Connaught Place is one of the oldest and by far the most popular commercial, business and financial hubs in Delhi City. A Number of National or International companies have their offices/headquarters in Connaught Place. Often considered as the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place is a paradise for all shopping lovers.
If there is one place that characterizes the frenetic pace of Delhi life, it is Connaught Place, popularly referred to as CP in New Delhi. This horseshoe shaped British built complex offers spacious colonnaded verandahs that add a majestic touch to the shopping arcade it houses. Eight radial roads emanating from CP are lines with high-rise buildings that house thousands of offices and business establishments. But down below, in the streets and pavements, shoppers are drawn to the expensive showrooms as well as impromptu pavement sellers of international potboilers, assorted snacks, and whatnot.
The ample walking area in front of the shops and series of subways makes walking a very convenient option and window shopping a visual treat with shops showcasing everything – from branded clothes to traditional ware, Indian handicrafts, splendid bookshops and jewellery stores.
The famous Connaught Place is the trademark shopping area and your shopping excursion would be incomplete if you missed it. In Connaught Place (better known as CP) the high real estate price necessitates that the shops be somewhat exclusive. Here, you can find multinational brands to shops that have become institutions for the city. Clothes, shoes, jewellery, books, a number of good restaurants define a walk under the colonnaded pathways of CP – quite a delight on a winter afternoon. You can expect good qualityand fixed prices. Nike, Givo, Reebok, Lacoste, Lee, Levi’s, Arrow, UCB, are some of the international stores. Institutional shops include Mohanlalsons (cloth and material), Jainsons (apparel), Uttams (saris), Benaras Silk House (saris), Greenways (woolens and saris), Bholanath, Kapur Di Hatti, Manoharlalsons, Vohrasons, Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (jewellery), Amarsons (watches). Na;ikas (shoes), Bookworm (books).
Connaught Place (or CP) remains a popular place for wining and dining. The action begins after office hours as the city begins to unwind after a grueling day. B’Ba Restaurant and Bar (E-42/43, Inner Circle) is very new and looks promising. A spacious lounge bar, the ambience is subtle and sleek. Pubs and bars in Connaught Place remain open till late a night but it is advisable for women to stay in a group.