Weekend Outing has become a part of our life style. Today’s world we say Saturday Night is for party & Sunday is for family time which means, Saturday night can be with friends only or friends & family while Sunday is supposed to be a day to be spent with family. Malls, the common option for anyone to spend time with family considering it is a one stop place where you can eat, shop, watch movie, relax etc. What about some options for weekends other than the malls where you get to shop, eat, walk and breathe some air rather than air conditioned malls. We are starting this series with Delhi. Delhi has its vintage charm with the Old Markets and Monuments which are good options for weekend outing
Chandni Chowk – Old Delhi is special, especially with Chandni Chowk known for the yummiest parantha’s, Jama Masjid area for its non-veg food and the mighty Red Fort nearby for revisiting the old parts of Delhi. There are plenty of shops in Kinaare Bazaar where you get beautiful bangles and other accessories & home decor too. A not so long walk and you will reach Jama Masjid area where you get to eat some awesome non-vegetarian food especially the famous Karim’s and some other food joints.
How to Reach There – You can board a metro and get down at Chandni Chowk metro station. From there it is just walking distance or you can hire a cycle rickshaw or get on one of those battery operated ones and reach Paranthawaala Galli.
For those coming by road can park their vehicles near Red Fort while going to Chandni Chowk & Jama Masjid areas.
Sarojini Market – This place is the shopping heaven for ladies where they bargain and buy things at real cheap prices. We were able to see party wear tops, tops and dresses sold as cheap as INR80 (less than 2$). There are plenty of street vendors and shops where you can get footwear, accessories at bargain prices. Read more(here)
How to Reach There – Board a metro & get down at INA station. Hire a cycle rickshaw or auto rickshaw for Sarojini Market.
Janpath & Connaught Place – Janpath place is similar to Sarojini Market. Here you can even get furnishings and home décor also at bargain rates. There are plenty of good restaurants, food joints and pubs at Connaught Place which is the same place where Rajeev Chowk metro station exists. Also India gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan etc are close to this place.
Connaught Place is one big circle with shops of every possible brand, restaurants, pubs and some street vendors too. There is a park on the center of this place, Paalika Bazaar is at corner, Janpath another corner and Rajiv Chowk Metro Station right below this place. The best thing to do is walk, shop, eat, walk and keep walking 🙂
How to Reach There – Board a metro, get down at Rajeev Chowk Metro Station and walk to the market. There is one more market, in fact it is the famous Paalika Bazaar which is an underground a/c market in Delhi.
INA Market – This is also famous for shopping, but since Sarojini Market is nearby that place have more selection and more options. This is the place you get to buy & eat regional food items and food.m
How to Reach There – Board a metro & get down at INA station and on the other side you can see the market.
Dilli Haat (Delhi Haat) – Dilli Haat is a place where you can see culture and food from different states in India as well as good outfits, accessories, home décor, footwear etc. This is not as cheap as any of the above markets, but here you get to try food from different parts of India.
How to Reach There – Board a metro & get down at INA station and walk towards the market.
Khan Market – Khan market is famous not for cheap shopping, but the other way. You get all brands here as well as good restaurants & pubs too. Read our post here.
How to Reach there – Board a metro & get down at Khan Market Metro Station.
Hauz Khas –This is another destination for shopping and eating. Here shopping ain’t that cheap, but you get cool dresses, accessories etc here. This place is good for partying and food. Hauz khas has got a good variety of restaurants, pubs & joints to eat.
How to Reach there – Board a metro, get down at Hauz Khas metro station and hire a rickshaw
These are some suggestions which come in our list. The list is not complete and feedbacks will be appreciated. Our aim was simple, a weekend outing where you can shop, eat and have some fun, but not in a mall atmosphere. Try it and let us know about your experience.
We will be writing detailed post on what and how to shop at these markets. Keep following us 🙂