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Running Around in Circles: A Connaught Place Guide

Editors posted on 22 August

Regardless of how many villages get revamped, or subcultures redefined, nothing will be more synonymous with Delhi than Connaught Place. The capital city's colonial heart, CP is now lined with swanky cafes, beer bars, and {in} famous restaurants, all of which are interspersed with stores… and stories. Joining the lineup of the coveted CP zip code is Monkey Bar, India's first gastropub. Putting our love for food and iconic Delhi neighbourhoods together, we’re teaming up with Monkey Bar to present everything - from contemporary spaces, to places steeped in history - that’s awesome about CP, in one curated guide.


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Moti Masjid 

Where: B Block, Connaught Place

Aulia Masjid 

Where: K-Block, Connaught Place

Hanuman Mandir

Where: Palika Kendra, Hanuman Lane, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place

Jantar Mantar 

Where: Parliament Street, Connaught Place

Note: Ticketed entry

Agrasen ki Baoli

Where: Hailey Road, near KG Marg, Connaught Place; Timing: 9am-5pm

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara 

Where: Off Gol Dak-khaana, Baba Kharak Singh Marg


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Devichands | Military & Police uniforms

While an authority letter is necessary to buy uniforms from here, the aam aadmi can speak with this establishment’s personnel for a trip through war-history, all the way back to WWII.

Where: A-19, Radial Road Number 4, Connaught Place

Contact: 011 6515 3940

Ram Chander & Sons | Oldest Toyshop in India

It opened its shutters in 1935, and has since been a haunt for everything from Crayola to Lego, air drones & Uno, dolls, playbooks and more.

Where: D-1 Odeon Adlabs Cinema Building, Connaught Place

Contact: 011 2341 2065

Marques & Co

This 100-year-old store has an exquisite collection of grand pianos, amongst other music instruments & books.

Where: G-14, Marina Arcade

Contact: 011 23324234, 011 23737741

Adarsh Typewriters

Does Olivetti and Remington ring a bell? For repair or sale of typewriters, or simply reminiscing this forgotten writing instrument, visit the affable Mr. Rajendar Kumar of Adarsh Typewriters.

Where: K-44, Radial Road Number 4, Block K, Connaught Place

Contact: 098 73 002055

Regal Cinemas

Delhi’s first movie theatre, Regal dates back to 1930, and was designed by British architect Walter Sykes George. Presently, this single screen cinema with a seating capacity of 658 shows only hindi movies, but at uber cheap prices.

Where: Connaught Circus, Hanuman Road Area, {opp Palika Bazaar}, Connaught Place

Contact: 011 2336 2245/2336 1583

Baba Kharak Singh Marg | Handloom Emporiums

Indian handicrafts, represent! This 100-odd meter stretch of emporiums bring artisanal clothing, crafts, jewellery and even food from States across India, to Delhi.

Where: Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place

Devi Prasad Sadan Dhobi Ghaat | Laundromat, done old school

One of the few remaining dhobi ghaats in Delhi, this particular one literally cleans the dirty laundry of local ministers, hostels and guesthouses in the vicinity. At 15 bucks per piece, it’s probably one of the cheaper laundry services available.

Where: Hailey Lane, close to Agrasen ki baoli


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Jain Book Depot Kunjis {guides}, supplementary reading books, prescribed academic reading, and general readings on any topic under the sun, Jain Book Depot has it all. They also take online orders, and will deliver your books to your doorstep.  Get started here.

Where: C-4 Opposite PVR Plaza, Connaught Place

New Delhi Stationery Mart For every stationery need you may ever have, including printers, scanners, college books and novelty pens. They’re shut on Sundays.

Where: C-8 Prem House, Connaught Place

Whorra Bros Another CP veteran {over 60 years}, Whorra Bros specialises in all sorts of silverware including teas sets, bowls and mementos. But what they’re really famous for are their trophies {customised on order}, available both in silver and white metal.

Where: Shop No. 19C, Connaught Place

The Shop The Shop is a women and children’s clothing and home décor store. Started in 1969, their focus has been, and continues to be traditional textiles and indigenous crafts. Evident in their usage of printing, quilting, applique work, dyeing and hand and machine embroidery. Follow them on Facebook, here.

Where: 10 Regal Building, Connaught Place

Johnson & Johnson An uber luxe store that houses only the best international watch brands. They’ve extended their repertoire to mobiles {Vertu, Tag and Dior}, accessories, and pens {Mont Blanc and Cartier}. PS: They always give you a great deal!

Where: C-16 Connaught Place

Oxford Bookstore & Cha Bar For everyone who hasn’t graduated to the kindle, browse the aisles of Oxford Bookstore, right between the bestsellers and pick of regional favourites. They also allow you to make online purchases. Enrich the experience with Cha Bar’s extensive list of teas; situated on the first floor.

Where: N 81 Connaught Place

Cottage Emporium Although you can shop online here, we suggest you pay Cottage Emporium a visit. Between the art objects, traditional Indian crafts, tea and herbs selection, Indian fabrics, and home décor options, it’s a mini museum, the kind where you can take what you like home.

Where: Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath

Lallsons Raymond’s Any man worth his three-piece suit knows some of the finest tailors sit in CP. One such iconic establishment is Lallsons, tailoring suits to perfection. They’ve kept up with the times, and will ace a slim fit.

Where: Radial 7 Road, Connaught Place

Mohan Singh Palace In business since 1969, Mohan Singh Palace houses shops and offices. Owned by the NDMC, one floor houses their HQ’s, while the rest are made up of local shops, eateries and grocery stores {including The Indian Coffee House}. Mohan Singh is inundated with tailors and fabric stores, and travel agencies come in a close second. The best-kept secret is the tailor-made jeans {with the brand of your choice label available}, which retail at unreal rates.

Where: Near Hanuman Temple, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place

Rikhi Ram One of the most revered instrument makers of our day, they have the Beatles on their list of buyers {they’ve been around a while}. Cut to present day, they’re still the first pick for some of the finest Indian Musicians, including Karsh Kale and Anoushka Shankar. You can also shop online, but visiting might include some star spotting!

Where: G-8, Marina Arcade, Connaught Place

Mahatta & Co. Iconic photographer Madan Mahatta’s studios, called Mahatta and Co, opened in 1948. One of the oldest family run studios in the city, besides printing options and professional photography equipment, they also offer professional photography services. But, it probably won't be the man himself. Get the reel picture here, and follow them on Facebook here.

Where: M-59 Connaught Place, Radial Road 6


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Wengers and Co. Wengers has been around since 1926, and their confectionary still stands strong. One of the oldest and finest bakeries in CP, they also have a Deli serving up salads, hot dogs, soups and paninis.

Where: A-16, Ground Floor, Inner Circle, Connaught Place; Contact: 011 23324403,011 23324373

Shake Square Erstwhile Keventers; don’t be confused. It's now Shake Corner, a whole other brand serving a variety of milkshakes, complete with trademark glass milk bottles. The shakes have gotten mixed reviews, but the Kassata consistently comes out on top.

Where: A-17, Inner Circle {Near Wengers and Co.}, Connaught Place

Khub Chand & Bros With pre-independence architecture and long rod fans, Khub Chand and Bros has been retailing meats and cold cuts for over 60 years. They also have a small grill, where they grill ready-made kebabs for customers waiting on their meat. They have a loyal clientele  that continues to frequent them, and for everyone else, their price points are unparalleled.

Where: K-20 Shankar Market, Connaught Place

Kake Da Hotel What most people don’t know - operations of Kake Da Hotel started off a wooden cart soon after we gained our independence. 67 years later, they’re an iconic Delhi chain, with their Butter Chicken still topping the charts. All their food is from pure Desi Ghee, and they also do home deliveries.

Where: 74 Municipal Market, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place

Yamu’s Panchayat 67 years and still standing strong, Yamu’s Panchayat is a paan chain, to say the least {and now they’re online}. What you wouldn’t know is, they’ve developed a non-spit paan, so you can swallow its contents, instead of painting the town red. They take bulk orders for events and will start retailing online soon. Get the whole story, here.

Where: 92 NDMC Market, Connaught Place

United Coffee House United Coffee House has been around longer than our independence, and serves up Indian, continental and oriental specialties. Also, it has a special coffee menu, featuring in-house coffee blends. With over 175 seats, and prices that don’t make you complain, it's no wonder United is on the list of 50 top restaurants to visit in Delhi. Get the full story here.

Where: E-15, Inner Circle, Connaught Place

Kwality Another food institution, did you know Bread and More is part of their chain? Still standing where they originally opened {over 60 years ago}, their Chhola Bhatura is still the best! They also have on offer catering services.

Where: 7 Regal Building, Parliament Street

Madras Coffee House They just completed 75 years in CP, and there are telltale signs that give that figure away. On the flip side, it's one giant memoir of sorts; everything remains undisturbed, including its old world charm. Serving North Indian, Chinese and South Indian food, Madras Coffee House is more a legacy than a restaurant. And for that reason, it warrants a visit.

Where: P5/90, Outer Circle, Connaught Place

The Embassy They be singing the summer of 48, not to challenge Bryan Adams, but to celebrate the number of years they’ve been around. Dotted with generations of loyal clientele, political big wigs, and the sporadic celebrity, our guess is they keep coming back for the Mutton Chops, and the hospitality. Unlike their fellow veterans, Embassy has kept up with changing demands, and also offer catering services.

Where: 11 D Connaught Place, between Inner and Outer circle.

Pandey Paan Bhandar A third generation outlet, Pandey Paan Bhandar can boast Indian presidents, Barack Obama, and Madhuri Dixit on their list of clientele. They offer over 50 varieties of sweet paan, and 15 of saadha paan. They’ve also introduced diet sweet paan, and brownie walnut sweet paan, among other inventions. Follow them on Facebook, here.

Where: North Avenue, New Delhi

Blues One of CP’s oldest and most popular watering holes, Blues is most known for its happy hour prices and live performances. Perfect for mid-day drinks, where a great meal is not the priority.

Where: N-18 Scindia House, Connaught Place

Town House Café New kid on the Outer Circle, you can get lost inside Town House Café. Serving North Indian and Continental cuisine, Town House Café boasts plush leather booths, private sections, a long wooden bar, and music straight out of this generation {EDM anyone?}.

Where: Munshilal Building, N Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place

QBA One of the best views in CP {including the Indian Flag in Central Park}. A fine dining restaurant spread over 2 floors, they serve Asian, Mediterranean, North Indian and Italian food. Their happy hours last from 3pm-7.30pm; we recommend getting a drink on the terrace.

Where: E 42 & 43, Inner Circle, Connaught Place

Warehouse Café A never-ending bar, enough seating for your entire extended family, and match screenings during season, Warehouse Cafe is recommended more for cocktails and bar food, rather than a splendid meal.

Where: 1st Floor, Inner Circle, D Block, Connaught Place

Saravana Bhawan  An iconic South Indian vegetarian restaurant, fresh off LBB’s South Indian food trail.

Where: P Block Lane, Connaught Place

Rajdhani  One of the only authentic vegetarian Rajasthani restaurants in the Capital, Rajdhani serves up authentic food from the state including daal baati, dhokla and khichri.

Where: 9A Atmaram Mansion, Scindia House, Connaught Place



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Imperial Hotel

Where: Janpath Lane, Connaught Place

Park Hotel 

Where: 15 Sansad Marg

Radisson Blu Marina Hotel 

Where: G-59 Connaught Circus


British Council

Where: 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg

American Center |

Where: Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Max Mueller Bhawan |

Where: 3 Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Instituto Cervantes |

Where: 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place


Beer Café

Turquoise Cottage



Depaul's Coffee





Sagar Ratna

Dunkin Donuts

Nandos {opening soon}

Cafe Coffee Day

Costa Coffee

Dunkin Donuts



Janpath-and-Tibetan-Market                                                                                                        Janpath Market 

Shankar Market 

Cotton, chiffon and georgette in every colour and pattern, lace, buttons, trinkets and tailors - Shankar Market is dotted with allies and filled with stores for any sartorial need. Also stop by Ram Gopal & Sons bookstore and library, and make a pit stop for rajma chawal at the local restaurant opposite the market.

Where: Shankar Market, opposite M block market

Expect to spend: INR 100-INR 5000, depending on what you buy 

Janpath Market 

The mantra for Janpath - bargain! From jholas, to jewellery, juttis, kolhapuris, export surplus and knock-offs, home accessories, leather goods, lights - Janpath is a haunt for almost anything at bargain prices. Noteworthy: 1469 {the rare fixed price only store} for phulkari dupattas from the Punjab.

Where: Janpath, Connaught Place

Cash in hand: INR 150 upwards, depending on what you buy. Carry cash

Palika Bazaar

If Janpath is a warm-up, Palika is a half-marathon vis a vis bargaining. This double-basement is entrenched with knock-offs and copies of everything from Ed Hardy, to a DVD of The Anchorman and Prada shades. Do note: always keep company while wandering through PB.  

Expect to spend: INR 200 upwards, depending on what you buy. Carry cash.

Bengali Market 

Stone's throw away from the outer circle of CP, Bengali Market is a haven for foodies looking for local, north-Indian food, at super budget friendly prices. Check out Bengali Sweet House for chhole bhature, Nathu’s Sweets for gol gappas and papri chaat, and Nathu’s Bakery for chocolates and pastries.

Expect to spend: INR 200-500 for 2