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Kolkata is the financial capital of East India and is a prime market destination of North- East India. Its is a well-known place where shopping is a great fun. Popular purchases include saris, handicrafts, and terracotta items. It also presents a test of your bargaining skills. If you bargain well, you'll get some great deals. A large number of shopping malls, markets and different retail shops have sprung up in Kolkataover the years. The city has many big and vivacious market places spread all over the city and represents the lifestyle of Kolkata.
Important Market Places in Kolkata
New Market in Kolkata
New marketis located in Lindsay street and is the oldest shopping place in the city.It's got plenty of stalls and is a bargain hunter's delight. From saris to electronic gadgets, this is the place to be. You'll find plenty to choose from there. In the evenings, street vendors come to sell cheap jewelry and eye catching bags out the front of the market. Just be prepared for the crowds! It was opened for the British residents before the independence of India and was designed in a Gothic style.The market is one of Calcutta's best shopping centres , which continues to be a premier shopping district in Kolkata, selling cotton saris, Bankura clay horses, Malda brassware, leather from Shantiniketan, silk from Murshidabad, khadi cloth poultry, cheese, nuts, almost everything available at a reasonable price.
Address: Lindsay Street , Kolkata, West Bengal
Gariaghat Market in Kolkata
This open air shopping center is a little out of the way, but it's an excellent place to buy Indian handicrafts and artifacts. Many Indian state government emporiums can be found there, stocked with fixed price goods from all over the country. It's also the place to buy cheap Indian clothing. Try out the Rasagullahs and other sweets at the street side shops here. Tea enthusiasts must stop by the renowned Dolly's Tea Shop. This small but enticingly decorated boutique tea shop has 20 different fruit flavors of tea to choose from, as well as refreshing fruit infused iced teas. You can even buy attractively packaged gifts. Address: Ballygunge area , Kolkata
AC Market in Kolkata
AC Market in Kolkata is one of the most important markets, situated at the Theatre Road. Although the market is smaller than the New Market but it has all the items of an ideal shopper's list. It specializes in clothes, electronic and electrical goods and household items. A good merchandise of costume jewelry, shoes, audio & video cassettes & CDs are available in this market.
Address: Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata, West Bengal
College Street Market in Kolkata
A unique market which is famous for its different book stores. Enriched Bengali Publications have their stores here and countless book stalls sell old and rare books. It is the largest second-hand book market in the world and largest book market in India . One can buy rare books at throw-away prices and extensive bargaining take place.
Address: Bidhan Sarani, Baithakkhana, Kolkata, West Bengal
Dakshinapan Shopping Complex , Kolkata
Unlike other big market places of Kolkata, Dakshinapan market is an open air shopping complex which is located in the southern corner of the city. Most of the shop in this market are state government outlets selling handloom and handicraft products. There are also a number of Indian ethnic wear and dress materials at reasonable prices. Dakshinapan is indeed the paradise with a variety of sarees like Jaipur silk, Kota, Synthetic, Kora silk, Bandhni, etc and Salwar suits for women.
Address: 2, Gariahat Rd, Dhakuria, Kolkata, West Bengal 700068
The Forum Mall in Kolkata
The Forum Mall is Kolkata's first shopping mall. If you've got money to spend, you'll love the appealing range of shops it houses over six floors. It'sall about fashion at the Forum, and there are so many beautiful clothes, accessories, and shoes to choose from. Check out Music World for a wide range of music,including classical styles. The Forum also has a cinema, bar, and one of Kolkata's best restaurants called "Oh! Calcutta".
Address:Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani, Sreepally, Bhawanipur, West Bengal 700020 Phone:033 2283 6022
City Centre in Kolkata
City Centre is located in the Salt Lake township of Kolkata. It's the twin mall is situated at the other part of the city. With approximately 42 thousand sq. metre. of commercial and entertainment spaces on five acres of land, City Centre Salt Lake attracts all crowds. The City centre comprises the Plaza Blocks, the Cineplex, the Tower, the Residency and the now legendary 'Kund'. City Centre Salt Lake has acquired a loyal community.
Address: 3rd Avenue, Block DC, Sector 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata, West Bengal 700064 Opened: 2004, Phone: 033 2358 1011
South City Mall in Kolkata
South City mall is the largest mall in Eastern India and is quite a landmark in Kolkata. It is situated in Prince Anwar Shah Road close to the Jadavpur and Tollygunge areas of the city. South City is a 31.14-acre micro-township featuring a Residential Complex, which includes a number of recreational facilities, School, Shopping Mall and a Social Club.
Address: 375, Prince Anwar Shah Rd, South City, South City Complex, Jadavpur, Kolkata, West Bengal 700032