I couldn't resist writing this post especially having stayed in Delhi for almost 14 years. This post will take you through my favourite top picks of shopping hubs in Delhi. Each market offers something specific in nature. So, all those who like to shop, check out some exciting street and commercial shopping centres in Delhi.
DILLI HAAT INA
Dilli Haat is a place to visit if your are looking for some authentic handicrafts. It is a traditional flea market where artisans from all parts of India display their handicrafts. From kurtis to bags, to artificial jewelry to home decor, this is a popular destination not only for shopaholics but also for families and couples for perfect hangouts. Dilli Haat attracts a lot of foreign tourists, so beware of the price they charge! This place also offers a food court from all states and is a great place for all those who miss home food especially. One can also savour the different flavors of the various local foods from different parts of India. A perfect blend of handicrafts, food, and cultural programmes, It is a place where rural life and folk art are brought closer to an urban clientele. Dilli Haat has an entrance fee of Rs. 30/- for adults, Rs.20/- for children and Rs. 100/- for foreigners Open on all days from: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Nearest metro station: INA (yellow line)
Palika Bazar is an underground market in the heart of Delhi in Connaught Place. One can approach the market from any one of the 7 gates in CP. Featuring more than 350 shops, Palika Bazar offers a wide variety of products, the most popular being electronic gadgets. Beware of the wide variety of illegal products that this bazar has to offer - right from pornography to stolen goods, fake designer products to pirated movie CDs. Do not buy the goods on the price quoted by the shopkeeper. One can own a product with good bargaining skills. Always bargain for 50% or more!! The ambience is not so great with shopkeepers yelling and pouncing to visit their shop. One needs to beware of the pick pocketeers too. With so much to offer, Palika Bazar is for smart shoppers !! Open on all days except Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Nearest metro station: Rajiv Chowk
Khan Market is a double storeyed market complex offering premium and international brands. Considered to be the most expensive and well-known shopping plaza, Khan market is popular amongst the diplomats in the city. The market offers a wide variety of premium brands across all products, including clothing, footwear, jewelry, artefacts and handicrafts, book stores, furnishing and even groceries. One may also find many eating joints including cafes, restaurants, bakeries and street-food corners, the most popular being - Khan Chacha, Big Chill Cakery, Gulati restaurant amongst others. Open on all days except Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Nearest metro station: Khan Market (violet line)
SAROJINI NAGAR MARKET
When in Delhi, one cannot miss to visit Sarojini Nagar market. It is a definitely a shoppers's paradise. This was my personal favourite shopping halt in Delhi. From street shopping to branded ones, Sarojini Nagar Market does not disappoint a shopper. Bargain as much as possible. You wouldnt believe that tees bought for as low as Rs. 100/- stay with me even today for years. So, the perception - "Low price, Low quality" doesnt suit well in this market. Reputed brands are available here at throwaway prices as the surplus export garments and rejected export clothing are made available in the market. Not only for women, but this market offers a lot even for men shopping like shoes, bag, clothing and many more. One can also buy fresh fruits and vegetables on the go while shopping. Sarojini Nagar is popular more for clothing (especially bridal wear and woollens during winters) and footwear. Avoid weekends as it would be too crowded. This market also offers a multi -storeyed parking just in case you dont find one. Also, to fill in your hungry stomach is a small foodcourt complex featuring Haldiram, Dominos and Pizza Cones Open on all days except Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Nearest metro station: INA (yellow line) and walk down or take an auto
LAJPAT NAGAR CENTRAL MARKET
Welcome to this sprawling market in the heart of South Delhi which is a combination of flea market & proper shops. People always toss between Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar market. If you are looking for clothes for all occasions at a reasonable price, this is the place for you. Right from kids wear, ladies wear to men's wear, you get everything here including accessories to go along. The market is spread along a huge area, located in Lajpat Nagar-I & II, well connected by metro and buses. Right in the market area is Sitaram Pakodewala selling variety of mouth-watering pakodas in Lajpat Nagar-I, a must visit for foodies. One can easily spend around 3-4 hours at this place. Open on all days except Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Nearest metro station: Lajpat Nagar (violet line)
The nostalgic old world charm can be felt at Chandni Chowk which is always at its vibrant best with dedicated lanes for specific household items being sold at wholesale prices. You need at least one full day to do full justice to this piece of history, even then you might feel that you missed out on something. Some important places in Chandni Chowk have been listed. You know where to head to in Chandni Chowk if you have something particular in mind.
Khari Baoli for spices & grains, Dariba Kalan for Pearl, Gold, Silver Jewelry & Attar (perfume),
Katra Neel - for all kind of fabrics, Bhagirath Palace for Electrical goods, Medical equipment & medicines, Nai Sarak - College & School text-books, Stationery, Paranthe Wali Gali - Delicious deep fried paranthas for hunger pangs and
Chawri Bazar for Hardware & paper products
Open on all days except Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The nearest metro station is Chandni Chowk (yellow line)
So, plan a day long visit to this place full of surprises & history.
On the Janpath radial emanating from the Connaught Place central park, is the home to Janpath market. This market is a flea market dealing with trendy clothes. Young college goers looking to stay up to date with the fashion trends at an affordable prices will definitely not like to give this place a miss. You can bargain to your hearts' content and get good deal on clothes. The market is also home to numerous book stores wherein one can satisfy their apetite for books of all kinds. Attached to the Janpath market is the Tibetan market which sells myriad of handicrafts & artefacts. One can also shop for brassware, silver earrings, wooden jewelry as well. A lot of restaurants are also located on Janpath serving to all kind of tastes.
Open on all days except Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. However Tibetan market closes at 7:00 p.m.
Nearest metro station: Rajiv Chowk
KAROL BAGH MARKET
Karol Bagh Market is a residential cum commercial place popular for its beautiful Indian ethnic garments and wedding attires. An absolute delight for those who are planning a wedding, this place is just the right one! Apart from garments/clothings and accessories, you will also find other shopping things like make-up products, books, shoes, technological gadgets and many electronic items. In close proximity lies Ajmal Khan Road known for its great collection of readymade garments, Ghaffar market for its electronic items and Arya Samajh Road for its second hand books. Head to this market. However do not expect any warranties!
Open on all days except Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Nearest metro station: Karol Bagh
So, what are you waiting for? Pick your bag and shop till you drop in this historic and shopping place 'Delhi'. It definitely has a lot to offer.
I hope you enjoyed reading the post. So, if you have any other market place in mind, do let us know. Share us your shopping experience in Delhi.