Shopping and Dining
Jinnah Super Market situated within the heart of the city, sector F-7, has become the most recognized and iconic shopping areas of Islamabad. It hosts a huge number of shops, restaurants, casual dining areas, and a whole lot more. There are the trendiest designer shops, cafes, eateries, banks, bookstores, gift and CD shops and service facilities. All in all, a visit to Jinnah Super, or "Jinnah" as it is endearingly referred to is unavoidable during a visit to Islamabad.
Located close to the center of the city, Aabpaara is the oldest and most comprehensive market in Islamabad. It is also the one market in the capital city that has the greatest variety, where one can find almost anything. There are dry fruit stores, antique toy shops, novelty shoe stores, mechanical and electrical repair kiosks, clothes, consumer electronics and a wealth of so much more with everything at a very reasonable, affordable price.
Similar to Jinnah Super, Super Market is also a haven for the trendy and hip. A much larger and older market, this precinct has a lot more variety than other markets, and houses some very novel and exotic stores. Apart from the everyday books, clothes, shoes and movie stores, Super Market has Islamabad's oldest and best chemists, opticians, sports stores, photographer?s studio, bakery and an entire nook dedicated to the culinary arts.
Karachi Company/ G-9 Markaz:
Named after traders who had settled from Karachi in order to start a business, this market is remarkable in every sense of the word. There is a whole range of consumer items available here, at the best prices, everything from small jewellery to the largest household goods. Of particular mention are the diverse food items, since it is an Afghan population center, giving it a typically Middle Eastern atmosphere.
Close to the Aabpaara Market is the Melody Market, known throughout the city for its excellent clothing and accessory stores, food joints and novelty bookstores. The market is also one of the oldest in the city, and because of its affordability and easy prices; it attracts a throng of people from all walks of life. Islamabad's most convenient and accessible shopping area.
The commercial hub of the city, and technically the "Central Business District" of Islamabad, Blue Area stretches across a range of more than 2 kilometers. The area contains shops and businesses of all kinds, from doctor's clinics to laboratories, to eateries and novelty electronics items. Definitely worth a visit when in Islamabad.
A hawker's paradise, and home to countless small, cluttered shops, Peshawar More is teeming with bustling hardware stores, little restaurants and snack bars and a lively atmosphere. Located at the crossroads of G-9 and G-8, the area is also within walking distance to the famed Sunday bazaar, another place full of kiosks and stalls brimming with wares of all kinds.
The F-10 Markaz is one of the oldest market places in the city, and has grown exponentially through the time-phases of the development of Islamabad. The area has a wide range of commercial activity, from large restaurants, to burger stalls, video libraries and clothing stores.
The G-8 Markaz, also one of the oldest markets in the city has a speciality unlike any other in the city: a huge second-hand automobiles market. The market contains vehicles ranging from the latest model sports cars to old antiquated Volkwagens and 1940s era Willys jeeps. For car enthusiasts, definitely a place worth nosing around in.