Some are of the opinion that it is the density of shopping malls which determines the shopping status of a city. But I would disagree. Shopping malls repeat the same standardized stores ad infinitum across the nation. But what truly distinguishes a city is its ability to offer goods which cannot be found at the same bargain prices anywhere else in the country. This is where Delhi excels – from the export haat Sarojini Nagar to the posh Khan Market, you will not go back disappointed.

Janpath in Connaught Place has to be one of the most popular shopping venues in this city of bargain hunters. It is one of the best places to find export quality clothes – garments which for some small manufacturing defect had been rejected by the corporate buyer. These clothes are on sale for as low as Rs. 20. Janpath is also a major haunt for chappals, jhola bags and exotic jewellary. The Tibetan Market, located right at the beginning of this bazaar, is the favoured haunt of those looking for Tibeto-Buddhist artifacts and Tibetan jewelery and handicrafts.

Since we are on the subject of bazaars, we must mention the Sarojini Nagar Market in south Delhi. It is another place to find export reject clothing and the variety here is much greater. Sarojini Nagar stocks bags, household linen and clothes according to the season and it is the favourite haunt of cash-strapped college students. It is one of the best budget bazaars in Delhi.

Central Market in Lajpat Nagar is the place where the middle class of Delhi goes when it wants to shop. Its grid-form layout hides many a bargains in terms of belts, bags, clothing and cosmetics. Good quality at an affordable price is the motto of the place. Central Market is also the place to go for furnishings and decorative items like dried flower arrangements etc.

For the posh experience head to Greater Kailash M-Block (Part-1) market. International designer brands jostle with world-class restaurants for the attention of Delhi’s glitterati.

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