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Shopping in Kolkata!

Shopping can be great fun in Kolkata as the city is full with markets and malls that offer something for every age group! It is particularly known for handicrafts, sarees and terracotta items. If you are good at bargainingl, you’ll get some great deals.

Some of the “must-go”  shopping destinations in the city are :

New Market :

New Market, Kolkata

Located on Lindsay Street, New Market, also known as Hogg’s Market, is Kolkata’s oldest and most well known market. It’s got over 2,000 stalls and is a bargain hunter’s delight. If you have a nose for sarees, head to the reconstructed section of the market. You’ll find a lot to choose from here. For getting trendy and cheap stuff , visit this market in the evening as street vendors sell cheap jewellery and eye catching bags in front of the market. This market is closed on Sundays and open on all other days from 10 a.m to 8 p.m and until 2.30 p.m on Saturdays.

Dakshinapan Shopping Center:

Dakshinapan Shopping Center:

This open air shopping center is an excellent place to buy Indian handicrafts and artifacts. There are many Indian state government emporiums with fixed price goods from all over the country. Its also the best place to find cheap Indian clothing. It is located on Ghariahat Road in Dhakuria, near the flyover (overpass). It is open on Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., and Mondays after 2 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.

The Forum Mall :

This is Kolkat’s first and one of the best shopping malls. It houses an appealing range of world class stores over six floors. It’s all about fashion at the Forum, and there are so many beautiful clothes, accessories, and shoes to choose from.  The Forum also houses a cinema, bar, and one of Kolkata’s best restaurants called “Oh! Calcutta”. It is located on  Elgin Road. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday to Saturday  1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and closed on Sunday.

The Forum Mall

Chowringhee Road :

A huge variety of pavement vendors line Chowringhee Road from Park Street to New Market, selling everything  from bizarre to tacky. However, you’ll find some wonderful terracotta wares, if you look through all the junk, which are a Kolkata specialty. It is located on Chowringhee Road, near the Oberoi Grand Hotel. Street vendors set up mostly towards the evening but other shops are open during the day. Many are closed on Sunday.

Chowringhee Road

Shopping malls in Chennai…

In my last post I talked about the major shopping destinations in Chennai. But as I said, the city has a lot more to offer, so here I come with my next post about the shopping malls in Chennai.

Shopping malls in Chennai are sprawling at an alarming rate and they’ve left no stone unturned in providing a complete amazing shopping experience. After the concepts of globalization and liberalization became popular in the Indian markets, there has been a flood of international brands here. Malls in Chennai are coming up like never before and they have changed the way people shop in Chennai.

Some of the best malls in the city are :

Spencer Plaza :

Spencer Plaza, Chennai

Spread around an area of 125,000 sq ft, Spencer Plaza is one of the largest shopping mall in South Asia located on Anna Salai and is one of the landmarks of modern Chennai. Here you can get almost anything and everything ranging from food items, leather items, games to mobile corner, restaurants and dress materials for  people of all age. There are more than 400 shops inside the shopping mall and has all the major international brands.You will also find legendary brands like Florshaim shoes, Color plus, Levi’s, Adidas, Nike, Louis Philippe, Titan and Pantaloons.

Express Avenue :

Express Avenue

Express Avenue is Chennai’s largest shopping mall with world class shopping cum entertainment facility. Situated right in the heart of the city, it houses some of the biggest brands from around the globe. This mall gives a whole new dimension to work, leisure, entertainment and shopping. It houses some of the leading international fashion brands and independent local retailers. It has four levels of retail space, accomodating 210 speciality stores, including apparels, bags and belts, fashion accessories, footwear, jewellery, health & beauty and home & lifestyle products.

Chennai Citi Centre :

Spread over an area of 150,000sq ft, it is an exclusive shopping mall in the heart of the city. It has become an excellent entertainment destination for youngsters and has added a new dimension to the city’s look. It is home to designer shoe shops like Mochi, Titan, a Health and Glow outlet, Cookie Man, Foodworld and a few accessory shops. It is a unique host of flagship outlets of the top brands. For movie lovers there is INOX. For food lovers there are various spots starting from Pakistani Kebab, Arabian Hut, Little Italy, KFC to south Indian Sangeetha – so try out anything you want. It is a must go place for all shopping lovers!

Chennai Citi Centre

Abirami Mall :

Situated in Purasaiwalkam, it is  the one and only destination in Chennai which combines world class shopping with some of the spectacular entertainment and with some of the choicest food courts.. Abirami Theater complex which boasts of a ‘7 star’ theater with a Spanish Opera House theme, has a food court in level 1 and shops in the other 2 levels. It gives a whole new dimension to shopping, leisure and entertainment.

Abirami Mega Mall

Shopping in Chennai…

Chennai has proven to be a shopper’s delight, especially when it comes to traditional wear like wedding sarees, silk sarees, kanchipuram silk sarees and a lot more. There are quite a number of shopping centers in Chennai where you can step in to pick your choice but you should be good at bargaining!

Some of the best shopping destinations in the city are :

Anna Salai :

Anna Salai

Most of Chennai’s business and corporate offices are located on Anna Salai. The famous Anna Salai, formerly known as  Mount Road has several emporiums lined up and covers a distance of almost 8 kilometers from North to South. The emporiums and malls offer a wide range of products that include clothes, jewellery, bags and shoes along with lip-smacking south Indian cuisine.

Pondy Bazaar :

Pondy Bazaar situated in T. Nagar is one of  the most famous and important commercial hubs in Chennai. One can find a wide variety of elegant footwear, leather bags, crockery, toys, jewellery, cotton garments, stationary, music accessories, stuffed toys, plastic household goods and almost anything and everything. It is one of the liveliest places in Chennai.

Panagal Park :

This is another one-stop shopping destination as it has many commercial establishments and departmental stores. It is particularly famous for gold and diamond jewellery . Many prominent jewellery stores are located here. The area around Panagal Park is also known for its silk saree shops.

Egmore :

Egmore

It is a well known shopping destination of Chennai. It contains some important tourist attractions and various shopping plazas and big departmental stores. Its hotels, shopping complexes, and clubs contribute to the general commercial appearance of the region. Fountain Plaza, Alsa Mall, Co-Optex, Cane n Bamboo are some of the shopping options.

Anna Nagar :

Anna Nagar in western Chennai is an important residential and commercial area, offering several shopping destinations. It is famous for branded and expensive items. It is well known for its retail shopping as it is home to some world class brands. The important names on Second Avenue are Food World, Gautier, Crocodile, Pizza Hut, Barista, Hutch Shop and Damro Furniture.

Anna Nagar

Shopping Malls in Noida…

Noida is another city which is home to some of the best shopping malls in NCR. Some of them are :

The Great India Place : 

The Great India Place, Noida

The Great India Place, popularly known as TGIP, is located in sector 38A. It is spread over 1 million sq. ft and has a unique ambience where shoppers can not resist indulging and discovering an unparalleled experience of shopping. It offers its shoppers an unmatched shopping cum entertainment environment with an array of retail stores, food joints and a multiplex, all under one roof! It is home to six departmental stores- Lifestyle, Pantaloon, Globus, Shopper’s Stop, Big Bazaar and Home Town.

Spice World Mall:

Spice World Mall, Noida

Located in sector 25A, Spice World Mall is truly a world class commercial landmark in the city and is spread over an area of 1.5 million sq ft. This small has something to offer to everyone, so it is an ideal destination for a family’s day out! Its international standards and ambience, combined with a pool of elegant retail, sprawling corridors, a world class multiplex and exclusive coffee shops, offer a wide range of shopping and leisure activities. It is designed to ensure maximun customer friendliness.

DLF Mall :

Located in Sector 18 and apread over a 1.4 million sq ft area, this mall is a landmark developed by the DLF group. This mall features over 430 retail outlets, 140 restaurants and food joints, an entertainment zone, a supermarket and an amusement park. It gives a whole new dimension to shopping, leisure and entertainment.

DLF Mall

Lifestyle!

Lifestyle, one among the most admired fashion retail destinations, needs no introduction. Lifestyle entered India in 1999 and in less than a decade’s time it has expanded its footprint across the major cities of the country. Being a colourful, trendy and a vibrant store, it offers its customers an enjoyable shopping experience.

Lifestyle logo

Each Lifestyle store brings together five concepts under one roof- Apparel, Footwear, Health & Beauty, Kids wear & toys and Household & Furniture, offering convinient one-stop shopping and a choice of over 250 national & multinational brand.

Home Centre by Lifestyle is a one stop destination for affordable furniture, home decor and soft furnishing that represents style, comfort and individuality.

In keeping with the Group’s tradition of making every shopping experience more rewarding and memorable, The Inner Circle, Landmark Group’s loyalty programme allows members to enjoy exclusive benefits and privileges such as reward points and exciting offers. The Inner Circle is today recognized amongst the leading Loyalty Program in the country with an ever increasing base of customers.

Ambience Mall, Gurgaon…

I gave a few highlights of this mall in one of my previous posts titled ‘Gurgaon-The Mall Capital of India!’. It just mentioned about the few national and multinational brands that are available here. There is a lot more about this shopping destination which I would like to share.

Located on the Delhi-Gurgaon border, it is one of the largest operational malls in India. Each floor in this mall is a kilometre long! The mall not only boasts of an unprecedented scale in terms of its size but also provides an unparalleled mix of  leisure, entertainment and shopping.

There is a wide range of facilities offered by this mall which includes premium international and domestic retail brands, seven-screen multiplex cinema, restaurants and coffee shops, food court, car showroom, fitness and meditation centre, bowling alley, simulated golf course, kids play zone, recreational zone and many more. With three basement levels, the mall also has more than 2500 car parking spaces and offers amenities such as high speed elevators and escalators, multiple entry and exits.BLUO, Ambience Mall

It is a true ‘destination mall’ for shopping freaks. It has an amzing range of brands. For women’s apparels and accessories, it has brands like Jealous Jeans, Mango, Zardozi, Van Heusen, Panna Sarees, Biba, Esbeda, Panna Royal, Global Desi and designer wear like Ritu Kumar and Satya Paul among many others.

For men’s apparel and accessories, you can find exclusive names like Louis Philippe, Studio Firang, Jack & Jones, Blackberrys, Gant, Cadini, Provogue and Van Heusen among others.

With a wide variety of stores offering shopping, dining and entertainment, it provides a truly international shopping experience!

Express Avenue…

Express Avenue is Chennai’s largest shopping mall with world class shopping cum entertainment facility. Situated right in the heart of the city, it houses some of the biggest brands from around the globe. This mall gives a whole new dimension to work, leisure, entertainment and shopping.

Express Avenue houses some of the leading international fashion brands and independent local retailers. It has four levels of retail space, accomodating 210 speciality stores, including apparels, bags and belts, fashion accessories, footwear, jewellery, health & beauty and home & lifestyle products.

Another eye-catching feature of this mall is its world class business chamber with superior location and a wide range of facilities. This is the first time an official marketing space is to be built inside a mall in India. The offices here are all of Grade A space.

The mall is a dynamic mix of shopping, business and leisure. So when it comes to entertainment, the scope of fun extends through Escape-the city’s first luxury Cineplex by Sathyam cinemas and Funcity. Escape Cinemas consists of an 8 screen multiplex with capacity to entertain 1300 people. . Funcity at Express Avenue offers a truly memorable experience for families looking to spend quality time together.

It offers shoppers an intimate and convenient shopping experience. It is undoubtedly the most sought after shopping destination!

Inorbit Mall, Mumbai…

Inorbit MallAs I mentioned about this mall in my previous post- ‘Mumbai Malls’, this enormous mall is the firehouse of the suburban retail industry. It has stores that will lead any shopper to desperation and can tempt those that have no control over their bank accounts. With one of the largest food courts in Mumbai, the InOrbit Mall is definitetly the place to be for food lovers too.

The mall  first opened its doors to the public in early 2004. It has a universal class appeal and seeks to provide a one-stop destination for fashion, lifestyle, food and entertainment leading to an international experience for families. Inorbit is one such mall in Mumbai suburb where you can get excellent quality products.

Inorbit Mall, Malad

Thanks to Inorbit, you do not have to drive all the way to town to buy a designer outfit or a jwellery set or a matching pair of shoes for your parties. One can easily see the difference between the products purchased from Inorbit and other shops! If you believe that you deserve a good standard of life then, Inorbit is the best place for you to buy any product you want. Though the rates are quite high out there but then Inorbit gives you the quality product that you can rely on.

Ranging from world class stores to exclusive restaurants, this one building structure is what everyone has been eyeing ever since they opened their doors!

Westside!

Westside, one of the largest retail chains in India has more than 60 stores across the country. It is a trendy lifestyle store dedicated to giving a wholesome shopping experience to its customers by offering best-in-class products at affordable prices.

Westside

The Westside store has numerous departments to meet the varied shopping needs of customers. These include Men’s Wear, Women’s Wear, Kid’s Wear, Footwear, Cosmetics, Perfumes and Handbags, Household Accessories and many more. The store has something to offer for every age group.

With a variety of designs and styles, everything at Westside is exclusively designed and it has always been in the forefront of fashion. The range, quality and value of the products they offer is just amazing.

Walk into a Westside store and you walk into a store full of surprises! It offers the widest choices of products to choose from, from  western outfits to ethnic wear,formal wear to fashion accessories, elegant handbags to trendy footwear-the list is endless and the choice is unlimited. Ethnic wear is given innovative touch by the store’s in-house designers and western wear range comes in soft and sensual designs. When it comes to accessories, you can add glamour to your outfit with an elegant handbag, a silk scarf or maybe just a trendy hairclip.

Westside

Another thing that attracts the customers to this store is its ambience. The store has got a sense of warmth and freshness which makes shopping a delightful experience!

Mumbai Malls…

Like every other metropolitan, mall mania has hit Mumbai too in recent years.  Mumbai malls are more than just shopping destinations. They offer an unmatched mix of eating, gaming and entertainment zones, offering fun for the whole family! Some of the best centrally located malls in the city are :

High Street Phoenix :                                                 

High Street Phoenix, Mumbai

Located in Lower Parel, this south Mumbai cum suburban mall is the hideout of many young and old fans that take their hands to their wallets and buy whatever their hearts desire. The highlight of this mall is its swanky Skyzone shopping space, full of premium national and international stores. These are located along side cheaper retail outlets to suit all budgets. You’ll also find a courtyard containing food shops, bowling alley, gaming arcade, and sports bar. After shopping in the evening, you can also head to nearby BlueForg to hear some excellent live music. It is home to the following stores : Provogue, Big Bazaar, Pantaloons, Lifestyle, Lacoste, Mogra, Tommy Hilfiger, Next, Planet M.

Atria Millenium Mall :

Atria Millenium Mall, Mumbai

Looking for luxury products and international designer brands? You’ll find them at this mall. The five level Atria mall had a star-studded opening in mid 2006, and has remained popular as it’s one of the few malls that are centrally located in Mumbai. The Eco Corner store is worth checking out for its unique range of environmentally friendly home and bath accessories, made by villagers. In addition to shops and a food court, this mall also has a 4-D cinema and large entertainment zone.

Inorbit Mall :

Inorbit Mall, Mumbai

Inorbit, with its 1.2 million square feet of space, is one of the largest malls in South East Asia. The ground floor is mostly occupied by major British department stores. There are also a number of Indian designer fashion outlets, and an Australian cookie bakery. The first floor is full of national and international clothing brands, a music store, and bookstore. The top floor has been exclusively devoted to food and entertainment, and includes a kids play area. Its only drawback is its location i.e it is located in the outer suburbs.

Oberoi Mall :

The classy Oberoi Mall opened in mid 2008, and offers 500,000 square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment. It features a large central atrium with an uninterrupted view of every shop front within the mall. The attractions of this mall are the Lifestyle Home Center outlet, and the Central department store. The mall is also home to these stores : Lifestyle, Central, PVR Cinemas, Debenhams, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, Adams Kids, Gloria Jeans Coffee, Giordano, Pepe, Spykar, and Gas.

Oberoi Mall, Mumbai