Shopping on a shoe-string budget

Here’s what to do on a leisurely day in south Delhi’s Defence Colony main market.
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Updated on Jan 29, 2011 12:12 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAaron Rohan George, New Delhi

Khan Market is the undisputed favourite hangout of the Capital’s young and the restless, but Defence Colony (DefCol) main market comes a very close second. From trust fund babies to ‘almost broke’ writers, film-makers and even an odd backpacker or two, this market is frequented by a motley crew of patrons. It’s littered with pocket-friendly bars, haute eateries and some funky shopping haunts — all the more reason why it’s worth a visit. What’s more, it’s just a metro ride away. Get off at the Jangpura station and take a rickshaw down.

Once out of the Metro at the Jangpura Metro station, a rickshaw ride to the market costs a mere R20-25. The mornings here are quite lazy because most of the bars and eateries are open till late into the night. For an instant breakfast fix, just stroll down to the south Indian eatery, Sagar Ratna, for some budget-friendly grub. Manned by a small army of waiters, here for just R120, you can have a healthy morning meal with steamed rava idlis and a fresh lime soda. And if South India doesn’t float your boat, you can try some healthy salads at Angels in My Kitchen or a low calorie chicken sandwich and a steaming cuppa of coffee at Barista.

Where: Shop no 18
Time: 8am to 11pm
Tel: 011-24333658

After your breakfast, how about stocking up with some groceries? A string of local groceries here sell everything from exotic fruits (at Pindi Fruit Mart, you’ll get kiwis from new Zealand, and plump litchis from Indonesia among other fruits). You can also shop at places like Evergreen Departmental Store or Malik’s for gravy mixes from Tescos London or pancake mix from the US and exotic cheeses. Keep a budget of at least R1,000 handy to shop here.
Where: Shop no. 28-A (Pindi Fruit Mart), Shop no 4 (Ever green Departmental Store)
Tel: 011-41552530/

All that shopping can rake up quite an appetite. Grab lunch at the ever-popular Chilli Seasons. The fare’s a mix of South Asian (Vietnamese. Tibetan, Indonesian and Thai). Try the Khao soi, the fragrant coconut-infused gravy and noodle dish which comes in a veg and non-veg variation is quite filling. Order a side portion of rice paper rolls if you still feel pekish. A meal for two ought to cost you R800-R1200.
Where: Shop no. 47
Phone: 011-24618358, 24643362, 9717500063

After all the meals, it’s now time to burn off the carbs. Head to the Punk T-shirt store for some very cool
T-shirts and accessories. From Che to crazy slogans, the tees here are as innovative as they can get. You can pick up their bags that are have quirky motifs — from Mona Lisa prints to funky detailing, such as studs and chains. T-shirts are priced
at R800 or so, while the bags are all above R1,000 (approx). You can also try 1469, a must for some very kitsch ethnic stuff.


From Sonia Faleiro to Kiran Desai to Kazu Ishiguro to the latest issues of Glamour, GQ, Vogue, Instyle, New Yorker and so on, here you can find everything on your reading list. You can also try the magazine wallahs in the lane next to Mocha’s for some great bargains on international glossies.

After all that shopping, you must be thirsty. Head to 4S, the watering hole for writers, foreign correspondents, NGO volunteers, journalists and everyone on a budget. The happy hours here start at 10 in the morning and go on till midnight (Under Rs 150 for a beer or a rum and coke)!

For dinner, try the award-winning coastal cuisine at Swagath (R1300 for a meal for two). Grab your dessert frozen yoghurt from Cocoberry. Plus, there’s always enough eye candy for you, post 11pm!

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