Spanning more than a mile of footpath space every Sunday, Daryaganj Sunday Book Market is a treasure-trove of books. Subjects vary from mechanics and fashion designing to best sellers and Mills and Boon romances. The books sold here are mostly second-hand and can be bought at incredibly pocket-friendly prices. Books are sometimes even sold by the kilograms! Stationery and crafts items can also be found here. If you are a bookworm, Daryaganj Sunday Book Market is a must-visit.
A true example of India in flux - modernity surrounded by the traditional. This place was actually a village (still is, in the middle of post South Delhi), but then became a popular place for designers to open shop in. There is a relaxed informality about Hauz Khas Village, with high-end designer shops and restaurants strewn in midst of a rural landscape. You can find an impressive range in fashion ensembles, carpets, old silver antiques, furniture and artifacts that use traditional techniques. Don't be surprised by cow herds resting for hours outside a designer cafe. That's what the Village is all about.
Haats are traditionally periodic open markets, though Dilli Haat INA is open on all days of the week throughout the year. Craftsmen from all over the country are invited to display and sell their work. Spread over a spacious 2.43 hectares (6 acres) area, imaginative landscaping, creative planning and the traditional village architectural style have combined to produce the perfect ambiance for a haat or market place. A plaza paved with stone and brickwork skilfully interspersed with grass, flowering shrubs and towering eucalyptus tress have conjured up an oasis in which visitors can browse at their leisure. This is the best place to get great prices for textiles, handicrafts, jewelry and home accessories. It is always buzzing with the incessant flow of Delhiites at all times of the day. And Dilli Haat INA is probably the only place in the city where authentic regional food from all over the country is available. Great entertainment, in the form of concerts by local musicians and dancers, is also organized on the weekends.
Dating back to the 17th Century, Chandni Chowk was built by Emperor Shah Jahan and conceptualized by his daughter, Jahan Ara. It is among the biggest wholesale markets and oldest markets in the country. It is home to several historical structures both religious and other wise, most notably are the Jama Masjid, Central Baptist Church, Fatehpuri Masjid and Haveli of Mirza Ghalib. This bustling and colorful bazaar is not only popular with traders and locals but also tourists who throng here to shop for fabrics, spices, jewelry, curios and souvenirs. Located in the deeper recesses of this immense market, some food stalls are more than a century old. A microcosm of North Indian cuisine, the market is ideal for relishing local delights like parathas, sweets like jalebis, falooda and lots more. A must-visit for shoppers and foodies, this flamboyant market retains the lively charm of Purani Dilli (Old Delhi).
Delhi is famous for its various budget market places but none can beat Chor Bazaar when it comes to pocket-friendly merchandise. From stolen car parts to stunning antiques, from hardware to jewelry, this place has it all. Sort through the assortment of items at this flea market and you are sure to find some treasure or the other. The incredible prices makes this a popular destination for locals and the place gets a bit crowded during peak hours. As such, it is best to visit this market early in the morning.
This huge, upmarket complex on Khel Gaon Marg is the closest in Delhi to an all-American shopping mall. The four floor Shoppers' Stop is the biggest attraction here. The Plaza also has stores selling branded products, several popular restaurants and bars, entertainment centres, and mini playgrounds for children. The design of this sprawling building is contemporary, with red and blue exteriors. There is a courtyard in the middle of the complex circle which is used to host carnivals and entertainment events.
If you have been hunting for ethnic wear on that special occasion, then Tantra Boutique is the place to be in. This small boutique situated in Greater Kailash 1 offers beautiful and delicately embroidered salwaar kameez, sari and lehenga for weddings and other social occasions. At this boutique, you can get your clothes custom made at an affordable prices. Indo western apparels available here are also worth a look.
Though not a real aquarium, where one can go with his family or friends, but nevertheless Sea Life Aquarium is a hub of fish and fish-tanks. Sea Life was established in 2001, where they supply fish, fish-tanks, etc to corporates, hotels and even to regular customers. Tanks are sold in different forms and sizes; corner aquarium, wall aquarium, table aquarium, pillar aquarium, round aquarium and more. Moreover, they sell fish-food, filters, etc at great prices. Do drop by to get yourself a friend.
Beautifully embroidered sarees and designer dress materials catch your attention, as you enter S.S.Brothers Sarees shop at Connaught Place. One of the highlight of this shop is that it also stocks amazing bridal wear collection which adds an elegant touch to every bride who adorns it on her special day. Reasonably priced and offering good services, this shop offers a variety of very good ethnic ensembles for every taste and age.
Attractions, The Pet Shop has every conceivable product to pamper your pet. The range extends beyond the cut-and-dried water bowls, dog collars and chicken sticks! Expect to be flabbergasted by the unique products on sale here, ranging from female dog diapers, little dog houses (like doll houses), perfumes, mouth fresheners, nail clippers and more. The cat and dog training aids have been tried and tested; they prove especially beneficial to those training their young, restless pets. A visit to this shop is a must for any pet lover. Check the website for a comprehensive list of all products on offer.
Having opened its doors in the late 19th Century, RCS Toys - Ram Chander & Sons is one of the oldest toy shops in the entire country. Having shifted to its current location in Connaught Place in 1935 from its earlier location at the Ambala Cantonment, this iconic shop continues to be popular among kids of all ages. From action figures to Lego sets, the variety here is astounding. Come here if you want to buy a toy for your favorite niece or nephew's birthday.
"Omega" is a world renowned brand when it comes to selection of timepiece. Located in Connaught Place, this boutique offers buyers with an exclusive collection of fine watches for casual as well as formal wear. Available in a variety of styles, designs and colours the watches here are only for the upper middle class and the rich. The Omega Boutique also stocks jewelry and accessories to match every outfit. Browse through the website and visit the store to get one of the latest collection round your wrist.