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Delhi’s love for food is insatiable and the city folks who’re always on the lookout for fresh produce and ingredients have a diverse range of food markets to choose from. From Asia’s largest spice market in Khari Baoli in Chandni Chowk to a modest farmer’s market and an organic livestock farm, the choices are many and varied. Here are some fantastic food markets to explore in Delhi to satisfy all gastronomic needs.
Khari Baoli in Chandni Chowk is mostly famous as Asia’s largest wholesale spice market, but is also a good place to shop for groceries at wholesale prices. The place used to be a stepwell during the Mughal times and is over 400-years-old. While the stepwell is long gone, the market today trades in exotic spices, nuts from countries like Afghanistan, tea, rice and other food products. Katara Tambaku, a wholesale market for herbs, is close by if you want to pick up some fresh and assorted herbs. Make sure to visit Fatehpuri Mosque and the Red Fort when you’re at Khari Baoli.
French Farm was started by Roger Langbour, a French Air Force officer who was posted at the French Embassy in Delhi. While Langbour loved the capital, he couldn’t say the same for the quality of meat in the city. This is why he decided to open an organic farm of his own and simply named it French Farm. The former military man’s farm has some rare livestocks, which are not easily found in Delhi. This includes quail, pheasants, turkey, Muscovy and Peking ducks. French Farm also grows organic vegetables and herbs. You can either visit the place or order over phone.
Foodhall is an upscale food retail chain and one of its kind in Delhi. A kilogram of tomatoes from Europe here might set you back by Rs. 2,500 (£30) but patrons feel it’s worth paying the price for as Foodhall, which launched its first store in Mumbai in 2011, continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Their imported selection of fruits and varieties of cheeses are some of the very best. Also check out their tea section which has a premium collection of over 65 teas. If you’re looking for cooking inspiration Foodhall’s website has some great recipes you could try. There are two mega stores in Delhi and two smaller ones in Aerocity and Gurugram.