Top places to visit for street shopping in Delhi:
They say ‘Dilli Dilwalo ki hai’; well indeed it is. Filled with warm-hearted people this city is a celebration in itself. The people are ever charming and complete Fashionistas. The super trendy Delhi girls are complete shopping maniacs, and you cannot blame them entirely, can you? With such street shopping locales, anyone would turn into one. These markets will make your every other shopping bargain look terribly high I bet.
Sarojini Nagar Market, South West Delhi
Every girl in Delhi has been here, trust me. If you are one of those girls saying that shopping is not my thing then try out this place. It can turn any dull shopper turn into a shopaholic in no time. With the collection of most overwhelming trendy clothes at prices like never before you cannot help but end up in Frenzy. You get tops here at price of Rs 20; yeah that’s right cheaper then Lays chips! From clothes, apparels, jewellery to footwear everything you may need is here and all at incredibly low prices. The cherry on the cake is despite being so cheap; bargaining still works here. Yay!!!
Janpath and Tibetan Market, New Delhi
One of the historic markets in Delhi, the Janpath market refers to the shops lined up along the Janpath road earlier known as the Queen’s way that links Lodhi road to Connaught Place. One of the most versatile markets in Delhi this place has over hundreds of shops selling a plethora of goods, garments and merchandise that are mostly youth-centric. You find a lot of tourists here as there are shops selling beautiful handicrafts serving as ideal souvenirs, but beware as the shopkeepers tend to hike up the rates for tourists always resort to bargaining. You can finally end your little shopping endeavour with its Tibet market filled with authentic goods from Tibet. They sell everything from apparels to handicrafts all with a distinctive flavour of Tibet.
Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
To us outsiders, this is only an enticing place that we have seen and heard of in movies, but to Delhites, it is favourite shopping destination that they move to for every other shopping emergency. The enormous market is flooded with people at all times. It is your answer to everything from wardrobe makeover to home redecoration. Chandni Chowk is just a magical place with anything and everything, in and out from where no one returns unsatisfied. And the best part is that it has age-old segregated zones for each type of commodity like Katra Neel for fabrics, Bhagirath Palace for a lighting fixture, Dariba Kalan for silver jewellery, etc. So this makes it easier to shop or may be difficult to choose.
Delhi Haat, Pitampura
What is better than a market that offers guaranteed new collection every 15 days! It is an all year round food and craft festival. This open aircraft bazar in South Delhi run by the Delhi Tourism is one stop destination for us tourists letting us free to witness a unique good old traditional village shopping. Each artisan gets a stall for a period of 15 days which ensures changing variety every fortnight. Unique handloom and handicraft merchandise are demonstrating a genuine craftsmanship of artisans from all states saving you all the travel time. Your ethnic wear hunt is sorted when you have so many options from all over India in everything from Clothing to jewellery. Also if you are redecorating look no further to find exquisite décor for your home or office effortlessly and save all the fuss.
Daryaganj, Old Delhi
Part of the old Delhi, Daryaganj book market is for all you ‘Book Keepers’. If books are your weak spot and they are all the treasure you own then look no further you have already found your Sunday spot. This weekly book market comes to life every Sunday starting from the Delite Cinema along the Asaf Ali Marg to bring you countless books in all languages and every genre for every purpose. There are novels, storybook, magazines, educational books and textbooks. The market gets filled up with book lovers and students as the day progresses, so going early is advisable for best finds. Some books are just mind-boggling; where you couldn’t help being greedy. But splurge as much as you want, these books are available at extremely reasonable rates and are ready to adorn your study room. Besides street vendors, there are a few shops also that sell books at per kilogram rate.
Paharganj, New Delhi
Paharganj market is yet another multi-dimensional shopping locale in Delhi that is closest to the New Delhi Railway Station. With an immense variety in everything from clothes to bags, this place is only for hardcore shopaholics who are used to bargaining and can make their way through the messy, chaotic market. A lot of stuff here is to attract tourist; you find decorative wall hangings, cushion covers, jewellery, scented candles and incense sticks adorned with innate Indianess. With best of bargaining, you will find excellent stuff here all you have to do is find your passion for shopping.
Laajpat Nagar, South New Delhi
Located in central Delhi one of the oldest markets in Delhi Laajpat Nagar market is meant for heat warming wallet-friendly shopping sprees. With the enormous range of ethnic wear, it is the ultimate shopping destination during festivities. The market is embellished with all kinds of the Indian clothes from kurtas to lehengas in every colour possible on both sides. One of the exciting features of this market is the street side Mehendi-walas that will decorate your hands with henna in no time on the spot at all periods of the year.
Phew, that is a lot of shopping for a day. Delhites, if only I were lucky to be blessed by the Shopping god like you all are. I think I am going to move to Delhi now!
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