Shopping in Kolkata is always a delight for the shopaholics. There are interesting markets for specific items spread all across the city where you can get your desired items conveniently. It is not just the vast collection of products that these markets have that draw the shoppers from all over the country, but it is also the attractive price tags the products have that make Kolkata a shopping heaven. Starting from textile and handicraft markets to books and wholesale markets, the following is the list of the shopping points in Kolkata that every shopaholic must visit.
This is the most popular market in Kolkata for its immense variety of shopping products. There are over 2000 stalls with eye-catching items at mouth-watering prices. Starting from clothing materials and jewelry items to handicraft and household stuff, everything is available. In the evening time, the local sellers display their products and hence, the place gets quite crowded in the evening. You should have some bargaining skills to buy the products at prices you can never imagine. The timing of the market is from 10am to 8pm.
It is one of the oldest wholesale markets in India and the rush during the festive seasons is breathtaking. There is no item in the world that you will not find in this market. The entire market is divided into four sections having similar items but different quality and price. Starting from electronics and cosmetic to textiles and home essentials, everything is available at an affordable rate. It stays closed on Sundays, and the timing is in between 10am and 7pm. It is referred to as the local market of Kolkata.
College Street Market
It is the most famous book market in India and not just in Kolkata. There are hundreds of book stalls selling new and old books and the books spill up to the pavement. There is no book that you cannot find here. In fact, it is the largest book market in India, and you can get the rare volumes of books at throwaway prices. It is also referred to as the world’s largest second-hand book market. There are also a few renowned food joints in the market to make your trip to the market extra special. The timing is in between 10am to 6pm but closed on Sundays.
This market is popular for its wide collection of clothes and jewelry. Besides, in the last few years, it has become the electronic hub of Kolkata. There are different types of shops available from the big ones to makeshift tents. There are popular food joints available to make your shopping experience enriching. If you are in Kolkata and if you do not visit Gariahat market for buying sarees, you are literally committing a crime.
Dakshinapan Shopping Center
Shopping in Kolkata is incomplete if you do not visit this world famous shopping center for handicraft items. The handicraft items available here are exclusive, and their designs will blow your mind. Even though most of the items are available at cheap rates, you will always fall short of money as there are so many items to buy. Besides, there are some renowned tea stalls available around it, and you will be able to taste as many as 20 different flavors of teas. The timing is 11am to 7pm and closed on Sunday.
Quest Mall and South City Mall
Finally, if you are the one who prefers branded products over the local products, the beautiful Quest Mall and the South City Mall are open for you. These are for those who are not a street shopper and who want to spend an entire day shopping, eating, watching movies and having all the fun. Almost all the popular national and international brands are available in these two malls. You can also opt for City Center Mall and Mani Square Mall if you are staying nearby them as they are equally popular in Kolkata.
Apart from these, the Hatibagan market is famous for its cotton and silk sarees, the Howrah Phool Bazar is famous for its wide collection of fresh flowers sold at extremely cheap rates in wholesale, and the Chowringhee Road market is popular for its renowned collection of Terracotta items which is one of the specialties of Kolkata.