The passion for food among the Delhites is unappeasable and people in the city are always in pursuit of fresh ingredients and produce. Chandni Chowk’s Khari Baoli is the largest spice market in Asia and is an unassuming farmer’s market in the city. The choices in this organic livestock farm are varied and innumerable. Also, the food in the capital city of the country is unbeatable. Delhites will never resist the urge to savor lip-smacking delicacies and they are spoilt for choice. From open food bazaar to organic farmer markets and spice markets, it can be tough to choose the best ones to visit especially if you are new to the city. Here are some of the must-visit food markets in Delhi, India, which you should have on your bucket list.
1. Amar Colony Market
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Located in New Delhi, Amar Colony Market has numerous small food shops famous for their lip-smacking snacky food. Many of these shops sell delicacies like shwarmas, momos, roll, and kebabs among others. You will also come across tiny shops selling popular street food like pani puri, chaat, as well as, items like fish tikkas, mutton, and chicken curries, as well as, a variety of fruit juices and ice creams and softies. Even the affluent residents of South Delhi gather here to grab a bite and relish the city’s famous street food.
Amar Colony Market
Address: Shahdara New Delhi, Delhi State, 110094
Website: Amar Colony Market
Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)
2. Rajouri Garden Market
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One of the most famous markets in West Delhi, Rajouri Garden Market is known for its luxurious bars, yummy street food, and terracotta stores among others. The food market is a paradise for foodies as it has all starting from the favorite momo corner of Delhi to perennially popular street food such as pani puri and pav bhaji. You will get endless varieties of food in this market. It also boasts a tiny food place, which dishes out some of the finest classic soup choices you will ever try.
Rajouri Garden Market
Address: Block J, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi, Delhi 110027
Website: Rajouri Garden Market
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)
3. Karol Bagh Market
Karol Bagh is a favorite locality especially for the Punjabis in Delhi and is always bustling with culinary aromas, pleasures, and activities. Roshan di Kulfi is undoubtedly one of the most well-known eating joints in West Delhi, as well as, in the Karol Bagh locality. Their kulfi faluda, a popular dessert in North India, comes with sweet, colored vermicelli and should definitely feature on your bucket list when you visit this food market. Changezi is another popular restaurant in the locality that has created a niche for itself for its host of delicious Mughlai delicacies. In case you are a non-vegetarian, you can enjoy nalli nihari and butter chicken at Changezi.
Karol Bagh Market
Address: Block 1, WEA, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110060
Website: Karol Bagh Market
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)
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Lajpat Nagar has been named after Lala Lajpat Rai, one of the most renowned freedom fighters in India. The locality is segregated into different parts like residential areas and markets. Lajpat Nagar Central Market is a prime market to shop and eat. Apart from a cluster of street shops that sell a host of items starting from slippers to clips, the market is also dotted with food joints. Mostly known for junk jewelry and garments, come here for enjoying a variety of Indian street food like chilly potato and momos at Avantika, dahi bhalle sold inside the market, vada pav and pav bhaji at Jhakkas Pav Bhaji, and delicious Chinese chaat dished out at Golden Fiesta.
Local Market Tour & Five Course Meal Class
Duration: 4 hours
5. Defence Colony Flyover Market
A posh locality in South Delhi, Defence Colony enjoys a central location in the capital city of India. The area is highly popular among the residents of Delhi for the exotic cuisines it offers. Defence Colony has innumerable gourmet restaurants, as well as, street food joints selling some of the all-time favorites. Visit Kulcha Singh in Defence Colony Flyover Market if you wish to savor a variety of delicious chicken curries and Indian bread among others. On the other hand, Bombay bhelpuri is an excellent choice if you want to relish mouthwatering street food like cheesy pizza, Bombay bhel, sevpuri, jhal muri, and bhel puri.
Defence Colony Flyover Market
Address: C-100, Birbal Rd, Block C, Lajpat Nagar I, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110024
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
A visit to Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and exploring its narrow lanes to savor some of the finest street foods in the city should be definitely on your cards if you are a foodie. There are innumerable street food joints here that entice the visitors with different types of food with aromas that are tough to resist. There is hardly anyone in the city who does not know about the famous Parathe Wali Gali at Chandni Chowk. The entire street is dotted with eateries selling a variety of delicious parathas. Babu Ram Devi Dayal Parathe Wale is one of the most ancient paratha eateries here. They dish out more than 100 varieties of mouthwatering parathas including famous ones like lime paratha, aloo paratha, and kela paratha. You should also try out jalebis at Old Famous Jalebi Wala, a delicious, Indian dessert, which is deep-fried in ghee (clarified butter) and then dipped in sugar syrup before being served.
Eat Like a Local: Chandni Chowk Street Food and Walking Tour
Duration: 4.0 hour
7. INA Market
INA Market is one of the best-known food markets in Delhi. Although the market is compact and not very big, its narrow lanes offer everything one requires in their kitchens. The market sells fresh succulent seafood and meat, vegetables, fruits, and imported grocery items, You will get the best shrimps, crabs, and other seafood here. Another brownie point of visiting this food market is its proximity to the well-known Dilli Hut. You can savor some of the most amazing delicacies at the various regional food stalls in Dilli Hut after completing your shopping at the Indian National Army Market.
Address: New Delhi, Delhi 110023
Website: INA Market
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10.30am - 7pm (closed on Mon)
8. CR Park Market
Chittaranjan Park (CR Park) is an affluent neighborhood in South Delhi and has a bustling community of Bengalis who are self-proclaimed foodies. CR Park Market boasts the city’s best fish market. The market also offers a host of lip-smacking Bengali snacks including phuchkas, rolls, and Mughlai paratha. Kolkata Kathi Rolls Stall is an 18-year old stall in the market known for selling sumptuous and light rolls that are must-haves when you come here. The stall serves over 20 types of rolls including mutton kebab rolls, chicken tikka rolls. paneer rolls, egg chicken rolls, and lots of other varieties. In case you are fond of street food and love phuchkas, visit Raju Phuchka Wala for this delightful snack with flavored fillings and tamarind-based liquid. You can also try out some mouthwatering ghugni at Shyamal Barua’s Stall. It is a delicious mix of white peas with Bengali-style spices garnished with coriander and chopped onions.
C R Park Market No.1
Address: CR Park Market No. 1, Bipin Chandra Pal Marg, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi
Website: C R Park Market No.1
Opening hours: 9am - 10pm (daily)
Enjoy your culinary journey in Delhi
Delhi is not only famous for being the capital of India and it’s innumerable historical and modern attractions but also for its happening culinary scene. Here are some of the must-visit food markets In Delhi, India, during your visit to the city.
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