For handicrafts etc- Dilli Haat, Crafts museum, Sarojni nagar market, Janpath...
Dilli Haat is the place i`d reccomend. The stalls are let out to the craftsmen from different regions and there is always some kind of festival/ theme going on. Bargaining is the norm.
There are many food stalls too, managed by tourism departments from the various states. So you an sample a good variety of Indian cuisine...
Shopping malls and markets- Ansal plaza, Connaught place, Khan market, Greater kailash-1, South extension....
There has been a spurt in building huge-swanky shopping malls recently, in every corner thats available. A lot of them have sprung up on the Delhi-Gurgaon highway.
What to pay: at some shops at dilli haat, sarojni nagar, janpath and at lajpat nagar, bargaining is expected... the stuff is relatievly inexpensive in anycase.
From branded computers to pirated software, dvds, every computer part and accessory that you could possibly need, Nehru place is where you need to head.
Its a busy market, closed on sundays. Parking is a little tight, though there is a new approach being opened up. Its largely a grey market trading area, but you can often get stuff with a bill and guarantee as well.
What to pay: Compare prices between the shops. Very often, what you are looking for, is will be available at several shops, at varying prices.
Delhi has a culture of `mom and pop stores'. These are small shops across the road from your house, that stock all the groceries and daily use stuff you`d need. All it takes is a phonecall and they and will deliver to your doorstep. The shopping mall bug hadnt quite caught on here. Even the big brands have exclusive stand alone retail outlets in various different localities and markets.
Over the past few years there has been a huge boom in the construction of shopping malls all over town... A big chunk of them in Gurgaon, one of Delhi's satellite towns, within the `national capital region'.
There has recently, been a drive by the courts directing the authorities to clamp down on unauthorised commercial properties- which basically refers to the shops and stores that have mushroomed all across the city in designated residential areas.
This resulted in buldozers coming out and knocking down parts of some high profile stores etc- some dramatic scenes resulted and lots of protests against the corruption that led to these properties coming up in the first place.
So now, there has been a big push for retail space in these malls and rentals are going thru the roof all of a sudden. And wherever there is space to build, there is one mushrooming...
What to buy: You`ll find all the coffee shops, retail stores for big brands, speciality restaurants and multiplexes within the malls.
If you find the haggling at the local market a bit too mu, a good alternative are the malls, where the prices are fixed and the quality is somewhat more assured. Just south of Delhi, Gurgaon sports a few good malls which offer anything from book to crafts to decoration. See my Gurgaon page for details.
Dilli Haat is the local fair for all things fabric - shawls, scarves, tablecloths, etc. - and decorations for the house. It's enclosed and there is an entrance fee (15 Rps/ person). Be ready to bargain - and bargain hard. You could reduce the price by 3.
What to buy: Scarves/shawls & house decoration (statuettes, paintings, etc.)
What to pay: The asked price of a scarf can be anything from 120 to 1500 ruppees, and of course you can reduce this at least by half. Look carefully at the quality of what's being offered.
At the triangle Sisganj Gurudwara - Red Fort – Jami Masjid you have a very interesting streets full of markets like Chandni Chowk street, Kinari Bazaar, DaribaKalan …
I hope I have had more time for walk along all these streets, not for buy but for watch, smell.
Flowers, clothes, jewels, fruits ...
Here you can find bags, clothes, rings, papers, jewelry, textiles .... everything very cheap. Lots and lots of shops of textiles and gifts and local craft.
Things are not hight quality as at Dilli Haat but here you will find very good prices.
What to buy: I bought spots for the forehead, bags, papers, skirts ... the funny thing that one of the bag I bought there I find it after under my house at Malaga :))))) well ... today is very dificult to find unic things :)))
handicrafts of hight quality. No one disturb you here and is a really nice place with the sky as ceiling.
Entrance 10 R.
Is open every day. Is one of my favorite places for shopping of Delhi, I went there 3 times and if I had been more days I would have gone more days ... everything is so good and of good prices, not as cheap as other markets but is just because the quality is higher.
What to buy: I bought paper figures, scarves, miniatures draws ... everything beautiful
What to pay: The money you take the money you will spend, specially if you are woman, you will find here textiles of wonderful work
Chadni Chowk is a VERY famous shopping bazaar in India. If you are in Delhi, this is a MUST-SEE! When shopping, make sure to check the prices of your chosen item in many stores, or you will definitely buy something for a higher price than you could have!
Bargain AWAY! Make sure to ask 1/2 of the price of what is posted, and then go from there, you will find that you will get many good deals this way.
What to buy: There are gorgeous cloths, pottery, other sandalwood carving, EVERYTHING!
What to pay: Not much, remember, in India 100 rupees is = to 2.5 American Dollars! So keep that in mind when buying!
Sunder Nagar Market, a neighborhood shopping district near the Oberoi hotel and Delhi Zoo, specializes in jewelry, curios, artifacts, and artwork. It's closed Sunday.
What to buy: Artefacts, Curios, Jewellery and clothes
Sarojini Nagar Market is a lively market where middle-class locals shops are around.
It's a good place just to stroll around and take in the chaos, as it has pedestrian-only zones -- a rarity in India. Shopkeepers boisterously hawk their wares while workers unload goods from auto- and cycle-rickshaws, shoppers scurry about, and diners pause over plates of greasy street food.
The back streets of Sarojini are famous for selling rejected export apparel at bargain prices. The market is open from about 10:30 AM to 7 PM and closed Monday.
What to buy: Garments, Gifts & etc.
What to pay: Reasonable prices
Old Delhi Markets offer a variety of goods. Chandni Chowk and the bazaar inside Lal Qila are good areas to hunt for bargains.
On the streets behind the Jama Masjid, many shops sell metalware curios and old utensils, and one street specializes in paper and stationery, some of it handmade and hand-printed.
On Dariba Kalan, stalls are filled with silver and gold jewelry. Except for the Lal Qila bazaar, most businesses in Old Delhi shut down on Sunday.
What to buy: Curios, Jewellery, Clothes & Stationery
What to pay: You Have to Bargain for the best price.
In Hauz Khas Village, boutiques and shops set in converted old homes up and down narrow alleys sell handicrafts, curios, old carpets and kilims, and designer clothing (both Indian and Western). Most stores are open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 to 7.
What to buy: Clothes & Handicrafts
What to pay: Very reasonable
These stores are located in all major metros of India. They stock the products which are Indian made. They are encouraging the local manufacturers by selling their products. But I can assure you the quality of the product is excellent.
What to buy: Lot of choice in Gifts and Decoratives
For buying Antiques and Art pieces you can visit Natesans:-
13 Sunder Nagar
What to pay: The Prices are fixed and very reasonable.
A huge market place where you can get everything! If you see something you want buy it immediately because you'll get lost looking for that particular shop again.
Must try out the food on the streets! The spicy potatoes we had on leaves was delicious. And of course a trip wouldnt be completed without coconut juice sipped from the coconut itself.
What to buy: We went crazy buying sandals and shoes, they are of the best type and can be tailored to fit you perfectly.