Police Bazar, is a well-known market situated in the heart of Shillong. It is one of the most important shopping centers for the residents of not only Shillong but for various parts of Meghalaya and all the tourists who visit Meghalaya.
There are a few small shopping malls, while some buildings around the Police Bazar circle are under repairs. Shopping can be done from shops, or from the roadside vendors. This place is overflowing with people all through the day, and is easily reachable from all parts of Shillong by taxis, buses, and supplementary transport service (small vans). So this place has a concrete circle with plants surrounded by 7 roads going away from the circle to different parts of the city. A few roads are one way to ease the traffic.
Along the road which does not allow vehicular traffic, you find a lot of shops along both sides of the road. They sell: Food, electronic items, clothes- material, woollen, smuggled winter wear from Thailand, gadgets, medicines, beauty kits, grocery, bakeries, bags, vessels etc.
Majority of the road side vendors will sell winter wear- woollen printed pajamas, leather and other jackets, blazers, shoes, fresh fruit plates, shawls, sweaters, woollen caps etc. They are dirt cheap and a good choice for gifting. There are small shops on the ground floor and the basement in all the buildings, and many higher floors are hotels.
Both vegetarian and non vegetarian food is available in various hotels along the main roads of Police Bazar and in the small bylanes. Unless you walk around the whole place, you may end up missing a few great places.