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If you’re not afraid to haggle and bump elbows in bazaars, Delhi is a great place to shop. Also, Western-style malls are plentiful in the suburbs of Gurgaon and Noida. Many shopping districts are overly crowded on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

  • Maya Flowers (Maya Flowers), A-272 Defense Colony. (Drop down at Lajpat nagar metro station and go straight to defense colony). Indian Florist from 2012, which was once owned by the legendary Delhi Arena’s shop owner (who famously was the champion for the fashion week in 2012), this family owned business has over 237 flower varieties, the largest in Delhi and perhaps the nation, and is the only store in the India that still does turn-of-the-century style Indian flower arrangements. Going to the Maya Flowers store, you can pickup small bouquets inexpensive bouquets and watch free live demonstrations on old European flower arrangement techniques. INR.  edit

Malls

  • DLF Emporio, 4 Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj (Near J. Nehru University, not far from the airport. Take Bus #604 from the New Delhi Railway Station). Perhaps India’s most luxuriant mall. You’ll find 3 floors of international designer brands such as Armani, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as a number of Indian designers such as Tarun Tahliani, Manish Arora, Rohit Bal and Satya Paul. Emporio also houses one of New Delhi’s most popular new restaurants, Set’z (formerly Zest), a chic dining experience with over seven different cuisines to choose from.
  • DLF Promenade, 3 Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj (Near J. Nehru University, not far from the airport. Take Bus #604 from the New Delhi Railway Station). Features the only 7-screen multiplex in Delhi. 
  • Ambience Mall, (Near J. Nehru University, not far from the airport. Take Bus #604 from the New Delhi Railway Station)
  • Select CityWalk, MGF Metropolitan, & DLF Place Malls, A-3m District Centre Saket (Near the Malviya Nagar metro station). 3 adjacent malls that includes stores from several top name designers.
  • Pacific (Mall), Najafgarh Road, Tagore Garden, New Delhi, Delhi 110018, ☎ 011 4090 3000.

Bazaars

  • Connaught Place aka Rajiv Chowk, (At the intersection of the Yellow and Blue Lines of the Delhi Metro) A unique cross between a European shopping arcade, an Indian bazaar, and an upmarket shopping mall. With all shops laid out in 2 circles, it’s easy to get around and explore.
  • Paharganj, (opposite New Delhi Railway Station). Oriented toward backpackers, this strip of shops sells items such as Indian perfumes, shawls, tablas, rugs, jewelry, etc. 
  • Kamla Nagar, (next to Delhi University’s North campus). Popular with college students and known for its spicy street food. 
  • Rajouri Garden Market – Excellent place to shop for wedding as well as everyday clothing.
  • Central Market, Lajpat Nagar – Middle-class Indians do their shopping here. Great deals for apparel, whether ethnic Indian or otherwise.
  • Sarojini Nagar market is great for export surplus garments, and green grocery.
  • Khan Market is good for groceries (great choice of vegetables), clothes (upper class Indian style, not expensive, Fabindia and Anohki for women’s clothing), housewares (Good Earth), jewelry/accessories ( Silver Centrre By Sangeeta Boochra ), and books (many bookshops).
  • Janpath is a bargain-hunter’s dream and just a two minute walk from Connaught place. Think of it as a vast flea market, where you can get all kinds of knick-knacks and clothes. Janpath is not a place for those unwilling or unable to bargain ruthlessly. Also, as in any flea market, quality will vary greatly. There are also some bookshops.
  • Karol Bagh, West Delhi Market known for traditional Indian Wear, sarees and shawls. Huge area and big brand showrooms.
  • Palika Bazaar, Connaught Place – This is a large underground market in the center of Connaught Place. The air here is bad and the quality of products low. One can hunt for DVDs, VCDs and Audio CDs of Hindi, English and a few regional and foreign language films and PC-based games.
  • Chandni Chowk, Metro Yellow Line. The heart of Old Delhi, this is the place to go for the full-on Indian experience of crowded, twisting alleys and tiny shops. The Fountain serves as a useful orientation point, and there are great Delhi-style snacks to be found in the vicinity too.
  • Khari Baoli walking away from the Red Fort through Chandni Chowk will lead you here, which is the main spice market in Old Dehli where most restaurants shop from. Great place to buy individual spices (especially cardamom in bulk), masala chai mix, and various masala mixes for vegetables, meat, fish, meat, chicken, and rice. Afghan Store is also there.

Jewellery

  • Silver Centrre by Sangeeta Boochra, located at 16 khan market , New Delhi , is a govt approved Jeweller for generations – designer Sangeeta Boochra is the leading jewellery designer of the country. Oldest Jewellery brand in Silver Jewellery. Here you will find exquisite jewellery for all age groups , they do tribal , traditional and contemporary jewellery which has the essence of India . The brand continuously work towards the upliftment of the Indian Artisans and Kaarigars who work in the villages and do not have a platform to showcase their work. They have tribal Jewellery from Rajasthan , Madhya Pradesh , Gujrat , Tamil Nadu , Kashmir etc . The designer gives her own design signature to all the pieces. A must recommended place to buy jewellery when in India. The prices are affordable and an air-conditioned shop with english speaking staff. The quality of items is quite good. You can pay with credit cards. The brand is from Johari Bazar Jaipur and is more then 119 years old.

Handicrafts

  • Cottage Emporium, located near Connaught Place, is the main government-run location for selling handicrafts from all over the country. The prices are a little more than what you’d find if you went bargain hunting, but you can shop in air-conditioned comfort and all of the sales people speak English. The quality of items is quite good. You can pay with credit cards. Nirula Bazar is one such place that is located in Gole Market, a 15min walk West of Connaught Place. Be sure to try a number of the shops in this area as all are selling similar goods. They will try to sell you a hand-made Kashmiri rug.

The calm of Dilli Haat

  • The state emporium is the state’s equivalent of a Cottage. They are all located on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, one of the radial streets coming off of Connaught Place, and each state specializes in certain kinds of crafts. Some are better priced than others, and you can bargain a little. Many of them will take credit cards.
  • Dilli Haat, South Delhi (INA Market stn, Metro Yellow Line). Crafts fairs happen here every week. It is a wonderful place to get crafts from all over the country. What is distinctive here is that the artists themselves come to sell their goods, so your money goes directly to them, rather than to middlemen. Some bargaining may be necessary if you want the best price. Prices are higher than elsewhere, but the modest entry fee keeps out beggars, ripoff artists, and most touts. Many visitors find the mellow atmosphere worth the extra cost of shopping here. It also has a section called Foods of India. This has a huge number of restaurants, each showcasing the food of a particular state of India. (Most of them give a mix of Chinese and Indian food, but state delicacies are also included). This section is a must-go for the foodie-cum-tourist. Please beware about fake Delhi haats usually taxi drivers will take for commission . Prices will be very high & goods not worth. There are only few authentic.
  • Handicrafts and Natural Products Emporium or R. Expo House, now relocated in Noida from Paharganj is one of the largest and oldest emporiums of handicrafts and herbal products in Delhi. It was founded in 1932 and provides it’s visitors with a large variety of gift items from different parts of India. Textiles, handmade crafts and furniture made by artists and craftsman are sold at affordable prices. Ayurvedic and plant remedies, herbal soap, shampoos, oils and natural fragrances are also manufactured. This complex of 2 four-storeyed buildings is welcoming and a popular place for foreign visitors to Delhi.
  • Sarojini Nagar, One of the biggest and famous market in South Delhi adjacent to Central Government employees flats
  • The Crafts Museum also sells some handicrafts.
  • MESH-A Fair Trade Shop ‘Maximizing Employment to Serve the Handicapped an Indian NGO, practicing Fair Trade with artisans affected by leprosy and people with disabilities. Selling their product from Two Fair Trade Shops in Delhi and Hyderabad. One can find Fair Trade products on reasonable prices at MESH shop. Located in Uday Park Shopping centre MESH has Textile, toys, fashion accessories etc. MESH can be reached at 011-26965039, 26568048 for directions.
  • Pashmina By Atsar Address: A 20 Green Park, Phone: 9810603310. A one stop shop for all your handicrafts & souvenir needs. Located at sight seeing route for Qutub Minar, lots of tourist like to stop over for quality pashmina shawls, ethnic indian silver jewelery, paper mache, paintings, silk and woolen carpets, and much more at reasonable rates.

Clothing Stores

  • Fabindia, (in Connaught Place and Khan Market). A popular store for high quality traditional clothing that caters to foreigners with a Western style store that is inside, with fixed prices, and no haggling.
  • Anokhi, Women’s clothing, childen’s wear, men’s wear, and some home goods. In Khan Market and Santushti Shopping Complex with discount store in Nizamuddin East Market (enter gate #9).
  • Runway Fashion (Women Custom Tailored Clothing), ☎ +91 9811054477 (info@runwayfashion.in), [21]. Women Custom Tailored Clothing Studio offering tailored made dresses, bridal wear, evening and western gowns. Catering to Locals as well as foreign clients.  edit
  • Ansal Plaza, Mall and a favorite shopping haunt for the local middle/upper class and it is in South Delhi. This is a great place to get bargains on international brand clothing and jeans (as these tend to be 30-50% cheaper than in the West depending on the brand and time of year). The mall also houses many Indian and Western eateries (including McDonald’s). International brands like Guess, Marks & Spencer, United Colors of Benetton, Lacoste and Apple have retail outlets here.
  • Rajouri Garden, Famous shopping area in New Delhi. Located in the western suburbs on the metro line, Rajouri Garden houses the largest Malls complex in the city of New Delhi. It offers a variety of clothing brands both national and international such as United Colors of Benetton, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, Bossini, etc.
  • South Extension, Shopping mecca in South Delhi but it is not a single mall. It is spread out over a large area and many international brands have stores here. International brands include the likes of Mango, Nautica, United Colors of Benetton, Levis, etc.
  • Karol Bagh, Reputed to be the largest shopping area in Asia with 20,000 shops and traders. There are many tailors experienced in western styles (suits etc). There is also a growing number of hotels here.
  • Sarojini Nagar Market, Reputed to be the largest outdoor, pedestrianized shopping area in Delhi. Huge bargains on all sorts of western and Indian wear. It is known by expatriate teens as THE shopping area for affordable current hip fashion trends. If you are lucky you can also get many reputed western brands here (export surplus) Also a great market for fresh fruits, vegetables and household goods.

Computers

The Nehru Place IT market complex is an interesting combination of modern technology products and old world marketplace sales techniques.

  • Nehru Place, A computer hardware market and a perfect place for finding gadgets at very cheap rates. It is also a huge marketplace for both pirated and original software. Any computer-related accessory can be found here, but parking is a monumental problem. Beware of congestion and pickpockets. Open Mon-Sat.
  • Wazirpur Commercial Complex – Located in Wazirpur Industrial Area – The prices are competitive and around that prevailing in Nehru Place.
  • District Centre, Janak Puri (Janak Puri West Metro Station), Also known as mini Nehru Place. You will get computer goods quite close to the prices available in Nehru Place. Parking is not big a problem. Generally, open seven days a week.

Books

The Indian book industry is huge, producing annually about 15,000 books in English, and obviously far more in Hindi and other native languages. Delhi is hub of this industry, so small, specialist bookstores abound. Locally produced books can be very inexpensive and many popular Western titles are published and available here for a fraction of their original cost.

  • Khan Market, This is a shopping area for local diplomats. There are many book shops here that have a wide selection at reasonable prices.
  • Mid Land Bookshop, South Extension and Aurbindo Place. Very similar to bookshops in Khan Market, but at better prices.
  • Galgotia and Sons, Cannaught Place. A more disorganized bookstore, but with an excellent variety of books available at excellent prices.
  • Jacksons Books, in Paharganj. Ask to see their collection of classics and works by Indian writers – and a lot more – in their shop that is behind the front stall (about 600m down Main Bazaar Street from New Delhi station, on the left hand side).
  • The Bookworm, Connaught Place. If you are more adventurous and want a ‘localized’ experience with the best books published in India you can go to:
  • Nai Sarak (near Chawari Bazaar), (use Chawari Bazaar or Chandani Chowk metro stations on yellow line). Narrow alleys where most publishers are based. This is very popular with students, particularly college students as course books are available here. They carry books in nearly all major languages spoken in India. Don’t expect bargaining to work here as shopkeepers are too busy to argue. The shopkeepers do more business than any proper branded shop, selling at least 5,000 books daily. There are also many whole sellers. Very few books will be on display and you need to ask for a particular type of book as the variety of books sold is huge. Most books are original and the shopkeepers get very irritated if you question the book’s genuineness. You can either take a rickshaw or walk. One of Delhi’s oldest shopping complexes, you can find any book there after a day of searching. Also good areas for sightseeing.
  • Daryaganj and Asaf Ali Road A little better organised, but otherwise very similar to Nai Sarak. Hindi Book Centre on Asaf Ali Rd is very famous and one can find practically every Hindi book there,they also have a good website.
  • Kamla Nagar, Bookshops in F-Block opposite to Birla Mills compound and on the road leading to Roop Nagar roundabout provides a range books and stationaries.

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