How Meherchand Market became a destination shopping Market.
Mehar Chand market was once known for grocery shopping and its tailors, and is now home to an eclectic set of entrepreneurs. Khan Market’s lack of space (mind you, it is the most expensive retail space in India) has prompted many new shop owners to open shops in the adjacent Mehar Chand Market. Specialty organic grocery shops now flank decades old local Kirana stores; branded textile and designer label shops stand adjacent to tailoring establishments of old, and brand new Dutch and Mediterranean dessert shops stand side by side with shops selling momos and tea.
It is a long stretch of road with shops on one side. Take a stroll along the road to see all the shops. The Fab India store has moved to Meher Chand Market from Khan Market. It still has its apparel store there but the home store in Mehar Chand Market is spread across three whole floors. There is also SOMA and Suruchi – both famous textile brands from Jaipur. Crazy Daisy is a colourful shop with interesting knick-knacks for home décor. Ditto for Play Clan which has T-shirts and cushion covers in funky prints. There is CMYK book store, Ochre the home store and Karigari, the ethnic furniture store. Masaba is a new designer label that has opened its store here and brought a different kind of fashion appeal to this market.
If you are on the lookout for eating joints, there is a French bistro, a Mediterranean sweet shop, Kunafa, with chefs from Palestine, Diva Cafe, Guppy, a Japanese restaurant closeby, and the good old Cafe Coffee Day. If you are on the gourmet shopping trail, the Cheese Ball has an exotic variety of cheese and The Altitude Store has organic and natural products. There is Devans coffee in the nearby Khanna Market where you will get gourmet coffee seeds, coffee powder and teas. They have recently opened a coffee shop in their premises.(Devans South Indian Coffee & Tea (P) Ltd., 131, Khanna Market, Lodhi Colony, New Delhi-110003. Tel No. 01124694467, 24611474) You can happily spend a leisurely afternoon here browsing through these traditional and funky shops and enjoy some international cuisine.
This is one of the newer shopping markets in Delhi.