Must-see shopping in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

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    Spice Market

    It feels as if little has changed for centuries in Delhi's fabulously atmospheric, labyrinthine spice market, as labourers hustle through the narrow lanes…

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    Main Bazaar

    Backpacker Central, this crazy-busy bazaar that runs through Paharganj sells almost everything you want, and a whole lot more. It's great for buying…

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    Delhi's Tibetan enclave, Majnu-ka-Tilla, is a fascinating tangle of tiny alleys – too narrow for vehicles – that are dotted with cheap guesthouses,…

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    This spice shop have been purveyors of taste-tingling flavour since 1958. There's a huge selection of easy-to-transport-home, pre-packaged spices…

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    Aap Ki Pasand

    Specialists in the finest Indian teas, from Darjeeling and Assam to Nilgiri and Kangra. You can try before you buy, and teas come lovingly packaged in…

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    Kinari Bazaar

    Kinari means 'hem' in Hindi, and this colour-blazing market sells all the trimmings that finish off an outfit. It's famous for zardozi (gold embroidery),…

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    This area is apparently where Delhi's Yamuna boat operators once lived. Today this market street and the smaller lanes fanning off it specialise in…

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    Dariba Kalan

    For silver (jewellery, ornaments, old coins), head for Dariba Kalan, the alley near the Sisganj Gurdwara, and with the easy-to-spot Jalebi Wala at its…

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    Nai Sarak

    Running south from the old Town Hall, Nai Sarak is lined with stalls selling saris, shawls, chiffon and lehenga (blouse and skirt combo).

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    Karol Bagh Market

    This hectic collection of market stalls and shops on Arya Samaj Rd and the roads fanning off it, is favoured for clothes and wedding shopping, and…

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    Chandni Chowk

    Old Delhi's backbone is an iconic shopping strip, dotted by temples, snarled by traffic and crammed with stores selling everything from street food to…

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    Daryaganj Kitab Bazaar

    Come Sunday, second-hand books spread along the pavement for around 1km from Delhi Gate westwards along Asaf Ali Rd. Rummage for everything from Mills &…

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    Delhi Foundation of Deaf Women

    Beautiful handmade handicrafts (bags, purses, gift cards, bookmarks) made by members of the city's deaf foundation and sold from their community hall…

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    Yes Helping Hands

    With its roots in Pokhara, Nepal, this fair-trade nonprofit organisation sells quality weave and knitwear, including pashmina shawls, cashmere scarfs and…

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    This good-value Tibetan boutique is one of many tucked away in the alleys of Majnu-ka-Tilla Tibetan Quarter selling purses, prayer flags, felt toys,…

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    Handy for Paharganj, this mini-supermarket is open round the clock and stocks a mix of Indian- and Western-branded snacks and packaged foodstuffs.

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    Lal Kuan Main Bazaar

    For steel cooking pots and cheap-as-chapatis paper kites, head to decidedly non-touristy Lal Kuan Main Bazaar.

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    Musical Instrument Shops

    For competitively priced instruments, inspect the instrument shops along Netaji Subhash Marg in Daryaganj.

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    Chawri Bazaar

    For gorgeous wrapping paper and wedding cards, head to Chawri Bazaar, leading west from the Jama Masjid.