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It’s still got the charm

Malls may come and go, but some of Delhi’s older shopping hubs continue to have their charm.

entertainment Updated: May 13, 2011 01:10 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Malls may come and go, but some of Delhi’s older shopping hubs continue to have their charm. Anupam Shopping Complex in Saket is always crowded — college students, young lovers and officials flock here for their weekly movie, a quick meal or just to shake a leg. With over 20 eating-out options to choose from, this complex is a favourite weekend hangout, despite the fact that it’s got no air conditioning.

Get booked!
The complex is a haven for book-lovers. For the ones who would rather not splurge on brand-new paperbacks, there are three kiosks selling second-hand books. These small shops offer used books, which are often in good condition, between Rs25-500. Romance lovers can buy Mills and Boons for just Rs 35 each or exchange old ones for even less. For others, there is Om Book Shop — a chainstore that houses a wide variety of fiction, non-fictions and much more.

Foodies point
Want to grab something for a quick bite after a movie show? Walk around to find many eating options. Go to GK Prince Pan corner for a glass of refreshing lemonade. Available for Rs 25, the drink is served chilled with crushed ice. If Lebanese cuisine is your pick, then drop by at the Lebanese Point and try chicken shwarma for Rs 90, paneer or falafel rolls for Rs 70. Beat the heat with different flavours of Depauls cold coffee, available at The Kathi’s. For chocoholics, there is The Chocolate Shop. Don’t miss their Chilly Hot Chocolate Pizza for Rs 149. If you cant resist street food, there’s a chaat corner, where you can have gol gappe (Rs 20 for five pieces) and paapdi chaat (Rs 30).

Shopping time!
In the centre of the shopping complex, there is a kiosk that has trendy accessories and tees for women. Check out the fake ‘Being Human’ tee available for Rs 150 and other colourful tees for Rs 195 each. Chunky jewellery, hair accessories and naval and eyebrow studs are also available here. One can get quick piercing or tattoo done at Durga Mehandi Art. Piercing is done for Rs 100 (pin included) and the tattoo depends on the size of design. Music lovers can hop into Planet M and Music Land for the latest CDs and DVDs.

Club it right
For those who love to groove, there are plenty of options here. From Explode Lounge and Bar that plays retro music, Tzers, which has specials every night, Zook (where you can get a hookah) and the high-end The Beach, you can unwind with a mug of beer and lot of dance.

Nearest Metro station: Saket on the Yellow Line
Shop for some chunky jewellery, bandanas, hair clips and a lot more for Rs 30-100 at this streetside shop in the complex

If you’re hanging out on a budget, here’s what you can do:

Rs 500
Eat at Kathi’s or Lebanese Point, where a meal for two would cost around Rs 350. Beat the heat with the famous masala lemonade of GK Prince Paan Corner (Rs 25) Buy second-hand books (Rs 25 upwards) or tees at the kiosks (Rs 150 upwards)

Rs 1,500
Go for a meal at Nirulas or Sbarro that would cost anything between Rs 500-1,000 Watch the latest movie at the multiplex for Rs 175 (premier class after 1pm) and Rs 200 on weekends Shop for CD and DVDs at Music Land or Planet M.

Rs 3,000
Shop at any of the branded stores at the complex Drop into Explode, Tzers or any of the nightclubs here for a meal and some grooving. A meal for two will cost Rs 1,000 and couple entry is Rs 350 (approx).