We all love to shop till we drop and Delhi is full of pockets of shoppers’ paradise. Check out the ten must-shop places in Delhi that are both vogue-conscious and wallet-friendly.
1. Sarojini Nagar Market
My friend recently bought a dress at Sarojini for Rs. 10 (no, you didn’t read it wrong). Bargain hard at Sarojini and you may take home Vero Moda or Forever21 rejects. Be sure to check your clothes for holes, faulty zips, unstitched buttons and so on. This market is by far the cheapest market for branded as well as unbranded clothes.
2. Kamla Nagar
Situated near north campus, Kamla Nagar is a convenient place for college students to hang out and shop. It is famous for popular fashion brands where you can buy export surpluses and manufacturing rejects at throwaway prices. You can purchase a blazer here for a mere Rs. 300. Bungalow Road is filled with booksellers and publishing houses which might bring out the nerd in you.
3. Janpath Tibetan Market
Janpath has winter clothes of top-notch quality and low prices. Walking distance from Connaught Place, Janpath is a tourist friendly shopping destination where bargaining forms an important part of shopping. You can find small trinkets and gifts for your relatives and friends here. Some shops have antiques, Aztec prints, trendy jackets, shawls, etc. Overall, Janpath is a shopper’s paradise and very favourably situated. You can always head to Connaught Place for a quick bite when you are hungry or tired from all that shopping or visit Jantar Mantar for a touristy feel.
4. Central Market
Central Market lies in Lajpat Nagar and is one of the oldest markets in India. You can find reasonably priced Indian clothes as well as accessories here. Bangles, salwars and kurtis adorn the roads of this market. Central Market is the favoured by most locals and if you study at LSR or Gargi, hop into an auto and hang around here in when you are free.
5. Greater Kailash (GK)
Greater Kailash has been divided into two areas, M – block and N – block. Both the blocks have a combination of both, branded and unbranded shops that attracts a huge crowd. They are great places to chill as well, thanks to Dunkin’, Burger King, Pita Pit, The Sugar Cube, Big Chill (a must try if you are new to Delhi) and many more. You will find reasonably priced accessories, footwear and clothes here.
6. Chandni Chowk
Arguably one of Delhi’s most famous shopping streets, Chandni Chawk is filled with jewelry, carpets, lehengas, wedding wear, embroidered bags and clothes, silk garments and accessories. Half the fun of shopping here is exploring the tortuous back alleys where you will make your best purchases. Don’t forget to grab a quick bite at any of the roadside stalls in Chandni Chawk.
7. Palika Bazaar
Palika Bazaar is an underground market which is well connected by public transport since it is bang in the centre of Connaught Place. The shops at Palika Bazaar sell a wide assortment of goods ranging from cosmetics to electronics. Haggling is integral to shopping here but you will find everything you require under one roof including wristwatches, CDs, perfume, cloth, etc.
8. Karol Bagh
Karol Bagh is frequented by students of all age. I have been recommended time and again to shop for boots and footwear at Karol Bagh. It is also a good place to buy Indian wear, cosmetics, books, electronics, spices and namkeen.
9. Dilli Haat
Opposite INA Market, Dilli Haat depicts the olden day style of bazaar where haats were set up to sell wares. It is the perfect place to experience the culture of Delhi. It consists of around 200 stalls with a variety of beautiful Indian crafts and trinkets. One can see occasional regional folk dances here and buy souvenirs like ceramic pots, puppets and handloom items.
10. Khan Market
Near the Khan Market metro station lies a busy market frequented by college students. It is one of the most posh shopping areas of Delhi. The New Janta Book Depot is where people go to nerd out. Khan Market is filled with branded showrooms, boutiques and lifestyle shops. Khan Market is a tad bit on the expensive side, being ranked world’s 21st and India’s most expensive retail high street. But you can always visit Khan Market for the delicious tummy-filling food and window shopping.
As a student, you should already know that what goes on in the markets is not shopping as much as bargaining 😉 And a shortcut to get to that favourable price is saying “bhaiyya hum college student hai, hum toh itna afford kar hi nahi payenge”.