Delhi’s rains literally wash the city clean- the roads and air are clear and the surroundings so clean. For instance, you finally notice the enormous number of shady, leafy green trees at each street corner! My favourite monsoon activity is Khan Market shopping .I can have a hot Americano and Banoffee Pie with my husband at Big Chill, head to Perch for wine and salad with my girls, buy stylish cotton dresses at Good Earth Shop or sip on some fresh juice while settling down to a good book in a corner of Cafe Turtle, overlooking the greenery outside. There is an element of style in the air in Khan Market Delhi.
Bahrisons Book Store
Delhi’s most famous bookstore is BahriSons in Khan Market, which opened in 1953. An old market with a historic book-shop is always a sign of a good city. BahriSons reminds me that there is still some charm left in the grand city of Delhi. It is a tiny shop & crowded at all times. It was started by Mr. Balraj Bahri soon after the partition.What started as a stationery shop was soon a full fledged bookshop.
The two shops that I always visit when at Khan Market Delhi are Good Earth . Good Earth – for the sheer pleasure of looking at beautifully crafted home-decor, and Biotique . It is my old favourite Ayurvedic body-care shop that I have visited now for almost 20 years!
What to pick up in Khan Market Delhi
I usually pick up cushion covers, trays or coffee mugs at Good Earth. They also make useful and very attractive gifts for friends’ anniversaries or birthdays. There is a whole section upstairs dedicated to exquisite garments. At Biotique, I buy my entire list of shampoos, conditioners, creams, eye pencils and they really suit my skin well. Other shops for great skin care are Forest Essentials, Shahnaz Hussain & Kama Ayurveda – all of their oils, creams, serums and toners smell divine.
I do not like to accessorize much in the rainy season, since the metals get dirty and rusty but a shop that I will certainly recommend for jewellery is Amrapali. They mostly produce only single-pieces, which means no one else will be able to buy what you buy, making their collections and designs very creative and unique. Their silver and gemstone jewellery collection on the ground floor is a haven for young women.
On the back row of Khan Market is Kriti Creations. Fengshui items, aroma oils, bells, chimes, Christmas trees, diyas, paper-bags, candles and small idols of Hindu gods are all available here. People make a beeline during Ganesh Puja & Durga Puja to buy these idols.It is a favourite shop to buy Rakhis ( colorful armbands ) during Raksha Bandhan. ( festival to celebrate the brother-sister bond ).
Cakes & Coffee
On my way back, I like to pick up cheese or pastries at Sugar and Spice, which is also located in the back row. There is Cakery,L’opera and several coffee shops & restaurants in Khan Market. The fruits at Khan Market are very expensive but I usually pick up a box of strawberries for the night’s desert, to be had as a part of chocolate fondue!
Khan Market is a place for the finer things in life and I rejoice that it has maintained its charm by being that way!