Wondering what to buy a loved one or fancy treating yourself to a little gift? Go on. You deserve it.
Delhi has more shops selling handicrafts than you can shake a stick at.
There’s some great shops, some poor shops and there’s plenty of tat to be had. So, lets cut the wheat from the chaff and find out about five great gift shops that serious shoppers should visit.
Kamala, Baba Kharak Singh Marg
Baba Kharak Singh Marg is the street that’s home to many of India’s State Emporiums. Most of these are worth avoiding.
But, Kamala – The Craft Store of the Crafts Council of India, is one shop that’s not to be missed.
Over its two levels you’ll find great handicrafts, inventive designs and some fun wooden stuff for the kids. Head on up to the second level for paintings and works of art works.
Located at the Gallery Rajiv Handicrafts Bhawan, 1, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Gandhi Market Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001. Here’s the map
The People Tree, Regal Buildings, Connaught Place
In 1990 a small group of designers and artists wanted to do something different. They wanted to create a space where people could come together to do more than just shop.
The People Tree is what happened and today it is still a happening place. Clothes, confectionary, handicrafts, books, food, drink and other great gifts come together in this narrow studio shop that sells more that what you might initially imagine.
Head to the book shop around the back for some publications that push the boundaries and explore some controversial issues. It’s great to see a shop taking on topics many others aren’t comfortable talking about.
There’s also a notice board with information about what is happening in and around town.
Located at Regal Building, Parliament Street, New Delhi 110 001. Here’s the website to give you an idea of whose behind this brilliant shop and what’s for sale.
The Shop, Regal Buildings, Parliament Street
The Shop is a great shop. And a firm favourite amongst expats.
With two branches in Delhi (one in CP, the other in Mehar Chand Marg, near Lodi Colony), head on over to the shop for dining, bed, living, clothing, pottery and much, much more.
Check out The Shop’s website to get an idea if it is worth going. We reckon it is.
Khadi Gram Udyog Bhawan, 24 Regal Buildings, Connaught Place
We stumbled across this multi floored emporium and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Nothing like the dark and dingy State Emporiums, this place on CP’s outer circle stocks khadi (traditional) fabrics, clothes, silks, rugs and a raft of other stuff in a department store like set up.
Head down to the basement for a fine array of food stuffs from all across India, as well as scented soaps and beauty products. There’s also handmade paper for art and craft purposes, so there are plenty of reasons to visit, no?
Located at No.24, Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi-01. Find a google map right here.
Cottage Emporium, Janpath
The sign says it is government approved and for once it is.
The mammoth multi story building on the corner of Janpath and Tolstoy Marg offers up the widest range of Indian Handicrafts in one place. If you want to know what the building looks like and get an idea of what’s inside, click on this link.
Located at Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath, HC Mathur Lane, New Delhi, Delhi 110001. Here is the map.
So, that’s that. A quick run down of five shops where you can get those all important gifts for others (and yourself). Remember to take some bags. You’re bound to buy something.