MALL’S THE WORD
Walking the branded trail
by Debashree Chatterjee
When you are in Delhi during the sweltering summers, and want to keep “stepping out” 100% optional (WAIT! what about shopping? that’s 100% compulsory) then the many malls in this vibrant city are sure to play the saviour. Take a break from street-shopping and the state emporiums and take a chance on these glassy-classy giants. Armed with kids’ zone, multiplex, food court, cafes, bars and shops, these malls are sure to quench your “Oh! I surely need to buy that” thirst. However, with the mushrooming of malls in Delhi, there are quite a few to choose from. That is why, in this section, I am telling you about the ones I frequent and can totally vouch for (I am not a shopaholic; in case you are judging me). However, I would recommend that once you have booked your stay in Delhi, you decide on the malls and add them to your schedule accordingly.
Easily accessible and open on all days, here is a list of my favourites in South Delhi.
1 AMBIENCE MALL, VASANT KUNJ
A popular name and a go-to place for Delhiites, this mall has all kinds of shops to showoff. From high-end ones to small brands, to not-so-expensive brands as well. From apparels to accessories, it covers all your “let’s dress-up” needs. And, in case you are one of those who like food more than shopping, then here you will get to choose from many choicest restaurants. Moreover, other than these popular eateries, the food court here is soundly equipped and offers many lip-smacking delicacies.
Right next to Ambience are two other malls you can definitely visit – DLF Promenade and DLF Emporio. But remember to keep enough time in hand because these three malls put together can demand lengthy walks and dedicated eyes. Just an added note, if you are looking for ultra-luxury and wants to browse through Cartier, Gucci and Dior showrooms, then, Emporio is your pick.
2 SELECT CITYWALK, SAKET
One of the most visited malls in Delhi, Citywalk has innumerable national and international brands for you to choose from. H&M, Zara, Kate Spade, to name a few, with their eye-catchy window displays are sure to pull you in. Moreover, the outdoor open-air plaza often hosts flea markets, fests and functions and have exclusive items to offer. It could be anything, from quirky garden décor to hand-painted shoes. So, what you must do is grab a coffee and walk around till your insta-shopping list is ready to roll back.
THE CHANAKYA, CHANAKYAPURI
A fan of luxury? This is the place to be. Housing several upscale brands and a multiplex, this mall speaks elite. Home to the city’s first Rolex boutique, Chanakya has many more international brands to boast of. Ted Baker, Thomas Pink, Noir salon, Mont Blanc boutique are to name a few. With an amazing food court offering a multi-cuisine palette, Chanakya is more an experience than a mall, which I recommend you see and feel for yourself.
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