From pocket-friendly malls to discount department stores, Delhi, if not said exaggeratedly, is a shopaholic’s dream. If you’re travelling to the national capital and wondering which place to visit for some quick and cheap shopping, this list would come out as a great help. We list the most pocket friendly markets you and your wallet will fall in love with.
An air-conditioned underground market located between inner and outer circle of Connaught place. This is one of the oldest underground market of Delhi. It is famous for shopping of clothes and electronic goods. It accommodates more than 300 shops, selling items at affordable rates. It constitutes of all kinds of shopping avenues like clothes, technology, gadgets, movie (but we condemn Piracy). So won’t suggest it for movies. But, yes, rest all it is one place to visit, when off with shopping itinerary.
Lajpat Nagar – Central Market
All your shopaholic fantasies can see daylight here. You can get hold of some trendy clothes, footwear, accessories in this popular south Delhi market. Take some time out to get your hands decorated with mehendi from the popular mehendiwalas there. One of the oldest and hectic market place, Lajpat Nagar market is near Defence Colony, Delhi. The buzz loaded market place provides an indigenous glimpse of Indian culture.
With swarming roadside stalls and shops, you will definitely find reasonably priced ethnic and contemporary wear here. There are good crockery shops and some home furnishings shops too.
Location: South New Delhi, near Defence Colony (between Greater Kailash and South Extension).
Opening Hours: Daily except Mondays.
What to Buy: Indian clothing, shoes, bags, accessories (including Indian bangles), and home furnishings.
Bargain, bargain and bargain! If you have a knack to play with the price of items, you can use your skill in the Sarojini Nagar Market. Here you can get cheap products at ease, but no guarantee of quality. Who cares?, if you are able to do quantity shopping in limited budget. Clothes, footwear, accessories, homeware, you get it all here! Sarojini Nagar is most famous for its really cheap designer clothes and reputable brands that have been rejected from export, either because of surplus quantity or small manufacturing defects. Shops and stalls, selling all kinds of clothes and fashion accessories, sprawl onto the streets. There’s also a sweet market (Babu Market) and vegetable market (Subzi Mundi) in the area.
Location: South West Delhi, near Safdarjung Airport.
Opening Hours: Daily except Mondays.
What to Buy: Designer clothes, Indian clothes, fashion accessories, shoes.
Janpath and Tibetan Market
Wanna have colorful experience of cultural aesthetics in Delhi? Visit heart of the state, Connaught Place. The ethnic market of Janpath is nestled at the center of the main market. Full of chaos and vivacity, Janpath brings out some true artisans of India at one place.Here, you will find some trendy array of fashionable products and retro bests also. Other than proper shops, there are also ethnic footwear-traditional mojaris/juttis stalls on the sides.You may also witness some traditional artisans sitting between the lanes of fixed price shops. The place is known for high quality standards and proffers unlimited bargaining opportunities. So, don’t be amazed if the fixed cost price suddenly falls upto 80%. It happens here!
You may also witness some antique clocksand artefacts or silver goods here. These all are worth your every penny.
Location: Janpath, just off Connaught Place, in Central New Delhi.
Opening Hours: Daily.
What to Buy: Handicrafts, hippy clothing, shoes, paintings, brassware, Indian artifacts, leather work, and cheap jewelry.
The shopping district of Chandni Chowk has been in existence for hundreds of years and an exploration of its winding, narrow alleyways is certainly an adventure. The lanes of Chandni Chowk are divided into bazaars with different areas of specialization. For fabrics, head to Katra Neel. In the Bhagirath Palace area, you’ll find a huge range of electronics. Dariba Kalan is Old Delhi’s ancient silver market full of silver jewelry. Food vendors in Chandni Chowk also serve up a delicious assortment of Delhi street food.
Location: Old Delhi.
Opening Hours: Daily except Sundays.
What to Buy: Fabrics, jewelry, and electronic goods.
This huge shopping market in Delhi has been deliberately made to feel like a traditional weekly village market, called a haat. Small thatched roof cottages with a village atmosphere give it great ambiance. The market offers an exciting blend of handicrafts from all over India, food, and cultural and music performances. Don’t miss it!
Location: Opposite INA Market, South Delhi. Pitampura, North Delhi. Janakpuri, west Delhi.
Opening Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., including national holidays.
What to Buy: Indian handicrafts and artifacts.