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Happening hotspots for DU students
Aakriti Sawhney, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 22, 2012
First Published: 17:17 IST(22/6/2012)
Last Updated: 00:05 IST(23/6/2012)

Come July 21 and all the campuses of Delhi University (DU) across different zones will be abuzz with activities. There is no denying the fact that during your three years in college, you spend the most of your time hanging out with your friends and exploring different markets and eateries that are close to your campus. While yesterday, we gave you a glimpse of the interesting markets and eateries around North Campus, today we take you on a tour to the markets close to South, West and East campus.

South campus

GK 1
When in South campus, there are certain markets that you can’t afford to miss. One such place is M Block market, GK1, which is often visited by the students of Lady Shri Ram College, Gargi College and Kamla Nehru College. It is famous for its branded shops as well as tiny stores selling funky and trendy clothes, right from hot pants, ganjis and jump suits to regular T-shirts and hand bags.

The market is also host to a number of restaurants and cafes offering great food. For quick bites, there’s momo and Chinese food stalls. While here, you can’t miss the Prince Paan corner, which is known for its palak chaat, gol gappe and khaas. In the market, you can also shop for some chic accessories and cosmetics, priced between Rs. 100 to 500.

Sarojini Nagar Market

This market is famous for selling rip-offs of International brands at cheap rates. Students come here in search of the latest trends in clothes, bags and accessories as the place is a haven for all of these. Spread over four lanes, the market is closed on Monday. While here, don’t forget to bargain for almost everything that you plan to buy. The market also has small kiosks that sell juice, snacks, momos, chuski, and even Chinese food such as noodles and fried rice.

Satya Niketan
Students of Sri Venkateswara College, Jesus and Mary College and Maitreyi College usually hang out here. From knick-knack shops to small restaurants, roadside eating joints to lounges, this place has it all. A must-visit is Chowringee Lane that’s known for its rolls — aloo, paneer, egg, chicken and mutton. It would cost you between Rs. 30 and Rs. 45. You can also stop by QD’s for some filling tandoori momos, which are priced between Rs. 85 (veg) and Rs. 95 (non-veg). Don’t forget to try their fried chicken for Rs. 150 and chicken and veg thukpa for Rs. 70 and Rs. 80 respectively. Other such places are Frankie, Keventer’s and Chacha’s kebabs. The market does not provide good shopping options but the scrumptious eateries make up for it.  

Lajpat Nagar
Better known as Central Market, this place is a perfect hang out with friends. From food to shopping options to entertainment, this market provides all. Shop for trendy kurtis at the shops such as Sabhayata and Mix and Match. The market also has a range of footwear shops and is famous for its colours Kolhapuris, priced Rs. 150 onwards.

Once done with your shopping, you must try out the Chinese chaat at the market available at various outlets. A plate of veg chat costs Rs. 70 while non-veg costs Rs. 80. You can also scout the restaurants and coffee chains, but we suggest you to go for the street food, which includes momos, chaat and Gol gappe. The market also has a movie theatre.

East campus

Atta, Sector 18
Since there are fewer options available in terms of good markets around East Delhi, most of the DU students from this zone hang out at Noida’s Sector 18 market, also known as Atta Market. It has a lot of variety to offer when it comes to food and shopping as the market has both big brand stores as well as flea market stuff. Over the years there are a number of malls that have opened here but students still prefer the road side eateries as it suits their budget. One huge hit among students are the various roll stalls situated almost in every corner of the market.

Sameer restaurant
This restaurant located in Mayur Vihar Phase 1 serves everything from Chinese to Indian to continental. However, students of Maharaja Agrasen College mostly visit this place for the delicious rolls that it offers. Available for Rs. 75, it is made with Khasoos, a special bread, and has a filling of chicken and spicy vegetables.

West campus

Rajouri Market
This West Delhi market offers a potpourri of things. Students of Rajdhani College and Shivaji College frequent this market for yummy food options, trendy clothes and comfy footwear. The Rajma Chawal (Rs 45) at Grover Sweets is a hit. Another popular students’ joint is Atul Chaat Corner that sells gol gappe (Rs 20), tikki (Rs 40) and kulfi (Rs 30). For lovers of Chinese food, there is Crazy Cow that sells lipsmacking Chinese dishes. The market also provides a lot of variety in clothes and footwear.

Janakpuri, District Centre
From branded shops to flea stalls, high end restos to road side food vendors and a gamut of specialised crafts bazaar selling handicrafts from different parts of India — the District Centre at Janakpuri is a shopper’s paradise. It has a bunch of small eateries serving gol gappe, chaat, momos, chuski and Chinese snacks. Visit the Crafts Bazaar for ethnic Rajasthani Kurtis that are priced between Rs. 250 to Rs. 650. Another major attraction here are the stalls selling junk jewellery, prices of which range between Rs. 10 to Rs. 650. The jute bags, traditional Rajasthani bags, and home décor items are equally lucrative.

Punjabi Bagh
Being a hub of coaching centres, this market automatically attracts a lot of students. To cater to them, of late, a lot of new eateries have cropped up in this market that also sells clothes, footwear and accessories. Located adjacent to the market is Gupta Pao Bhaji that sells a Masaledar Bhaji and two Paos dipped in butter for Rs. 50. This apart, fast food joints such as Domino’s, KFC, Nirula’s, Breads n More, McDonald’s, Wok in the Clouds, Thai Wok etc.


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