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Scouting about south campus

Here’s our comprehensive guide for fuchchas to the most popular hangouts around DU’s South Campus

delhi Updated: Aug 03, 2013 00:38 IST
Apoorva Nijhara

There’s a myth that if you are not studying in North Campus, you won’t enjoy real campus life. We bust that for you! Delhi University’s South Campus has a lot to offer when it comes to fun and frolic. As the new session has already begun, here’s a chance to head to these hotspots to have a good time with your new set of friends. From popular eating joints to great places to shop at, we get you some of the most popular college hotspots, where you can treat your taste buds with piquant and tasty Dilli style food. Read on for more.

Satya Niketan
Over-crowded but still one of the favourite spots for the students of South Campus, Satya Niketan offers many options to hang out at pocket-friendly prices. One can find knick-knack shops and even some big establishments, starting from Chowringhee Lane, famous for its double egg roll priced at R30. QD’s, known for its tandoori momos, is another hit with students. For beverages, you can head to Keventers. “It is the best place to hang in south campus, as you don’t have many options to choose from,” says Stuti Gyan, a student of Jesus and Mary College.
Where: Opposite Sri Venkateswara College, Benito Juarez Road, Moti Bagh North

Hauz Khas village
Over the past three years, restaurants and niche bookstores have mushroomed in Hauz Khas Village (HKV). A hit with the city’s hipsters, HKV has also become one of the favourite hotspots for students. One can also chill at the Hauz Khas Fort, a serene spot which overlooks a beautiful lake. The famous cafe’s to visit are The Kunzum Travel Café and The Thadi Café which provide one with lighter meals. Thadi café provides a meal for two at only R400. “Hauz Khas village connects you with the coolest crowd of South Campus,” says Shreya Saldi, a student of Kamala Nehru College.
Where: Near Aurobindo Marg.

Area opposite Gargi
Here, the most popular eating joint is the Mithas Restaurant that serves North Indian and Chinese food. Popular items on the menu are Chaat, Chhola Bhatura and some delectable vegetarian delights. If you want to spend some quality time with friends at a coffee shop, then this is the place to hang out as this area houses coffee shops too. Do not forget to ask for the coveted student discounts while you are here. “It is the place for foodies. The place where girls go after they bunk their classes,” says Ojasvini Mendiratta, a student of Kamala Nehru College.
Where: Opposite Gargi College, Shop No 4 & 5, Anand Lok Market, Delhi.

Greater Kailash one
If one is a fashion addict, M-Block is the place to be. It boasts of many clothing and footwear stores, jewellery shops, luggage and bag shops, selling both bona fide branded merchandise as well as their ’imitations’. If flaunting branded bags in college is on your mind, then this is the place for you. Don’t be surprised if you come across a Michael Kors bag at a road side kiosk! In addition to that, it is abuzz with coffee shops. “M-Block market is a place to be with your friends. It is a bizarre bazaar,” says Manvi Sharma, a student of Kamala Nehru College.
Where: Near Kamala Nehru College, M-Block, Greater Kailash Part 1

Lajpat Nagar
This is a favourite with students who want to catch an early morning budget movie along with some grub. The 3Cs mall, especially, is flocked with students in the morning hours. While you are here, a must try is the popular momos joint called Dolma Aunty’s momos that serves chicken, veg and paneer momos. Apart from this, sweet corn, bhel puri and gol gappas are quite popular as well. The market is also known for college hip clothes which one can avail at discounted prices. Do check out the accessories and footwear while you are here.
Where: Near Lady Shri Ram College for Women, close to Moolchand flyover