Located in a lush green pocket, Jor Bagh is a jaunt for the uber rich set in the Capital. Its proximity to the airport and shopping destinations like Khan Market and Connaught Place, makes it the most sought after residential area. But when it comes to shopping here on any regular day, you’d find expatriates and NRIs hunting for exotic food ingredients, steaks, Indian handicraft and fabric here.
Four Season’s Gallery store here, has a history of 16 years of selling the most unique hand-made gift wrappers. The owner, Rohit Gujral, even supplied intricate Indian design gift wrapper for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Prices start at Rs 200, and also on offer are embroidered slam books, wine bags, and god-figure note books in vibrant colours (Rs 150).
Kim Brothers, just next door, has been selling made-to-measure shoes in varied colours for the past 50 years. While you’d get ladies’ shoes at Rs 7,000 onwards, those for men begin at Rs 10,000. Also, here, you could give those high-end branded goods for repair and dry cleaning.
Another shop, C Lal and Sons, offers handicrafts from Kashmir, Rajasthan to Kerala and Karnataka, and they specialise in stone inlaid art ware, brass inlaid wood carvings and blue pottery. They also have a good collection of danglers, rings and broaches (Rs 40 onwards).
Walk a little further and you arrive at The Book Shop. Owned by KD Singh and wife Nini, the store was written about in The New York Times as “the coziest bookstore in the country” and keeps classics listed by The New York Review of Books. Their clientele includes Khushwant Singh, Shashi Tharoor, Manju Kapur, William Dalrymple, VS Naipaul and Salman Rushdie.
Next to it is Steak House that sells a wide variety of cheese, meats, condiments, seasonings, chocolates, creams and breads. But if you’re a pork lover, head to Pigpo for some of the best meat, sea food, and pork products.