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It’s finally time to say goodbye to school uniforms and enter the campus life. As students get ready to join colleges, one of the most important aspects they pay attention to is the way they dress up.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 18, 2011 02:17 IST
Hindustan Times

It’s finally time to say goodbye to school uniforms and enter the campus life. As students get ready to join colleges, one of the most important aspects they pay attention to is the way they dress up. There are lots of markets in the city that are popular with youngsters for buying clothes, shoes, accessories, bags and even books. We list some of the most popular markets in the city from where you can buy everything you would need to start your college life.

Get that cool campus look, Get ready for campus by shopping in these popular markets where you can buy everything at pocket-friendly rates

Janpath Flea Market

A popular shopping fix with most students of Delhi University, this market is known for the variety of jholas and western wear available here. Go for the checkered shirts available from Rs150 onwards and cool shorts in vibrant colours from Rs200 onwards. Also a hit with the young shoppers here are accessory shops that sell earrings, bracelets, bangles and neckpieces. Go for junk bead neck pieces (Rs100 onwards) and oxidized anklets from Rs50 onwards. Students here also go for the Osho chappals (Rs100). Iconic to this market is Depauls’, known for its cold coffee and momos. Try the mocha flavoured cold coffee for Rs30 or a plate of chicken momos for Rs 40.

Closed on: Sundays

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk on the yellow line

Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh
Better known as the grey market of the capital, this market offers almost every international brand. But the catch is that all the products on sale here are fakes, generally made in Asian countries. Be it any top brand — Gucci, Armani, Versace or Louis Vuitton, you would get the replicas of these brands here at throwaway prices. Famous with the college types are colourful t-shirts, flip-flops, bags and shoes offered by this market. Check out the stuff at shops lined up at either sides of the main lane of the market. In the eating options, head to Roshan Di Kulfi for its special kulfi faluda available for Rs 60 and chhole bhature priced at Rs 60.
Closed on: Monday
Nearest Metro Station: Karol Bagh on the blue line

Sarojini Nagar Market
This market is famous for selling some of the most trendy and stylish clothes at throwaway prices. But you have to put in a little extra effort to explore these shops to get the best deal. The small shops laid on either side of the streets here are more popular than the showrooms. Here, you can find exact imitations of high street brands such as Zara, H and M and Ed Hardy at prices as low as Rs200. When here, carry cash and lots of change, as most of these shops don’t accept credit cards. You can also find vendors selling trendy t-shirts on carts for prices as low as Rs50. This is one market that you can use your bargaining skills to get the best deals.
Closed on: Monday
Nearest Metro station: INA on the yellow line

Paharganj, Main Bazaar

For those who love the hippy style of dressing, this market is a must visit. You are likely to find over-sized bags, various patterns of keffiyeh, harem pants in bright colours, skirts, motif t-shirts and a lot more, all at prices starting from Rs150 onwards. Also check out shacks on the street that sell CDs, second hand rare books and magazines of all sorts. The stuff from this wholesale market is re-sold at other city markets like Sarojini Nagar and Janpath. When here, do check out Hari Piorko International Jewellery for junk jewellery and Manpasand for clothes. For books, head to Pilgrims Book House.

Closed on: Sunday

Nearest Metro station: Rama Krishna Ashram Marg on the Blue line

Tibetan Market, ISBT
A small entrance under the arch of ISBT Shahadra link flyover leads you inside this market, which is popularly known as the Monastery market. You can buy denims, t-shirts and lingerie here. A pair of jeans can be brought for Rs600, though not all the shops have an option of a trial room. T-shirts can be bought here for as low as Rs100. The market is also popular for winter wear, and you can buy various styles of sweaters for Rs100 onwards. The colourful woolen socks sold here are very popular with college students who often team them up with floaters during winters. There are many vendors that sell accessories. Most of the stuff you will get here is made in Bangkok. While shopping here, don’t miss out on the various eateries selling traditional Tibetan delights such as momos and thupkas.
Closed on: Monday
Nearest Metro station: Kashmere Gate

Palika Bazaar
Visit this market, which houses 390 numbered shops, known for selling mobile phone accessories, CDs and DVDs at affordable prices. This underground market is a techie’s delight. It also offers fake imitations of branded t-shirts for boys, canvas shoes and belts, which can be bought at prices as low as Rs100. It also has shops selling fake brands of perfumes, shampoos among other things, though the quality is questionable. Palika bazaar did not use to have a good reputation earlier, but post the Common Wealth Games, the market has got a brand new look with centralized air conditioning. Don’t venture in this market on your own. Take someone who has been here before.
Closed on: Sundays
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk on the yellow line

M Block Market, GK-1
Students of South Campus, especially of colleges such as Lady Shri Ram, Jesus and Mary, love to hang out at this market. The market is not only famous for shops selling branded goods but also vendors hawking cheap goods on the pavements. The market has stuff for every pocket size. If you are looking for a cheap deal, check out the small stalls selling funky and trendy clothes such as hot pants, ganjis, jump suits, t shirts and hand bags. You can also look out for some funky accessories and cosmetics ranging from Rs100 to Rs500. For silver jewellery and body piercing, try out Silofer. You can also visit some basement shops in the market that are popular with DU students. Here, you can buy denims (Rs1,200) and shoes at low prices.
Closed on: Tuesday
Nearest Metro station: East of Kailash on the violet line

Kamla Nagar Market
Close proximity to the North Campus makes it one of the most popular markets for students. With over 1000 shops in this market, it offers a lot of shopping options for students. You can shop for silver and fake jewellery, clothes, and accessories here. Apart from brands such as Reebok, Puma, and Addidas, there are little shops in various alleys here that stock trendy clothes and shoes. Some of the most popular shops here are CJ’s Cosmetics and Jewellery Souk (Tel: 011-23849211), K Lounge (Tel: 011-23853057) among others. When here, do check out the book shops that even sell second hand books. Some of the book shops are: Bookland (tel:011-41530938), Gyan Deep ( Tel: 23843891)
Closed on: Monday
Nearest Metro Station: Vishwa Vidyalaya

Dilli Haat, near INA
Dilli Haat is not only known for stalls that offer food delights from various states, but is also quite popular for selling handicrafts. Once here, you can buy kurtas, traditional saris, cotton skirts, jootis, kohlapuris among other things. They also hold food and handicraft festivals periodically. There are stalls that sell both junk and silver jewellery, though make sure to check out the credentials before buying silver or semi-precious stones. Girls can also get hair braiding with colourful threads done here.
Open on: all seven days.
Nearest Metro Station: INA on the yellow line.

First Published: Jun 17, 2011 17:19 IST