“Nucleus of Ethnic Chic”
Hauz Khas (the royal water tank) is among the best-heeled neighbourhoods in South Delhi. People often call it the national capital of ethnic chic as the medieval village is home to many monumental delights as well as shops and bars that make it a perfect hangout place for tourists and locals.
The shopping practice started here with Bina Ramani starting a boutique in 1988. For elite shoppers and tourists having a knack for finest stuff, the place has plenty to offer in terms of Indian crafts, arts, textiles all with exclusive designs.
The Hauz Khas market is comprised of old houses of the medieval era which have been given a face-lift with transformation into air-conditioned boutiques, showrooms, bookstores, bars and more. In today’s day and age, the place is famous as a fashion and cultural hotspot for Delhiites and visitors alike.
Every shop in the by-lanes of Hauz Khas transfers you to another world with their ‘differently ethnic’ environ, theme and décor.
Some of the most popular shops and boutiques around-
Ogaan: This is the best place for women shoppers to find hi-fashion apparels and accessories from India’s top designers. The price tag of some creations may exceed Rs 1 lakh over here. Hence, if money isn’t a bar for you, just throng into this boutique.
Serfontaine & Rock and Republic: This is the place where you can get a replica of a St Erasmus (a South African brand famous for luxury jewellery) necklace.
White: It is the first outlet in the vicinity that offered jeans from ace J Brand. Here you’ll find coloured denims as well in shades like turquoise, fuchsia, yellow, red, purple and so on.
Munkee Doo: It offers an attractive range of funky clothing as well as hand-picked sneakers to quench shopper’s fashion thirst.
Lola’s World: It is famous for a quirky range of kids and ladies apparels featuring Parisian label Nana Ki for European creations with Indian fabric for silk skirts, cotton kurtas, pashmina leggings and chiffon dresses.
Nappa Dori: For authentic leather accessories, it is a name to remember while shopping in Hauz Khas area.
Shivan and Narresh: Here you can fulfill all your resort wear and swimwear needs. They deal with swimwear made of Italian fabric.
People’s Project: Interested in workshops? Head to this shop that organizes regular art workshops and stocks crafts from various artisans.
Indian Popular Art: It’s an old shop where you can find old Bollywood cinema posters, vintage cards, photos and old calendar art.
Ahaana Organic: Those who have a knack for organic and agricultural products, this place is just like a haven! Here you can buy organic grains, rice, herbs and pulses.
Yodakin: Find over here non-mainstream books, movies, music along with periodicals.
Urban Chic Restaurants
The Hauz Khas village, rather being a hangout place for shoppers, is home to innumerable restaurants and bars as well. Elma’s Bakery, The Living Room, The Grey Garden, Gunpowder, Naivedyam and many more are just a name to few.
So, if you’re a foodie or love some booze, this is just the ideal place!
Timings: 10:30 AM and 8:30 PM (restaurants till 11 PM) Mon-Sat
Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas Metro Station