Shopping in Delhi: Delhi, with its many markets and boutiques, is unmatched as a shopping destination in India. You can get literally everything there. If you have seen an item somewhere in India, it is sure to be available in Delhi as well. This means that tourists who are heading out of Delhi can easily wait till the end of their India trip to fill their suitcases with souvenirs and gifts. Handicrafts, arts, clothing, textiles, jewelry, and spices are all sought-after items. Here’s our pick of the best places to shop in Delhi.
The 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Delhi
- Chandni Chowk
Locals flock to the congested and chaotic Chandi Chowk in the heart of Old Delhi, for the best deals on goods in the city. The stores are largely grouped together in different sections based on what they sell. Katra Neel is known for Indian clothing and clothing, Kinari Bazar has trimmings and bling for Indian weddings, Dariba Kalan features silver jewelry and perfumes, you will find sunglasses and shoes at Ballimaran Market, Moti Bazar Shawls and pearls will feature, and Gali Gulian has brass and copper antiques. Asia’s largest spice market is another attraction in Khari Baoli. In between shopping, come to Haveli Dharampura for lunch or have some famous Delhi street food.
A word of warning though, the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk are challenging to navigate if you are not familiar with the neighborhood. It’s wise to take a personalized guided tour to locate specific items and save money. Ketki of Delhi Shopping Tours is the best. Please tell that the shops in Chandni Chowk remain closed on Sundays.
- Sarojini Nagar
One of the best reasons to visit Delhi is to refresh your wardrobe at Sarojini Nagar Market. Export surplus garments are sold there at throwaway prices (we are talking about T-shirts worth only Rs 100). The best things to do in the two esports lanes running from Lane E are brands like Zara and ASOS. Graffiti Lane at the opposite end of Lane E also has great clothing. Fashionable leather footwear and bags are also available in Sarojini Nagar, Old Tree being a standout store. Make sure you leave plenty of room in your suitcase because it’s hard not to go crazy! Tuesday and Wednesday are ideal days to go for fresh stock. Follow these tips for bargaining, be prepared to get the biggest discounts, and bring in enough cash.
Paharganj is notorious as the biggest backpacker district of Delhi. Although it is also the cheapest material after Chandni Chowk. Travelers who are ready to brave the crowd and tasteless bits will appreciate the colorful hippie clothing, bags, robes, incense, and music. There is a line of shops on the Main Bazaar Road in front of the New Delhi Railway Station, and many of them trade in wholesale. If you have time after placing your order, it is possible to customize the goods. See what’s on in our guide to shopping in Paharganj.
Everything is for sale on Janpath, the long wide road that runs straight south from Connaught Place. Various sections include a Tibetan market, a Gujarati market, and a flea market. These markets house all kinds of Tibetan thangka paintings, jewelry, curios, vibrantly embroidered garments, clothing, and accessories. Some jewelry is studded with semi-precious stones, but you’ll need to be adept at distinguishing between real and imitation stones. In addition, the state-owned Central Cottage Industries Emporium at Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan sells quality fixed-price handicrafts from across India. Janpath is in a premium part of central New Delhi and the luxury Imperial Hotel is nearby, so don’t expect easy bargains. The busiest day is Saturday and many shops are closed on Sundays.
- Khan Market
The posh Khan Market near India Gate is favored by ex-pats and India’s elite, who regularly browse the brand showrooms and boutiques there. Popular stores include Good Earth, Kiehl’s, Kama Ayurveda, One Essentials, Amrapali, and FabIndia. You can stock up on gorgeous home goods, beauty products, and designer fashion. Khan Market is also a fascinating place to visit, with a good collection of restaurants and bars.
- Dastkar Nature Bazaar
Dilli Haat used to be a well-known place in India to buy handicrafts directly from artisans. However, unfortunately, it has lost much of its appeal. These days, many stalls sell the same thing, and there has also been an influx of cheap Chinese goods. If you are looking for unique and exclusive products, Dastkar Nature Bazaar near Qutub Minar and Mehrauli Archaeological Park is a better option. Prominent craftsmen from all over India come there to showcase their wares. The regular themed 12-day events held every month have permanent stalls as well as stalls on rotation.
- National Crafts Museum
The National Crafts Museum in Pragati Maidan is another great place to buy quality arts and crafts directly from the artisans. Every month, the museum hosts 25 different artisans from across India. They are provided with a dedicated marketplace to display and sell their products. Paintings from different regions and tribes – such as Madhubani paintings, and Worli and Gond art – are the main attractions. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Mondays. The entry fee is Rs 20 for Indians and Rs 200 for foreigners.
- Sundar Nagar
Those who do know about Sunder Nagar’s revitalized residential neighborhood for its art galleries, antiques, and tea shops. Gallery 29 houses the finest collection of diverse Indian art from over 40 talented artists, while the Kumar Gallery specializes in modern Indian art. Visit Curio Palace for brass and wooden handicrafts. Asia Tea House and Mittal Tea House both stock a huge variety of delicious exotic teas. It is also worth having a meal at one of the restaurants in Sunder Nagar.
- Shahpur Jat
Once under the care of its more famous neighbor, Hauz Khas, Shahpur Jat Urban Village has really come into its own in recent years. This atmospheric South Delhi urban village is now renowned for being a charming hub of designer fashion, embroidery, tailoring, pottery, art studios, and healthy cafes. The village was built on the ruins of the medieval 14th century Siri Fort established by the Khilji dynasty.
It is home to many skilled craftsmen from other states of India, creating an unusual amalgamation of rural and urban elements. The Delhi government organizes the annual two-day Shahpur Jat Sharad Mahotsav to promote the region. Most of the top boutiques are located along Dada Jangi House Lane, Fashion Street, and Gora Street. Also, keep an eye out for the street murals that adorn the walls of the buildings.
- Mahila Haat
Delhi’s iconic Sunday Secondhand Book Market shifted to Mahila Haat near Delhi Gate in late 2019. It is the ideal place to pick up cheap books in all genres from the huge piles spread by the vendors. You might even get lucky and find out some earlier versions! The market runs all day on Sundays. Be there on or before 9:30 AM for the best selection and hone your bargaining skills well in advance.
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