Karol Bagh is a shopper's delight for you can find virtually everything here. Ajmal Khan Road has long been famous for inexpensive readymades, cotton yarn and embroidered garments. But now international labels have also become equally familiar. At Arya Samaj Road you can buy second-hand books. Bank Street has a row of shops displaying gold jewellery. Ghaffar Market is famous for Mobile Hub & imported goods.
When it came into being, the sprawling circular market was the largest of its kind in India. The British believed that the horseshoe-shaped market would prove lucky for the shoppers and the shopkeepers both. This market has two circles. The Inner Circle consists of Blocks A to F. The important shops and showrooms here include Adidas Originals, Allen Solly, Bentley, Bon Ton, Cantabil, Gas, Johnson Watch Company, Kalpana, Lee, Louis Philippe, Neelkanth Jewellers, Nike, Orra, Park Avenue, Pepe, Proline and Fila, Roopchand Jewellers, Snowhite Square, Wills Lifestyle. Mohanlal Sons promises to give you ready or tailored attires to suit every occasion. Known for its quality and good service, you will find here a wide range of shirts, trousers, jackets, suits, kurtas and sherwanis. The Outer Circle consists of Blocks G to P. Showrooms like Digjam, Lacoste, Omega, Rado, RL Exports and TAG Heuer lie in this circle.
Ganga Ram & Sons in the Regal Building offer an exclusive range of wool and Cashmere suiting from premium brands. Gangoly Bros. have been known for their clocks and watches for generations. At Ivory Mart Jewellers in InterContinental Hotel you get traditional and ethnic pieces, beautifully crafted with hand-picked diamonds. Also check out the small range of handicraft pieces that are studded with precious stones.
Here you get to do the best of street shopping. You will mostly find small kiosks selling all kinds of cotton clothes and curios. The clothes are generally export-surplus garments and are sold dirt-cheap. There's lots of silver and artificial jewellery studded with semi-precious stones available here. Refugees who came after the Partition and Tibetans who came when China invaded Tibet settled here as traders. Shopping here requires a couple of skills. One, you must have the ability to distinguish the fake from the genuine. Two, you must know and practice the art of bargaining patiently.
The Tibetan Market, near Hotel Imperial, is a storehouse of curios and Tibetan artefacts. You can shop for some silver jewellery, thangkhas and brassware.
Across the road here are a few well-known shops. The Central Cottage Industries Emporium, a Government of India undertaking under the Ministry of Textiles, is housed in the Jawahar Vyapar Bhavan. Envisaged as a showcase of the creations of Indian craftsmen, weavers and folk artists, it has been a favourite with customers in India and the world over. It remains open on all days from 10am to 7pm.
Cooke & Kelvey at Scindia House is admired by the elites of India and abroad. The fabulous designs are artisticly executed to produce exquisite heavy kundan sets, maangtika and sherwani buttons that are breathtakingly gorgeous. In the same building, you will also find Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ),where you can find a varied range of traditional and innovative designer jewellery in gold and diamonds, certified solitaire diamonds and hallmarked jewellery. Its clients include generations of high-profile families.