Looking for a cool place to shop, to date, or just chill? Manisha Jha has the lowdown on top 5 happening hot spots in the capital. Take your pick!
First on the list is a place that simply refuses to go out of style – Dilli Haat. Situated near INA market, it’s a one stop shopping and eating place, which not only offers a glimpse of the various arts and handicrafts of India but also a taste of the cuisines of different states. As many as 25 food stalls are present at the haat, offering a variety of delicacies. Take your pick between the Pav Bhaji and Thepla at the Maharashtra stall, Wazwan at J&K stall and momos and fruit beer at the Manipur stall!
Beautifully laid out and well maintained, the place offers a relaxed and serene ambience. There are music and dance performances at regular intervals too making it a real fun place to spend your summer evenings or winter afternoons.
Next on the list is the PVR Priya complex at Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar. This place is mainly popular because of the multiplex theater as well as a host of pocket friendly eating joints, perfect for a pre/ post movie treat.
Come weekends you’ll find the place bustling with shoppers at the Benetton, Reebok, and Adidas showrooms. Or at pavement stalls selling funky clothes and junk jewellery. From bookshops, cafes, lounges, discs and bars to street food kiosks offering lipsmacking chaat, steaming momos, rolls, Chinese food etc, the place has it all! Thus making it an ideal adda to spend the entire evening.
The Kamla Nagar market, is the college junta’s ultimate chillout zone, located right in the heart of DU’s North campus. This market, also referred to as K-nags in student lingo, is situated behind Kirori Mal College and is thronged by hordes of students everyday from all the nearby colleges and institutes of DU. The Kamala Nagar market is the place for a break from your boring lectures or that quick lunch date. Go to Chacha’s cholay, for a lip-smacking meal at a throwaway price of Rs. 10! Chinese lovers can head to Momos point and Noodles for a cheap yet tasty option. There is also the high end Bercos if you’re in a mood to splurge. You could also tuck into some amazing street chaat and golguppas for fun food.
Next up the chic, India Habitat Center (IHC) and its uber cool food court Eatopia, which offers a choice of cuisines from all across the globe under one roof. The USP of the place is quality, value for money and variety (from Thai to dhaba fare). Don’t miss Golooji’s Chaat Waat’s Atom Bomb, stuffed potatoes at Wild Willy Western and Thai curries at Oriental Lee.
Apart from Eatopia, another must visit place at IHC, for a great breakfast/ brunch option is the All American Diner. Both places are open for Non members of IHC. IHC offers a great ambience for a truly delightful evening.
Last but not the least is our very own Janpath is a complete treasure trove for bargain hunters. No big stores here, just a long line of pavement shops and small kiosks selling all kinds of garments and curios aimed mainly at the college and tourist crowd. The Tibetan shops keep a lot of attractive, cheap silver jewellery and semi precious stones. If the bargaining has exhausted you, you can wind up with a refreshing cup of coffee at the inimitable Depaul’s.
This then was the lowdown on some of the hottest hubs in the capital. So what are you waiting for? Get moving, hog great food, catch a movie, shop till you drop and hey have a GREAT time!