India Unbound’s Secret Delhi: Shopping in India’s Capital

Check out these

. . . fashion/jewellery precincts:

Santushti Complex – with fixed prices, you aren’t going to score a bargain here – but with the deplorable bargaining skills usually displayed by westerners, “bargain”, “Delhi” and “foreigner” aren’t words that are normally used in the same sentence. However with around 30 boutiques here, you should come away with some good quality modern Indian clothing and jewellery.

Hauz Khas Village – this precinct is dotted with historical buildings and set in a park. A pleasant place for idling over a coffee; enjoying an excellent meal at Park Baluchi restaurant or for serious shopping, especially high quality homewares.

Khan Market – a mixed bag of bazaar and street shopping with good Indian and western clothes, books, jewellery and a range of restaurants. Something for everyone and all budgets. In the same vein, M-Block in Greater Kailash 1 has a good mix of traditional and modern Indian clothes, jewellery and accessories.

Connaught Place – still the best for Western clothes, despite the attention you get from hawkers, beggars and petty touts.

. . . Indian delights, traditional and otherwise:

Central Cottage Industries Emporium (on Janpath near Connaught Place) – you can’t go past it for handicrafts, especially last minute gifts and souvenirs. In the same area (on Baba Kharak Singh Marg near Connaught Place) are the state-run emporiums, which have goods with a more regional feel from each of the states.

Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi – is a winner for its fantastic Indian chaos. Think saris, shoes, car parts, great snacks, books, leather and electronic goods – all are available on the main thoroughfare and down the winding lanes that snake off into Old Delhi.

Palika Bazaar (under Connaught Place) – is not for the feint hearted or claustrophobic; this is cheap and cheerful territory. Bring your bargaining A game.