Just when you thought that Delhi was all about the historical monuments & it misses out the ‘bling’ factor a little, think again. One of the most vibrantly mesmerising places of Delhi, even if you enter Khan Market with Herculean hopes you won’t be disappointed one bit. A delight for shopaholics, one of Delhi’s classiest destinations, it has got so much to offer that one can’t help but be spellbound. Named in the honour of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, this is apparently the 21st costliest market strip in the world!
Located in the southern part of New Delhi, it is just a few blocks away from India Gate. For people coming from South Delhi, bus or an auto are easily available. For others, the market is also accessible through the Violet Line on the city’s Metro rail system.
Band of Brands
Brand-conscious form a huge fan base of the market who visit it for international as well as Indian ethnic brand outlets. This market is certainly a letdown for bargain hunters & a little too heavy on many a pockets; however, the apparels available here are so eye-catching that even if you are super stingy, you will end up spending oodles. The international brands such as Nike, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger, Benetton etc and ethnic ones such as Fab India, Anokhi & beautiful lifestyle stores such as Oma, Goodearth etc coexist in the area.
Accessories & jewellery shops too are remarkable but pricey. The flamboyant experimentation with colours, the intricate detailing & novelty in creation are designed to take your heart away. The jewellery here ranges from funky college-going to heavy traditional. Amrapali, Safeera & Silverline are some popular silver jewellery stores besides other well-known brands such as Swarovski.
Another highlight of the market is its top-notch Indian boutiques. If all you girls attending a wedding, wish to stand apart from the crowd – one of Khan Market’s boutiques should be your destination. This is the place where you get just the right kind of Indian clothes – trendy, elegant & glamorous.
This is certainly a place mainly for fashion addicts but the bookworms won’t be thwarted from visiting Khan Market either. These stores have a huge & unique selection of books such as Bahrisons & other niche local bookstores strewn across the entire market.
How can the description of any place in Delhi be complete without talking about its food joints? There are various restaurants, cafés, bars, lounges hidden away here - some of the popular ones being The Big Chill, Urban Cafe, Chonas, Mamagoto, Sidewok, The Blue Door Cafe, Smoke House Deli & The Kitchen. The cuisines here range from American breakfast joints to Italian, Thai, Mexican, Continental, Malaysian, Burmese, Lebanese & Indian etc. (Phew!!) the list is endless. Not to forget, there is a wide array of bakeries & patisseries such as Choko La & L’opera to please your sweet tooth.
If your mouth has already started watering there is much more to be found once you actually reach here. Everyone's favourite however remains Khan Chacha for Kababs; the place is surprisingly pocket-friendly for a joint which is placed in one of the most expensive lanes.
There is no escape from this place. Once you visit it you can’t help but come again & again – rediscovering it each time.