From HKV to CP: This is where South Campus students like to hangout

  • Etti Bali, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2016 18:37 IST
Satya Niketan market is one of the most loved joints of South Campus students. (AMAL KS/HINDUSTAN TIMES)

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

From left to right: Charul Sareen, Pulkit Chhabra, Devika Bhambri, Harshit Arora, Juhi Chawla and Garvit Chugh. (Amal KS/HT)

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.

Hauz Khas Village attracts an interesting mix of people. (Amal KS/HT)

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.”

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The Hauz Khas Fort is a great hangout place. (Amal KS/HT)

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.

DU students Sakshi Chhabra and Kawal Chhabra enjoy milkshakes at Keventers. (Amal KS/HT)

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!

The avenues of Connaught Place market are full of street vendors selling junk jewellery. (Amal KS/HT)

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.

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There are a few places underneath the Moolchand Metro Station, where students get a hearty meal. (Amal KS/HT)

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.”

Hunger Strike is a popular eatery in Amar Colony Market. (Amal KS/HT)

Greater Kailash-1 and Anand Lok

GK-I market is a one-stop destination for fashion, food, accessories and more. (Amal KS/HT)

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.

JMC Graduates (left to right) Guneet Kaur, Carolin Massey and Rupashi Puri at Diggin. (Amal KS/HT)

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.

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