A popular shopping haunt for expats and well-heeled Delhiites, the open-air Khan Market is full of clothing stores, bookshops, and cafés, including a pretty solid mix of Indian and international brands. Here you'll find everything from fashion items to authentic Italian pizzas, along with numerous grocers selling imported foods.
Khan Market has long been a popular spot, with a hodgepodge of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and newsstands. Its bookstores are particularly noteworthy, including Bahri Sons and Full Circle Books, but perhaps the market’s best-known institution is Khan Chacha, a simple kebab shop that draws generations of non-vegetarian locals. It’s also a great place to pick up quality housewares and souvenirs at fixed prices, so it’s featured on many Delhi shopping tours.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Khan Market is a great place to pick up elegant Indian clothes, books, and imported foods.
- A must-visit for those who have a hankering for international food.
- Note that while much of the market is wheelchair accessible, some shops and restaurants require going up stairs and lack elevators.
- Parking here is free, but tipping the attendants is customary.
How to Get There
Khan Market is located in the center of Delhi and is easy to reach from both South Delhi and Connaught Place by auto-rickshaw or taxi. The Violet Line of the Delhi Metro also stops here and connects travelers to Janpath in the heart of town in about 13 minutes.
When to Get There
Most of the shops at Khan Market open at 10 or 11 in the morning and stay open until as late as 8pm, but restaurants remain open until around 11pm. Note that many of the shops close Sunday (though some restaurants are open daily), so it’s a good idea to check ahead with individual shops or eateries if you go on Sunday.
Indian Ethnic Wear Shops
In India, clothing that uses traditional fabrics and cuts, from saris to tunics, is often referred to as “ethnic wear.” Khan Market is home to branches of popular shops specializing in such garments, often with contemporary silhouettes and toned-down colors and patterns that appeal to Westerners. These include Fab India, with menswear and womenswear, as well as Jaipur brands such as Cottons and Anokhi, which cater primarily to women.