Fascinating Markets in Delhi for an Amazing Shopping Experience


Best Markets in Delhi

A trip to the capital city of Delhi remains incomplete without exploring the nooks and corners of the labyrinthine markets that deal with everything from local food to clothing and accessories to home décor items. While there are numerous brand outlets, air-conditioned supermarkets and shopping malls in the posh regions, the raw essence of India lies in the small stalls in the markets run by local traders. Old Delhi is enriched with many such market areas which remain bustling with local visitors and tourists throughout the week. Visiting here, you will get acquainted with the Delhite heritage, art, culture and craftsmanship and it will enhance your skill of bargaining undoubtedly!

Here is the list of 32 Fascinating Markets in Delhi for an Amazing Shopping Experience

1. Panchkuian Marg

For antique and contemporary furniture, take a walk along the aisles of the Panchkuian Marg that has classy home décor items and wooden furniture of all shapes and kinds. At an affordable cost, you will get jute swings, rocking chairs, carved garden table set, lamps, vibrant side tables and vintage dividers. Satnam Furniture House, Manya Handicrafts, National Furniture House etc are some of the stores on the street.

2. Palika Bazaar

Apart from Sunday, this underground air-conditioned market is open from 10 AM till 7 PM and offers everything from clothing to accessories, electronics to perfumes and footwear to handicrafts. Make sure to bargain and verify the authenticity of the items to get the best deal. Besides, there is ample opportunity to get video games and gaming consoles like Xbox and Playstation at affordable prices.

3. Banjara Market 

Gurgaon’s Banjara Market is open throughout the week from 10 AM till 8 PM and as the name suggests, it is laden with make-shift small furniture stalls where bargaining is the key to getting discounts on the repaired, restored or spruced up furniture. Not only furniture but also carved wooden frames, kitchenware and ceramic pots with intricate artwork are offered along with engraved boxes, counter tables, bookshelves, vases, spoons, mugs, bowls and planters.

4. Khari Baoli

Being the largest spice market in all over Asia, Khari Baoli market road specializes in eye-watering chili, cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon and many other spices along with herbs, nuts and wholesale grocery items like rice and tea. Running since the 17th century, this traditional market is full of colors, smells and tastes.

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5. Jwala Heri

Located in western Delhi, this labyrinthine market opens at 10 in the morning and closes at 7:30 in the evening. The shops are set up in an unplanned laid-back manner and speak on behalf of the Delhite culture through the food stalls and stores selling lifestyle goods. The market is closed on Wednesdays. Make sure to explore all the lanes to find daily-use homeware, utensils, jewelry, fabrics, decorative borders, dupattas and more.

6. Karol Bagh, Delhi

From affordable readymade garments at Ajmal Khan Road to traditional jewelry at Silver Street (Bank Street), Karol Bagh is Delhi’s famous and among the oldest markets for bridal shopping. Except Monday, Karol Bagh is open daily from 10 AM till 8 PM. Gaffar Market for imported goods and Arya Samaj Road for used books are some of the most popular sections of the market.

7. Bhagirath Palace

The largest wholesale market in Asia for various types of light fixtures, lamps and lanterns, Bhagirathi Palace will definitely lighten up your mood. Not only are the light fixtures stunning but also they are affordable, especially during festive seasons. Vintage chandeliers, steampunk lamps, fairy lights and café-type lamps –there are lots of varieties. Besides, you will also get electronics at an affordable price.

8. Daryaganj Book Market

From new to old and used books sprawled across the pavements and roadside stalls, the Daryaganj Book Market is a treat for bibliophiles. It is best to turn up as early as 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Sundays and make sure to haggle for more discounts. Mukta Books Agency and Big Book Bazaar are some of the stores offering books at kilogram rate and you can also get some first edition books here.

9. Kucha Choudhary Market

Professional, hobbyist and aspiring photographers can get the best deals on camera, camcorders and peripherals at this Chandni Chowk market known locally as “Photo Market”. Operating since 1970, the market has various camera selling and servicing stores where bargaining is the key to getting the best discounts on Polaroid, DSLR and vintage cameras and accessories.

10. Greater Kailash

The two sections of Greater Kailash (M-Block and N-Block) offer trendy and designer bags, clutches, blouse, kurta, palazzos, tops, lehengas and salwar suits at great discount from 10 AM to 9 PM throughout the week except Tuesdays. Check out the stores dedicated to lifestyle goods, cosmetics, footwear, jewelry etc and then visit any roadside food stalls, restaurants, nightclubs and pubs.

11. Ghazipur Phool Mandi

Although the Phool Mandi remains open from 4 AM till 9 PM everyday, it is best to visit during the autumn-winter i.e. September through February and as early in the morning as possible to get the freshest flowers. This retail and wholesale market caters all types of flowers to not only local vendors, event planners, designer florists and individuals for functions, but also exports abroad.

12. Matka Market

The Matka Market is open daily from 10 AM to 8 PM and during Diwali, you will find it bustling till 3 in the morning. The potters live on the market street, work on the spot and even customize the designs according to your request. The essence of pottery from Bankura, Manipur, Lucknow, Jaipur reflects from the terracotta horses, lanterns, vases, diyas, wind-chimes, planters, idols, black Manipuri matkas, blue Jaipuri pots and Kagzi.

13. Sundar Nagar

Open from Monday till Saturday, the quaint Sundar Nagar market in the sophisticated neighborhood is famous among socialites for its antique shops and art houses. The silver jewelry, carpets, textiles, art pieces and antique pieces are noteworthy. Also check in to Mittal Tea House or Asia Tea House for sampling and buying authentic tea.

14. Shankar Market

One of the oldest settlements in Connaught Place region, the Shankar Market is filled with lines of textile and fabric manufacturers, vendors, retailers and wholesalers selling locally made clothes. Here you can get a designer saree, salwar suit, dupatta, lehenga or a stylish suit which is tailor-made and customized. Besides that, footwear, buttons, laces and crafted borders are also sold. You must check out the sweetmeat shops for the delectable jalebis.

15. Dilli Haat 

Visit between 11 AM and 10 PM any day of the week to check out Dilli Haat stalls with thatched roofs, giving a village market vibe. The cultural activities, folk dance and song performances are additional attractions. Among the handicrafts, you would love the Madhubani paintings, embroidered textiles, imitation and beaded jewelry, Phulkari works, tote bags made of camel hide, bamboo décor items, sandalwood and rosewood carving, metal crafts and terracotta models. A must visit place if you plan to shop in Delhi.

16. Janpath And Tibetan Market

From traditional Gujarati apparels to Tibetan goods, the Janpath Market has something for every shopper. It opens at 10:30 AM and closes at 9 PM daily, although the Tibetan markets are often closed on Sundays and Mondays. You will get ethnic apparel, paintings and artworks, leather goods, embroidered handbags and jholas, Pashmina shawls, carpets, junk jewelry, Tibetan masks, Kolhapuri chappals, brass trinkets and winter clothing at affordable cost

17. Paharganj

Come to Paharganj Market any day except Monday between 11 AM and 9 PM to enjoy the wholesale shopping spree of handicrafts, textiles, bohemian clothing, wooden statues, hookah pipes, handmade junk jewelry, earrings, necklaces, bangles, CDs, dream-catchers and more. There are a few book stores and incense shops to apart from bakeries. The mirror-work dupattas, cushion covers and wall hangings are available at low prices.

18. Nehru Place Market

The Nehru Place is the biggest electronic market in Delhi and is popular among IT specialists and tech-savvy people. Here you can have all your printing needs covered and get computer parts at great discount. The shops sell Smartphone, Computer and its parts, pirated apps and software, CD, DVDs, media gadgets and accessories, batteries, adapters, storage devices like RAM and HDD, motherboard, printing cartridges, SIM cards, CCTV and digital cameras.

19. Kinari Bazaar

Narrow lanes with stores selling decorative laces, borders, latkans, items with stonework, threadwork, embellished fabric, artificial garlands, sequin work, silver and gold work make the Kinari Bazaar famous among craft-enthusiasts and wedding planners. Some unique items are fancy varmalas, jewelry box, buttons, horn,, vibrant birdcages, lights, mini Ferris Wheels and dry fruit assortments. Visit during 12 noon till 4 PM from Monday through Saturday.

20. Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Undoubtedly the most famous and oldest shopping hubs in Delhi since the Mughal era, Chandni Chowk is separated into various sections (Moti Bazaar, Chor Bazaar, Paranthe Wali Gali, Moti Bazaar etc), each of which has become renowned marketplaces, as mentioned below. Open from 10 AM till 8 PM except Sunday, here you will get silver jewelry and accessories, books, electronics, stationary, lehenga, embroidered bags, cotton and silk textile, dry fruits, spices and more.

21. Chor Bazzar, Delhi

Translated into ‘Thieves Market’, this famous flea market remains open every Sunday from 6 AM to 6 PM and is overflowing with used, surplus, damaged and often stolen goods including sports accessories, clothes, shoes, electronics, watches, woven rugs, old books and gardening tools. Look out for vintage items like analogue cameras, vintage clocks and other household accessories.

22. Sarojini Market, Delhi

For significantly affordable designer and branded clothes, accessories, shoes, handicrafts, cosmetics, household and kitchen items, hookah pipes, books and music visit the Sarojini Market that remains open from 10 AM till 9 PM daily, except Monday. As new stocks are bought every Tuesday, it is better to visit early in the morning. There is surplus quantity and the goods are mostly the ones rejected from customs during export –make sure to bargain.

23. Connaught Place Shopping

Comprising of inner circle (A-block to F-block) and outer circle (G-block to P-block) with popular brand outlets namely Allen Solly, Park Avenue, Lee, Lacoste and Pepe, Connaught Place dates back to the British era and is considered as the heart of Delhi. Open daily till late night, this market has stores, showrooms, restaurants, multiplexes and cafés. You will get jewelry, apparel, handicrafts, electronics, perfume, posters, phone covers and many more.

24. Lajpat Nagar, Delhi

Open daily except Mondays, Lajpat Market or Central Market offers delectable food, affordable textiles, leather goods and replica of designer clothing and electronic gadgets which retailers often purchase in bulk. Visit anytime between 11 AM and 9 PM and get embroidered and sequined traditional attires at excellent discounts. Another attraction lies in the mehendi stalls and food stalls selling momos, Chinese chaat and sandwiches.

25. Gaffar Market

Offering cheap and second-hand mobile phones, computers, laptops, tablets, televisions, fridge, air conditioners, cameras, speakers, pen drives and accessories like headset, phone cover etc the Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh remains open from 9:30 in the morning till 9:30 at night throughout the week except on Mondays. Enjoy kulfi, papdi chaat, aloo chaat and golgappa once you have got your item at cheap cost, although without warranty.

26. Khan Market, Delhi

One of the oldest and the costliest markets in India is the Khan Market of Delhi. In the market lies a haven for both locals and expatriates. Established in 1951, the market has successfully held the essence of its original structure even in the times of rapid modernization. The U-shaped double story complexes tend to favour mostly the elite class. No matter what the clock strikes, if you need to hang out late at night, Khan Market is the place for you. It remains open till 12:00 AM.

27. Kamla Nagar Market

Quite frequented by the students, mostly women, of the North Campus of the Delhi University, Kamla Nagar Market remains open from 10 AM till 10 at night from Tuesday to Sunday. Kurtis and stylish top available at as low as 150 INR price makes the market popular and you will also get hair accessories, sunglasses, ornaments and silver jewelry at affordable cost.

28. Meena Bazaar

Throughout the week, except Monday, the historic and one of the oldest in the city, Meena Bazaar inside the Lahore Gate entrance of the Red Fort caters to visitors with exquisite handicrafts and jewelry pieces featuring the meenakari work. Mughal art is depicted through the exposed and restored artwork on shopfronts and the ceiling.

29. Monastery Market

The Monastery Market located beneath ISBT Shahdara Link Flyover is open to visitors from 10 AM until 8:30 PM and remains closed on Mondays. You will get shirts at the cost of as less as INR 300 and trousers at as less as INR 700. This Tibetan market is also well-stocked up with summer tanks, formal and casual t-shirts and shirts, jeans, leather jackets and woolen clothes along with Tibetan paintings and artifacts.

30. Dariba Kalan

From 11 AM to 7 PM daily except Sunday, the 17th century market area of Dariba Kalan remains bustling with people looking for the intricately crafted silverware and silver jewelry displaying the old Delhi charm as well as the traditional ittars. Multan Jewellers, Jaina Sons, Jain Silver Arts Jewellery, Regalia Jewellery House, Sheel Jewellers and Dau Dayal & Co are some of the popular shops here.

31. Sadar Bazaar 

Open from Monday through Saturday from 8 AM until 10 PM, Sadar Bazaar is among the largest wholesale markets located on western Khari Baoli. Dedicated mostly to household goods, this market in Old Delhi is stocked up with locally made jewelry, toys, China products, branded and replica shoes and outfits as over a hundred local Indian food, candies and sweet treats.

32. Chawri Bazaar

One of the most visited wholesale markets dealing in general utility products like paper, copperware and brassware, Chawri Bazaar is really popular among the local people. The market is frequented by idol-makers due to availability of brass and copper, while there is a reputation of selling the most number of paper products, especially wedding cards during the wedding season.

While traversing through the crowded markets, you have to be open-minded and tolerant; otherwise you will end up feeling suffocated and miss out the chance to grasp the idea of diversity flowing through people of all ages and ethnicity. Unlike the upscale malls, department stores and supermarket chains, these market areas cater people of all economic background while familiarising them with negotiation skills and patience.

This post was published by Rachana Jain

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