When you think of shopping, at least in the Indian context, does an air-conditioned mall come to your mind first or an open-air market? Most likely, an open-air market is your choice.
Firstly, for the thrifty Indian, a sale along with good quality holds the top spot.
Bangles, salwars, tops, jeans, tees, bags, hair accessories, lips-smacking foods too, there is no limit to what you can find at flea markets in India. Every woman worth her shopaholic shoes should know these destinations, a paradise for those who love quality goods on a deal.
These flea markets in India cover most of the metropolitan cities and are renowned for the cheap deals you can score here, as well as, the tasty snacks that you can sample while spending the day lightening your pocket.
Our list will include some of the best, some of the most famous, and of course, the cheapest flea markets in India where you can get goods at dirt cheap prices.
Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
This place is Mumbai’s answer to a shopper’s dream. If you want to die and rise again in shopper’s heaven, ask to be reborn in Colaba Causeway.
The whole street is laden with goodies like clothes, jewellery, lights, dresses, tees, accessories, shoes, and other goods to decorate your house. If you are looking for household items or ideas to decorate your home[VK1] come down to Colaba Causeway Mumbai. It goes without saying that it is one of the best flea markets in Mumbai and a place where any shopper will thoroughly enjoy spending his/her time.
Laad Bazaar, Hyderabad
The mysterious old city of Hyderabad, with its Nawabs, muezzins, and mollahs, is a shopper’s dream.
Street after street of bangles, anklets, earrings, nose rings, and every item that decorates and adorns a woman’s body can be found here in abundance.
As one of the leading flea markets in India, there are hideaways to eat over here as well. You can get fresh juices, chaats, snacks, you name it, and you get it. This market’s speciality lies in the ultra-beautiful lacquer bangles that are a hit with both foreigners and locals. The market has many local stories regarding its name, and it is Hyderabad’s treasured gem.
Sarojini Nagar, Delhi
One among the many flea markets in Delhi, Sarojini Nagar is your place if you want to score deals. The market encompasses a whole block, and that block is heavy with goods beckoning out to you to take home.
Clothes under Rs. 200, salwars, jeans, junk jewellery, necklaces, shoes, shoppers are spoilt for choices at the capital’s open-air market! You are sure to get everything for cheap, and even the most stringent budget can be accommodated in this bazaar. If you are a person who loves to haggle while shopping and beating down the shopkeeper to his last dime, then Sarojini Market, Delhi is the place for you.
New Market, Kolkata
Covering a sizeable chunk of the famous Dharmatala, New Market on any given day can be found full of women and men haggling, shouting, scolding, jostling, and buying. Saris, salwars, shoes, jewellery, bangles, sweaters, and even plants, these open-air stores are a shopaholic’s haven.
Among the biggest flea markets in India, at least in the Eastern region, New Market is synonymous with a good time spent well. Over here, you will also get old books and flowers in abundance. The market is rivalled by Gariahat in the southern part of the city but beats it by being a more vibrant and cheaper bazaar.
Janpath, New Delhi
Leading off Connaught Place, Janpath is a classy open-air market where you will get handicraft items from the city of Jaipur and other nearby places like Punjab.
The market also boasts of stalls where salwars, women’s jewellery, clothes and household décor items are found aplenty. Janpath is a slightly more expensive flea market India, than the others on the list and can be enjoyed by everybody of all ages.
If you are disappointed to find that the prices are just a tad expensive, you can haggle. In fact, it is encouraged. So enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Delhi by heading out to this charming open-air market.
With the flea markets in India being undermined due to the rise of the urban upper class, it is time we showed our support to the local sellers. The pandemic has also affected their business, and these sellers need some moral support from us, their loyal customer base. But, that could also be an excuse to just splurge!
Everybody enjoys a good flea market,but sadly the trend is getting replaced by “mall Sunday”.
Time to change that!