Categorising Delhi Markets

Old Delhi from the rooftop

We are categorising Delhi Markets so that you can shop efficiently in Delhi.

Growing up in Delhi I have seen distinct categories of markets evolve over the last few year. These range from local neighborhood markets to popular shopping destinations geared towards tourists only.

When I was growing up, Delhi markets could be put in three distinct categories:

  1. Connaught Place in Central Delhi
  2. Local Colony Markets
  3. Wholesale markets.

Connaught place in central Delhi now has high end retail chain stores and lots of franchise restaurants. Palika Bazaar, the underground market in Connaught place has cheap items of dubious quality. Be sure to bargain if you ever shop here. See my note on Janpath market later in this post. Its not what it used to be.

As usual local colony markets cater to the daily needs of residents while the other the wholesale markets like the chandni chowk or the sadar bazar were meant for bulk buying.

Here is a list of some of the more important local markets- Kamla nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Karol Bagh, Sarojini Nagar, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Punjabi Bagh, Rajouri Garden, Keerti Nagar, Amar Colony and of course there are many many more.

If you are looking for some reasonable & fashionable stuff then it can be fun to look at markets targeted to University students and two other markets:

  1. Kamla Nagar
  2. Lajpat Nagar
  3. Sarojini Nagar

If you are looking for upscale and more exclusive items then Greater Kailash and South Extention markets come to mind, along with the Santushti complex. Hauz Khaz village also has lots of boutique stores and designers that sell very interesting clothes and accessories. These are not cheap.

Certain Markets like Keerti Nagar and neighboring colonies along with MG Road have items for home décor and furnishings. They have some of the most wonderful showrooms with lot of ethnic Indian pieces to choose from.

Hopefully this post will give you an idea of where to find what in Delhi. As you can probably guess by now, you will most likely not find everything on your shopping list in a single market. Do watch out for tourist only markets. I will write about these later. I’ll also add more detailed posts on each of these markets.

Happy shopping

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