Greater Kailash Market
A much-frequented but exorbitantly priced market loved by the cash-rich, mobile-toting brigade. The famous M-Block market offers clothes both western and traditional, cosmetics, exclusive lingerie, excellent footwear, artificial flowers, colourful buttons and baubles and even exotic fruit imported from across the world.
The N-Block market, though not as glitzy as the first, has stores like FabIndia comprising of ethnic Indian wear, furnishings and crockery and The Next Store with pottery, crockery, wrought-iron furniture and household linen.
A third market nearby is the Archana Arcade that is dotted with exclusive sari, salwar-kameez and lehanga boutiques. An ideal place for girls buying for their trousseau.
South Extension Part I & II
An upmarket shopping area where quality garments and footwear sell like hotcakes. Frequently visited by rich yuppies and Delhi's cash-flush teenagers, the complex has outlets of almost all the top international brands.
Huge departmental stores like Ebony, Big Jos, Hopps are extremely popular and their annual sales are a much-awaited feature. Electronic showrooms, popular eat outs and a truly hip crowd makes this a very popular hangout. more...
The Paharganj area running west from New Delhi railway station is a popular hunting ground for inexpensive and mid-range accommodations. It's also a place where one can buy from other travellers things they no longer need such as Enfield motorbikes, rucksacks, camping gear, malaria tablets and so forth.
Lodges at knockdown prices are available in this area if one is looking for a budget room, there are exceptions on and around the Main Bazaar, which runs west from New Delhi railway station for nearly 1-km. The area is crowded and noisy, unlike the spacious surrounds of the hotels south of Connaught Place, but staying here makes one feel more a part of the throbbing city.
Karol Bagh & Around
The area around Karol Bagh properly settled after the partition when Punjabis from Pakistan made it there home and opened numerous shops to make out a living. Today this place is a thriving commercial and business centre and there's simply nothing that one can't find over here.
Ajmal Khan Road
Situated in Karol Bagh, it used to be a place for inexpensive readymades, cotton yarn and embroidered garments but is much more than that now. Fancy stores, big international labels and all kinds of Indian munchies and masalas are available here. The weekly 'haat' is held over here every Monday, when all the big stores enjoy their weekly holiday and is perhaps the biggest of its kind in Delhi.
Arya Samaj Road
This is a place where one can buy second hand books. But the real McCoy is actually the Sunday book bazaar held at Daryaganj.
Just off Ajmal Khan Road, it has shop after shop displaying gold jewellery. Pick up a handcrafted piece or a machine-made pattern, the variety is mind-boggling. An excellent place for those shopping for their trousseau.
This labyrinth of alleys and lanes specialises in supplying any imported product that you can dream of buying sitting right here in India. From cosmetics through watches, sunglasses, calculators, electronic diaries to hairdryers, one can expect to find everything.
The Lajpat Nagar market is a shopping area where one can buy products no matter how tight their budget limit is. The market is bursting at the seams with ready-mades from salwar-kameez to jeans to all sorts of inexpensive cotton and lycra western wear too. Amar Colony in Lajpat Nagar is a wholesale market for salwar-kameez and there's even a lane of shops that sell supposedly 'antique' furniture. Just follow the golden rule of bargaining to get good value for money.
Lajpat Nagar Central Market has been a shoppers' Mecca for years. It is one of the largest markets in Delhi, which offers almost everything from fresh vegetables, dyed-to-order duppattas, wedding decorations, to dresses and whatever else one can need and not actually require. But nothing can replace a binge at the 'chatwalla' or simply irresistible taste of the 'chola bhaturas' and 'gol guppa'.
A South Delhi market but nowhere near as expensive as South Extension or Greater Kailash. A must visit market for people with low budgets and one can actually find everything from needle and thread to electronic gadgets. An entire lane with kiosks is devoted to cotton garments, which are mainly export rejects or surplus.
Santushti Shopping Complex
Off the Race Course Road roundabout, beyond a cluster of trees is the Santushti Shopping Complex. 'Santushti', literally means satisfaction. Pebbled paths lead the way to the shops, which have a select range of exclusive products. The pace is easy and the shopping complex has a quiet, elegant, neat look, which makes shopping here a distinct pleasure. Santushti is run by the Air Force Wives Welfare Association.
With 30-odd shops stocking a range of high quality artifacts, furniture, furnishings, house decor articles and clothes, the relaxed atmosphere makes shopping at Santushti an enjoyable experience.
In view to its proximity to Delhi, the New Okhla Industrial Area or Noida, came up as a satellite town to the capital. Noida is India's one of the most happening cities and has provided comprehensive facilities for residential, commercial, institutional activities with ample social infrastructure in terms of education, health, socio-cultural and recreational facilities. The city has a Golf Course, social & cultural clubs, health clubs, and a stadium.
The best place worth checking out for shopping and entertainment are situated in the big shopping complex of 'Atta Market'. The place not only provide day to day products but also comprise of some of the finest hangout zones such as Ebony, Mac Donnels, Nirula's, Domino's and countless others.
The word Chawri has its root in the Sanskrit word 'Chawat', which means a place where four roads meet. In Marathi it means a place where people congregate for business, where the 'Patel' (village headman) holds his court and settles all disputes.
In the reign of Shah Alam II, the Marathas are said to have established a Chawri here. Even today, this is one of the busiest wholesale and retail business markets of the city. Goods sold here include iron and hardware, paper, utensils of brass, copper and stainless steel.
This is Asia's largest wholesale spice market. Traders claim that this is also the biggest market for dry fruit and edible oils. Pulses and food grains are also available over here.