Between work, health and life, we rarely get to head out and explore the city anymore. So, we end up going to our familiar, cozy spots, shop at the local malls and take photos of every monument we pass and dish we order. But it’s time to ramp up your winter scene with us, as we spill lesser-known secrets of the city and discover new places that you haven’t seen or heard of before.
9 Chambers Of Secret: Hidden, Lesser Known Places In Delhi That Will Make You Fall In Love With It All Over Again!
Authentic and fresh, Little Saigon serves Vietnamese food that’s super delicious and affordable. Chow down on bowls of yummy pho and different curries, enjoy crisp spring rolls, noodle salads and end it with a slice of baked mooncake. A hidden gem in Hauz Khas, this will satiate your hunger and wanderlust in one bite.
The Prakash Collection
‘Tis the shaadi season, so naturally we’re in flux about accessorizing and adding the ‘oomph’ factor to our outfit. Head to Prakash Collection in Lajpat Nagar, a favourite haunt of designers and fashionistas, and get a range of borders and trimmings. Think borders that are Sabyasachi-inspired, phulkari, zari, Rajasthani, Parsi, Swarovski-encrusted, and laser cut. A treasure trove of for stones, beads, pearls, collars, buttons, zips and more; this is your one stop-shop for all your wardrobe needs.
Are you an anime or Samurai fan? The Japan Foundation Cinema Club hosts regular film screenings and festivals showcasing the diverse culture of Japan, and we’re honestly surprised at the wide range of movies, documentaries and short films they showcase.
Whether you’re renovating your house, giving your nook a makeover or starting a new home, furniture is the backbone of all your decor needs. Enter Sharma Farms, with one of the largest collections of antiques, furniture and antique furniture; they have something for everyone. You can find everything from marble and stone statues to fountains for your garden, funky mirrors for your house to striking paintings for your bedroom, and lavish grandfather clocks for your hallway; or just pick up one of the many Tibetan-style painted wooden panels to do with what you will.
Madras Café occupies a not-very-prominent position in the busy Green Park Market. The small, no-frills café has basic seating and offers a range of delish south Indian fare including dosas, idlis, uthappams and more. And no meal here is complete without their stellar Filter Coffee, which is chock-full of flavour and aroma.
Looking for beautiful Kashmiri carpets and Pashmina shawls? They have over 1800 varieties and styles, with traditional and contemporary designs available in different sizes. From handmade kalamkari shawls, kani shawls, jamawars, mufflers, stoles and more – upgrade your wardrobe and your home linen with these stunning pieces.
Rupika Sadh Creations
Another one for the wedding goers! If you’re looking for hand-crafted and elegantly designed clothes for various wedding functions – from sangeets to mehendis, pre-wedding parties to reception dinners, her outfits will dazzle the crowd. Embroidery is her forte, so she does Lucknowi work and uses rich, antique borders. Her outfits have an amazing, traditional vibe that makes them timeless, yet regal.
Lock & Key, Gurgaon
Velvet settees, tasseled lampshades, quaint collectibles, flamboyant posters and cryptic vaults – all of these elements come together to give you a first-hand experience of the time gone by at Lock & Key in Cross Point Mall, Gurgaon. The décor is rustic and the live artists put out performances influenced by jazz and blues, so get ready to travel back to the 1920s.
If you’re looking for authentic Kashmiri fare that is both delicious and budget-friendly, head to Kashur Lutuf in the Saidulajab area and enjoy a range of delicacies. From North Indian to Chinese, they have an extensive range of options for you to munch on, and that too under INR 150! They even deliver in the Saket area, so you can stay in and binge during your next Netflix marathon.
Nine Chambered Heart
How many of these hidden gems have you explored? No matter how old we get or how busy we are, there’s always a new side of our city, and personality to explore. Built on this thought is Nine Chambered Heart – a profoundly moving read that is a kaleidoscopic story of one woman, told by those whom she has loved or been loved by. Written by Janice Pariat, soak in the accounts as nine characters recall their relationship with the same woman, their stories and memories breathing life into her and bringing her personality alive.