Brave a five minute auto ride out of Connaught Place to Paharganj to get your fill of jewellery, leather bags, shoes and second hand books at Delhi’s resident hilly neighbourhood.

Saluja & Bittoo Footwear

Often referred to as sisters, these two shops located adjacent to each other have an intensive collection of both comfortable chappals as well as boots for winter. Look out for the ethnic wear they have here. Their quality is top notch and they also do custom designs; just ask.

Where: No. 5048/B, Main Bazar, Near Apollo Hospital, Paharganj

Nearest Metro Station: RK Ashram Marg

Contact: 011  23585278

Jackson’s Bookstore

9614618748_bcc3c886a5_c copyLocated on the Main Bazar right ahead of Sam’s, is a decrepit looking bookstore cramped between a mosque and a dank alley. Along with getting dirt cheap books here, you can find literature on a multitude of subjects, ranging from tarot to philosophy. Adjacent to the store is the frankly claustrophobic godown which owner Dilani will admit you into if you’re on friendly terms with him. Plus, there’s the resident palm reader who will do your bhavishyavani for some sweet change.

Where: 5106, Main Market, Paharganj

Nearest Metro Station: RK Ashram Marg

Contact: +91 9899089274

Vishal Footwear

Famous for their jootis and embroidered gladiators and flats, this shop is an essential pit stop for everyone looking to add to their shoe closet.

Where: 5083, Main Market, Paharganj

Nearest Metro Station: R.K. Ashram Marg

Contact: +91 9811077729

Sheetal Exports

IMG_20160106_222723-1Dotted along the main market are innumerable leather stores that stock a wide variety of bags in both leather and suede. Hit up Sheetal Exports for leather bags, totes and the pretty impressive collection of suede backpacks they have.

Where: Shop no-T-37, 6 Tooti Chawk, Paharganj

Nearest Metro Station: R.K. Ashram Marg

Contact: +91 9958993693, +91 8860502640

Ashu Fashions

The place to go to for leather boots and bags {of all sizes–we saw trunks as well}. With two lethargic pugs acting as the shop’s mascots, this place is very reasonably priced and is frequented by regulars from all over the city for its wares. Along with the above, the shop is also famous for its dresses– we liked the leather shift dresses, for their biker chic style quotient.

Where: Shop no-1606, Main bazar, Paharganj

Nearest Metro Station: RK Ashram Marg

Contact: +91 9891946624, +91 9999509055, +91 9810062643

Jurek’s Jewellery

1442916705-thinkstockphotos-100519159Proud seller and exporter of silver, precious, semi-precious stone and macrame jewellery, this cornershop may fool you with its dusty exterior, but it has the best {and cheapest} collection of unpolished gems we’ve come across in all of Delhi. Pick a few pieces up for yourself, as well as for friends and heck – acquaintances as well, they’re that cheap.

Where: Shop no 1553, Khanna Cinema Main Market, Paharganj

Nearest Metro Station: RK Ashram Marg

Contact: +91 9599229936, +91 9599229937