‘Flea’ the heat

‘Flea’ the heat
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First Published: Thu, May 21 2009. 10 10 PM IST

Updated: Thu, May 21 2009. 10 10 PM IST
Flea by Night
We went to this haat on one of the hottest evenings so far this summer, and found ourselves having a great time. We were not oppressed by the heat in the least, thanks to the fountains there. Even so, the market has since shifted indoors for the summer. The flea market has bargains on all sorts of things—from bright pink and purple bags to jewellery, toys, even little puppies (the last of these are up for free adoption). Most of these stalls are run by exporters, so you’re likely to chance upon some fairly unusual designs and products—some of them for under Rs300. A musical fountain outside and a live band keep the tempo up and the children entertained. There are also rides and a tiny toy train for the kids. There are enough fun food stalls—with hot dogs, pastas, ice creams and more—to keep the whole family happy.
Select Citywalk mall, District Centre, Saket (42114200), Wednesdays, 4-10pm.
Night Bazaar
DLF Place has introduced a weekend night bazaar to rival the Wednesday flea market at the neighbouring Select Citywalk. Besides the staple Western cuisine (pastas and pizzas, for instance), there is also chaat, chilla and jal jeera from Purani Dilli. The shopping here is along the lines of the flea market at Citywalk. You can buy clothes, household goodies and furnishings. Children are likely to be just as happy here, but they may miss the musical fountain. For now, the bazaar is being held outside.
DLF Place, District Centre, Saket (46064444), Saturday-Sundays, 4-10pm.
Pushp Vihar Haat
This neighbourhood haat just outside the Saket malls is the real deal. Pushp Vihar hosts just one among dozens of traditional Delhi haats which began with travelling salesmen. While the products have changed over time, the haats are as busy as they’ve always been. This is the place to go to for drawstrings for pyjamas, ropes, safety pins, colourful plastic buckets, rip-offs of branded goods that wouldn’t fool anyone, underwear in various synthetic materials and pleated polyester saris. There are also fruits and vegetables, and “famous” kulcha and kachoriwalas. All round good fun.
Mondays, 5-10pm. There are similar weekly haats in localities across Delhi. Days and timings may vary. Look for one near you.
The Casablanca Market
Saket is clearly the hot spot for flea markets. This fortnight, Manré restaurant is hosting a Moroccan-themed night market. There will be designers with clothes and accessories, while the food will be Manré’s own (no, it won’t be free). Want details? Call and ask.
Manré, MGF Metropolitan mall, fourth floor, Saket (40668888), 23 May, 7pm-1am.
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First Published: Thu, May 21 2009. 10 10 PM IST