f you have hurriedly gulped down the wine brought especially from France last year & are now craving for another toast, do not worry because Delhi is becoming more accessible in terms of imported goods & luckily this is not just restricted to alcoholic beverages but to almost every product humanity makes use of! Delhi is considered to be a world-class city & it truly abides by this statement. Whether it’s a gorgeous Chanel dress, imported cutlery or grocery items or even a Chinese gadget, the city houses varied markets which are known for all things imported.
It is extremely famous for its imported non-vegetarian food including a variety of seafood. As you enter the narrow lanes, you can spot vendors selling crabs, lobsters, squids, lamb & chicken etc & the penetrating pungent smell may even become at one point of time, unbearable. This market is mostly swarming with people eager to buy raw meat along with the imported confectionery items & spices. Quite a compact market, it is situated in South Delhi & has Dilli Haat (the cultural shopping mart) right across the street. It can be easily accessed by car, metro or an auto. The market is located above the underground INA Metro Station.
Location | Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi-23
It is considered to be one of the largest electronic markets in Asia which is evident from the fact that the lanes of Gaffar Market are perpetually flooded with people. Situated in Karol Bagh area, the market is famous for its imported mobile sets & Chinese gadgets. It is rumoured that the new model of the iPhone was available here months before its official launch. Numerous shops here specialise in the repairing of cell phones & its parts. Another commodity the market is known for is imported crystals. The designs of the crystal vases, crockery & the various showpieces are spectacular. This market can be reached by metro & the nearest station is Karol Bagh. It is recommended not to take cars because of the eternal parking troubles.
Location | Saraswati Marg, Beadonpura, Karol Bagh, New Delhi-05
This market is one of the most upscale & high-profile neighbourhoods of the city. In 2007, it was declared as the 16th most expensive shopping real estate in the world! Khan Market proudly boasts of imported groceries, fruits & vegetables which actually cost more than other markets. Imported confectionery chocolates & packaged food etc have smoothly & successfully made their way in this Bazaar. But when visiting Khan Market, be ready to loosen your pockets because the prevalent prices are towards the higher end. The nearest metro station is Khan Market.
Khan Market | 10-B, Prithviraj Lane, Khan Market, New Delhi-03
Custom notified shops house imported goods brought through unscrupulous means. Due to a hindrance in their clearance, they are confiscated by the Customs Department of the govt. The items are then auctioned by the department to these shops. Fortunately, such shops are scattered all over Delhi & you can buy your favourite imported chocolates, dresses, shoes, mementos or whatever you like from these custom markets. Some of them are located in Noida, Lajpat Nagar, Shadipur, Green Park, Saket & Uttam Nagar, amongst many more.
The Custom Shop | Bhoja Market, Atta Market, Sector 27, Noida-01
The Custom Shop | Central Market, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi-24
The Custom Shop | 1408, Gurudwara Road, Kotla, Mubarakpur, Gurudwara Road, New Delhi-03
Apart from the above markets, there are many more places to get imported stuff like Vasant Kunj & Hauz Khas etc. So just sit back, savour your French wine & enjoy your share of Spanish strawberries right here in Delhi!