India has it all! It is a very true statement. Here, especially in big cities like New Delhi, you can buy pretty much anything. However, when you come to the city or relocate here, the first few days or even months might be challenging for you to buy things you are used to in your daily life.
The shopping is scatted around the city and you need to know where to go to buy better quality products and at the best prices.
Here is a brief guide to some of the most popular and accessible shopping locations.
Many expats take time to adjust to the local food (some never manage to get used to it fully) and start looking for the familiar products: cheese, ham, imported wines… Local stores have the basic milk/butter/bread varieties but do not offer any familiar items to the western taste.
Grand Bazaar, Modern Bazaar, and Big Bazaar are the three biggest chains in Delhi that offer a variety of imported products and wine & beer selection (some stores). You can check the nearest location, as there are many branches across the city.
The biggest Modern Bazaar store is located near Kailash Colony Metro Station.
Keep in mind, the imported products are available but the price might be higher than expected. What you are used to buying for 50 cents at home, might surprise you with a four-digit price tag. For those, who are not that price sensitive, visit Food Hall in Chanakya Mall. They will offer the best variety of products and will have you coming back for more.
If you are a lover of Russian Cuisine, walk from Chanakya Mall to the famous Yashwant Place. Several stores offer authentic Russian products and many shop keepers speak the language too.
Dear meat lovers, you should also not worry about getting your favorite ham or good quality meats! SteakHouse Jor Bagh is the place to go for imported and locally produced quality products. They have a great variety of cheese too!
Shopping and price range for clothing varies. Yes, a lot depends on the quality and whether you buy from a street vendor or a branded boutique store. However, often you find the same items at very different prices…It all depends on where you are shopping.
Khan Market is one of the most luxurious street markets in Delhi. There, you will find many foreigners roaming around every day as, apart from the shopping, the market is popular for its dining scene. Plus, it is prestigious to be seen shopping there:)
Another market experience you should not miss is M block Market, GK1. Before the big malls had opened in the city, this was the most popular hangout spot. You can roam around, shop and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants. You can find anything here, from the Moti Mahal Restaurant (the founder of the famous butter chicken) to delicious pizzas and the vegan menu offered at Roadhouse Café.
Select City Walk is a mall in Saket Area (South Delhi), where you can find all the familiar brands (H&M, Zara, Mango, etc). The shopping experience will be similar to the one in any other shopping centre in any other country.
DLF Emporio Shopping Mall (Vasant Kunj, South Delhi) on the other hand, will add on to your “shopping mall experience”. It offers the most luxurious stores and restaurants. You will enjoy the ambiance of the mall.
Of course, the list can go on and on, as India is all about buying and selling. There are markets in every locality offering anything you might require. The downside about shopping locally is that each market specializes in something specific. Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and cheapest places. The market is big and divided into more specialized markets such as Spice Market, Cotton Market, etc. The number of people, noise and distance would not allow you to visit all of them in one day. So, before you go shopping there, you have to be clear about what you would like to purchase.
Sarojini Nagar Market, located in South Delhi, is a convenient place for buying cheap clothes. They offer many brands too, often the excess stock or written off items. It is a true heaven for those who like to bargain. Advice: do not pay more than 200 rupees per item.
*They also have a big variety of clothes for children.
Feeling like revamping your wardrobe and adding new Indian Styles? Then a must-visit is Nalli Silk Sarees (F-44, South Extension, Near Hsbc Bank, Block F, South Extension, South Extension 2, New Delhi)
They offer the best in Indian ethnic fashion and a range of women’s wear in vibrant Indian ethnic. They offer a huge portfolio containing everything – from traditional silks to lightweight versions like crepes and chiffons to even designer sarees. Or shop in Shahpur Jat for more varieties of Indian Wear.
As an expat, probably the first time you will be traveling back home, you would be happy to bring souvenirs and cute local crafts for your family and friends.
Janpath Market (Near Khan Market and Connaught Place) is generally visited by every tourist hence the prices are much higher. They have a good variety of souvenirs from all over India. Bargaining is a must! (you can easily cut the price in half when negotiating with shop keepers).
Dilli Haat is a great place to visit and buy items from every corner of the country. The entrance is paid (Rs 100 foreigners or Rs 30 locals). That helps to control the crowd and despite the increased pricing, you will enjoy the shopping experience more. The stalls with local food are also available. It can be a great day to spend exploring the local culture.
Yes, there are many more places to visit. Shopping spots mentioned are from personal experience and preference for visits. We hope you have a great time there. Do feel free to comment and suggest new places!