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Khan Market: Shopping Street in Delhi

A popular shopping haunt for expats and local residents, the open-air Khan Market is full of clothing stores, bookshops, and caf├ęs, 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 grocer

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Khan Market is very popular shopping hub for travellers who visit Delhi as the market is located in the heart of the city. The market is well connected by the Delhi Metro to reach easily.

A popular shopping haunt for expats and local residents, 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.

 

The U-Shaped, double-storey market complex, Khan Market was established in 1951. Originally the market had 154 shops and 74 flats on the first floor for shopkeepers.  Many of these shops were allocated as seed land to immigrants from the North-West Frontier Province after the partition of India.  Until the 1980s, all the flats on the first floor continued to serve as homes. Neighbourhood grocery stores and middle-class shops existed in the middle lane, despite the fact it catered most up to upmarket Golf Links, Sundar Nagar, and diplomatic crowd from Chanakyapuri. Gradually, the real estate boom and expanding families of the first generation of occupants forced many families to move out. Thus these homes were sold and started being converted into shops. By the 2010s, only a few families were living in these two-room flats.

Khan Market is named in honor of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890–1988), a Pashtun political and spiritual leader. Khan Market is situated in the heart of the city- Delhi, close to India Gate and nearby Sujan Sing Park, New Delhi's first apartment complex, built in 1945.

Today it has grown to become one of the most expensive commercial real estate locations in the city. However, by international standards the public realm is very run down and not at all high end. It has a wide variety of stores, including modern showrooms of most of well-known brands, silver jewellery stores, delicatessens, bookstores, paints and hardware stores, electronics, kitchenware, and fabric stores mingle with some of the better restaurants.

It is also famous for food including kebabs and a retail market for lighting fixtures on the ground floor. There are several bookstores in the market.

The market got another fem after the 2011 Cushman & Wakefield survey ranked Khan Market as the world's 21st most expensive shopping street.

How to reach Khan Market?

It is serviced by the Khan Market underground station of the Delhi Metro (Violet Line), which lies in front of the colonial-era Ambassador Hotel (now Taj Vivanta). There are four exits of the metro station namely Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 3 and Gate 4. The exit at Gate 4 leads to Khan Market.

Khan Market is closed on Sundays.