The state of forts, top-notch universities and important government centres – wait, that’s not all that describes Delhi! It is also a paradise for foodies and shopaholics of all tastes and budgets.
Will you believe us if we tell you that there are places in Delhi that would let you go home with more than four pieces of clothing as well as a full stomach in just Rs. 1000/-. If you’re a newbie in Delhi, then read on to know how you can smart-shop in the fashion capital:
1. Sarojini Nagar
A huge favourite among the seasoned shoppers for the impeccable variety of outfits in cheap prices that you can find here, head out to this one, for your shopping fix, but be armed with pro bargaining skills!
Sarojini Nagar market deserves to be on the top of the list because the prices are so cheap that you can literally buy a top for as low as Rs. 50. Sarojini Nagar vendors set out to sell rejected pieces from designer brands, thrown in heaps along the streets, especially on Mondays. You may end up with a UCB skirt with a tiny hole in some corner that you will never find. Shops and stalls selling all kinds of clothing and fashion accessories are the USP of this market. You can’t come back empty-handed from here. Combine a hawk-eye with some bargaining skills and you’ve landed yourself a brand new wardrobe.
How to get there? Get down at the nearest metro station, INA, and take an auto.
Nestled in a corner of the legendary Connaught Place market, Janpath is a cosy shopping street to get your hands on some quirky statement jewellery and casual clothes. The central shopping hub for Delhiites, you can also buy some beautiful handicraft items here at affordable prices. Apart from clothes, jewellery, and handicrafts, Janpath is home to one of the best cold coffees in town – DePaul’s. You can combine it with steaming hot momos and you’ve got yourself a meal. Don’t forget to check out the corner bookstore as well as book kiosks in the market that sell books at throwaway prices and also let you exchange old books for newer ones.
How to get there? Walk down from Rajiv Chowk metro station.
3. Karol Bagh
Your best friend’s wedding, a broken phone, need to redo your house, buy Diwali gifts in bulk, or buy a knock-off – all roads lead to Karol Bagh. One of the oldest markets in Delhi, Karol Bagh, and its unorganised sibling Gaffar Market, are an endless maze of shops, kiosks, and boutiques. There is nothing that you can’t find in Karol Bagh. What’s more amazing is that you can shop while you savour some lip-smacking street food. Try Roshan’s kulfi, Om’s chhole bhature, Sindhi’s gulab jamuns, Changezi’s chicken or Anjilika’s patties, shakes and other baked stuff when you start getting overwhelmed with the labyrinth that is Karol Bagh.
How to get there? Just get down at the Karol Bagh metro station, geared up with your shopping bags, and start your shopping quest.
4. Lajpat Nagar
Lajpat Nagar’s central market is easily one of the best places for ethnic fashion connoisseurs. From fabrics to colourful kurtis, from footwear to home furnishings, the shops are decently priced. A favourite spot for local designers or design-your-own outfit enthusiasts, Lajpat Nagar’s fabric collection is what latest trends are all about! Your legs may get tired, but your desi spirit won’t.
How to get there? A 10-minute walk or a short e-rickshaw ride from Lajpat Nagar metro station.
5. Kamla Nagar
Kamla Nagar, or K-Nags as the DU crowd often calls it, is a mashup of all things student-friendly. From bookshops to popular fast-food joints, from high-end brands to chic street shopping, Kamla Nagar has achieved its hangout reputation amongst DU students because it’s always bursting with surprises at every lane.
How to get there? A short auto/rickshaw ride from Vishwavidyalaya metro station.
6. Chandani Chowk
A list of Delhi markets can never be complete without the mention of this centuries-old market. Situated in the heart of Old Delhi, Chandani Chowk is the busiest and oldest markets of Delhi. The first choice of any bride-to-be, there’s so much more to Chandani Chowk that meets the eye. The lanes of Chandni Chowk are divided into bazaars with different areas of specialization. Dariba Kalan for silver and stone jewellery, Nai Sadak for stationery items, Bhagirath Palace for a wide variety of electronic stores, Katra Neel for fabrics, Khari Baoli for spices and dry-fruits and many more lanes that sneakily invite you into a whirlwind of historical outburst.
How to get there? Get down at Chandani Chowk metro station and go with the crowd.