Facing the Virupaksha temple is the famous Hampi or Virupaksha Bazaar, a shopper’s paradise. The sides of this bazaar are lined with a series of very old pavilions, both single and double storied and these were once the homes of the prestigious upper class in a surplus market.
The streets of this bazaar are very well known for selling jewels designed by the Lambani nomads and for exquisitely embroidered textiles. Shopping here is an exciting prospect - shawls, skirts, small trinkets, bags and many other things like antique coins and artifacts will definitely capture your fancy.
A massive bull statue, called the Nandi, overlooks the east entrance of the street. A nostalgic photo gallery housing some rare pictures of the Hampi sites and ruined structures, taken by Alexander Greenlaw in 1856 is also open to tourists. To preserve the charm of this place, most of the tourist accommodations are located in this bazaar, so you can live like a royal above a thriving bazaar.