It is a music store where you'll find very rare CD's that are hard to find in the US/UK and a lot of other places. Just check the link if you don't believe me.
It is a budget hotel in Dhaka. This hotel is located in central Dhaka. Nice, clean room. Tariff starts from $5-10. Also there is a nice restaurant in the 2nd floor of the hotel.
45 Bangabandhu Ave, Old Dhaka, Dhaka, South Asia
+880 02 956 2279
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A great place to shop for clothes - much of the clothes for sale in the western world are made in Bangladesh, and this is one of the places where you can buy them before they hit the high street (and before the high street prices get slapped on).
5 South Avenue, Gulshan # 1
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The liberation war of 1971 was an extremely painful event in the country’s history, costing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) rejected the notion of Islamic nationhood and separated from Pakistan (then West Pakistan). The museum is a worthwhile attempt to preserve the memory of that period, and to create awareness in the lives of Bangladeshis today.
The museum also has an inspiring outreach program for school children. Don’t expect swanky displays. Currently the whole place is a bit crude and mouldy. However there are plans to move the museum and upgrade it generally. Books, postcards, posters, tapes, t-shirts on the war are available. There is also a small café.
This hip cafe is tucked away in embassy land in a dilapidated looking house. It is popular with aid workers, foreign professionals and the local trendies. Quite busy during lunch.
Yes it looks bad from the outside but that's the idea, apparently.
(North) Gulshan 2, Road No 72, House 3a, first floor.
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A pleasant, air-conditioned bookshop with a coffeeshop near Gulshan 2. Smaller than the chain Et Cetera, they hold a wide variety of hard and paperback books in English from India and the UK. They also carry DVDs, kids books and toys. The small cafe seems to be a hit with young locals and foreign visitors.
Very near the Gulshan 2 roundabout. 125, Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212. T: 02-9890832
If you are after antiques (genuine, reproduction or curios), this has to be near the top of your list. On the second floor there are quite a few shops ( all visible from the car park). From Moghul pieces to Belgian colonial lamps ... get it all here.
Gulshan-2 (by the roundabout) going towards Gulshan 1.
Old Dhaka was famed for its lines of beryani restaurants. Some of the more famous outfits are still going. Hajjee Beryani in old Dhaka revels in its eccentric reputation for opening only at certain times and only cooking a certain amount (well below demand).
The most conveniently located restaurant where you can sample beryani (meat cooked in butter rice and delicate spices) Fakhruddin’s in Gulshan 1. The Kacchi Beryani there is absolutely delicious. The equally delicious roast chicken isn’t really roasted but is a dry and spicy preparation and is a good accompaniment to the beryani.
If you want to savour local flavour, and do so safely, you can’t do better than Fakhurddin’s. They have a catering section for parties and functions, and the prices are reasonable.
Gulshan 1 Roundabout, very near the Sonali Bank; Tel: 02-934 3456
This is a long road in Banani and has ice cream shops, bakeries (Hot Breads), cafes and little boutiques selling children's and adult clothing. The ice cream parlours (Gelato and Movenpick) are air conditioned and with European standard modern interiors. Interesting flavours such as the Ferrero Rocher flavour in Gelato.
Road No 11, Banani. From Gulshan-2 roundabout head towards Banani and it falls on the left hand side.
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