There's a certain charm in exploring Delhi’s markets. The more famous markets in Delhi are now becoming overexposed to visitors, so it's often interesting to go and visit some local markets that no one will tell you about, once in awhile. The Lal Quarter Market is one such sprawling marketplace! Even if you try hard, you'll not find too much information about it online, but rest assured that it is as alive and bustling with activity as a market can ever be.
A Refreshing Change
Delhi is one major city in India that has still not completely succumbed to the onslaught of fancy malls and departmental stores. The spirit of the Delhi comes alive in its traditional markets, but if you think you've already been to Chandni Chowk far too many times, you can consider the markets on the other side of Yamuna, that is, in East Delhi.
The Lal Quarter Market, along with other nearby markets such as the one in Laxmi Nagar, displays similar characteristics. They are located among comparatively more spacious locations with broader roads and cleaner surroundings. The old world, colonial charm of Old Delhi is missing here, however, a very different endearing feel of the pre-liberalization era is still quite palpable. While multinational fast food chains have made their presence felt here too, the Lal Quarter Market still makes you feel more like you're at a vibrant village fair rather than a professional, urban marketplace.
The market is spread across a large area on both sides of the road. Smaller lanes protrude out of the main road and they assimilate with the surrounding residential colonies. This place is a delight for shoppers, especially for women, if you're looking for traditional wear including sarees, bangles, cheap jewellery and other assorted items. One of the lanes here only houses jewellers. A lot of them are dedicated to apparel as well. All of them are interspersed with traditional shops selling Indian sweets and drinks.
You will also find other utility shops selling kitchen appliances, utensils, toys and other miscellaneous items and the market is always populated by street hawkers selling everything from snacks to balloons and from combs to track pants. It gets heavily crowded in the evenings and yes, bargaining will always be your friend!
The nearest metro station here is Preet Vihar on the Blue Line. But it is still a bit far from there. You need to hire an auto rickshaw from the station to arrive at the market, which is approachable from all sides as it's well connected with roads to other parts of East Delhi.
There is a large temple on one end of the market. Trendy pizza shops and cafes have cropped up on this side, but they have not been able to find a place within the main market which is still basking in the glory of being a true blue bazaar resonating the Indian spirit! Come along for a breezy evening taking in the sights and sounds.
Nearest Metro Station | Preet Vihar on Blue Line
Location | Krishna Nagar