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A complete guide to shopping in New Delhi

India is a diverse country with many cultures co-existing in harmony with each other. It is a country with a perfect blend of several styles and cultures. It is vibrant as well as aesthetic. New Delhi, being the capital of the nation, boasts of being the center of attraction for many people across the globe. It is the one-stop hub for all your needs and wants.

When it comes to shopping in Delhi, there is something unique waiting for everyone here. It even caters to everyone’s budget. The city is a shopper’s paradise. From bustling street markets offering items at bargained prices to luxurious malls and acclaimed brands, it has everything to offer. Local designer boutiques and regular bazaars offer an extravagant collection of Indian handicrafts, traditional regional styles, exquisite jewelry, and much more, making it the perfect destination for all the tourists traveling to India.

The Dilli Haat, Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, and Khan Market are some of the markets that you can visit to check out an extensive collection of local designers and street shops to get the real Indian shopping experience. Follow this shopping guide to discover the capital’s most precious gems that are every shopper’s dream.

1. Janpath Market(Connaught Place)

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It is probably the most resourceful market in the entire capital. Connaught Place is a circular, well-structured, beautiful white market situated in the heart of the city. It is the shopping hub of Delhi and is divided into three parts- the inner circle, the middle, and the outer circle.

Janpath market stretches from the Outer Circle of Connaught Place to Windsor Place. The most famous market for both Indian and foreign tourists. Street vendors sell necklaces, chunky jewelry, books, handicrafts, garments, and many more items. There is nothing that you won’t find here. Right in the middle of the place, lies the famous Palika Bazaar.

CP is a top preference on the wish list of every person who looking to shop in Delhi. With a perfect blend of flea markets and brands, CP is every shopper’s dream come true. You can get there by taking the yellow line metro to the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station.

2. Lajpat Nagar

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One of the best markets for shopping in Delhi is Lajpat Nagar. It is the answer to all your shopping quests in Delhi. It is popular among locals and tourists alike, particularly women. On its busy, overcrowded streets, you can find everything from trendy westerns to classic traditional clothes and even household items. Competent bargaining skills will take you a long way in Lajpat. Along with clothes, the market is also famous for its handmade shoes and bags.

Spend an entire day exploring and discovering by-lanes of the market. While shopping, treat yourself with the fantastic variety of street food available in the place. It is the perfect place to spend a day with your friends. You can get there by taking the pink or violet line to the Lajpat Nagar metro station.

3. Khan Market

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This market is for the elite. Some of Delhi’s favorite local brands like Anokhi, FabIndia, and Good Earth can be found here. From designer couture and beautiful handlooms to sculptures and décor items, there is everything here. Besides this, it is extremely famous for Ayurvedic medicines and self-care items. Check out Biotique, Kama Ayurveda, and Kiehl’s for their infinite range of moisturizers, serums, cleansers, and other natural skincare products.

If you plan on buying designer Indian wear, then this is just the place for you. You can find works of designers such as Raghavendra Rathore, Ritu Kumar, Anita Dongre, Ankur, and Priyanka Modi. While you’re here, don’t forget to have Khan Chacha’s widely famous kebabs or the Italian delight offered by the Big Chill Café. Khan Market is every foodie’s dreamland. The market, however, is closed on Sundays. You can get there by taking a metro to the Khan Market station.

4. Sarojini Nagar Market

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The Sarojini Nagar market is one of the busiest street markets in Delhi and is the best place to buy cheap but trendy clothes and accessories. Bargaining with the shopkeepers for the minimum possible price takes you a long way in Sarojini. Packed with people to the brink, this market is every shopper’s paradise. However, while shopping at Sarojini, you need to be extra careful. As most of the items are export rejects, always remember to check for any holes or stains. You can find first copies of every brand, be it Zara, H&M, or Forever 21, for as cheap as 100 bucks. You can get your hands on all kinds of accessories and jewelry, ranging from oxidized silver jewelry to cute trinkets. The vendors here are up to date on every trend and know the fashion.

It is highly suggested that you carry one large-sized bag to keep all your purchases in one place. The vintage part of the market located at the end of the second lane has some of the best quirky stuff like metal clutches, leather bags, and vintage lamps. Carry enough cash as most of the shopkeepers do not accept cards. The market is closed on Mondays and super crowded on the weekend, so make sure you go on a weekday other than Monday. It is a 5-minute walk from the closest metro station that is Sarojini Nagar station. You can get there by taking the pink line metro.

5. Dilli Haat Market

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Dilli Haat is not only the biggest but also the most popular market in Delhi. There are a total of three Dilli Haat markets in Delhi. Out of these three, the original Dilli Haat, i.e. the one located opposite the INA Metro Station in south Delhi, is the best. This huge market, spread on a 6-acre land, has a traditional vibe that is impossible to be found anywhere else.

Dilli Haat markets are best known for their stalls overflowing with handicrafts, leather items, jewelry, wood carvings, shoes, woven fabrics, ethnic clothes, and food stalls that serve cuisine from all over India. Be it momos or be it kebabs, this market has got it all to satisfy all your food cravings.

While Dilli Haat at Pitampura also boasts of an art gallery and a spice market, Dilli Haat at Janakpuri features a music library. But among the most amazing attraction of Dilli Haat at Janakpuri is the Tihar food court. This restaurant, located on the Jail Road, is a stimulating rehabilitation initiative as it is run by Tihar Jail inmates.  

Dilli Haat markets also hold several festivals throughout the year. Some of the most famous ones are the Great Indian Food Festival that is held in January, the Summer Festival in June and the International Mango Festival held in July.

So, here are some of the markets where people, Delhites and tourists alike, love to shop. Make these places a part of your wish list if you want the authentic Delhi shopping experience. For those who tend to get drawn towards luxury brands, places like The DLF Emporio, Ambience Mall, The DLF Promenade, and  Select Citywalk are a dream place. You can find every brand, from Gucci to Chanel, here.

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