It’s that time of the year again when chill begins to thaw in Delhi and warm sun brightens the foggy mornings. It’s time to shop, eat and indulge, the HT City way. Be it the culturally rich bylanes of Chandni Chowk, the hippy joints in Paharganj or the plush, air-conditioned malls, Delhiites never tire of splurging, and the experience becomes richer if there are discounts.
Kicking off on February 1 is the HT City Delhi Shopping Carnival, which gets you all the dope on shopping — from which markets and malls in the city give you the best value to which ones have the best facilities.
We have identified 24 malls and 24 markets — ranging from those known for their eateries to those housing the best luxury brands and to the unsung chooriwali shops — in our shortlist of the best malls and markets in the city. Now is your chance to vote for your favourite in three categories - Best for shopping experience, entertainment and facilities. At the end of the month you will help is choose the winners in the three categories as well as an overall Best Mall and Best Market. There are also special category awards for HT City DSC offers.
Your votes and your votes alone will decide the winners. All you have to do is vote for your favourite market or mall and win exciting prizes and discounts on your favourite brands.
What to look for in a mall near you...
Select City Walk, Saket
This very popular mall houses some top lifestyle brands like Mango, Aldo, Lush, Promod, Pantaloons, FCUK as well as small quirky stores like PlayClan and Pylones. It has an interesting mix of food joints and cafes. The mall has a long balcony alfresco eating joints, a food court and a cinema.
Ansal Plaza, Khel Gaon
It has the distinction of being the very first mall in Delhi. Ansal Plaza’s amphitheatre has been the spot for so many artists to perform. Its Osho store, the popular Planet M outlet, Shopper’s Stop and other such features make it very popular among college-goers.
DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj
Unlike its high end neighbour, DLF Emporio, this mall offers mid range brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Puma, Calvin Klein, Meena Bazaar and FabIndia. There are also good eating options including NewsCafe, SmokeHouse Deli, Mocha, Italia and a popular food court.
Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
This is probably the biggest mall in the NCR and people who love to walk, might enjoy visiting this one. Besides lifestyle brands, this mall also has Reliance Auto Zone, bowling alley BluO as well as opticals and home decoration stores. Also has a large food court and cinemas.
DLF City Centre, Gurgaon
City Centre has some brands that makes people flock to it. Meena Bazaar, Akriti Creations and Bizzare pull in the crowds, as does Pizza Hut and Sagar Ratna. The cinema is a huge draw.
MGF Metropolitan, Gurgaon
Another mall with heavy footfalls in the NCR. McDonalds, Moti Mahal, Haldirams and Rajdhani are some of the most visited restaurants here. The mall is quite crowded over the weekends.
TDI mall, Rajouri Garden
West Delhiites don’t have to travel all that distance to come to a south Delhi mall anymore since this shopping destination opened in the neighbourhood. Shopping outlets like Westside and beauty salons like L'Oreal and Looks are the drawcards.
MGF City Square, Rajouri Garden
This is the oldest mall in this part of the city and throngs with young professionals and college-goers. Stores like Levis appeal to the youngsters and Satya Paul, Hazoorialal and Bose to the others.
TDI Paragon, Rajouri Garden
A small mall featuring only seven shops, the big pull factor is Wave cinema. It also has Bizzare, Motilal Jewellers, Costa Coffee
and a multi-brand outlet named Mystic Monk.
Great India Place, Noida
When this mall opened in Noida, it was a rage. And even after two years, it remains extremely popular. A range of mid-level to luxury brands, mix of nice eateries, lively food court and cinema hall — all add to the shopping experience. Live concerts and promotional activities happen now and then.