Every Delhiites go-to place for trendy stuff thats charming yet cheap you guessed it right! We are talking about Sarojini Nagar Market. Legends of bargains at this market have traveled far and wide, attracting flocks of desperate buyers, braving Delhis heat and cold all in the hope of buying that dream dress for a song.
The clothes sold here are sought-after due to their resemblance to big brands, and the fact they cost a fraction of that. Located in South Delhi, Sarojini Nagar Market is one medley of a market selling clothes (at both street shops and larger outlets), cutlery, showpieces, plastic items, accessories, incense, perfumes, and everything in between. What we can guarantee is that you wont return empty-handed from a trip to this eclectic hot-spot.
How to reach
Unless you stay nearby, taking an auto for the entire distance could turn out to be more expensive than your shopping expedition! The best way would be to take the Metro to INA on the yellow line, and an auto from there for a lower price.
The market is almost completely open from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm. However, each store may have its own opening and closing time.
Sarojini Nagar Market is closed on Monday.
The well-known and popular street shops aside, there are many famous shops in the Sarojini Nagar Market. These are bigger retail outlets where branded clothes are available. (How amusing that you may find a street shop selling the same clothes right outside the high-end store!)
Madame and Incense are some great shops for reasonably priced party-wear, womens dresses and tops and even accessories. Finish that off with a pair (or two) of shoes from Stelatoes!
For men who like to dress to impress, La Mode and Cantabil are great outlets where you can avail excellent deals and offers throughout the year.
The DLF South Square Mall in the market is a great place to eat it has all our favourites: Subway, Dominos, McDonalds and Haldirams.
No pain, no bargain: Make good use of your haggling skills (take your mother along if you have to!) The best deals from street shops come to those who quote a quarter of the initial price and hold their ground!
The Big Peepal Tree: One of the landmarks of the Sarojini Nagar Market, it is also an excellent spot for small stalls, selling a copious amount of accessories, clothes and other trinkets for best prices.
Indian accessories galore: In the vicinity of the Sarojini Nagar market, you will find old ladies selling beautiful earrings, neck pieces, bracelets and anklets for unbelievable prices. Make sure you stock up on these for the next big wedding you have to attend!
Wed-news-day: Theres never a dearth of style in the market, but if you find yourself going through the same designs over and over again, know that most stalls stock up on new merchandise on Wednesdays, making it the best day of the week to visit.
If you want to navigate this dizzying maze, make sure you keep these tips in mind.
Have a plan: This is especially important if youre shopping for an occasion. The plenitude of little stalls are addictive and will constantly draw you towards them. Dont get distracted and stay focused, know what you want and stick to it.
Use the map: A map is located right in the centre of the market. Make sure you refer to it so that you dont get lost this is especially important when you spot an amazing item that you decide to come back for later, and end up not being able to find it!
Nourishment: Dont shy away from gorging on the delicious street-side momos, chaat and the other mini-outlets selling Indian delicacies.
Avoiding the crowd: Although its hard to find a time when this market isnt crowded, weekdays and mornings are a good bet to stay away from the worst of it.
Check all your items: This cant be stressed enough. Make sure you check everything you buy from street-side stalls for stains, tears, patches and other undesirable marks. The street-side shopkeepers are usually quite lenient with their returns policy, so dont hesitate to go back and get something else!
Theres nothing like the satisfaction of a big haul from one of the best markets in the city. Times may be changing with a virtual world driven by technology, but NearFox thinks that in the face of places like the Sarojini Nagar Market, online shopping simply cant compete.
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