A hip guide to shopping in this gorgeous port city . Travellers often dodge shopping in Kochi. But with just a little effort, it can reveal a wealth of rewards. For one, Kochi is hipper and happening. Its reputation as a mere tourist paradise is pretty much a thing of the past. Interestingly, since its inception, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale has firmly put the city on the global art map: It has transformed itself into a creative district; one that offers contemporary art and a cultural fix. And it’s making space for interesting concept stores and boutiques that either celebrate the city’s spirit or evolve into the modern – and, occasionally, with an eye on both worlds. So, what’s worth shopping for in Kochi and where? We’ve scoured the streets to inspire you.