Snuggled behind the grand Siri Fort Auditorium, lies the inconspicuous entrance to the fashionable ghetto that is Shahpur Jat. Already a pavilion for showcasing the creativity of more than a hundred designers, artists, and culinaire extraordinaire, Shahpur Jat seduces everyone with its hidden treasure houses of apparel, home decor, artwork, and food.
It’s facade is humble and it flirts with your imagination as you walk into its small alleys where at almost every nook and corner, you will see a well lit window offering a rich panorama of “the labour of designer love.”
If you are not familiar with the place, you might have to walk around through its simple residential blocks with its humble residents and its share of common utilitarian stores till you suddenly come upon an eccentric or delicate entrance with an eclectic name, and that is your cue for stepping into designer haven.
As you get lost (and possibly even wary) in the labyrinth of this upcoming designer village, at unsuspecting spots, you will chance upon artwork that spans the length and breadth of a wall of an apartment or an entire building, for that matter. This art mural will speak to you, and egg you on towards the next bend in the lane, hoping for a discovery, eager for a revelation.
So, just when you feel that you are stepping away from this promised land of art and fashion potpourri, these landscape art exhibits scream out for your attention, reassuring you that perhaps the next undiscovered new pot of creativity is brewing clandestinely at the next turn, or behind the next block.
However, if you are not the meandering traveler and need to zero in on the kill, park your vehicle close to what is popularly known as “Fashion Street” and everything you are searching for in this locality is within a walking radius of 5 minutes.
If you are looking for sartorial splendor, there are enough boutiques to test and tire your imagination.
And, of course there are outre dining options from a rooftop restaurant that sells Bihari cuisine (Potbelly) , to a roadside shack that offers a delectable variety of Tibetan dumpings (Momos Factory), from a cafe with a relaxed seating, a delectable European cuisine, and a neat selection of board games (Cafe Scribblers), to a cosy eatery tucked in a quaint corner with a decor inspired by music and a quirky menu that tops out at Rs. 200 (Music & Cafe), you do have different strokes for different folks.
Scenes from Potbelly
And the friendly Music & Cafe eatery!
But the three outstanding outlets in Shahpur Jat boast of esoteric options for home decor. Let us introduce them! Don’t simply take our word for it; the pictures will sell more than what our words will tell.
Siva Contemporary Rugs
This place offers rugs, settees, sofas, hanging lampshades, and a whole lot more. Whether you love a color riot or prefer an understated appearance, you are sure to find something that appeals to you.
With an easy mix of utilitarian and aesthetic appeal, and a price that works out for most, it’s difficult to leave this store without picking out something that’s something you have always wanted for a corner of your room.
Look through the display window, and you will get a glimpse of the wonderland that had Alice running after the mad hatter. This store has a myriad collection of gift items and showpieces from coasters made of juxtaposed keys welded together to a suitcase that makes you want to journey around the world in 80 days.
At the back of the store is a cafe which offers a choice of pasta, salads and sandwiches, but more importantly, a fine selection of tea blends that offers you a rejuvenating experience as you savor it against the rich visual imagery of the store and its eccentric offerings.
The Second Floor
This is a behemoth compared to the other outlets and they have put all of the space to good use to tastefully create a unique ambiance that showcases the products in their own signature style.
From card holders, to crockery, to furniture, to fabric, every product is “rightfully” placed in the right place to grab your attention.
Some more sights within Fashion Street
As Shahpur Jat evolves to maturity, we are sure that there will be more of everything to impress both the casual and the serious shopper, but we believe these three places will always stand mighty though their character of serving and quality of offering!
All the best Shahpur Jat! Keep making us coming back for more!