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Shop, eat and fly

The Mahipalpur area, next to the IGI Airport, offers a variety of shopping and eating options.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2012 01:59 IST
Vaishali Bhambri

Stuck at the airport for a few hours and bored of the transit lounge? Here’s a better way to spend time. One of the lesser known areas of the city — Mahipalpur, which is just three kms from the Indira Gandhi International airport, offers interesting options to shop and eat. Spend some time at the mini-market, which is placed amid a myriad of hotels.

Hunger Zone
From road-side food to niche dining, the market offers a variety of options. For a quality dine-in experience, pay a visit to restaurants at the Taurus Hotel, such as Alpha 63 for world cuisine, or Punjabi Nawab’s for Indian food.

Other options include Moti Mahal Deluxe, Dilli Castle, First Choice and Tandoori Nights. Walk straight from the main red light of Mahipalpur Village, and you could pay a visit to Ganesh Sweet House. Though the 25-year-old shop doesn’t look fancy, it’s popular for its variety of Indian snacks including samosa (Rs 6) and jalebi (Rs 20 for 100gms). At the market you will also find Bikaner Sweet House, where you can indulge in the gol gappas priced at Rs 10 for five pieces. Other food items available here include pao bhaji and raj kachori. Next to this shop is a stall called Virag Momos, that sells veg-momos (Rs 20), paneer-momos (Rs 30), chicken-momos (Rs 30) and fried-momos (Rs 40).

Shoppers’ Paradise
The Mahipalpur market is known for factory price showrooms and export goods. If you are looking to buy sportswear, the factory outlets will be your best bargain.
To shop within a budget, head to Budget Stop, where apparels, accessories and footwear is available at a discounted price.

The market also offers a taste of the Korean experience. Try out Amart, which stocks edibles and cosmetics made in Korea. The mart also has an in-house restaurant called Cocos, which serves continental and Chinese food. For fancy flip-flops, try Janta Footwear, where the price range starts from R100.
Other shopping options includes Prabhu Bakery Shop, established in 1984 which sells customised cakes (Rs150 per pound) and bakery goods, a florist, and other apparel and footwear stores.