From Spices To Sari: 5 Of The Best Delhi Markets

From exotic spices to colorful sari fabrics, you’ll discover the beautiful treats in Delhi markets.

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New Delhi, India is jam-packed with exciting and unique markets, each selling a variety of items and products that are representative of Indian culture. From exotic spices to colorful sari fabrics, the scene at Delhi markets is buzzing. With so many exciting markets on every corner, finding which ones to visit can be a challenge. Here is your list for must-visit markets in New Delhi.

1. Dilli Haat

Metro Station, 21, Sri Aurobindo Marg, Dilli Haat, Kidwai Nagar West, Near INA, New Delhi, Delhi 110023, India

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Dilli Haat is a permanent open-air market in New Delhi, India. It is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Dilli Haat is one of the most well-known markets in India’s capital selling a variety of handmade products, from clothing to home decor. Delhi’s first Dilli Haat was inaugurated in 2003 by the Ministry of Tourism and Textiles of New Delhi and Delhi tourism. The goal was to promote traditional Indian products to preserve Indian traditions and culture. The Dilli Haat market is full of color and is a great way to experience New Delhi.

2. Janpath Market

Janpath Rd, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India

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Janpath is the location of yet another popular open-air market – open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., it is full of stalls and boutiques. Some of the most popular items at the Janpath Market are their Pashmina shawls, bangles, and brass artifacts. The market begins at Connaught Place and has rows and rows of stalls selling traditional Indian items. The market is littered with a variety of products that also include traditional Indian cloth, pottery, and carpets. Lots of Janpath’s stalls are open to bargaining, so get your bargain game on and purchase an artifact that is sure to remind you of your trip to India’s capital.

3. Khari Baoli

Near Red Fort, Delhi 6

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Khari Baoli is a street in India that is home to the largest spice market in Asia. The market is known for selling a variety of wholesale spices, nuts, herbs, rice, tea, and dried fruits. The Khari Baoli market originally began in the 17th century during the Mughal era and is now a recognized location for spice purchases as well as unique photo opportunities. This is the perfect spot to pick up some authentic wholesale products and experience a spice market in action.

4. Lajpat Nagar Central Market

Lajpat Nagar II, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, India

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Unlike some other popular open-air markets in New Delhi, the Lajpat Nagar Central Market is a popular market for locals. The market sells a variety of things, from traditional clothing, fabric, and jewelry to shoes. It has some tasty spots for Indian cuisine, making the Lajpat Nagar market perfect for a day of shopping and eating- with both street food options and restaurants lined up by the market.

5. Chandi Chowk

2573, Nai Sarak, Raghu Ganj, Roshanpura, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India

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Chandi Chowk is a major destination in Old Delhi. Chandi Chowk has a variety of specialized markets, but their main market place is spread across multiple streets and sells a variety of household items from clothing, perfume, and jewelry to idols of deities, candles, and Indian street food. Like the Lajpat Nagar Central Market, Chandi Chowk is frequented by locals and tourists alike and is perfect for a day of shopping, eating, and experiencing what Old Delhi has to offer. With Chandi Chowk being such an important location, you are sure to be busy exploring for days to come.

The market scene of New Delhi is one of the most iconic parts of Indian culture and is a great way to gain an understanding of Indian traditions and experiences. Delving into these historical spaces is an essential way to understand how New Delhi and its citizens have sold items for generations. Make sure to explore all the markets have to offer. You never know what treasure or memento you might find!

Sophia lived in New Delhi for 2.5 years.

Sophia Garcia


Sophia has spent most of her life living abroad. Traveling has become second nature to her and the beauty of international experiences isn’t lost on her. Sophia enjoys writing, photography and cooking and hopes to one day publish books about her interests.

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