There is a buzz on the streets, a frenzied movement associated with the anticipation of something big. Yes, it is the admission season in Delhi University (DU) and soon, the popular joints and haunts will once again be thronged by fuchchas and seniors alike. Here, we give you a lowdown of the hotspots around South Campus.
Satya Niketan Market is a popular hangout place for South Campus students, especially from Sri Venkateswara College (Venky’s), Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), Jesus and Mary College (JMC) and Maitreyi College. The beauty of this market is that it is full of pocket-friendly eating joints such as QD’s, Amigo’s Hub and Big Yellow Door. What makes these eateries more exciting is the portion served — full value for money!
“You get the best kathi rolls here, and near the square, there are some stalls selling biryani, a must-try,” says Shubham Thakur, a first-year student from DCAC.
Hauz Khas Village
Delhi’s most famous urban village, Hauz Khas Village, and the adjacent lake area draws the city’s crowds. From budding artists to affluent socialites and college students, you will always find an eclectic mix of people here. Students from Lady Shri Ram College (LSR), Institute of Home Economics (IHE) and DCAC love to hangout here.
Ayushi Barua, a DCAC student who has just given her final year exams, says, “The USP of Hauz Khas Village (HKV) is that there is no charge if you want to just go and enjoy a fun day at the fort and lake area. Students are always looking for economical hang-out zones and HKV is the answer to that.”
Connaught Place and Janpath
Located in the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place and Janpath top the list when it comes to having fun on a shoestring budget. Students from almost every South Campus college, including JMC and Gargi, come here to spend time at a lounge or a cinema hall, or simply walk the avenues. In under Rs. 100, students can enjoy a hearty meal of hot pakoras and chilled milkshake at Keventers in Block A of CP. If they are in the mood to spend some more, then there is no dearth of chic cafes and restaurants.
And it is not just tasty grub that attracts students here. These markets are lined with stalls selling junk jewellery and accessories (read ethnic jholas and branded sunglasses). Just brush up your bargaining skills and buy yourself a brand new wardrobe, without burning a hole in your pocket. And how can one forget Janpath market, a favourite of students from across the city, for all the trinkets and trendy clothes!
Amar Colony Market
Popular among students from Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Amar Colony Market boasts of lip-smacking grub in town. From sit-in cafes to street food stalls, the market is a one-stop destination to satiate hunger pangs, and woh bhi sastey mein! Venture a little further, and you can get delicious paranthas at Moolchand’s Sanjay Chur Chur Naan and Moolchand Parantha.
Sukanya Sen, a final year student at IHE, says, “We go to Amar Colony whenever we feel like gorging on food. The tandoori momos at Hunger Strike are too good.”
Greater Kailash-1 and Anand Lok
Frequented by students from Gargi College, Kamala Nehru College and Lady Sri Ram College, Greater Kailash 1 is a hotspot of all the latest fashion trends. Apart from dresses and trendy tops, students also enjoy tangy chaat, steaming momos and cold coffee in the market.
Students from Gargi and Kamala Nehru also frequent the Anand Lok Market, which is situated right opposite these colleges. There are two restaurants, Diggin and Mithapur (previously Mithas Cafe) where students love to go for a good meal and a relaxed evening.