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Kolkata is a shopping paradise for any keen shopper because of the out-and out diversity of consumer goods and commodities that are accessible in the markets and malls.
Conversation about the city of Kolkata revolves around it’s rich culture and heritage that is still deeply embedded in the people of Kolkata.
When one observes the map of India,you would notice that Kolkata is close to the east and hence is one of the easy trade corridor for traders, international brand and various shop owners.
This culture and heritage is seen throughout the city in the various markets and shopping malls. The shops in the market are stocked up with the traditional clothes. Some of these shops also have unbranded clothes that can be purchased at a throw away price.
In the past few years one has seen the rise of shopping malls that are sprawled across the city. The numerous shopping malls provide the citizens of kolkata a variety of choice of clothes from National to International brands to choose from.
Below are few of the Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata:
Calcutta Corporation,constructed the New Market in 1874 which served the select British residents of Kolkata.New Market is also called S S Hogg Market.This is Kolkata’s oldest and foremost market. It is also considered as one of the heritage sites of Kolkata.
The market consist of jungle of stalls that sell everything conceivable under the sun. There are over 2,000 stalls that are grouped in blocks according to the commodities sold. This makes manoeuvring through the stalls easy. Incase one get’s lost, they cold always take the help of coolies who also double as guides.
The stalls in New market sell everything under it’s roof from clothing to wheeled luggage to electronics to a special cheese that is found nowhere. This is also a place to shop for various types of clothes,accessories,flowers,different food items, spices, vegetables,crockeries and utensils etc. It is crowded and there is chaos everywhere but if you want a good deal or an awesome experience,New Market is the place to be.
ADDRESS: Lindsay St, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal
TIMINGS: Mon-Fri 10.00 AM – 8.00 PM ,Saturday : 10.00 AM -2.30 PM. Closed on Sunday
2.Dakshinapan Shopping Center:
Developed by Kolkata Improvement Trust(KIT),it is an open-air cultural spot. It mainly consists of various types of State Emporiums from all over India dealing in Handlooms,Handicrafts,Textiles, Furniture,Fancy Goods,Jewellery at fixed price. The products sold at the emporium are reliable and of inexpensive quality material.
A curator would enjoy his visit to this market as there are a lot of curios that are being sold.Jewellery specially junk which is the main attraction for ladies,girls of all age can be purchased here.
Tea lovers visiting this shopping centre have a surprise awaiting them. Dolly’s Tea Shop is a small attractive beautifully adorned boutique tea shop that has 20 different fruit flavours of tea and refreshing fruit infused iced tea’s to choose from.
Theater enthusiasts can also have a memorable time here has this place hosts Madhusudan Mancha and Children Little Theater. Plays and other cultural shows are organised for one and all.
ADDRESS:2, Gariahat Rd, Dhakuria, Kolkata, West Bengal
3. Hathi Bagan Market:
Hathi Bagan means Elephant Garden and is timeless. This flea market is located at North of Kolkata was known for selling exotic animals and birds of all kinds,until 2012. In the years 2012, a fire broke out which ravaged a large part of the market. The fire did not break the spirit’s of the various shopkeepers and they still retain their popularity.
This market has different shops for fashionable clothes and accessories for a great bargain.
Incase one is bored of shopping,you can always hop into the famous Star theatre and watch one of the latest movie at reasonable price.
Hathi Bagan also hosts one of the oldest traditional markets in the city’s famous history which is a little more than a century old. Some of the rare and finest Bengali silk and cotton saris are sold here at a very cheap price that will bring a smile to your face.
ADDRESS:Bidhan Sarani, Shyambazar, Kolkata, West Bengal
4.Mani Square Mall:
Mani Square Mall,owned by the Mani Group,is a shopping mall in Kolkata which is relatively new. It has over 250 shops, and more than 2,000 customers per day.
This mall has a well-defined area for fun,entertainment,food and shopping. Parking space provided by the mall is huge and so the customers would not have to worry about parking their 4 or 2 wheelers.
This mall also you to shop till you drop,eat until you are full , enjoy the vibrant colours and if you still have the strength,time and money you could go for another round of shopping.
If you are bored of shopping one could always hop into one of the theatres present in the multiplex or could watch a great 3D movie at Imax screen.
A gaming zone called the Amoeba has a variety of games for all age groups.
ADDRESS:164/1, Maniktala Main Road, Kolkatta, West Bengal
TIMINGS:Mon-Sun 10.00 AM-10.00 PM
Quest Mall developed by RP-SAnjiv Goenka group is the city’s first luxury mall. It is the second largest mall with the total area of 730,000 sq ft. A mall as big as this accommodates 136 luxury brands,entertainment zone,multiplex of Inox,food court,fine dining arena a multi-level car park.
This mall is known for holding midnight sale once a year which attracts a huge crowd and is hugely popular. When the midnight sale happens the line to some of the popular stores are so long that the customers would have to wait for approximately an hour to get in. Not to forget the Uber kiosk that is ready to take you back home.
Shopping can be tiring,and to rejuvenate yourself you have an area where you can play, food court where you are spoilt for choice and of course fine dining restaurants.
ADDRESS: 33, Syed Amir Ali Ave, Beck Bagan, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal
TIMINGS: Mon-Sun 10.00 AM- 11.00 PM
The most frequented and famous South City mall is the largest mall in Kolkata and whole of West Bengal. Once you are inside this mall there is no getting bored as there are numerous restaurants,cafes,hangout places,designer labels,international brands etc.
The mall offers a wide range of brands and the supermarkets in this mall cater to all the section of the society.Book lover’s will find book stores that satisfy their cravings for books,sports people will have numerous sports shop to choose their sport apparel from. Children and kids will love this place because of the variety of toy shops.
Timbuktu is a a play zone specially designed for children allows the children to have a fun filled day.
This mall has six screen INOX multiples a lounge cum food court inside the premises’s of the multiplex.
ADDRESS:F455, South City Mall, Prince Anwar Shah Road 375, Jadavpur, Kolkata, West Bengal
TIMINGS: Mon-Sun:10.00 AM- 11.00 PM
Low cost of living and easy availability of goods makes Kolkata is the city for shopaholics. Bargaining skills helps one to get the best of things at a reasonable rate. Durga Puja is the best time to shop in Kolkata as one can see different colours,styles and lots of people purchasing commodities of various kinds in all the markets. Happing Shopping in Kolkata!!