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 :
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:
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.
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.