We all like picking up stuff from state emporiums for two reasons: Fair pricing and authentic stuff. What you won’t find in most handicraft stores, you’ll probably get here {and sourced directly from artisans too!}. So we went on a chase to get you the best of these emporiums, and here’s what we have.

Ambapali: Bihar Emporium

Bihar Emporium4Spanning three floors, Ambapali brings the best of Bihar {minus the food!}. Expect intricate Madhubani paintings {starting as low as INR 50} which might be worth browsing through if you’re looking to introduce new elements into your home.

There is also a world of fabrics to choose from- this is where you score colourful billowy dupattas with prints of birds, animals and tribal people. If you’re looking for a gift for the man in your life, the pristine white ties {priced at just INR 90} might be worth your while. Our personal favourite here however, was a running fabric depicting anchors and neon orange sailboats.

Price: INR 50 onwards

Contact: 011 23363081, 011 23360389

Biswa Bangla: Bengal Emporium

Biswa Bangla4A three-floor bonanza, Biswa Bangla is the right place for exclusive saris, exotic home decor and some of the purest and most authentic Bengali condiments. While the ground floor is chock full o’ sarees, cloths, dokra work and terracotta knick knacks, the basement is a mix of handicrafts, cloth bags, jute wallets, leather batik and gamchhas.

We loved the collection of kasundi, amla candy, Ayurvedic soaps as well as masks, handbags and paintings. The top floor has bedding and books as well.

Price: INR 25 onwards

Contact: Call here

Check out their website here.

Bharati: Delhi Emporium

Delhi EmporiumJust like Delhi is a mish-mash pot of various Indian cultures, so is the emporium. Expect everything from Punjabi suits, Benarasi saris, handbags to various handicrafts in wood and marble, such as statues of deities. And like the rest of the emporiums, it’s a great spot to head when you’re looking for gifts. The miniature magnetic travel chess board we bought is proof.

Price: Starting at INR 250

Contact: 011 23363287, 011 23340343

Check out their website here.

Zoon: Kashmir Emporium

Giving you a pretty comprehensive {but expensive} collection of pashminas, kani, aari and chinons. If you’re looking for some exquisite paper mache boxes, along with carved wooden lamp stands and furniture, we’d wholeheartedly recommend the spot. Who doesn’t love a carved wooden Chinar pattern on walnut to cheer up their homes?

The shawls and firans are perfect for the winters but we’re pretty sure you’ll find some regular cottons too.

Price: INR 150 onwards

Contact: 011 23364723, 011 23364724, +91 9999902267

Garvi Gurjari: Gujarat Emporium

Gujarat Emporium3Gurjari, to begin with, looks gorgeous, with a mirror studded store-front and pretty carvings on the walls. With stunning Kutch work brightening up the insides of the store, Gurjari brings you tie and dye clothes and cloths, mirror work that will blind you with its bling and colourful Kutchi work that you absolutely must have as yokes, blouses and jackets.

And did we mention? They also have furniture sets and the most beautiful upholstery for these.

Price: INR 100 onwards

Contact: 011 23363802, +91 9810708538

Check out their website here.

Trimurti: Maharashtra Emporium

Maharashtra3From saris for your mother {Paithanis, Narayanpaiths and the nine-yard Nauvari} to Kolhapur jewels, Bidriware and Warli paintings, Maharashtra is where it’s at. We’re bookmarking this for last-minute shopping for the special women in our lives. We especially loved the painted wooden jewellery boxes that reside in the basement.

Not only are they handy {lots of partitions and a secure lock}, they’re also pretty well-priced.

Price: Starting at INR 300

Contact: 011 23363366, 011 23363888


Where: Emporia Complex, Baba Kharak Singh Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Timings: 11am – 6pm {Lunch: 1.30pm onwards}

Photos: Kasturi Roy