Sadar Bazar, one of the prominent markets of Dilli-06, is always bustling with hawkers and porters and people driving a hard bargain at the wholesale market. It is located on the western side of Khari Baoli, as well as Chandni Chowk, and is known as the largest wholesale market of household items in Delhi. It is famous for its jewellery and clothing markets, which are sold at amusing prices!
Like her sister Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar, Sadar Bazar takes you back to medieval times with its rustic architecture and the aroma of the scrumptious Rajma Chawal and Chole Bhature pulls you in. Besides being a wholesale market, it also caters to the occasional retail shoppers looking for a smaller portion of products to buy.
- By Metro: Tis Hazari (2.7 km) on Red Line, RK Ashram (2.2 km) on Blue Line and Chandni Chowk (2.8 km) on Yellow Line.
- Railway Station: Delhi Sadar Bazar (Code: DSB) [Only passenger trains stop at this station].
- Bus Stop: Lodhi Chowk (1.5 km). One can also come to Kashmere Gate, which is 4.0 km away from the Bazar.
The Old Delhi Railway Station (3 km) and New Delhi Railway Station (2.1 km) are also close to this market area.
It is 15.2 km away from Indira Gandhi International Airport.
History of the Market
Sadar Bazar means ‘main’ or ‘central market’ and it is believed to be functional since the 17th Century. It started as a small covered market for the daily needs and necessities of the residents living in the neighbourhood. With time, the Bazar grew with more shops and sub-markets opening, like Pratap Market, Swadeshi Market, and Timber Market. Today, many people are running their spice, clothing and jewellery businesses here. Some businesses have been running since the Bazar was set up and their successors are still running them.
What can I find at Sadar Bazar?
This wholesale market has a lot to offer. For fashion lovers, Sadar Bazar is home to all the dazzling jewels and traditional wear. You can find a good collection of sarees and suit pieces available at a good cost, for men and women. It is also home to imitation jewellery and costumes. You name the item and it will be available here.
Utensils and items are made out of timber and brass and you will find them at one of the sub-markets called Timber market. Items of daily use are easily found here. There are also a plethora of toys and stationery products sold at a very nominal price. Sometimes even at 1 rupee! You will also find these products at Swadeshi Market. The market has unlimited things to choose from.
You can even visit the famous Patri Bazar. The area sells festive products suitable for Diwali, Janmashtami and more. When there is a festival coming up, Patri Bazar is bedazzled with festive goods. The market at that time looks lovely.
Small curios and souvenirs can be bought for your loved ones. The market is an ocean and there is so much to explore.
Shopping can get you exhausted but fret not, you can fuel yourself with the amazing street food the Bazar has to offer.
Nand Di Hatti serves amazing Chole Bhature. The helping is good enough. They serve it with a piece of amla as it is believed it eases digestion. You will also find amazing Rajma Chawal at Toliye Wali Gali. They serve it hot with freshly chopped onions and lemon squeezed in the Rajma curry. Some people visit this place on a regular basis because of its quality and taste. For your sweet tooth, Chappal Wali Gali serves a variety of desserts. You will find Gajar ka Halwa and Dal ka Halwa. In summers, they serve fresh Mango milkshakes, chilled and simply yum. All items mentioned above come under Rs. 100.
For amazing kebabs and rolls, head to Food 99 at Imli Wali Gali. They serve a variety of non veg delicacies. People have claimed to love their Shami kebabs. Chicken Satay and spring rolls are also freshly served along with chutneys and chopped onions with green chillies. Ashok & Ashok Meat Dhaba is believed to serve home-made chicken curry. Mutton here is only served on Saturdays and Wednesdays. In winters, a special Sigdi is given to keep your food warm.
There are a lot of restaurants and street food to choose from and, of course, the food here is to die for.
Sadar bazar is close to Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar. It is in proximity to Khari Baoli, which is Asia’s largest spice market and Bhagirath Palace, the market of lights. While you are there, you can also visit the famous Lal Qila and Jama Masjid.
It functions from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The market is open every day, except Sundays.
Lastly, Sadar Bazar is one of Delhi’s oldest markets and a visit here is a must. It will take you back to the bygone era and to the real Delhi feels. Come here and shop till you drop.