South Extension Market
The South Extension Market is situated on either sides of the Ring Road in South Delhi. This Ring Road stretches through South Delhi and onwards around the entire city as the name suggests that makes the market place easily accessible from any part of the capital city. It is divided into two parts named as ‘South Extension Part I’ located on one side of the Ring Road and ‘South Extension Part II’ located on the opposite side of the Ring Road.
The South Extension Market is popularly known as ‘South Ex’ in short by locals and is an upscale market place that is more famous for its branded stores, glitzy showrooms and massive shopping malls that retail products of all the big brand names, both International as well as Indian other than the other several small shops seen here. It is famous for priced designer products and is an ideal shopping paradise for money flush shoppers.
South Extension Market is one of the most popular up-market shopping zones of Delhi where you will find almost everything retailed from quality clothing to the best footwear, accessories and many more. Big departmental stores, electronic stores, jewellery malls, garment showrooms and so forth are dotted on both sides of this market that offer export quality products. Indian and International Branded outlets like ‘Big Jo’s’, ‘Ebony’, ‘Hopps’, ‘Jane Shilton’ [ladies shoes, handbags, purses and accessories], ‘Vichitra’ [specialises in printed chiffon, crepes, silk saris, Banarsi, embroidered and formal wear saris], ‘Study By Janak’ [specialises in business suits, formal suits, traditional sherwani, tuxedos and tailor made wedding ensembles in both Indian and western style, exclusive wedding consultancy for the grooms], ‘Floral Concepts’, ‘Rhythm Corner’ [Retails CDs, DVDs and caters to a wide range of music] and ‘Bizarre’ [High fashion ladies garments] are seen here just to name a few.
South Extension Part I Market homes several stores and restaurants such as the massive three storey Benetton Showroom, Bengali Sweet Market Centre [restaurant and sweet shop], BG's [designer fashion jewellery store], Mehrasons Jewellery Store, Nalli Saris, Nike, Sehgal Bros. [clothing], Tanishq (pure and exquisite jewellery store), Teksons Bookshop, Tommy Hilfiger and several other garment and music stores.
South Extension Part II Market homes a resto-bar and lounge, Mehrasons Jewellery Store and several other fine restaurants. It also homes several educational Institutes that offer diploma courses in varied subjects.
South Extension Market is also a favourite hangout zone for youngsters and a hip and happening crowd who flock in during evenings with friends for a quick snack or shopping. Though shopping here is a very expensive affair, a few do visit for quality shopping for special occasions and those who can splash money around do shop here in bulk. For budget shoppers, the ‘annual sale’ held in this market is a good time to buy products as they are retailed at a more reasonable rate and most of the branded clothing and accessories are sold at almost up to 70% discount [subject to the retailer’s discretion].
South Extension Market also has a number of food joints and restaurants ranging from International eating outlets to Indian fast food joints and Roadside vendors where you can savour a variety of delicious cuisines, snacks, fast food, soft beverages and many more. It is also dotted with chic pubs, bars, lounge, night clubs and discotheques that offer you with an unforgettable night life experience and fun along with safety and security.
South Extension Market definitely promises an international shopping experience and is an ideal place for travellers and tourists to witness the daily vibrant commercial activities buzzing in this posh market place. The market is the busiest in Sundays being a weekend and it remains open from 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM on all days except on Mondays. Food outlets and night clubs generally open till late at night and a few up to the wee hours.
South Extension Market is easily accessible via road by all means of transport and the Metro train. Via the Delhi Metro link, one can de-board at AIIMS Metro Station and then hire an auto rickshaw to arrive at this market. Another route is to de-board at Lajpat Nagar Metro Station and then hire an auto rickshaw to arrive at this market place. Either way, it is reachable and convenient. Alternatively, one can hire an auto rickshaw or taxi cab from any corner of Delhi and take the Ring Road route to arrive here. The local DTC buses are also easily available for South Ex from various locations of the city.