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Okay hello buy-buy

entertainment Updated: Feb 06, 2010 00:53 IST

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Fun, frolic, gourmet pleasures, shopping thrills, exciting gifts and some quality time spent with your family and loved ones — the HT City Shopping Carnival — is all about having a good time and splurging without feeling guilty.

In market places and malls across Delhi/NCR, this is one carnival which promises something for every age group and pocket. Here’s a look at how you can be part of it.

Young parents don’t have to leave the kids at home to have a good time. There’s something for them too. You can take them to malls like EDM, Anand Vihar (Feb 5); DLF Promenade (Feb 20), Vasant Kunj; MGF Metropolitan, Saket (Feb 21); or Centrestage Mall, Noida (Feb 19) for the Kids Festival.

For youngsters there are great party options. You can visit pubs like Blues in Connaught Place (on Feb 12); Walk In The Cloud, Rajouri Garden (Feb 26) and Odyssey, Gurgaon (Feb 19) to avail special discounts.

If you swear by the street food of Delhi, then visit the greater Kailash 1, M-block market (from Feb 19-21) for some yummy fare of gol gappas, aloo tikkis, bhel puri, papri chaat and a whole lot more.

The one-of-its-kind lifestyle fair at DLF Place, Saket (Feb 26-28) will help you explore ways to go about improving your lifestyle quotient.

Witness a glamorous fashion show at Great India Place, Noida, on Feb 21. Then there’s a special Punjabi night for the residents of West Delhi in Tilak Nagar market on Feb 20th.

An exciting surprise for music lovers will be the musical performance night by famous artists on Feb 26 at DLF Promenade, Saket.

Ansal Plaza will play host to the biggest Property Fair from Feb 19-21. Here you may finally be able to decide how to buy your own dream home —within your budget and according to your lifestyle. Builders and dealers will also be present to answer queries.

So, what are you waiting for? Just go out and enjoy the warm afternoon breeze in setting winters of Delhi, HT City Shopping Carnival Way.

Malls in the city

Shipra Mall, Indirapuram
One of the grandest malls to come up in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Shipra mall has a state-of-the-art JAM multiplex. It also has a Kids’ Zone, an amphitheatre and a large food court that houses eateries like McDonald’s, Milestone 2000, More Than Paranthas, Andaaz-E-Lucknow,China Gate,Desi Tadka,Dhampur Ki Chat, Fortune Platter,Nariyal Chutney, New woks, Papa John’s, Yo! China, and more.

DLF Place, Saket
One of the largest retail-cum-commercial complexes in New Delhi, DLF Place Saket is strategically situated in the Saket District Centre on Press Enclave Marg. The location attracts a large number of visitors from neighbouring and affluent colonies like GK I and II, C.R. Park, Sainik Farms, Haus Khas, Panchsheel Enclave and Malviya Nagar. It houses the only Hard Rock Café in the Ccapital. There is also Le Marche, a high-end grocery store that stocks a range of imported cheese, fruits and frozen foods. The eateries include Big Chill, Mainland China, TGIF, Great Kebab Factory and Café Coffee Day, besides a food court that has Haldiram’s, Domino’s, Subway, Tikka Town, and more.

Sahara Mall, Gurgaon
Shoppers throng here to get great deals on all groceries, clothes and cosmetics at Big Bazaar. The ground floor has a huge Haldiram’s, apart from a Baskin Robbins counter. A number of pubs like Crave, Last Chance and Odyssey make for great night-out options for youngsters.

EDM, Kaushambi
EDM, or the East Delhi Mall is, as the name suggests, very popular mall with people living in east delhi- NCR region. The mall draws maximum crowd for the movie screens and affordable shopping brands. There’s a kids zone called Prakash Amusement where children can indulge in all sorts of games, gizmos and toys while the parents shop. The food court is called Foodz n More, but besides that, the mall does not house any other stand alone eateries or pubs.

Spice World, Noida, sec 25
This relatively small mall in Noida is popular with young crowds for its multiplex. The much younger lot, the kids, get to enjoy at Amoeba, the kids entertainment area. A large Haldiram’s, a Pizza Hut and Costa Coffee outlets dot the ground floor while the food court has plenty of options, including Chaat Street, More Than Paranthas, Nariyal Chutney, Sticky Fingers, Yaaran Da Dhaba, and more.

Cross River Mall, Shahadra
This mall doesn’t have a kid zone but it does have a lot of kidswear stores. It has Fun Cinemas and those with a weakness for junk food throng to McDonald’s, Domino’s and Nirula’s. So you can have a pick of your favourite fast food while you walk around.

Ansal Plaza, Khel Gaon
Delhi’s very first mall boasts a nice mix of pubs and eateries like Geoffrey’s, Amorettos, Cafe Nescafe, Candy Land, Hot n Juicy, Hot Dog, Kasa Gelato, McDonald’s, Mirchi, Subway, etc.

At Funkie Orbits, a family fun and enjoyment corner, one can celebrate birthdays of near and dear ones. This space also has an array of video games, an interesting food menu, and an amphitheatre where families can watch live performances.

Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
Frequently visited by film stars and socialites, Ambience mall on the express highway in Gurgaon promises a complete new experience for the shoppers. Said to be the largest mall in India, shopping here is an event in itself — one that would require a complete day! Rockman’s Beer Island is really popular for its range of freshly brewed beer while Blu-o offers a great bowling experience. Though the food court and other eating options are mainly on the third floor, a small counter by McDonald’s and Gelato ice-cream provides respite to the shoppers on the ground floor. Pizza Hut, Haldiram’s, KFC, Nirula’s, Punjabi Grill, Asia 7, and Fres Co. are some of the dining options ready to satiate shoppers’ taste buds here.

Shipra Mall, Indirapuram
One of the grandest malls to come up in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Shipra mall has a state-of-the-art JAM multiplex. It also has a Kids’ Zone, an amphitheatre and a large food court that houses eateries like McDonald’s, Milestone 2000, More Than Paranthas, Andaaz-E-Lucknow, China Gate, Desi Tadka, Dhampur Ki Chat, Fortune Platter, Nariyal Chutney, New woks, Papa John’s, Yo! China, and more.

DLF Place, Saket
One of the largest retail-cum-commercial complexes in New Delhi, DLF Place Saket is strategically situated in the Saket District Centre on Press Enclave Marg. The location attracts a large number of visitors from neighbouring and affluent colonies like GK I and II, C.R. Park, Sainik Farms, Haus Khas, Panchsheel Enclave and Malviya Nagar. It houses the only Hard Rock Café in the Capital. There is also Le Marche, a high-end grocery store that stocks a range of imported cheese, fruits and frozen foods.

The eateries include Big Chill, Mainland China, TGIF, Great Kebab Factory and Café Coffee Day, besides a food court that has Haldiram’s, Domino’s, Subway, Tikka Town, and more.

Sahara Mall, Gurgaon
Shoppers throng here to get great deals on all groceries, clothes and cosmetics at Big Bazaar. The ground floor has a huge Haldiram’s, apart from a Baskin Robbins counter. A number of pubs like Crave, Last Chance and Odyssey make for great night-out options for youngsters.

EDM, Kaushambi
EDM, or the East Delhi Mall is, as the name suggests, very popular mall with people living in east delhi- NCR region. The mall draws maximum crowd for the movie screens and affordable shopping brands. There’s a kids zone called Prakash Amusement where children can indulge in all sorts of games, gizmos and toys while the parents shop. The food court is called Foodz n More, but besides that, the mall does not house any other stand alone eateries or pubs.

Spice World, Noida, sec 25
This relatively small mall in Noida is popular with young crowds for its multiplex. The much younger lot, the kids, get to enjoy at Amoeba, the kids entertainment area. A large Haldiram’s, a Pizza Hut and Costa Coffee outlets dot the ground floor while the food court has plenty of options, including Chaat Street, More Than Paranthas, Nariyal Chutney, Sticky Fingers, Yaaran Da Dhaba, and more.

Cross River Mall, Shahadra
This mall doesn’t have a kid zone but it does have a lot of kidswear stores. It has Fun Cinemas and those with a weakness for junk food throng to McDonald’s, Domino’s and Nirula’s. So you can have a pick of your favourite fast food while you walk around.

Ansal Plaza, Khel Gaon
Delhi’s very first mall boasts a nice mix of pubs and eateries like Geoffrey’s, Amorettos, Cafe Nescafe, Candy Land, Hot n Juicy, Hot Dog, Kasa Gelato, McDonald’s, Mirchi, Subway, etc.

At Funkie Orbits, a family fun and enjoyment corner, one can celebrate birthdays of near and dear ones. This space also has an array of video games, an interesting food menu, and an amphitheatre where families can watch live performances.

Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
Frequently visited by film stars and socialites, Ambience mall on the express highway in Gurgaon promises a complete new experience for the shoppers. Said to be the largest mall in India, shopping here is an event in itself — one that would require a complete day! Rockman’s Beer Island is really popular for its range of freshly brewed beer while Blu-o offers a great bowling experience. Though the food court and other eating options are mainly on the third floor, a small counter by McDonald’s and Gelato ice-cream provides respite to the shoppers on the ground floor. Pizza Hut, Haldiram’s, KFC, Nirula’s, Punjabi Grill, Asia 7, and Fres Co. are some of the dining options ready to satiate shoppers’ taste buds here.

Delhi-ncr Markets

Connaught Place
Space, space and yet more space — Connaught Place is one Delhi market that enjoys this luxury. Shoppers can walk around for hours or just sit and chat with friends in the huge central park. Though there are no places in or around CP where children can spend time, the park is very popular with the crowds. The marketplace boasts many eateries as well. From fast food options at McDonald’s, Wimpy’s, KFC and Subway to cafes such as Café Coffee Day and Barista, from popular pubs to fine dining restaurants, Connaught Place has a melange of places to suit every pocket. Travel by Metro to reach this heritage market of Delhi.

Khan Market
Foodies and book lovers vouch for this market, thanks to the large number of eateries and bookshops dotting it. Among the former are Blanco, Chonas, Market Café, Big Chill, Choko La, Cafe Oz, The Kitchen, Amici, among many others. Though there’s nothing for small children here, bookworms and students alike throng to Khan Market to browse through the collections at four renowned bookshops, some of them having cafes, too. The market also houses many high-end brands, some excellent tailors and shops selling exotic fruits and vegetables.

Chandni Chowk
The pseudo-types may think of it as tacky and overcrowded, but what you can access in this market, you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Delhi. Part of the historic Walled City and directly opposite the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk is a melange of Delhi’s young and old cultures. If you haven’t had the chaat, paranthas, kulfi or kachori at this purani dilli market, you are certainly missing out on a lot offun.

South Extension
South Extension (parts 1 and 2) is among the more up-market shopping areas of the city. Big department stores such as Ebony, Big Jo’s, Globus and Saboos, and brands such as FCUK, Levi’s and Lacaoste, have a presence in this market. From roadside shops serving mouth-watering bhelpuri and golgappas pubs like Café Morrison, this market has it all.

Karol Bagh
Roshan ki kulfi and Roopak ke golgappe are on the must-have list for anyone who visits Karol Bagh. From shoes to designer saris, this place boasts a vast variety in shoes and clothes. Designer showrooms like Gyans, Meena Bazar and Ahujasons offer great variety in formal and informal wear. Shopping in Karol Bagh is incomplete if you haven’t been to Ghaffar Market. There is not a single imported product in India that is not available here. From cosmetics and watches to cell phones and footwear, you can get anything and everything here.

Green Park
Evergreen in Green Park market is a must-visit for its sweets and chole bhature. An array of shops outside sell an extensive range of CDs, magazines and books. With a lot of open space, the market is well organised and comparatively cleaner than most others in the city. Pizza Hut, Café Coffee Day and Costa Coffee are the popular hangouts for youngsters. And if you are looking for some greenery and natural splendour, you can visit the deer park nearby.

Greater Kailash 1, M block
Greater Kailash-1, M block market caters to youngsters, hence you will find numerous bars and pubs here. Foodies can head to China Garden, Yo! China, Urban Pind, Pizza Hut, The Kathis and Prince Chaat Corner for dining options. Brands like Unistyle, Kazo, Bags ‘n’ more, Silopher- silver jewellery, Wills Lifestyle, Dayal Opticals, Nun and Apple Store are present here.

New Friends Colony
The Shawarma chicken rolls at Al-Bake in New Friends Colony are high on the list of foodies. Restaurants such as The Yum Yum Tree, and ‘happening’ pubs like Pebble Street, Moksha, Ivy, The Mezz and Q’BA at Surya Plaza, make this market a place for making new friends or hanging out with old ones.

Tilak Nagar
After Karol Bagh, Tilak Nagar is considered among the most economical markets of West Delhi. It also boasts of an extremely popular fruit market. If you happen to be in this area, do not miss the healthy fresh fruit juices available at the juice corner on Jail Road. The chaat of Manmohan Bakery is another joint for the food lovers to indulge their taste buds.

Vasant Vihar
Priya’s Complex (as the space is popularly known) in Vasant Vihar has been the haven for school and college kids for ages. Eateries like Nirula’s, Yo! China, Arabian Nites and Passion- My Cup of Tea and of course, the cinema hall, continue to draw the crowds. Add to this two recently opened high-end, luxury malls — DLF Promenade and Emporio — and it’s no wonder that the destination is still a great option for shoppers young and old.

Janpath Market
This has to be one the most popular market with college students and foreigners. From fashion clothes at affordable prices to silver and junk jewellery, Osho chappals, jootis, Kolhapuris, jholas and momos, there’s something for everyone here. Of course, a lot depends on your bargaining skills, which come in really handy with the roadside vendors. For instance, the line of shopkeepers who sell Gujarati mirrorwork dresses like lehenga choli, sarees and kurtis, bags, table covers, curtains etc. Try reaching early in the morning when the market has just started to get the best deals. Don’t forget to carry change and cash as most shops here don’t have a swipe machine. There are showrooms also selling branded clothes, shoes, expensive leather bags and itra (Indian perfume).

Kamla Nagar Market
It’s proximity to the North Campus makes it the most happening places this side of the city. Students come here primarily for pocket-friendly and fashionable clothes, though the branded stores are equally popular. Chacha ke Chhole Bhature has to be the most popular shop in this area. Students flock to Chinese restaurants such as Momo Point, because of their large servings at nominal prices. There are number of book shops that sell second hand books. The market is closed on Mondays.

— compiled by Shweta Jain and Chetna Dua