Lifestyle in Delhi

From its boiling summers that end in monsoons to its diverse mix of people, Delhi is a city that can either be loved or loathed by expats. One of the busiest cities in India, it’s said to house more people than it can fit.

Delhi is a mix of old and new with parks like Lodi Gardens, an idyllic place to jog, picnic or people watch. Lifestyle malls are also fashionable spots to spend free time. Still, Delhi’s history can be seen in its architecture and the old ambassador cars that hint at a British empire of times bygone.

Nightlife in Delhi

Delhi has a diverse nightlife. Mehrauli is great for live music, while Greater Kailash has a large club scene and Khan Market has many bars and roof terraces. Paharganj has grown in popularity for notoriously cheap and cheerful bars, which come equipped with dusty beer bottles and shots of vodka. Connaught Place (CP), in the centre of Delhi, is home to a vibrant bar and entertainment scene. In the inner and outer circle of CP there is live music, a revolving bar and restaurants with open rooftops.

Shopping in Delhi

Haggling is the norm in Delhi, especially in the mass stretch of markets across Lajpat Nagar that sell everything a person could ever need. Shoe shops and tailors also line the market stands. Kitchen and homeware can also be purchased here. For cheap books, shirts and other clothing, expats should head to Janpath Market.

The more upmarket area of Khan Market has luxury delis and top class clothing boutiques as well as an ample selection of bars and coffee shops to quench one's thirst in between.

There are a number of shopping malls in Delhi, each housing numerous options for dining, shopping and entertainment. DLF Emporio, Ambience Mall and The Great India Place are all a shopping enthusiast's dream, with lots to explore.

Restaurants in Delhi

A diverse mix of cuisine is available in restaurants across Delhi, from street food vendors in Chandni Chowk to high-end restaurants attached to hotels. If expats want the true taste of Delhi, they should stick to the street food. Eating straight out of work at roadside eateries is a Delhi trend, but expats should head to outlets that look busy as this is where food will be freshly cooked. Hole-in-the-wall places satisfy every palette.

Samantha Tucker Our Expat Expert

I am a yogi, chai enthusiast and writer sitting at a desk by day pretending at real life, filling notebooks by night. A firm believer in Tolkien's words 'not all those who wander are lost' happiest when freewheeling down a hill by bicycle, doing handstands in the grass, laughing with family and friends, devouring pineapples and mangoes and finding new places to set foot. Follow my blog, Samantha Rachel Jane.

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