“I asked my soul: What is Delhi? She replied: The world is the body and Delhi its life. ”
Such were the words of poet Mirza Ghalib for the city that wears its heart on its sleeve. With its bustling energy and brightness, Delhi is known to house some of the most interesting and economical places to shop, with history and cuisine adding to the experience. While Hauz Khas Village (and a bevy of malls) hosts luxe brands and Sarojini Nagar is a bargain hunter’s Shangri-la, there are many other destinations to please a shopper in the city of forts and tandoori momos. Take a look at our picks!
Few know that the streets of Ballimaran are home to India’s oldest market of spectacles, abounding in frames, colours, and models. For fashionable eyewear at throwaway prices, this is the place to visit. The erstwhile Ballimaran was a hub of boat rowing communities (Balli means oars; maran means steering the oars). Its most famous resident was Ghalib himself, whose residence ‘Ghalib ki Haveli’ is open to visitors.
Don’t miss: The magnificent by lanes with history embedded in each corner.
Established by the Delhi Tourism, Ministry of Textiles and Govt. of India in 1994 to promote traditional arts and crafts, Dilli haat (haat: market) is an open bazaar with thatched roofs and permanent fixtures where crafts from all states of India can be purchased. Fabrics, textiles, pottery, jewellery, home furnishings, and a lot more can be found in this brilliant and one of a kind initiative. If not for shopping, visit to enjoy the ambience, monthly cultural fests, and the food!
Don’t miss: Customised bookmarks and key rings.
Sunday morning may well be the best time to visit the wonder that is Old Delhi. Why? These mornings are known for a special makeshift market known better as Chor Bazaar, its name derived from the belief that everything on sale is either excess or stolen. You may be wary of waking up at 5am, but with its endless variety of apparel and artefacts this place is a must visit.
Don’t miss The food stalls and the Jama Masjid looming majestically in the distance.
Looking for luxe apparel and accessories at prices that don’t break the bank? Janpath will not disappoint. Perhaps the most well-known market for street shopping in the city, its wide roads are filled with an array of stalls and artisans that will make you a happy shopper.
Don’t miss: The exclusive eateries and restaurants in Connaught Place.
This place needs little introduction. A local legend of a market for fabric sourcing, this area is always bustling with people and activities. Besides a colossal variety of fabrics, this is your go to place if you enjoy collecting brooches and fun accessories available at select shops.
Don’t miss: The bookseller located very distinctly in the market area.
Make time for this city with magnificent charms and much, much more. What are you waiting for?