- good for kids
- must do for tourists
The Bengali Market is located around the Tansen Marg with the closest metro station being Mandi House on the Blue Line. Bengali Market is a 5-minute stroll from the Mandi House Metro Station & by the virtue of being located in a posh area of Delhi; the walk seems to end very soon.
Bengali Market can be described as the market of 3Fs: food, fruits & flowers dominating the space. The market has an upmarket feel to it & basically caters to the leisure & gastronomical whims of the residents of the plush locality.
Nathu’s Vs Bengali’s
As soon as one enters the periphery of the Bengali Market, two names seem to be omnipresent; Nathu Sweet House & Bengali Sweet House. The sweet houses are quite big & have a delectable variety of sweets to offer. They also serve Indian fast food items such as Chole Bhature, Rajma Chawal, Dosas along with various Indian cuisines. The street-food section of these sweet houses is equally famous & Nathu's Sweets has one of the better Golgappas of Delhi though it is exorbitantly priced at Rs 45 per plate. Both the sweet houses draw a healthy footfall, therefore, you might have to wait for your table especially during peak hours.
The fruit marts of Bengali Market are an ideal place to get some fresh fruits & also balance the health quotient after the rich food of Nathu’s & Bengali’s. The fruits available here are a tad bit costly as compared to the normal markets but they are of premium quality. The fruit baskets which are available at the fruit marts serve as a thoughtful gift item too. Shiv Fruit Mart & Brij Fruit Mart are some of the more reputed names in the market.
The flower shops of the area add a dash of resplendence in the surroundings with the flowers displaying all their hues with gay abandon. A wide variety of flowers such as roses, carnations, orchids & ferns are readily available & are priced moderately.
God & His Avatar
Just outside the periphery of the market is a temple of the Hindu God, Shiva. It is not an awe-inspiring creation; built on a relatively small area, it serves the religious compulsions of the locals. A stone’s throw away from the Godly residence is an IVF clinic of Dr Anoop Gupta which works towards bringing back the smiles on the faces of wishful parents.
Other Aspects of the Market
The remaining market comprises of dry-cleaners photo labs, chemists & general merchants etc. BeeKay Dry-Cleaners, Rama Photo Labs & Luxmi Pharmacy are some of the popular dry-cleaners photo-labs & chemists, respectively. HDFC Bank also has an ATM as well as a branch in the Bengali Market. Costa Coffee also has an outlet here & is quite popular among youngsters & executives.
So head out to the famous Bengali Market & enjoy a day well spent.
Bengali Market is a place where you can eat, shop and roam without the hustle bustle of a typical market. The pastries of Nathus Sweet is a must have if you are visiting, and the food at Bengali Snacks Shop is equally good too. The best thing about Bengali Market, which I like the most is the location, the wide rush-free streets are best for a walk after you are done with your market visit, especially in winters.