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Top 5 Places to Go Shopping in Kolkata

Enjoy Shopping at these Kolkata Markets and Malls

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Shopping in Kolkata can be great fun as the city is filled with markets and malls bursting with interesting goods. Popular purchases include saris, handicrafts, and terracotta items. If you bargain well, you'll get some great deals. Check out these must-visit places. 

Wondering what else to see and do in Kolkata? Don't miss these 12 Top Kolkata Attractions.

1. New Market

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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. Head to the reconstructed section of the market, which got rebuilt after a fire in 1985, if you want to buy saris. 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!

  • Location: Lindsay Street, just off Chowringhee Road.
  • Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and until 2.30pm on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.

2. Dakshinapan Shopping Center

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This open air shopping center is a little out of the way, but it's an excellent place to buy Indian handicrafts and artifacts. You'll find many Indian state government emporiums there, stocked with fixed price goods from all over the country. It's also the place to buy cheap Indian clothing. 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.

  • Location: Ghariahat Road in Dhakuria, near the flyover (overpass).
  • Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., and Mondays after 2 p.m. Closed on Sunday.

3. Oxford Bookstore

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Anyone who loves books shouldn't miss visiting Oxford Bookstore. Without a doubt, its the best place to shop for books in Kolkata, and you can relax and unwind in there as well. It has a number of specialist book sections, including a separate space especially for children. As well as books you'll also find a tea bar, gift shop, reading room, and exhibition space.
  • Location: Park Street, next to the entrance to the Park Hotel.
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

4. Chowringhee Road

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A huge variety of pavement vendors line Chowringhee Road from Park Street to New Market, selling everything bizarre to tacky. However, if you look through all the junk, you'll find some wonderful terracotta wares, which are a Kolkata specialty. The decorative terracotta wall plaques are particularly attractive and come in some unique traditional designs.
  • Location: Chowringhee Road, near the Oberoi Grand Hotel.
  • Opening Hours: Street vendors set up mostly towards the evening but other shops are open during the day. Many are closed on Sunday.

5. Quest Mall

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If you're interested in branded products and high end shopping, head to Quest Mall. Launched in September 2013, and with a convenient city center location, this mall is the second largest in Kolkata. It's also Kolkata's only international standard shopping mall. The mall is spread over seven levels and has a diverse mix of stores, including fashion, entertainment, cafes, food court, and fine dining restaurants. There's an INOX six screen multiplex cinema as well.
  • Location: Syed Amir Ali Ave, Park Circus, Ballygunge.
  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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