Where To Go In Delhi For What: 20 Jugaad Markets To Visit If You're Looking For Something Specific

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Delhi is a lot more than skyscrapers and cold workplaces. The capital is the richest when it comes to cultural heritage and hence businesses of all sizes have been welcomed since the beginning of time, and thankfully most traders have stayed and flourished. Today, I let out some more secrets of Delhi for you to go and explore on your own.

Here are 20 places in Delhi that are known for dealing in a specific range of items only:

Books of every kind

Credits: Alan Morgan

Photo of Nai Sarak, Balli Maran, Roshanpura, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

If it has been printed, you can find it on Nayi Sadak. Whether it's an academic book or a mythological fiction, there is nothing you can't find here; you can even get pre-owned copies as well so they'll come cheap. You can sell your old books here too.

Counterfeit gaming consoles & CDs

Credits: Nicholas Sanguinetti

Photo of Palika Bazar, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

The capital's underground market is infamous for finding all kinds of "underground" things. From fake sports jerseys to packed deodorant bottles filled only with water, this place has everything. But it originally attained infamy for dealing in the Chinese versions of otherwise expensive gaming gadgets.

Jeans of all shapes, sizes & brands

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Photo of Tank Road, khalsa Nagar, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

The largest wholesale market of denim clothes in Delhi, Tank Road exports customised jeans to everywhere in the city and beyond. You can even name the brand tag you want stitched on the back of your pair and the sellers will readily oblige.

Women's street shopping

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Photo of Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

Sarojini Nagar is a haven for women, since it boasts of an outrageous variety of cheap clothes and accessories, and that too all within an area of one square kilometre. Bargain shamelessly here.

Laptop/desktop purchase and repair

Credits: Bill Thompson

Photo of Nehru Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

A gadget freak's paradise, Nehru Place is the only pitstop for people looking to buy, sell, repair or assemble their laptops or desktops in Delhi/NCR. Some of the accessories on sale here are ridiculous, but always in demand.

Mobiles – Old, New and Chinese

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Photo of Gaffar Market, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

What Nehru Place is for computers, Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh is for mobiles. But beware of leaving your mobile for repair here; shops are known to replace original parts.

Wedding shopping

Credits: Alan Morgan

Photo of Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

If you have a wedding to organise or attend anywhere on earth, the Chandni Chowk cloth market is where you go to buy everything from cloth pieces to readymade garments. The Indian attire sold here is cheap and trendy, and the friendly shopkeepers are a bonus.

Cameras and everything related

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Photo of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

If you are looking for the perfect camera for your travel endeavours, Kucha Chaudhary Market or simply Chandni Chowk's Photo Market is the be-all and end-all of all your camera and equipment needs.

Every spice and other things nice

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Photo of Khari Baoli, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

Now that you have bought a camera, you might as well cover a bit more distance. Khari Baoli, near Chandni Chowk, is Asia's largest wholesale spice market, and it'll be quite a subject for your camera.

Inexpensive western cafes

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Photo of Satya Niketan, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

Want cold coffee and pizza, but don't feel like burning a deep hole in your pocket? Satya Niketan market is the place to be. Situated bang opposite the famous Venkateshwara College in Delhi University's South Campus, this place is filled with wonderful cafes serving world cuisine at prices fit for students.

Footwear for short and tall

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Photo of Majnu Ka Tilla, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

This Tibetan settlement boasts of an outrageous variety (and quality) of replicas of branded footwear. Whether it's Nike, Adidas, Asics, Reebok, or another luxury brand, you can find a cheaper first copy of it here. The quality is decent as well.

Bicycles, bicycles everywhere!

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Photo of Jhandewalan, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

If you're the kind who goes on anti-pollution campaigns at Connaught Place, then you need to buy yourself a good bicycle to prove that you really care about the environment. And Jhandewalan Cycle Market is where you should be headed.

Medicines galore

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Photo of A.I.I.M.S, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

Just outside the most renowned medical institution of India is a flurry of huge chemist shops that stock medicines you'll find nowhere else in the country. Even international medicines.

Everything about cars

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Photo of Naiwala, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

If you wish to "pimp your ride" up to the next level, you need to drive down to Karol Bagh to realise what your car has been missing all this while. From sale/purchase of luxury cars to the weirdest accessories, spoil your automobile in this market.

Spectacles for the eye, pleasing to the eye

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Photo of Ballimaran Bazar, Ballimaran Road, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

We're back to the alleys of Chandni Chowk with this one. The Ballimaran area of Old Delhi houses hundreds of shops – big and small – dealing in all kinds of basic and designer eyewear.

Flowers for your eternal Valentine

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Photo of Chhattarpur, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

The D block of Chhattarpur is home to the biggest nurseries you'll ever come across, and every morning you'd see traders with flowers of all shapes and sizes selling them all over the street.

Set your kites and hearts free

Credits: Meena Kadri

Photo of Lal Kuan, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

Have you ever wondered where those huge kites, flown during every other Indian festival, come from? The answer is Lal Kuan. This place houses kite-smiths that have made a living out of just selling kites and nothing else for generations.

Chic fashion malls

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Photo of Saket, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

If you're shopping for yourself and it's for a very special occasion, it's DLF Place and Select Citywalk malls in Saket where you should go for your latest fashion fix. With a host of luxury fashion brands all under a few roofs, you won't be disappointed one bit.

Chaat, tikki, golgappe... street food

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Photo of Tilak Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Prateek Dham

Although you can get decent street food at every corner of the city, but Tilak Nagar is really special. Situated at the hub of the Punjabi-dominated West Delhi, the Tilak Nagar Market offers you some lip-smacking street food options that aren't available anywhere else.

Well, I hope that you're inspired to visit at least some of these places in your near future. And once you do, share your experience with us right here!

Also if Delhi inspires you just as much as it inspires me, you can check many of my other odes to the city here.

Special thanks to Ankur Sharma for helping me write this.

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satya niketan and venky is in South campus university of Delhi
Wed 12 26 18, 05:51 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks, Sourav. Corrected.
Thu 12 27 18, 01:33 · Report
Add Lajpat Nagar Market n shoppers stop.. for great shopping destinations
Thu 08 23 18, 07:56 · Reply · Report
Why the last pic, I am sitting in south India and now am craving for tikkis and chats of our north ;(
Sun 02 18 18, 04:03 · Reply · Report
The first pic shows piccadilly book stall but mentions nai Sarak and I hope the author knows that's incorrect
Mon 05 29 17, 14:06 · Reply (1) · Report
The picture is meant only for representational purposes. The information is absolutely reliable. :)
Tue 05 30 17, 10:13 · Report