The government-sponsored Dilli Haat market has long been popular with tourists as well as locals. You'll find handicrafts from across India, as well as food booths showcasing regional specialties. Dilli Haat is also a calmer alternative to the more hectic markets across South India, because admission fees keep crowds at bay.
Launched in 2003, Dilli Haat is an outdoor complex with a couple of hundred stalls offering handicrafts from across India. Here, you'll find spices, jewelry, traditional fabrics, housewares, and decorative items, all sold at fixed prices. While foreign tourists mostly come here for the shopping, Dilli Haat is hugely popular among locals, owing largely to the wide variety of reasonably priced regional food sold here. Many Delhi shopping, sightseeing, and food tours visit the market.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A must-visit for anyone who wants to purchase handicrafts or try out regional food.
- While Dilli Haat’s stalls are technically fixed-price, some bargaining is acceptable at craft stalls (not food stalls).
- Bring cash, as most vendors won’t take cards. However, there are a couple of ATMs on-site.
- There is a small fee to enter the market.
How to Get There
Dilli Haat is located just north of the AIIMS roundabout, a major intersection in South Delhi where Ring Road meets Aurobindo Marg. It's easy to get here by car, auto-rickshaw, or metro, and the INA branch of the Delhi Metro's Yellow Line is located right in front of the market.
When to Get There
Dilli Haat is open daily from 10am to 10pm. If possible, come first thing in the morning, when you can sometimes negotiate for better prices (first customers of the day are considered auspicious). Temperatures tend to be cooler in the morning, too, and crowds are often smaller outside of main mealtimes.
India’s Regional Cuisine at the Haat
Dilli Haat has food booths representing cuisines from across India. Here you can try everything from the spicy curries associated with the desert state of Rajasthan to Northeast India’s meat-heavy dishes, many of which have more in common with Chinese food than with traditional North Indian fare. South Indian options abound here, too, featuring lots of coconut chutneys and rice-based dishes.