Delhi, the national capital of India, is an exciting shopping destination for tourists of all nationalities, races, and financial backgrounds. It has some of the best shopping markets in India. With its new-age shopping centers, traditional bazaars, and weekly markets, you will never run short of stuff to buy and always have a pleasurable shopping experience.
Whether you are a handicraft aficionado, fashionista, foodie, or gadget lover, the exotic bazaars of Delhi have it all. You can glance around and shop till you drop!
We bring you the list of top five shopping bazaars of Delhi that will leave you spellbound and craving for more. We assure you that these shopping haunts will turn you into a hardcore shopaholic, if you aren’t already!
1. Chandni Chowk
One of the oldest, bustling traditional bazaars, Chandni Chowk is situated in the Puraani Dilli region. Its winding lanes and narrow alleys are home to many specialized sub-markets that sell from spices to silverware and traditional clothes.
1) At Khari Baoli you can see, smell, and purchase a variety of Indian aromatic spices, herbs, and nuts for yourself and your dear ones.
2) You can delight yourself with all kinds of fabrics available in the cloth bazaar of Katra Neel.
3) If you love perfumes and traditional jewelry, a visit to Dariba Kalan is a must. You will be fascinated and baffled with a wide assortment of exquisite ornaments and wonderful smelling attars, here.
4) You can shop for zari border, lace materials, embellishments, and ethnic wedding ensembles at Kinari Bazaar and buy pearls and shawls at Moti Bazaar.
5) Bhagirath Palace is the best place to view and own a variety of electronic gadgets and equipments at wholesale price. It is deemed as one of the largest Asian markets for electrical goods.
6) Nai Sarak is a prominent book-shopping area that has many stores selling new and secondhand textbooks, tomes, and magazines, throughout the year.
Whether you are a die-hard foodie or a committed fitness-freak, a walk through the alleyways of the renowned Paranthewali Galli, will make you feel hungry in no time. You will surely enjoy the sight, smell, and taste of different types of freshly-prepared paranthas, rolls, curries, and other Delhi street delicacies.
This shopping district remains closed during Sundays.
2. Khan Market
Considered as one of the classiest shopping bazaar in Delhi, it is located in south Delhi, nearby India Gate. This U-shaped, renowned supermarket has various branded cosmetics outlets, medicine stores, and well-stocked bookshops. You can look and shop for many ready-to-wear designer outfits, as well as, get them stitched by efficient tailors in less than a week’s time. All shops remain open from Mondays to Saturdays.
3. Paharganj Bazaar
If you are on a shopping-spree to own unique, stylish, and affordable clothes, footwear, and accessories, just head straight to Paharganj marketplace, near NDLS railway station. You can do bargaining, ask for discounts, and buy cartload of export-quality goods, without decimating your bank-balance, critically. You will find the entire stretch of this shopping ghetto crowded with fashion-crazy shoppers with limited budget, all year round, hunting for their favorite brands and fashionable stuff.
4. Karol Bagh market
If you are not a brand-conscious person but love to dress up and to flaunt stunning pieces of jewelry, then a visit to different shops of Karol Bagh will not disappoint you. You can indulge yourself in checking out myriad, gorgeous ornaments and try out beautiful non-branded apparels on sale, here. However, it is advisable to avoid buying non-branded items with dubious quality.
5. Dilli Haat
It is the most preferred destination for local and foreign tourists looking for eclectic range of handicrafts, artifacts, and curios, from all states of India. Its shops are designed to resemble cottage shops of rural areas. Here, you can enjoy Indian cuisine, musical recitals, and cultural programs. A ‘haat’ means a traditional weekly village market, but, unlike the meaning of its name, Dilli Haat is open for shoppers and tourists, daily, including national holidays.
You can make a trip to lesser-known bazaars that thrive in other parts of this metropolitan city. At Sarojini Nagar market, you will come across excellent and inexpensive replicas of latest designer wear, branded handbags, and other ‘haute couture’ stuff. Lajpat Nagar’s Central Market is famous for its Mehendiwalas (i.e. henna designers) and shops that sell Indian bangles, home furnishings, and ethnic wear in all hues and sizes. Tibetan Market, off Connaught Place, is a good place for buying leather goods, funky jewelry, hippie clothes, and winter apparels.