Of revolutions and music, of literature and poetry, of guns and roses, of romanticism and old cafés, bookstores; the tails of the magnificent metropolis that is the engine running on a never ending energy, have charmed us all.
Kolkata is that unique city in India where the old meet the young and together they create flavours that are utterly magical.
From traditional sarees to the postmodern stilettos, from Rabindra Sangit to Rock and Reggae, the cultural identity of this City of Joy is central to its place among the fellow Indians.
No matter where you go, what you do, this huge city watches over you, gives you innumerable reasons to be happy, to live a free life. Today we have brought you 5 unique places in Kolkata where you can go shopping and shop to your heart's content.
Here, the size of your pocket doesn't matter, what matters is the size of your passion to shop till you drop. If you want to find out the best 5 places to go shopping in Kolkata, read on!
New Market in Kolkata
Nothing comes close to hitting the top gear and go on a shopping spree, or a complete rampage in this iconic market of the old city. The New Market in Kolkata, earlier known as the Hogg's Market, is your one-for-all market in Kolkata, the omnipresent 'Bazar.'.
From street fashion to the elegant show pieces, the New Market is the place to go to for your monthly, or weekly dose of frantic shopping.
The New Market is full of small shops, big shops, over 2000 in number, offering all kinds of goods. Electronics, clothes, fashion jewellery. The prices are low and you can get an even better deal the more you haggle over the prices.
Here, alongside regular shops you can find jewish bakeries, cafés and eateries. It is located by the Lindsay Street and is open from 10 in the morning to 8 in the evening on weekdays. On saturday, it is open until 2.30 in the afternoon and on Sunday, it takes a much deserved break.
Dakshinapan Shopping Center in Kolkata
No shopping experience is complete without making a trip to the local handicraft market. The Dakshinapan Shopping Center is an open-air market of the handicraft and ethnic goods.
Just like the famous Shilpa Ramam in Hyderabad or, Delhi Haat in the nation's capital Delhi, this market offers extremely diverse varieties of clothes, jewellery, bags, show pieces and even utensils and other household goods.
Gariahat Market in Kolkata
Kolkata is a huge city and if you are there only for a few days, it is virtually impossible to cover all the markets in a rush to shop. If you find yourself in the South Kolkata, you can visit the Gariahat Market of Kolkata that spans across Prince Anwar Shah Road to Raja S C Mullick Road.
Although different in form and shape than the New Market, in spirit, Gariahat Market is the younger brother of it.
They offer multinational apparel and fashion gear, electronics at reasonable prices. From a shopaholic to a glutton, the Gariahat Market is a jewel crown for the shoppers in Kolkata.
College Street in Kolkata
A city's greatness lies not just in the way it looks, but also in the way it conducts itself, builds its identity. You can learns of the intellectual sid of any city by the number of book shops it has up its sleeve.
The street owes its name to the high number of colleges that stand on either side of it. The College Street is a 1.5km long stretch of wisdom – as it is literally flanked on both sides by hundreds and hundreds of book shops.
A haven of the intellectuals, this book market has rare collections not just from all over India, but also the world. The gems in the Russian literature, British and French, Spanish too can be found here at throwaway prices.
Here you get new books as well as the treasures from the bygone era. This is the best place to buy old, second hand books in Kolkata. This book market is the second largest book market in the world and the largest in India.
Flower Market in Kolkata
At the end of the Howra Bridge stands the legendary Mallick Ghat Flower Market. Shimmering gold and tangerine for the most part, this market offers colours and fragrances unheard of.
Here you get mind boggling varieties of flowers. From marigold, rose, gladiola, there are uncountable varieties of flowers.
If you are an early waker, you should visit this colourful market. You might want to leave your camera at home though, as clicking photos here is not welcome at all.