Def Col, as it’s affectionately known by its fans, was built in the 1960s to house ex defence workers.
Today it’s home to affluent Indians and a growing expatriate community. It’s central market offers high end general stores, and plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars. At the evenings and weekends its car park is jam packed and punters flock in from far around.
Food and bars are what draw in the crowds. For lunch or dinner, the multi cuisine, multi level, Moetshack is an ever popular hangout for Indians and expatriates for Indian, Chinese and European cuisines.
Vegetarians with a love of spice and super chilled AC will enjoy Kathputli, a Mawari kitchen. If South Indian is your thing then a trip to India’s first Sagar Ratna should be your list. Boasting 90 stores nationwide, Sagar Ratna has been bringing dosa and idly to Def Col customers since 1986.
There’s plenty of other Indian and international cuisines on offer so go and explore and see what takes your fancy. Defence Colony is also home to Social, a cafe, bar, restaurant combo that says it’s “an urban hangout designed to take you offline while still keeping you connected.”
I don’t know what that really means, but Social also says it is a “collaborative workspace, a hub for artists and innovators”, so it could be an interesting place to hang out.
Onto the shopping side of things, there are plenty of good general stores that sell a fine selection of Indian and imported grocery items, fruit and vegetables and general household goods.
It’s circularish market also hosts a couple of chemists and flower sellers, and there’s some art galleries to check out too. You’re not going to find clothes and stuff like that at Def Col. Sarojini Nagar is the place to shop.
Where is it: In south central Delhi, Lajpat Nagar 2. The iconic Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Stadium is one kilometre to the north. Def col is sandwiched between Bhisham Pitamah Marg and Lala Lalpat Rai Marg. Click here for a google map.