From luxury shopping malls to streetside boutiques and flea markets, Delhi is a true shopper’s paradise. You will find everything from high-end brands to handcrafted artisanal products from the most remote parts of India in the capital. If you’re visiting Delhi and want some suggestions for shopping places, here’s a handy guide to help you out.
If you want to shop for handlooms and handicraft items from different states of India, then Dilli Haat is the place to do so. Find Kashmiri pashmina shawls, chikankari embroidered tunics from Lucknow, block-printed saris, silk and wool fabrics, leather bags, juttis (Punjabi footwear) and more all under one roof. You can also buy home décor products crafted out of bamboo, as well as traditional Pattachitra paintings from Odisha. The bazaar also has regional food stalls, and the popular food market INA is just across the road.
Janpath is one of the best places to buy souvenirs for friends and family back home. The market is essentially a straight road with rows of small boutique stores selling everything from jewellery to fabrics and vintage home décor products. Janpath is an affordable market, but shopkeepers are likely to quote higher prices to tourists. So, make sure you bargain and never pay the initially quoted amount.
Sarojini Nagar is Delhi’s favourite flea market. The trendy clothes and accessories are all budget-friendly, making it extremely popular with the young crowd. The market is often congested, and shops are mostly unorganised. You’ll need a lot of patience to find what you’re looking for. Sometimes you’ll even manage to get your hands on brands like Zara, H&M and Topshop for less than Rs 200 (£2). Again, make sure you bargain hard when you’re shopping at Sarojini Nagar.
Connaught Place is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Delhi. The white façade, the tall columns and the Palladian arches make it instantly recognisable. The bustling shopping district has many Indian and international brands. Street hawkers selling books, posters, jewellery and handicrafts are also found aplenty. Janpath and Shankar markets are also close by if you want to explore more shopping places. The latter is a good place to buy fabrics of all kinds at inexpensive prices.
Khan Market is an upscale shopping district often frequented by expats and the well-heeled community of Delhi. There’s a good mix of well-known brands as well as independent boutiques here. Khan Market also has some great places to eat and drink, if you want to unwind after you’re done shopping. When visiting the market, book lovers should check out Full Circle Bookstore and enjoy a cup of coffee at Cafe Turtle just a floor above the shop.
Sundar Nagar is best known for its antique stores and tea shops. The neighbourhood has a somewhat niche customer base because of its rare and expensive products. So, you’ll mostly find art and antique collectors shopping for heirloom jewellery, carved-wood furniture, woven carpets and tribal artefacts. If you want a quick pick-me-up, then head to Asia Tea House for a refreshing cuppa.
If you’re looking for ultra luxury, then DLF Emporio is the shopping mall for you. The shopping centre houses brands such as Dior, Christian Louboutin, Cartier, Gucci and Ermenegildo Zegna, among others. There are two more shopping malls in the same district, DLF Promenade and Ambience, both fancy but less expensive than Emporio.
Shahpur Jat is quickly emerging as one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Delhi. Lined with independent designer boutiques, it has become a go-to place for brides-to-be. Apart from apparel, Shahpur Jat also has some excellent home décor stores, including The Sewing Machine. If you love stationery, you can’t afford to skip the amazing Anand Prakash store.
During the hot Delhi summers, it’s almost impossible to step outdoors for shopping. For days like those, malls are your best option. Select Citywalk in Saket is a sought-after shopping centre with an array of brands, restaurants, cafés and a popular cinema. Just next to Citywalk is another huge mall, DLF Place, so you’ll never be short of options.