Hair Spas, Cigars & Dress Shopping: Make The Most Of Santushti Complex

Nitya posted on 11 September

With its manicured lawns, clean and spacious walkways and tranquil atmosphere, Santushti Complex in Chanakyapuri is any shopper’s paradise. Started by the Air Force Wives’ Welfare Association, this place seems like a separate world in itself, far away from Delhi’s chaos.

If like us, you haven't been this side in a long time, you'll be stunned at all the changes and new developments. Yes, there are numerous stores here selling the most exquisite collection of clothes, accessories and more but there's also a salon and ice cream parlour and other exciting stuff. So, follow our guide and well, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a peacock while you shop (we did!).

San-Cha Tea Boutique

San-Cha is a boutique offering every imaginable type and blend of tea.

Recommended For: Gift hampers, tea accessories and kulhars. You can also try different kinds of teas before you finally take your pick. 

Food Stores

Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


This store could pass off as a distant cousin of Bhane or Nicobar, only, they love colour a little more than the other two. They stock up on assorted brands but their own line of clothes is pretty amazing too. 

Recommended For: A striking collection of ceramics, jewellery and boho dresses and kurtas. Be prepared to shell a premium though — the dresses start at INR 4k.

Clothing Stores

Santushti Shopping Complex, 30, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


One of the cosiest spots in the city, this Diggin outlet is as pretty as its predecessor. Think vintage decor and garden spots where sunshine is plenty (take your date here now, will you?).

Recommended For: Lemonade, Instagram-worthy decor, sunny outdoors, Aglio-e-Olio Pasta, Jalapeno poppers and risotto.


Santushti Shopping Complex, 10, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


Tulsi is designer Neeru Kumar’s label that retails in stunning silk saris, chunnis, skirts (to name a few) and linens.

Recommended For: Light Indian attires, be it suits, lehngas and saris for upcoming weddings. We particularly love their georgette and chanderi dupattas and artsy cushion covers.

Clothing Stores

19, Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


This bakery-looking place from the outside is a cute salon that’s away from the rush of the usual markets. It’s in fact an ideal spot to pamper yourself or undo a rough day with a languorous massage. Oh, it’s a unisex place, so men, pick something from the spa menu…For once and quit complaining?

Recommended For: Get a blow-dry (INR 595+) with your girl gang, or even better, opt for a hair spa (using all the luxury hair products including Balmain and Olaplex). Affordable pedicures (INR 895+) and massages are their thing too. 


Santushthi Shopping Complex, Shop 8, Lok Kalyan Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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A store that has been selling scarves, kurtis, ties and more for the last 25 years, Christina is a great bet for last-minute gifts. 

Recommended For : Silk scarves, ties and wallets. They also have a range of elegant kurtis with clean cuts and in breathable fabrics like crepe and cotton.


Shop 9, Santushti Shopping Complex, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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Picturesque Art & Framing

Looking for a framing store for expensive prints and paintings? Check this one out - having been in the complex since 1987, this place is a landmark in itself. 

Recommended For: Frames in silver, gold-leaf, wood and other metals, that can also be seen on the walls of many luxury hotels.

Home Décor Stores

Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


A popular men and women’s easy Indian apparel store, give us Anokhi to browse at any point and we won't turn it down. 

Recommended For: Block print kurtas and flowy anarkalis for women, and shirts and Nehru jackets for men made out of vegetable dyes and handcrafted textiles.

Clothing Stores

Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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Maison 15 & Kastros - House of Cigars

Maison 15 (Shop no. 14) is a store that offers stationery, home furnishings and jewellery, while Kastros (Shop no. 20) stocks cigars and every type of cigar accessory. Both the stores are owned and managed by the same folks. 

Recommended For: Maison 15 for the most yummy range of scented candles like spiced cranberry, vanilla orchid and they also have tea leaf and jasmine perfume diffusers and exotic incense sticks among many other things. Kastros, on the other hand, is a paradise for cigar aficionados. They stock over 40 types (including Cubans) and also cigar accessories like cutters, humidors, and ashtrays.

Home Décor Stores

15, Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Santushti Concept Store

This concept store is filled to the brim with handicrafts, colourful knick-knacks and stationery. It in fact offers antiques and art items that are rare collectibles we haven’t seen anywhere else.

Recommended For: Printed paper lamps, funky card-holders, ceramic jewellery boxes and handmade diaries. 


Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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This home decor store has had a piece of our heart since we saw it in Meherchand Market. If you love colour and are on a home improvement drive, hit up Nur with a lot of money in your pocket (yeah, it’s a bit on the pricier side).

Recommended For: Cute lamps, pouches, random hair ties, cushion covers, rugs, throws and more decor things.

Home Décor Stores

Shop 23, Santushti Shopping Complex, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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One Degree East

This Thai restaurant is the newest addition to Santushti and is run by the person behind Thai High. The bright, peppy place can easily be a lunch spot when you’re hoping to spend some quality time with bae/friends. 

Recommended For: Thai Green Curry, Prawn Money Bag Dumplings, Crystal Dumpling, Coconut & Almond Cake 


Santushti Complex, 25, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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Selling precious jewellery and luxury clothes, Mon-Pri has been around for almost 28 years. Be prepared to loosen your purse strings for the good things here... Silver starts at INR 8,000 and diamond at INR 15,000. 

Recommended For: Beautifully-cut diamond and silver jewellery that looks royal, to say the least. They also let you exchange old jewellery.


28, Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi


This dessert meets ice cream parlour has a sweet, Vintage vibe and some really yum ice cream flavours. We could sit here for hours on a rainy day, OD-in on their Seductress, a winning combination of dark chocolate and dark rum or hosting a cheesecake party with our pals.

Recommended For: Homemade ice creams (hello, Chocolate Oreo and Toffee Caramel), brownies and coffee. 


Santushti Shopping Complex, Shop 23, Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

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Le Solitaire

Le Solitaire retails in diamond, gold and silver jewellery.

Recommended For: Certified solitaire rings and 18 carat white gold and diamond jewellery that made us want to save up every penny of our salary.


Shop 1, Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Inchie Tape

They’re bringing fun old-school shararas back and you can you even buy them separately, if not the set. Men need to look dapper too at the weddings and Inchie Tape’s classy bandhgalas will sort you out.

Recommended For: Suits, kurtas, lehengas and more ethnic festive wear.

Clothing Stores

Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi