They say shopping is a sport. When it comes to street shopping, it definitely is. Swirling colours paint the street markets as we unleash ourselves in the world of wonders with a hope to discover something at the price of peanuts. Let’s be honest. Winter clothes are expensive and wearing the same branded yellow overcoat every other day isn’t something us, girls, really prefer. There is an easy fix to this problem though. All you have to do is make a visit to one of these flea market places and start exploring through its troughs and crests. Don’t forget to brush up on your bargaining skills.
This market brimming with local stalls and little shops is a go-to destination to meet all your fashion needs—from forever 21 style Rs 30 jewellery, modish winter clothes to bags with pizzazz that will take you by surprise for the prices they retail for. You’d also find Gujarati and Tibetan artisans selling colourful, traditional handbags among other accessories that would not only accentuate your bohemian ‘winter’ avatar but also compliment your coats in solid shades. However, check for quality or any flaws before buying anything. Also, remember—bargaining is your only weapon to get more in less.
Nearest Metro Station: Janpath/Rajiv Chowk
- The vendor in front of Monkey Bar in Connaught Place
There is a good amount of chance to find a paletot, a paddock or even a frock overcoat in pretty colours in these deceptive piles of clothes with minor flaws at a happy price of merely Rs 500. And that’s his standard price. But take someone along to make sure that the coat is your size, since there are no mirrors to check yourself out in. That is one of the main problems you’d face while choosing the right coat for yourself. No pain, no gain. Also, don’t forget the dry cleaning before you wear it.
Nearest Metro Station: Janpath/Rajiv Chowk
- Sarojini Nagar
Sarojini nagar is the queen of all flea markets. Everything you need is here. All you need is a sharp eye and an open mind. If you’re lucky and attentive enough, you’ll find something better than what you had in mind, at a price lower than what you had decided on spending. Whether you like vintage, boho, classic, grunge or punk—we can bet you’d find everything to suit your winter style. So put on your sports shoes and remember the key to success here—bargain like an Indian and do not give up till you strike a deal you deem fair!
Nearest Metro Station: INA + a 10-mins auto ride
- Lajpat Nagar
Lajpat Nagar is known for it’s vibrant Indian wear like dupattas, kurtis, suit pieces along like a dynamic range of juttis and kolhapuris. There is not much price difference among the shops’ quotes in this market. This saves up a lot of time on looking for something at the best rate possible. It is packed with showrooms unlike other street markets, so you may buy some of the cheapest and the most expensive stuff at the same place. Also, with the ongoing wedding season, this place is perfect for garnering all the pretty Indian paraphernalia you’d absolutely need at very reasonable rates.
Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar
- Tibetan Market
Artisans with warm smiling faces from Tibet and Himalayan towns come all the way down to showcase and sell their splendacious collection of winter wear. Woolen clothes, shawls and scarves made of yak wool (one of the warmest kind of a wool) embellished with intricate designs, stylish jackets, shoes which are not only make comfortable winter wear but also look like a million dollars—there is just about everything you’d need. Most of the stalls in these markets have fixed yet reasonable price which saves up a lot of your time as well.
Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate
Paharganj is a cheap yet paradisiacal take on fancy malls. You’d find some of the best coats, leather jackets and boots, and kashmere shawls at the best prices here. The winter apparels you’d stumble upon over here are unique, strong and full of interesting intricate detailing. Something that’ll cost Rs 5,000 at a branded store, you could easily find the same thing in the range of Rs 500 – Rs 1,000. Don’t forget to conduct a good quality check of the thing of your desire before buying it.
Nearest Metro Station: RK Ashram Marg
If I was at your spot right now, I’d already be ready to go explore these with my sports shoes on. Happy Shopping!