Gearing up to start your academic session in Delhi University? Here are 6 places you must frequent regularly to make the most of your student life.
1 Connaught place
The hang-out hub of Delhi, is undoubtedly, Connaught Place, or CP in youthspeak. The impressive colonnaded structure houses the biggest market place in Delhi where you find anything… everything: from ivory earrings and alluring necklaces to gadget shops to almost all the big apparel brands. Walk a few steps keeping the famous Jantar Mantar to your right and you'll reach Janpath market. Needless to say, it's a shopper's delight. While you are at it, take a break with delicious 'paneer pakoras' with spicy coriander sauce in one of the many small 'eateries' that dot this must-visit hub on any shopaholics list. You could also spend some time in the once-hip-but-now-run-down Palika Bazaar. Never mind that this air-conditioned market is utterly confusing with its 400-odd shops, but if you are in a mind to splurge, there is no better place to get a good bargain on electronic gadgets, cheap (read fake) leather goods and trendy rock T-shirts. Be prepared, however, to test your haggling skills though.
2 CAFÉ MORRISON, South Extension
Don't expect the hip and happening Delhi crowd here. This resto-bar in South Extension is unofficially reserved for the uncombed, black T-shirt wearing kind of youngsters who come here for two things: beer (Rs 150 for a local brand) and the music. The pub organizes JAM nights every Thursday and it is one of its biggest crowd-pullers. On Sundays, Café Morrison hosts a live band. An average meal here costs about Rs700 per person (including alcohol).
3 KHAN CHACHA, Khan Market
For long, one of the icons of Delhi, Khan Market's Khan Chacha has weathered many hiccups since its launch, but nothing, not even an address change, has had any impact on its popularity. The popular perception is that the eatery is now patronised by the children of the original clients, just like Khan Chacha's sons have established themselves in the business alongside their father. Competitively priced tikkas and kebabs are still on the menu of the 35-year-old eatery, but it's the rolls that sell the most.
4 SAROJINI NAGAR MARKET
Cheap and best, this market is called the 'Janpath of south Delhi'. And like Janpath in Connaught Place, the Sarojini Nagar market is your definite one-stop-shop for practically everything. And, like Janpath, all that you need other than some money in your pocket is superlative bargaining skills.
5 HAUZ KHAS VILLAGE
Ranbir Kapoor's hit film Rock Star was shot here (at the Hauz Khas fort), but that is not the only reason Hauz Khas village is popular among Delhi's college-going crowd. Beyond the snob value that it comes with (it's a great place to be spotted in), this is an elite place and requires some saving up. When you are tired of the window shopping (actually you cannot really afford anything much in this market), a break at any of the many rooftop cafés would be a great idea.
6 KAMLA NAGAR
Never mind the narrow, dirty streets of Kamla Nagar. There is no other market in Delhi that boasts of housing an equal number of cheap restaurants where you can hang out with your friends… from McDonalds to Chacha Ke Chole Bhature to momos point, there is so much for everybody. Other than its restaurants, you could spend the entire day window-shopping here, and still rue that you don't have more time. If you stay around the North Campus, look no further than Kamla Nagar.