Today we are extremely happy as we get to write about the old way of book reading and book market shopping activity. Do you know how? Searching far and wide for your favourite book. It is true that amazon kindle and other online book websites have made lives easier by providing us everything online but what can beat searching for your favourite book in one of the legendary market’s streets of Delhi? It is a whole experience in itself.
And if you are an old soul who loves to do a little workout before reading your favorite book then this article is specifically for you. Visiting markets before purchasing physical books has an old-world charm to it and no online experience can ever beat it.
In order to take you down the memory lane, we have compiled a list of some infamous Cheapest book markets and shops in Delhi NCR that will arouse that old book lover in you:
The first market on our list has to be Khan Market. Do you know why? It is because it can satiate every bit of book hunger in you. From fiction to classics, this market has everything for every type of book lover. The three most popular bookstores in this market that can end your search for a good book are Faqir Chand and Sons, Full Circle Bookstore and Bahrisons Booksellers.
The first store that is Faqir Chand and Sons contains every book you are looking for ranging from old to new, rare to trending, classics, bestsellers. The store contains books from literally every genre. Faqir Chand and Sons opens for everyday at 11 am and closes at 9 pm.
While the second store that we mentioned above Bahrisons Booksellers can only be visited between 10:30 am to 8 pm. If you are visiting the market only for these bookshops then it is imperative to follow the timings otherwise you can miss the rare chance to get your hands on your favorite books. Bahrisons booksellers was established in 1953 and is a family led bookshop which is located at Khan Market. The store has an intriguing story behind it. The man behind this legendary bookstore Mr. Anuj Bahri Malhotra is no less than a real-life hero. He started this bookstore when he had nothing. After the Partition of India, he was forced to leave his ancestral home in Pakistan which is why he came to India with nothing. But with great dreams and the passion for doing something great in life, he opened Bahrisons Booksellers and the rest is history.
The next one in line is the Full Circle Bookstore. This bookstore combined with Cafe Turtle is an independent, family run bookstore and cafe which is a very famous and beautiful hangout spot. The store offers reading space while the cafe is meant for eating, chilling and casual reading. You can visit the store anytime from 10am to 8pm.
The next place on our list has to be the place that is located in the heart of Delhi. Connaught Place is one place in Delhi where you can find literally everything. Thinking of something to buy? Just go to Connaught Place and you will find it. And what is the place that Bibliophiles will like the most? No points for guessing! A book market, that’s right!
Oxford Bookstore and People Tree are two such bookstores in the heart of Delhi that will make every book lover’s dream come true. Oxford Bookstore is a treasure trove of books. From old to new, from extremely famous ones to extremely unique ones, their collection ranges across various genres. You can visit this place anytime between 10 am and 8pm. The most interesting thing about this bookstore is that it offers you a facility of a cafe too. You can enjoy your own company or spend some quality time with a loved one here while simultaneously indulging in your favourite book and cappuccino.
While in case of the second bookstore we mentioned above i.e., the People Tree, you can expect all the books ranging from classics, fresh arrivals to bestsellers. You can have them all. Do you want to know an intriguing fact about this bookstore? Comment down below if you love to read such intriguing facts about places or not?
Coming back to the interesting fact, People Tree was a tree that eventually became a shop. It is a place that celebrates creativity and promotes handmade art products. It is a meeting place for art, commerce and madness. The People Tree is open between 11:30 am and 7:30 pm.
Have you ever been to a book heaven? Or do you ever dream of what it feels like to be in a book heaven? If you said yes, then we have an entire market for you that can make your dream become a reality. The CMYK Bookstore and If you are looking to visit a book paradise, then end your search and look no further because the store is right here in the heart of New Delhi. This bookstore located in Greater Kailash is quite popular for its beautiful infrastructure and wide variety of books from all genres. It is India’s first and only chain of bookstores that focuses on creative arts, design, architecture, food and stationery. Home to over 20,000 books of various categories including art, architecture, fashion, design, jewellery, travel, gardening, specialty cookbooks, fashion, lifestyle, CMYK has other chain bookstores too in big cities such as Jaipur, Chennai, Mumbai, and Puducherry. You can also find an array of various fiction, non-fiction, biography etc. The visiting hours of this bookstore range between 10 am to 8 pm.
Next, we have in line is a bookstore located at Select City walk in Saket. It goes by the name Crossword. The best part about this bookstore is that it has all collections of books such as history, mythology, sufi and urdu poetry, cookbooks, mystery and crime novels. Other than that, this bookstore has a kid’s section too unlike most other bookstores. From Archies comics, Asterix, Tintin to Roald Dahl, Crossword will surely send you down the memory lane. Crossword opens for nine hours every day. You can visit the store between 10:30 am to 7:30 pm.
Midland book store located in Aurobindo market, Hauz Khas is one of the highly recommended book stores not just in this area but in the entire city. The reason being the hospitality of the book shop owner towards its readers. If you are looking for a book that is not available in the store, they will try their best to purchase it from the publisher. Isn’t it a fascinating fact about this bookstore?
Midland Bookstore is a home to all genres of books such fiction, nonfiction, crime, classic, biography and history. From popular ones to hidden gems, you name it and you will find it. You are thoroughly spoiled for choice. If you want to visit this store, then the ideal hours are between 10:30 am and 8:30 pm.
DLF Phase 5
Talking about books, how can we not mention DLF Phase 5 in Gurgaon which is one of the best book places in the city. Chapter 101 located in this area is one of the most popular bookstores. It offers a wide variety of books to choose from. You can find first copy editions of many classics and rare books at this store.
Not forgetting the fact that Chapter 101 is one of the favorite hangout spots for book lovers in Delhi. They come here to read, enjoy, laugh, draw and inspire. The bookstore opens for only eight hours from 11 am to 7 pm except on Tuesdays. If you want to visit this bookstore, then remember to visit only between Wednesday to Monday.
No points for guessing that we saved the best one for the last. Are you on a lookout for left wing dominated books? Do you feel out of place in other bookstores? If such is the case, then Mayday bookstore located in Shadipur is your answer.
This bookstore is Delhi’s only left-wing bookstore. Mayday bookstore and cafe is always in search of new, fearless and independent writers. The cafe was intentionally launched on May 1 on the occasion of International Labour Day in order to celebrate our workforce. Another noteworthy trait about this bookstore and cafe is the pay what you like feature. The bookstore opens at 10:30 in the morning and closes at 7:30 in the evening.
Nai Sarak Book Market
This book derives its name from the fact that it was a relatively new and broader road compared to other roads during its time. It was built by the British. This book market is a favorite among Delhiites even today and is perhaps one of the oldest favorite book markets.
Nai Sarak Book market sells anything and everything related to reading and writing. Different books under different genres are available here. Moreover, there is a large variety of stationery available in the market. Moreover, you can sell books here and get a payment of 50% of the original value.
It is very easy to reach the market. All we need to do is use the metro service to Chandni Chowk. From there to Nai Sarak is a distance of around 1 km. We can either walk or take a rickshaw from Chandni Chowk to Nai Sarak. The market stays open from around 11:30 am to around 6 pm. Moreover, it is open on nearly all the days of the week except on Sundays.
Janpath boasts of a little book store right amid its flea market. It is the favorite of the regulars at Janpath. This bookstore increases its charm by offering mouth-watering prices and discounts.
Both new and old or second handbooks are available in this tiny bookstore. You can sell your old books here and also have the option of exchanging your old books with new ones. Moreover, the bargain prices attract a lot of customers. You have the benefit of buying three books at the price of one if it is your lucky day. Furthermore, if a book bought from them is returned to them, you get half the price. It is a market to visit if you’re looking to fill your bookshelves.
Reaching this market is quite easy. All we need to do is avail of the metro service till Chandni Chowk and get down at gate no. 5. This market is generally open from around 11 am to 8 pm. The market is open on all days of the week except on Sundays.
Shankar market, which is one of the oldest local markets in Delhi, boasts a few bookstores that are every book lover’s delights. One of these famous book stores is Ram Gopal Sharma and Sons. This book store allows people to buy at a low cost and even gives regular customers the added advantage of borrowing books. This policy of theirs has made them a fan favorite and this place is always filled with a throng of book lovers.
Moreover, they boast in having a massive collection when it comes to the Thriller genre and sells books of reputed authors like John Grisham, Stephen King, Dan Brown amongst many others. The books are available at a very low cost which rarely goes beyond 200 rupees.
There are also other book stores like ‘Picadilly’ and ‘Sharma Book Depot’ which also provide a wide variety of books and at a very low price. Moreover, we can also sell second handbooks there.
This place is easily accessible. All we need to do is take the metro to Barakhamba and you reach the place. This store generally stays open from 11 am to 8 pm.
Daryaganj Book Market
Daryaganj book market is a weekly market that holds only on Sundays. This is a book paradise as book vendors sell their books on the streets and around two km stretch of street is filled with books. Nearly every topic and genre under the sun can be found in this market. Moreover, it also boasts a good collection of rare books and provides the most amazing deals.
This place can be easily accessed by metro either through Chandni Chowk or Chawri Bazar. Then, we can take a rickshaw to the Daryaganj market.