A wise man once said, “If the world is the body then Delhi is its soul.” If you are wondering who that wise man was, then you have take a trip to Old Delhi. His address is Galibh ki Haveli in Chandni Chowk wink wink 😛
In our last edition of ‘Markets in Delhi’, we talked about the top 5 outrageous markets and damn, we got multiple requests from our readers who were curious to know if there are more such markets to explore. How we could not have lived up to the demands of our reader? So, here we are with the list of another top 5 outrageous markets in Delhi which will blow your mind and will make you wanna go to the ATM as soon as the read is over.
If you are new to our blog or if you missed the last edition of ‘outrageous markets in Delhi’- you can check it out here.
Who said shopping only includes buying clothes and accessories? For some people like us, shopping can also mean the sweet and musky smell of paper and the world of fictions bound in paperback. To all the nerds and bibliophiles out there- Daryaganj is your place to be.
This bizarre market of Delhi is one of the most iconic markets in the city and opens only on Sundays. Located in the chaotic and jam-packed lanes of Old Delhi, the Sunday Book Market of Daryaganj opens at 10 of the morning.
From novels to autobiographies and NCERT to journals you can get all kind of books in this market. If you are good at bargaining you might end up buying bunch of books to add to your collection. Even if you hate saying ‘bhaiyya thoda kam kar do’ – some of the pay 200 for 1kg books shop will rid you of that need.
Recently, the Delhi High Court ordered to shut down this 65 years old street market which induced a collective ‘sigh’ from book nerds around the city. Before this bibliophile’s paradise becomes a nostalgic memory, ek trip Daryaganj me to banta hain.
Must taste: Take a stroll down towards the Babu Bhai Kebab Wale near the Jama Masjid and try its Buff Dora Kebab.
You must have heard of the Meena Bazaar in many Bollywood movies and songs like ‘Kajra Mohabbat Wala‘ as a reference to extravagance and appeal. But I am sure many of you do not even know of this market. Allow me to be your guide and mentor. Meena Bazaar is not just another outrageous market, it is one of the oldest markets present in Delhi.
Located just below the massive stairs of Jama Masjid, this market has its association to the era of Mughals as it was Humayun who established this market for the noble ladies of the house. It was quite popular for Pashmina shawls and the ultra fine work of zari and arcade.
Even after being located in the cramped lanes of Old Delhi, the place beholds the elegance and charm of the Mughal dynasty. From colorful Burqas to ethnic outfits and from junk jewelry to framed Holy scriptures – this market has a bunch of things to offer.
Must taste: Go to Kallan Sweets near Jama Masjid and try Keema samosa. They are to die for!
What if I tell you that you can get items from brands like Zara, Steve Madden, Nike, Woodland, Van Heusen etc in just a couple of bucks? You must be thinking that I am kidding (but I am not) because the next market in our list is going to do just that for you.
Chor Bazaar which literally means ‘Thieves Market’ is one of the most outlandish markets in Delhi and is quite old too. The market hidden in the thronged lanes of Chandni Chowk (opposite to the Jama Masjid) is yet not a ‘been there done that’ thing in many people’s list. Which is realy sad because Chor Bazaar is an explorer’s delight. Clothes, shoes, hardware, cameras, phones, perfumes, shoes, watches, fans – whatever you fancy this market has it all. And for throwaway prices!
This flea market offers you a massive amount of items which are either second hand, stolen or surplus. If you believe that you got an eye to find the best among the rest, you should really be here someday.
Must taste: Walk down to the ‘Wajaruddin Ji tea stall’ opposite Gate No.1 of Jama Masjid and try his ‘Butter tea’.
If you have not been before, Gaffar Market is going to be an entirely different experience for you. If you just broke the screen of your phone or you are looking for some affordable equipment for your laptop and camera ,then this market is where you should head. Gaffar market is undoubtedly one of busiest electronic markets in Delhi.
After crossing all the fancy shops and stalls selling myriad of items and essentials in the main lane of Karol Bagh you will find yourself in the a zone filled with everything that can quench the thirst of any techy nerd.
Play stations, cell phones, televisions, high bass speakers or any trendy gadgets or even imported food items like hot Cheetos and Mountain Dew Baja Blast – this market is certainly a treasure trove of it. But heed this warning, don’t make any Sunday plans for Gaffar because that day is a holiday for all those shopkeepers!
Must taste: You can grab yourself the famous Kulfi Falooda of Roshan Di Kulfi.
Delhi has always been a hub of cultures and the markets here speak volumes about it. There are many markets in Delhi which holds the essence of of its history and Monastery Market is one such place.
While most of the markets in Delhi are flooded with the huge varieties of women clothes, this market emerges as a men’s haven. Have a boys vacay coming up? Monastery market can be your one stop shop for tees, trousers, denims, sneakers, hats and wallets. Maybe even luggage.
All my chicas out there, don’t be sad – you’ve got plenty of options here as well.
Located near the Kashmiri Gate, this market is popular for the Tibetan refugees who have made a small settlement around the place and the market is run by the Tibetan Refugee Market Association. Monastery market will definitely get you some great deals on clothes and shoes, but it will also give you some insight into te lives and bread winnings of Tibetan refugees.
Must taste: Try the authentic Tibetian thupkas and dumpling at Zomsa restaurant.