Fancy a bargain on imported lingerie? Head to a small hidden market called Tina Bazaar.
The Capital houses a number of underground markets, which offer items at pocket-friendly prices. One such market, Tina Bazaar, located in Lajpat Nagar, has a number of shops that sell stylish lingerie at affordable prices.
You can enter the market from the security barricades opposite 3C’s cinema. Pass the shoe shops and turn left into an alley. About 250 meters into the hustle-bustle of this busy lane, you will come across a signboard on your right that indicates Tina Bazaar. You can identify the market by some dusty mannequins in dowdy undergarments.
But don’t judge the market by its external appearance, as when you walk down the small staircase to enter the bazaar, you will be greeted by colourful lingerie in fuchsias, blues, reds and animal-prints.
If you’re on a tight budget, the several shops in this market will be the best bet for you, as bras are available for Rs 80 - Rs 200, and panties for Rs 40 - Rs 100. There are a variety of fabric options available here, from lace, to lycra, to satin, in every possible colour. The shopkeepers are polite, so you can shop without any sort of awkwardness.
Apart from lingerie, the shops in the market offer other things as well, like cosmetics, household electronics and clothes. You can stock up on lotions and potions, as some of the most popular brands are available here.
“People usually come to buy clothes, and end up buying other small things like cosmetics and undergarments,” says RK Arora, the owner of Roop Nikhar, shop number 8.
His shop is stocked with bath products, deodorants, cosmetics and lingerie. There are also silicon bras, fishnet stockings and some warm vests. “Most of our products are imported from China and Thailand,” he says.
Once you’re done shopping, head out from the other end of the corridor to catch some grub. While on the left is a vendor selling condiments like spicy churan, straight ahead at the end of the street is the Chennai Central restaurant.
Outside this eatery is the famous Lajpat Nagar momos. Try the chicken momos (Rs 40) or the vegetarian (Rs 30) ones.If you prefer chaat, then right next door is Jack & Jill Fast Food, where you can try the crisp aloo tikki (Rs 40) or the chatpata gol gappas (Rs 20).
What: Affordable lingerie and cosmetics
Where: Tina Bazaar, Lajpat Nagar Market, Lajpat Nagar Part II (closed on Mondays)
Nearest metro station: Lajpat Nagar on the Violet Line