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Shopping Bonanza: 5 Elite Market Jewels of Delhi

The capital city of our nation is a vibrant stage for culture as well as modernity. While the monuments and the other stunning architecture offer a tangible window to our glorious past, the markets of Delhi bring the culture back to life. They are available to anyone who wishes to keep a piece of it.  handicrafts to spices, modern clothing to traditional accessories, here we bring to you 5 of the most elite markets in Delhi, dear reader.

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Dilli Haat, South Delhi

Traditionally, the word “Haat” for Indians meant a weekly market gathered in a village or township. Dilli Haat has a deliberate way of making the customers feel like they’re walking through a village in Haat in present times. Adjacent to INA Market, this walk-in shopping hub offers an extraordinary cohesion of handicraft products from various parts of India. The Market also showcases an intriguing blend of Indian diverse ethnic cuisines that leaves your tastebuds singing.

Delhi hatt

Furthermore, when going to Dilli Haat, one might often come across cultural performances, like folk music, dance, theatrical, etc., that effectively liven up the atmosphere.  So, if you’re looking to shop for Indian handicrafts, enjoy cultural performances, and eat delicious food then Dilli Haat is your definite pitstop.

Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi

If you haven’t heard of the Chandni Chowk market, then you haven’t heard much of anything at all it would seem. That is because Chadni Chowk market in Old Delhi has been open for hundreds of years now since its inauguration in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jahan. The market has a rich historical significance and is a cultural hub for shopping and local food. Its various lanes are divided and named according to the type of product one can find there.

chandni chowk

If you are there to shop for pretty fabrics then walk towards the Katra Neel, or if you are hunting for jewelry, head to Dariba Kalan, or if you want to look for Indian spices there is always Khari Baoli Road. Moreover one can find electronics, wedding accessories, and diverse street food within the lanes of Chandni Chowk, thus putting this place at the top of your list.

Sarojini Nagar, South Delhi

Another gem of Delhi’s shopping markets is the Sarojini Nagar. It is a treasure trove of reasonably priced apparel, accessories, and home decor, appealing to both fashionistas and thrifty shoppers. One of the reasons for it being a trending hotspot for fashion is because the products that circulate here are generally export rejects and excess from branded companies which are easy to buy due to discounts and haggling.

Sarojini market

You can find trendy designer clothes, traditional Indian attires, and Western accessories at very cheap rates thus making this market in Delhi one of the biggest draws. However, due to its popularity, it seems to stay crowded on weekends and festivities, so if you decide to visit around those times, make sure to prepare yourself for an effective but chaotic shopping experience.

Khan Market, New Delhi

Is this market bigger than Sarojini or Chandni Chowk? Probably not. But is Khan Market, a classy, opulent joint? Absolutely yes. Khan Market, which was opened back in the 50s, is known for its upscale atmosphere, boutiques, bookstores, beauty salons, gourmet food, and aesthetic cafes.

khan market

Every part of this small yet extraordinary market offers expensive sophisticated goods for people who can afford them. Historically, the market is named after Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan and caters to discerning shoppers looking for luxury and fine quality. For health-conscious shoppers, the market has an extensive variety of Ayurvedic products too. So, on your way to India Gate, do visit this bustling market.

Meena Bazaar, Old Delhi

Who doesn’t know Meena Bazaar? There was royalty here at some point, and now it captures the heart of Bollywood through lyrics and movies. Meena Bazaar is a historic place that is located near the Lal Qila (Red Fort) whose inauguration stretches back to the Mughal era. It is well known for the traditional charm it showcases- a vibrant atmosphere that is rich with diverse goods that range from clothes to jewelry, handicrafts to spices, etc.

meena bazar

For clothing, one can find intricate zari work, embroidery, and cultural craftsmanship in this market. So, if you want a taste of history, culture, and heritage, make sure to visit the famous Meena Bazaar that lines the Lahore Gate.

There is no place like Delhi for the ultimate shopaholics. Its unparalleled diversity and vibrant culture draws tourists and locals alike to its famous markets daily. While Janpath Market or the Lajpat Nagar market is most frequented, the five listed markets in the list ultimately surpass most of Delhi’s shopping hubs.

The city’s markets are popular not just because of their exclusive goods, but also because of their cultural immersion. Exploring the lanes of Delhi has always been quite a draw for most people, and when they get to keep a part of it in the form of clothes, accessories, handicrafts, etc it makes most people eager to tour these markets. So, if you want excellent food, and an even better variety of goods, then visit these five markets in Delhi ASAP.


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