Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sector 14 Market

Have you often thought about being able to go to one ‘destination’ and be able to shop for domestic staples, personal items, pharmaceutical items, stationery, the odd nick-knacks and finally sink your taste buds into Delhi’s quintessential street food? All this without a stab at your purse and with the typical ‘Delhi’ experience. Well, head to the Sector 14 market then.

For those of you who have lived in Gurgaon for a while may have heard if not visited this market at some point. And for those of you who have lived in Delhi, specially on East or West Delhi; will agree that Sector 14 is a piece of Delhi in Gurgaon.

An ocean apart from the bright lights of Gurgaon’s mall culture and its prices, the malls don’t even ‘cut it’ in comparison. Sasta, sundar tikaoo (inexpensive, beautiful, longlasting) is my mantra for this market.

I have been visting this market for over 3 years now and there is nothing one cannot buy here. My favorites are:

  • Om Sweets – belongs to the famous chain of the same name. You can gorge on yummy gol gappas, aloo chaat, tikki, paneer tikka, chhole bhature, and what not either in the 2 floor restaurant and standing outside like one would! They also serve all kinds of North & South Indian foods, fruit salads, smoothies and a huge variety of mithais which is their staple business line. Their cakes are to die for and they will bake any shape to cater to your kid’s birthday demand. I am a true and loyal fan. This is the best place to go specially during festivals.
  • A stationary shop outside the market – I forget the name but they have 3 floors oozing with all kinds of stationary (I have never seen these many colours or types of papers in all my life), craft material, fancy stationary, gift items, school needs, and a lot of other stuff which I am sure escapes me. They are fairly priced and have an excellent range of each item.
  • Studio 14 – this is a boutique. They retail material and tailor Indian suits, blouses and even design and make sarees. I have never been disappointed specially when buying some thing dressy for a special occasion.
  • Spencer’s – Sector 14 has a mini Spencer’s for daily needs.
  • Shubham supermarket – has one floor daily household needs and another floor which houses cosmetics, personal clothing for all ages and genders. They also retail other personal nick knacks.
  • Laxmi matching centre – You can pick up material to stitch outfits out of from here and also for linings etc. They also have a dyer right there who can take care of your dyeing needs and a tailor who can take care of your tailoring needs. This is the largest matching centre in the market.
  • Mother’s Home – is great for mix & match kurtas, salwars, churidars, dupattas, and kurtis. They also retail a fair variety of bed spreads, curtains, and cushion covers on the same lines as FabIndia. Only they are much cheaper. Mother’s Home has branches in some of the malls, but this one is cheaper than those and is the largest among the group.
  • Super Drycleaners – has been around in Gurgaon for the longest time. Not only do they clean well, they also have deals going at the beginning and end of winter so you don’t feel the pinch of dry-cleaning hoards of woollenss

Besides the above, Sector 14 market has all the usual shops like Mother Dairy, ‘kirane ki dukan’, vegetable and fruit vendors, fresh juice counters, other food vendors, toy shops, mehandi walas, an export clothing bazaar, and even a Dominoes!

This market transforms into a complete ‘mela’ during festivals where not only can you pick up food items best suited to the day but also items to dress your home and yourself! Some shops also run a partnership (Shubham, an optician, the drycleaners and some other folks) where if you buy from one place and show your receipt at another, you can get a discount. Now do you see what I mean when I say that the malls don’t even begin to ‘cut it’!

So where is this place? If you are heading towards IFFCO Chowk from the Jaipur side, take a left at Signature Towers. Once there, ask anyone for ‘Sector 14 market’ and they will oblige. This is also near the Apollo Clinic in Sec 14 which houses Vishal Megamart, Café Coffee Day, factory outlets for Espirit, Benetton and Woodlands in addition to Shyam Garments.

Is there a downside? I’d say just the fact that it’s not as clean as you might have come to expect if you’ve only been used to visiting the malls in Gurgaon. It’s an open market, like any other in India. Personally, that’s one of the reasons I like it so much. Sector 14 as an area as lots more to offer and if you want to know more… well, you’ll just have to either go there and explore! Enjoy! :-)

Thanks, Divya, for writing this review!


PurpleTulips said...

is studio 14 expensive? how much would it cost to buy a suit and a saree?

Radhika said...

Hey Divya...even I wanna know abt Studio 14, and also general dressy stuff, is this the right place to get thgs stiched? give an idea of the pricing...thanks...

Also, have u heard abt some local market near sahara mall....