By Editors

There’s always been something magical about Santushti, albeit in the winter months. Started by the Air Force Wives’ Welfare Association {this explains the giant office dedicated to them}, we don’t know if it’s the stores housed inside pavilions, the manicured lawns, plant lined walkways, the location {in the heart of the city}, or because it’s a heartwarmingly nostalgic arcade, circa the days where our mothers would wear Christina scarves. Either way, it still remains special, and if you haven’t been in a while, here’s our guide to what you can look forward to.  It’s divided into sections, one on either side of the road. Thankfully, each entrance is equipped with a lay of the land, so you know which store is on which side.

Fashion & Lifestyle

Ogaan | Popular multi-designer store that houses big labels, from Kavita Bhartia to Sabyasachi, has a shop in the complex. We must warn you however, it’s definitely a capsule version of what any of its sister stores house.

Where: 4-AOC, Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 24672429

Ensemble | Another Indian multi-designer store, we have to say the same thing about it being a condensed version of its much larger counterparts. It’s been in Santushti since 1997!

Where: 36 Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 26882207

Anokhi | Delhi’s popular men and women’s easy Indian apparel store, including cotton kurtas, anarkalis, shirts, and Nehru jackets.

Where: Santushti Shopping Complex; Contact: +91 11 26883076

Good Earth | Lifestyle, home decor, homeward, and now children’s clothes experts, you cannot go wrong with their lasting quality, stunning aesthetic, and even more breath taking price tags.

Where: Shop no 18, Santushti; Contact: +91 11 24100108

Amrapali | For stunning costume and semiprecious jewellery. Special mention to their silver jewellery collection and the Amrapali and Manish Arora collaboration collection. Again, much smaller than its Khan Market version, but well stocked nonetheless.

Where: 41, Santushti Shopping Complex; Contact: +91 11 24672025

Tack | Before Nappa Dori took over our luxe leather cravings, there was {and still is} Tack. Made from the finest leather, you’ll find everything from desk accessories, umbrella holders, bags, wallets, passport holders, trunks, and everything in between. They’re happy to customise, and even happier to replicate a bag or wallet you’ve been eyeing.

Where: 22, Santushti Shopping Complex; Contact: 01124670923

Kastros-House of Cigars | This one is for the cigar aficionados. Stocked with over 75 types {including Cubans}, and with decor to compete with any Gentleman’s lounge, Kastros is one of the best Cigar lounges in the city. They’re also stocked with every type of cigar accessory including cutters, humidors, and ashtrays.

Where: 15, Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 24106086

The Traditional Store | A store exclusive to Santushti, it retails apparel from the in-house label, stoles, juttis, linen, tribal-esque jewellery, antique rugs, and wall hangings. Special mention to their vintage toffee and storage boxes, perfect as jewellery cases.

Where: 14, Santushti Complex

Tulsi | Designer Neeru Kumar’s label, Tusli retails stunning silk saris, chunnis and linen. If you’re looking at buying a light Indian suit for all the upcoming weddings, their complete sets are the way to go. Special mention to there georgette and chanderi dupattas, sold solo.

Where: 19, Santushti Shopping Complex; Contact: +91 11 26870339

Amaya | Another gem for if you’re in the complex for some wedding shopping. Crushed lehengas with plain blouses and chunnis, if you’re not a bling loyalist, you’ll find something here.

Where: 13, Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 26883150

Vedic {Mandira} | No one in the store seemed to know its real name, and they’re two boards outside. If you’re shopping for Indian clothes for your children, this is a gold mine. Catering to both boys and girls up until the age of 13, they also do juttis and little knick knacks.

Where: 25, Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 24101251

Nur {Noor Jehan} | Nur definitely makes our list of top 10 decor and home furnishings stores in the Capital. They retail homeware accessories, bath and bedding, furnishings, tableware, furniture, and decor accents. Think lots of pop colours and kitschy embellishments.

Where: 23, Santushti Shopping Complex; Contact: +91 11 2611297

Art Indus | What’s an outdoor shopping complex in Central Delhi, catering to expats, without an art gallery? They house paintings, sculptures, photographs and ceramics by different artists, and also host exhibitions.

Where: 37, Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 26883738

Ranna Gill | Find designer Ranna Gill’s collection of easy resort wear, and what her label is most synonymous with:maxi dresses.

Where: 24, Santushti Shopping Complex; Contact: +91 11 26117730

Fabindia | You know where you can find the Santushti regulars aka the diplomats. Again, a smaller version, you’ll find their Indian apparel, linen western wear, and a limited collection of homeware.

Where: 38 Santushti Shopping Complex; Contact: +91 1126888482

Christina | If your mother didn’t, then our guess is someone at some point has gifted you a Christina scarf. Still standing strong, some of their printed silk scarves with matching bags still make great presents.

Where: Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 24672150

Picturesque | A framing store in the complex, they’re your go-to guys for expensive prints and paintings. They deal in silver, gold-leaf, wood and other metal frames, and adorn the walls of many a luxury hotel. Having been in the complex since 1987, it makes for one of Santushti’s founding fathers.

Where: 2, Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 24103047

Shyam Ahuja Home | Expect stunning, understated and pricey rugs, furnishings, fabrics and home accessories. They also specialise in customisation, so knock yourself out if you want something some other way.

Where: 10 Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 26510266

Shahnaz Husain | One of the pioneers in beauty brands, their space in this complex also doubles as a salon, using over 350 of her beauty products for the skin, hair and body.

Where: 8, Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 26116686

Food & Drink 

Basil & Thyme | If we were one of the Air Force wives, we’d invest in more restaurants in Santushti. Who else has memories of grabbing a quick lunch here, before heading to Chanakya for a movie? Specialising in continental food, we recommend always making a reservation and being pushy for a table by one of their giant windows.

Where: 11, Santushti Complex; Contact: +91 11 24673322

Sancha Tea Boutique | First store to your right as you walk in, it houses every imaginable type and blend of Indian tea, and doubles as a tea-tasting room. With gorgeous bay windows and sections dedicated to tea from different parts of the country, even if you go nowhere else, it will be okay. Check out the gift hampers, boxes and kulhars. 

Where: Store No. 20; Contact: +91 11 64590373