Top Markets in Delhi

The vibrant atmosphere of Delhi markets can make shopping lots of fun. In fact, Delhi has the best markets in India, selling a huge array of items including handcrafts from all over the country. These top markets in Delhi are a treasure trove of goods waiting to be discovered.

Dilli Haat:

This huge Delhi market has been deliberately made to feel like a traditional weekly village market, called a haat. Small thatched roof cottages with a village atmosphere give it a great ambience. The market offers an exciting blend of handicrafts from all over India, food, and cultural and music performances. Don't miss it!

• Location: Opposite INA Market, south Delhi. Pitampura, north Delhi. Janakpuri, West Delhi.
• Opening Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., including national holidays.
• What to Buy: Indian handcrafts and artefacts.

Janpath and Tibetan Market:

This very popular and lively Delhi market, which was recently given a makeover, has something for everyone. You'll find goods from everywhere in India and Tibet here, and it's a great place to shop for things to take back home. However, you'll need all your bargaining skills to get a really decent price.

• Location: Janpath, just off Connaught Place, in central Delhi.
• Opening Hours: Daily.
What to Buy: Handicrafts, hippy clothing, shoes, paintings, brassware, Indian artefacts, leather work, and cheap jewellery.

Paharganj:

Some of the best bargain shopping in Delhi can be found in the crumbling and chaotic Main Bazaar of the Paharganj traveller ghetto. Many of the shops in Paharganj also deal in wholesale and export to foreign countries, making it a good place to come and hunt out unique and inexpensive goods to import back home.

• Location: Paharganj Main Bazaar, opposite the New Delhi Railway Station.
• Opening Hours: Daily until around 9 p.m.
• What to Buy: Clothes, shoes, jewellery, books, music, textiles, handicrafts, hookah pipes, incense.

Chandni Chowk:

The shopping district of Chandni Chowk has been in existence for hundreds of years and an exploration of its winding, narrow alleyways is certainly an adventure. The lanes of Chandni Chowk is divided into bazaars with different areas of specialization. For fabrics, head to Katra Neel. In the Bhagirath Palace area, you'll find a huge range of electronics. Dariba Kalan is Old Delhi's ancient silver market full of silver jewellery. Kinari bazaar sells everything you need for a wedding, including saris. Khari Baoli Road has Asia's largest spice market. Food vendors in Chandni Chowk also serve up a delicious assortment of Delhi street food.

• Location: Old Delhi.
• Opening Hours: Daily except for Sundays.
• What to Buy: Fabrics, jewellery, spices, and electronic goods.

Sarojini Nagar:

Sarojini Nagar is most famous for its really cheap designer clothes and reputable brands that have been rejected from export, either because of surplus quantity or small manufacturing defects. Shops and stalls, selling all kinds of clothes and fashion accessories, sprawl onto the streets. There's also a sweet market (Babu Market) and vegetable market (Subzi Mundi) in the area.

Location: South West Delhi, near Safdarjung Airport.
• Opening Hours: Daily except for Mondays.
• What to Buy: Designer clothes, Indian clothes, fashion accessories, shoes.

Khan Market:

Established in 1951, Khan Market is a small U-shaped market that's one of Delhi's classiest. Bargain hunters are likely to be disappointed at this market. It's got a loyal following who go there to shop at its branded outlets. One of the best things about this market is its interesting book shops. It's also got some excellent tailors who will make
you a suit in less than a week. For Ayurvedic food, medicine and skin care check out Biotique, and Khadi. Hidden away, you'll find some trendy cafes and lounges to relax in,
many with balconies overlooking the street.

• Location: South Delhi, not far from India Gate.
• Opening Hours: Daily except for Sundays.
• What to Buy: Books, music, branded and tailored clothes, Ayurvedic food and cosmetics, and home furnishings.

Shankar Market:

If you're looking to buy fabrics by the meter, Shankar Market is where you should head! It has more than 150 shops and stalls spread over two floors, stocking everything from plain cotton to silk brocades. There are all kinds of handloom textiles to drool over including ikat, block prints, and weaves from Odisha, Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh. The market's central Delhi location is handy too!

• Location: Opposite Connaught Place M-Block.
• Opening Hours: 11 a.m. until 8.30 p.m. Closed Sundays.
• What to Buy: Fabrics.

Sunder Nagar:

This quaint market attracts quite a few rich Indian socialites because of its art and antique shops. It's a well-designed market in an upscale neighbourhood. You'll also find some wonderful tea shops there. Try the Regalia Tea House and Mittal Tea House.

• Location: Off Mathura Road in central New Delhi, not too far away from Connaught Place, near the zoo and Oberoi Hotel.
• Opening Hours: Daily except for Sundays.
• What to Buy: Tea, silver jewellery, art, textiles, carpets, and antiques.

Lajpat Nagar (Central Market):

The hectic Lajpat Nagar market provides an interesting glimpse into Indian culture. It's one of the oldest markets in India and is abuzz with middle-class Indian shoppers, all swarming around its roadside stalls and showrooms. Reasonably priced Indian kurti tops and salwaar kameez suits are popular items. Be sure to bargain hard! The market also has Mehendiwalas, who will apply beautiful henna designs to your hands with astonishing speed.

• Location: South Delhi, near Defense Colony (between Greater Kailash and South Extension).
• Opening Hours: Daily except for Mondays.
• What to Buy: Indian clothing, shoes, bags, accessories (including Indian bangles), and home furnishings.

Matka Market:

Pottery from all over India is available at Matka Market in south Delhi. The market is a fantastic place to shop for festival decorations, especially during Diwali. The range of colorful clay diyas and pots is astonishing, with more than 100 different vendors. Other items commonly available at the market include blue Jaipuri pottery, terracotta Bankura horses, clay idols of Hindu gods and goddesses, garden pots and plant holders, vases, lanterns and earthen wind chimes.

• Location: A.K. Roy Marg, near Sarojini Nagar bus depot, south Delhi.
• Opening Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. until 8 a.m.
• What to Buy: All kinds of clay items.

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