When it comes to shopping without occasion two things are a given: long hours (especially during afternoons) dedicated to browsing, punctuated with or followed by tea or coffee breaks.
Even if there is no need for you to go shopping, walking in the alleys and bylanes dotted with boutiques, studios, cafes and bookstores is always a good prospect for a winter afternoon in Delhi. And if you suddenly change your mind about not shopping, there are some cool boutiques you may want to explore.
To make life easier for you, here’s our list list of five boutiques we love. From trendy palazzos and scarves to attractive leather trunks, bracelets to mason jars, there are enough things to lighten your purse and fatten your suitcase.
White Champa, Shahpur Jat
A favourite with the woman who wants to dress cool, White Champa is a slice of Europe in the maze called Shahpur Jat. The clothes are a fusion of smart Western aesthetic and lovely Indian fabrics — muslin, matka silk, chanderi cotton and silk. Don’t be surprised if you find all heads turning when you walk into that cocktail party in a White Champa dress.
Lila, Shahpur Jat
If this Lila was a real person her middle name would have ‘minimalistic’. And the epithet applies to both the decor and the clothes on display. Just a few stops from Dada Jungi House, a landmark in Shahpur Jat, Lila is the perfect place for lovers of cotton clothes. Skirts, palazzos, blouses, kurtis, shirts, jackets, scarves… you name it and Lila has what it takes to lure the cool, casual dresser. Don’t look for embellishments or heavy embroidery here. Think solid colours and smart cuts.
En Inde, Meherchand Market
Got enough clothes to look cool? It’s now time to accessorise. En Inde in Meherchand has more than just its famous steel-heavy jewellery, which has been the talk of the town for a while. Dresses, home accessories, rare prints, photographs, furniture, leather accessories… En Inde takes care to see that you don’t run short of things to browse.
Le Parisiennes, Shahpur Jat
You’d think we are obsessed with Shahpur Jat but we cannot forget Le Parisiennes. More than three years old, this cafe-cum-boutique is a tribute to the city its owners are from. The apparel section stocks dresses, tops, bags, accessories and scarves that ooze with vintage charm. The decor section has lampshades, quilts, cushions, tins and jars, crockery and so on. The little cafe in the middle of this store is the closest you will find to a Parisian cafe in Delhi.
Nappa Dori, Hauz Khas Village & Meherchand Market
Bags, trunks, laptop bags, iPad cases, wallets… This little store in Hauz Khas Village has stunners in leather. If you’re a frequent traveller you may want to invest in a Nappa Dori suitcase to break away from the monotony of nondescript luggage. Nappa Dori now has a much bigger version in Meherchand Market.