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From stores to cafes, why Delhi’s Dhan Mill compound is the haute spot to be seen at

With a 24×7 on-the-go lifestyle, some time at hand on weekends seems like an indulgence. One might want to shop, eat, maybe sit in a quaint cafe and read a book. So just in case, you want to cut down on your travel and experience it all the Dhan Mill compound offers a complete assortment of experiences for them who want to save time, indulge and explore. From the coolest Indian labels offering apparels, accessories and bridal wear to art galleries and theater, there is a lot on offer. The cultural hot spot is known for hosting some of the coolest band performances, award winning plays and events which attract Delhi’s coolest crowd. Move over, Hauz Khaz and Champa Gali,  here is your consolidated guide to the burgeoning Dhan Mill compound.

Nappa Dori 
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Launched by Gautam Sinha in 2010, Nappa Dori is one of the leading accessory brands in India. Known for its exquisite craftsmanship, it literally translates into ‘leather and thread’. So whether you are hunting for a perfect oversized tote, shopper bag, a wallet and even a backpack; there is a lot on offer. Also, just in case you want to pick up some quirky, statement stationary to gift, this is a one-stop shop. As an add on to the experience Cafe Dori; the brand’s extension has coffee, cookies, smoothies and macaroons on offer. 

Love Birds 
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Ease and impeccable tailoring come to define their ready-to-wear label; spearheaded by Amrita Khanna and Gursi Singh. If you are on a lookout for something minimal with a well-defined silhouette, you will find a number of pieces at Love Birds. From skirts, crisp white button downs, midi dresses to pleated trousers, for the one with a contemporary, discerning taste this is the label to check out. 

Pernia’s Pop-Up Studio


For those who believe in touching and feeling the fabric before they make any purchase, Pernia’s Pop-Up Studio brings together a range of premium Indian labels. From Manish Malhotra bridal classics to Shivan & Narresh’s straight-of-the-runway summer essentials there is a lot to choose from.


Want conceptual pieces to deck up your wardrobe, this is your go-to label. Launched by Akshat Bansal, the label explores traditional Indian techniques such as tie-and-dye with a contemporary twist. In case you are a minimalist, this label has a lot to offer.

Manish Arora 
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Whether you are a neo-ethnic bride, planning your trip to Burning Man or Coachella, Manish Arora has something for everyone. A Paris fashion week regular is known for his intricately done; kitsch designs which can easily double as art. From summer appropriate tie-and-dye tunics, heavily embellished t-length skirts to sequinned leggings; if you are planning to experiment with your wardrobe, his is the designer to look up to. 

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Big Dance Arena 

If you are a dance aficionado then this academy is the place to be. From Jazz Funk to Hip Hop, this one-of-a-kind dance school founded by Atul Jindal and Karan Kumar caters to the ones who are ready to dance their heart out.

Crossfit Himalaya Gym 

Just in case regular gym workout doesn’t do much for you, Crossfit Himalaya’s wide range of activities might be of interest. From Olympic athletes to housewives, this gym boasts of a range of clients.

Home decor 
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If home decor is your passion then you can spend some time in Spin. With a design, sensibility is rooted in Japanese and Nordic schools of minimalism every piece is made for a contemporary space. Be it their candle stands, beds, chairs even table plant pots if you are on a looking for something statement-y yet not loud; Spin is your go-to store. 

Artisan Food Collective


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We are all prepped up for winters with a range of delicious nut butters… For starters we are lucky to have @herbsoak on board. Sonam, the lady behind the brand makes the yummiest crunchy, creamy and chocolate peanut butters ! Next, we have @rawpressery who have recently come up with a range of almond butters, a treat for vegans and health nuts. Sweetened, salted and roasted and one for the cocoa freaks. Lastly, a savvy young lady who runs the @nutreen_ kitchen has come up with some melt in the mouth vanilla coocoa cashew butter. ! So what’s your pick going to be ? . . . . #artisanalfood #artisanalbutters #artisanfoodcollective #winterprep #delhifoodscenes #winterfoodscenes #butters #veganbutters #whatsupdelhi #whatsupgurgaon #delhifood

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The food collective brings you the best of organic essentials from small Indian towns. The best of honey; hand churned butter, green teas to artisanal Italian sausage, sandwich ham and even sugar substitutes; you can stock up your kitchen. 

Delhi Vintage Co. 


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Allow us to share with you, moments from a very special time, that we lived in the year before this and remember rather vividly, as if it were just yesterday. We wish to celebrate this one, in all it’s glory, with one of the most exhilarating chapters of our journey – The Delhi Vintage Photo Album 🌺 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The man behind the lens : @imanojj The vision : @yesyeswhynot @pencil_yoda @maniiiishhhhh The styling Artist : @who_wore_what_when The Model : @lataamali @__ankita__saha__ @menakshirathore @palaksureshgupta ⠀⠀ Make-up & Hair : @richie_muah @_pratikshanair_ The Production Crew : @niharikasingh13 ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #IndianFashion #ContemporaryIndianFashion #IndianBridalWear #IndianFashion2019 #TraditionalIndianWear2019 #IndianFashionDesigner #Fashion #Weddings #India #Delhi #NewDelhi #fashioninspirations #NewYears #IndianNewYears #India2019 #Fashion2019 #bridals2019

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All you would be brides, listen up. Just in case you are on a lookout for perfect traditional, handcrafted bridal ensemble Delhi Vintage Co. is the store to check out. Think black and white images of Indian royalty; queens decked up in jaw-dropping jewels; draped in exquisite hand looms the same authenticity and vibrancy filters down in everything the label creates. With the bridal market cluttered with the same cookie cutter offerings, this store believes making it all an experience. From golden Kanjeevaram Silk, the artistic Benarasi to the elegantly understated Chanderi to folk arts adorning the walls of the store, everything is on offer. 

Art and Culture 
Claymen / Infonauts 
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Art resides in simplicity; and this is what drives graphic artist, illustrator, sculptor and a visual storyteller Aman Khanna. A graduate of the London College of Communication (2004) realised how clay can be used to engage in a dialogue with the society, and be used to convey essential messages. His work has been displayed at the prestigious London Design Festival, Ho-Art in Hyderabad and No Lab Istanbul. Today his handmade and beautiful crafted clay figures serve as conceptual art and tableware. 

Odd Bird Theatre

If movies, cafes and shopping are a passé for you, then theatre might be of some interest, or live rock performances. Dhan Mill’s Odd Bird Theatre is not only buzzing with cool plays (directed by the likes of Bikram Ghosh) but once in a while you might get to be listen to a live band performing.


Co-working spaces can be a great place to network and when it’s Agenc CoLab in Dhan Mill you can even participate in weekly yoga or mediation classes. Frequented by artists, chefs, designers and marketing executives, this space is always buzzing with creative minds. The all-white interiors make for a perfect and a peaceful office-away-from-office for many.

Quick Brown Fox

In case you have a discerning palate for coffee, then you do not want to miss out on Quick Brown Fox. This independently owned speciality coffee roaster celebrates India’s growing love for coffee. In a nuanced process, roasting is done, ensuring that every batch retains its quality and flavour. Once you are nearby the arresting coffee fragrance will lure you in. 

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
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