Best Places to Relish Ethnic Shopping in Delhi, India’s Cultural Hub!

Delhi, India’s colourful capital, boasts a cultural diversity like no other city in the world. From diverse dining to deep-rooted history and multi-hued festivals, Delhi beckons you to soak in its cultural ecstasy till you feel satiated to the core! Among the many prerogatives that culture-vultures enjoy after de-boarding their flights in the metropolis, ethnic shopping, to bring back home some exquisite souvenirs and exotic memories, is the most enchanting one. In fact, buying interesting local items from the city’s fine markets is a highlight of all Delhi tours. Check out these popular shopping spots where one can get the best ethnic deals!

Dilli Haat, INA

Delhi Haat by meenakshi madhavan/ CC BY

Delhi Haat by meenakshi madhavan/ CC BY

Located in South Delhi, this wonderful cultural quarter is a haven for souvenir hunters and epicureans, alike. Plenty of stalls and shops here offer rich picking for ethnic Indian apparel, interesting paintings, jewellery, arts and crafts and several other Indian indigenous goods. Moreover, there are great Indian delicacies to savour – North Indian, South Indian, Rajasathani, Mughlai… the list goes on. Not surprisingly, Dilli Haat has been a big hit with culture-vultures who spend on flights’ tickets and holiday deals for the Indian capital.

Janpath, Central Delhi

The vibe of this heritage market is appealing and so is the range of products on offer! The many shops here sell a broad array of ethnic stuff, ranging from clothes to footwear and bags to decorative artefacts, and attract shopaholics from far and wide. Bibliophiles will surely love this place; books from virtually all genres are sold here at highly affordable rates. Also, with Palika Bazaar, the famous underground market in Connaught Place, just a stone’s throw away, budget shoppers arriving here will surely get the maximum bang for their money invested on flights, hotels and other holiday essentials!

The Hauz Khas Village

Qutub-MinarNestling in the shadow of the soaring Qutub Minar, the Hauz Khas Village blends history with creativity. After a tryst with the 12th century tall minaret, depicting the rich Mughal history in India, you can head to the special boutiques and galleries in the village selling some of the best brands in designer wear and exquisite old textiles. Several bars and restaurants in Hauz Khas Village are also to be found, which catch the fancy of most epicureans buying air tickets for holidaying in Delhi. Popular venues to shop here include Nalini Malhotra’s A Touch of Gold, Ashish Anand’s Delhi Art Gallery and Krishna at Chaupal.