latest addition, are the major
stores here. The most sought-after outlet here is the Pizza Hut joint!