Wares from all over India glitter in Delhi's step-back-in-time bazaars, emporiums and markets. The city is also increasingly a centre of contemporary design (especially fashion), with independent boutiques and big shiny malls.
Away from government-run emporiums and fixed-price shops, haggle hard, but with good humour. Many drivers earn a commission by taking travellers to overpriced places – don’t fall for it.
The lifeblood of Delhi's shopping scene, street-market bazaars are what make this city so wonderfully enchanting. Old Delhi is the hub of this traditional commercial world and losing yourself, and your bearings, in its back-alley bazaars will rank high in your favourite Delhi memories. Things to seek out include silk saris, jootis (leather slippers), embroidery, metalwork, electronics, bangles and other jewellery, and a seemingly endless amount of clothing.
Many of the narrow-lane bazaars fan off Chandni Chowk, itself a busy, traffic-clogged market street, while a short walk north is the world's second-largest spice market. Not far away, Paharganj's backpacker-hub Main Bazaar is great for souvenirs, and nearby Connaught Place has large handicrafts emporiums that are perfect for a last-minute souvenir dash.
Further afield in South Delhi, you'll find higher-class markets such as Khan Market, Hauz Khas and Shahpur Jat Village with coffee shops and restaurants alongside trendy clothing boutiques.