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One market for every pocket

entertainment Updated: Aug 28, 2011 00:22 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

From branded shops to small flea stalls, from high end restaurants to street side vendors, to a whole new specialised crafts bazaar, the District Centre at Janakpuri is a shopper's paradise that offers something for every budget. The simplest way to get here will be to board the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro and get down at the Janakpuri (West) Metro Station. Once here, cross the West End Mall till you come upon a white building with white pillars reminiscent of the architecture of Connaught Place. This is the District Centre.



Getting started


The moment you enter the complex, you will come across the Bemisaal Restaurant and food court, which provides both open seating and an air conditioned seating. It serves a range of food items from Indian to Chinese to Mughlai. “Some of the best selling dishes here are Chicken Garlic Tikka, Fish Tikka and Tandoori Mushroon,” says Himanshu Arora, the manager of the restaurant. A meal for two at this place would cost between Rs 700 to Rs 1,000.



After you are through with your meal, you can start shopping. Just outside the restaurant is a line of branded shops selling apparel, footwear, bags, and jewellry.



The main area

Take a left from these shops and you will come across the main part of the market, which plays host to a lot of branded shops and flea stalls. You will also love the bunch of small eateries here that serve stuff such as Gol Gappe, Chaat, Momos, Chuski and Chinese snacks.



If you want to try something different, do visit the Grillz stall that is known for selling a variety of sandwiches priced between Rs 60-Rs 100. They also serve pizzas and burgers. “We are known for selling fresh stuff to our customers,” says KK Jha of Grillz.



http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/Borough-Market.jpg Going traditional

While at the main plaza area, a set of six stairs right in the middle of the atrium will lead you to the Crafts Bazaar, which is known for its handicraft goods. The stalls here changes every 15 days. While here, don’t forget to check out the ethnic Rajasthani Kurtis, which are available for Rs 250 to Rs 650. Another major attraction are the stalls selling junk jewellry that is priced from Rs 10 to Rs 650. Other stuff to check out here are jute bags, Rajasthani traditional bags, soft toys, and home décor items.



You can end you trip by catching the latest movie at the Satyam Cinema complex.