Unbelievably busy and comically chaotic, Chandni Chowk may not be an easy place to navigate but is easily one of the most fascinating corners of the capital. A giant of Delhi’s retail scene, this huge, historic area in Old Delhi is home to a number of bazaars and retail precincts, each with a unique identity and history. Dariba Kalan is a hotspot for silver jewellery vendors while Nai Sarak is where bookworms will find books and stationery. Flatbread fans won’t want to miss Gali Paranthe Wali, a small lane filled with stores selling different types of paratha.
When it comes to the best things to do in Delhi, choosing where to start can be a difficult task. This place is ginormous, after all, with a dizzying array of museums and restaurants vying for your attention, not to mention the glitzy shopping and world-beating street food scene. For us, getting to know Delhi begins with a trip to its markets, where the hustle and bustle of everyday life are married to colour and conversation in equal measure. You’ll find anything and everything here, from fresh produce to soft furnishings. The best markets in Delhi are more than just street shops; they are a history, art, culinary, fashion, language, culture, architecture and etiquette lesson, all rolled into one.