Modern Delhi, also known as Lutyens Delhi, dates back to over a century. It bears an extreme contrast to Old Delhi in terms of its architecture, building materials, and layouts. Besides its well-known tourist attractions like India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, or its stunning architecture, the historic capital of India is also the most important trading centre. All appreciations to its devastating shopping hubs and complexes.
Shopping is always on the top of the wish list for any tourist visiting Delhi. It is something one can never get enough of. Shopping in Delhi is famous not only for its high-end designer malls and classy boutiques, but you will also encounter several wholesale markets, vibrant bazaars, and road-side flea markets while in the city. Delhi offers you a wide variety of options from accessories and fashion apparel to home decor products and imported food. With their entertaining budgets, tastes, and preferences, these shopping hubs serve everyone.
If you’ve been looking for a wardrobe makeover or want to buy some trendy clothes without having to burn a hole in your pocket, here’s where you should head to in Delhi:
1) CHANDNI CHOWK
Situated in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is one of the very old shopping places in Delhi. Shopping in Chandni Chowk takes you to a flashback of Delhi’s rich cultural and historical heritage.
The market has got an endless stream of bazaars namely Katra Neel, Dariba Kalan, Khari Baoli, Tilak Bazaar, Bhagirath Palace, Daryaganji, and Chatta Chowk, each one offering their own unique variety including fabrics, electronics, hardware, kitchen equipment, and used books.
Dariba Kalan is known for its pearl, gold and silver jewellery, and natural perfumes. A visit to Khari Baoli is a must for all spice-lovers. The cloth bazaar of Katra Neel offers all kinds of fabrics such as silks, satin, crepe, cotton, and muslin. Bhagirath Palace is Asia’s largest market for electrical goods and also offers medical equipment and allopathic medicines. Chatta Chowk is famous for semi-precious jewellery, embroidered bags, hand-painted wall hangings, and ‘antiques’, and Tilak Bazaar for chemicals.
Also while you’re here don’t forget to gorge on some delicious street food of Chandni Chowk.
Address: 2573, Nai Sarak, Raghu Ganj, Roshanpura, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Timings: 10:00 am – 08:00 pm Closed on Sundays
2) DILLI HAAT
Dilli Haat was an initiative by the Delhi Government about centuries ago and is now known as the mastermind of government. This open-air market is considered to be the best destination for handicrafts from all over the world.
A great place to also buy traditional artefacts, different beads, gems, jewellery, footwear, Madhubani paintings, Phulkari works, camel leather tote bags, and bamboo-made handicrafts.
The thatched roof and rustic appeal given to the stalls makes the ambience even more interesting. This market also engages you with various cultural events from time to time.
Address: Dilli Haat, Kidwai Nagar West, Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023
Timings: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
3) JANPATH MARKET
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Janpath is the most favourable flea market for Delhites. It is also famously known as the Tibetan market because of its wide Tibetan vintage stock. Very popular for its showcase of both Indian and Tibetan apparel and footwear range, Janpath Market is also connected to Lodhi road, where you come across a number of shops that will not disappoint you.
Address: Janpath Rd, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Timings: 10:00 am to 09:00 pm, from Mondays to Saturdays
11:00 am to 08:00 pm, on Sundays
4) GREATER KAILASH
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Greater Kailash, with a number of luxurious showrooms and retail outlets, is a go-to place for girls and women in Delhi. The market is divided into two blocks – M Block & N Block, with an endless line of stores. Taking into account the cool vibe it provides to its visitors, the place is considered the elite market of Delhi, A scout for designer wear is most likely to pull you to this beautiful place. Packed with local shopping outlets, lifestyle stores, cosmetic shops, showrooms, and street food-corners, and jammed with the crowd, this place is yet another famous affordable shopping site in Delhi.
Salwar Kameez in pastel colours, crushed dupattas, designer Kurtis and lehengas, silks, jute, ghagras are all available here at a relatively cheaper rate than expected.
Address: M Block & N Block, Greater Kailash, New Delhi, India
Timings: 10:00 am to 09:00 pm Closed on Tuesdays
5) KAROL BAGH
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This place has everything you might need to attend a wedding and is known to fulfil the thirst of a shopaholic. Besides designer lehengas and jewellery for women and exquisite sherwanis and Indo-Westerns for men, you can also visit the place for the most famous restaurants situated in the street. You can also grab cosmetics, books, shoes, gadgets, and electronic items from the market.
Karol Bagh has some well-known shopping places around, like Ajmal Khan Road, known for inexpensive readymade; Ghaffar, popular for imported goods; Arya Samaj Road visited for second-hand books; and Bank Street popular for gold jewellery.
Address: Block 1, WEA, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110060
Timings: 10:00 am to 08:00 pm Closed on Mondays
6) KHAN MARKET
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Khan market is one of the most popular, heavenly and classy street markets in South Delhi. Here, you will find anything from branded outlets and boutiques to street vendors and Ayurvedic medical stores. It is indirectly a mix of both street and high-end markets. Apart from Ayurveda and fashion, books, cosmetics, crockery items, garments, and exotic fruits also contribute to such a great place to shop.
The market is also appreciated for its tailor-stores. More than half of the population of South Delhi visit them when in need of tailored products.
Address: Humayun Road, New Delhi
Timings: from early in the morning until late night Closed on Sundays
7) CONNAUGHT PLACE
With white, horseshoe, circular-shaped architecture, the market was the largest of its kind when it came into being. One of the busiest places in the capital city, Connaught place is situated in the heart of Delhi and is considered to be the most noteworthy shopping hubs of all. In the middle of the market, is another famous flea called Palika Bazaar, having fully air-conditioned stores of clothes, perfumes, accessories, footwear, electronics, CDs and many more range of products.
Connaught place is rich in fashionable clothes, stunning jewellery, Indian books, handicraft items, and electronic goods, and hence is probably the most resourceful market in Delhi, and is a perfect place to shop for some amazing products at undoubtedly affordable prices.
The market also houses many eating joints, with a wide variety of cuisines.
Address: Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
8) LAJPAT NAGAR
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Also known as the Central Market, the Nagar is most visited by locals, mainly because the street connects to the metro line, and hence, is another easily approached place. The market is again, particularly famous among female shoppers of all age groups, offering a wide range of options, with endless rows of textile and garment stores. It is also a popular shopping site where you can get whatever you desire for, other than clothing – accessories, clothes, footwear, bags. The extremely skilled Mehendi artists are spotted on every other step on the road-side. Bargaining is a must if you wish to get the best in this market.
Address: Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi
Timings: 10:00 am to 09:30 pm Closed on Mondays
9) SAROJINI MARKET
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Sarojini Nagar Market houses the rejected goods from across the world, and thus offers almost every product at throwaway prices. This shopping site is particularly famous among youth and foreigners, which is probably the reason behind it being the tidiest place in the city. Music, fashionable clothes, books, kitchenware, handicrafts, are all available here at wholesale price, but very high quality. The many shoe shops in the vicinity of the market also catch the eye. Subzi Mundi offers the freshest and choicest fruits and fresh vegetables.
The place is included in the tourist attractions list of Delhi and is another favourite flea of Delhites.
Address: Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi, 110023
Timings: 10:00 am to 09:00 pm Closed on Mondays
10) SELECT CITYWALK MALL
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This mall combines luxury and high-street shopping, along with a number of food joints – cafes, bistros, restaurants, bars. It offers you a wide range of products to buy, items to explore, and activities to relax.
Ethos Swiss Watch Studio here endorses various mega brands of watches; Kimaya offers an indulgent ambience for brides-to-be; La Senza sells romance and allure with its Hawaiian bikinis, basic gym gear and a variety of undergarments. As the name suggests, wandering around the mall feels like taking a walk around the city.
Address: Saket, New Delhi
Timings: 10:00 am to 11:30 pm
Delhi is not only the political capital of the country but also the shopping capital for people from all over the country. All the shopping hubs, streets and complexes based in Delhi have their own unique ambience and speciality, each showcasing a slice of its history and culture. Shopping is an enriching experience in Delhi and a must-try for all!