Lajpat Nagar Central Market in Delhi is a woman’s delight and is known for selling the best collection of salwar suits and kurtis. The market is close to Ashram and houses some of the best shops.
Though the market is popular for ethnic wear, you can find bed sheets, accessories, footwear and utensils here as well. It has its share of glitzy showrooms too but it’s the roadside vendors that attract the Delhi-ites.
The Lajpat Nagar Central Market is mostly popular for the variety of salwar suits and suit pieces. There are lines of shops and roadside stalls with colorful suit pieces displayed on plastic mannequins. Some of these are available for just Rs. 200.
There are endless rows of stores that sell a variety of kurtis starting from as low as Rs. 150. The unstitched three piece suit set, which includes duppatta, salwar and kurta, can also be found at many stores here. You can get kalamkari suits, ikat suits, handloom fabrics, Lucknavi Chikan suits & kurtis, vegetable dyed dress material and salwar kameez, mangalgiri print, bhagalpuri print and a number of other choices.
Look around further and you would find merchants selling options for mix and match also. We personally liked the collection at Shehnaai which is a popular shop here. It sells different types of stitched kurtis and Anarkali suits in different sizes. These can be altered as per your size and you need not pay any alteration charges. You can team the kurta with the churidar tights or patiala salwars that are sold here.
Footwear, Bags and More
Once you are done with your clothes shopping, you can look for matching chappals or mojris to match your wardrobe. There are many roadside vendors and stores that sell stylish footwear including slip-ons, wedges, flats, pumps, peep toes, stilettos etc. The collection of one of the stores here, Kinston, popularly known as Kin’s, is very good. They have an elaborate collection of footwear starting from Rs. 295 to Rs. 595. The store also has a collection of bags and clutches for all types of occasions.
There are other small and big roadside vendors and stores that sell footwear, bags and junk pieces like colorful bangles, necklaces, bracelets etc. at decent prices. Dig in a little and you may find attractive neck pieces, like the ones worn by Sonam Kapoor in Dilli 6 at this market. Be a little creative and you can come up with your own style statement.
There are vendors and stalls selling western clothes as well. You can easily get stylish T-shirts and skirts for as low as Rs. 200.
If all that shopping has made you hungry then you can stop at the any of the corner shops and enjoy the delicious snacks like Chinese chaat or the Golgappas that are served there. The ‘kaala khatta’ and ‘chuski’ sold by the road side vendors can make shopping in the hot sun a little more bearable. If roadside eateries are not for you then walk over to TDI mall across the street and you may come across some food chain joints like McDonalds here.
• Lajpat Nagar is mostly about street shopping. Search the market a little more before you buy your stuff.
• The street vendors keep a lot of margin on the products they sell. Bargain a little and you may be able to save on your purchase.
• Like any other popular market in Delhi, this market also has its own parking dilemma. However, you can park your car at the roadside paid parking and hand over the keys to the parking in-charge to enjoy a peaceful shopping session.
• The market is closed on Mondays.
• Since it’s an open air market, be prepared to face the sun. Carry your own umbrellas and water bottle to beat the heat.
• The market is crowded on weekends. Therefore it is best to go during the weekdays between 11 AM and 8 PM.