Kolkata (Calcutta)

Shopping in Kolkata bazaars is an adventure, and a test of your ability to shake off touts. In general, most shops are open six days a week and closed Sunday. Hours tend to be 10:30–8.

Kolkata has never been the place for trendy shopping, so you may want to concentrate on getting hand-loomed cloth, handicrafts, and artistic jute and metal gifts, most of which will cost you next to nothing. Things to look out for include long-necked terra-cotta Bankura horses, dokra metalwork, and Bengal saris, made in crisp cottons and luscious silks. And many galleries sell very affordable art.

Although government emporiums in Dakshinapan sell the best of what the various states of India have to offer, boutiques and other stores in south Calcutta offer a better shopping experience, with a more carefully curated selection.

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  • 1. Sabyasachi

    South Kolkata

    Sabyasachi Mukherji, one of India's most well-known fashion designers, is from Kolkata; a trip to his flagship store is a crash course in Indian...

    Sabyasachi Mukherji, one of India's most well-known fashion designers, is from Kolkata; a trip to his flagship store is a crash course in Indian textiles and craftsmanship. Known for his saris and wedding clothes, Sabya (as he's popularly known) dresses many of India's top film stars and celebrities.

    P 545 Lake Terrace Rd., near Vivekananda Park, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700029, India
    -9830005953
  • 2. Bowbazar

    North Kolkata | Jewelry & Watches

    Some of the country's most skilled goldsmiths and jewelry designers hail from Kolkata. And in Bowbazar, east of Chitpur Road, is where you will...

    Some of the country's most skilled goldsmiths and jewelry designers hail from Kolkata. And in Bowbazar, east of Chitpur Road, is where you will find them. The cheek-by-jowl shops that line the busy street sell good-quality traditional gold and silver jewelry, but there are also more trendy and chic designs in platinum, with diamonds and other precious and semiprecious stones. Prices are reasonable, because labor charges are less here than in other Indian cities. Each shop has an astrologer on hand to help you find the most auspicious stone based on your sign and birthdate.

    Near College St., parallel to Chittaranjan Ave. and bounded by Mahatma Gandhi Rd. and Vivekananda Rd., Calcutta Medical College, and Presidency College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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  • 3. Central Cottage Industries

    Central Kolkata | Crafts

    For curios in a hurry and at fixed prices, head to Central Cottage Industries. It may seem a tad musty and salespeople may seem disinterested...

    For curios in a hurry and at fixed prices, head to Central Cottage Industries. It may seem a tad musty and salespeople may seem disinterested, but you may just find a good bargain.

    7 J. L. Nehru Rd., Kolkata, West Bengal, India
    33-2228–4139
  • 4. Dakshinapan

    South Kolkata | Clothing

    For those who want to browse through handicrafts and hand-loomed cloth and clothing from around the country, this no-fuss, no-frills mall is...

    For those who want to browse through handicrafts and hand-loomed cloth and clothing from around the country, this no-fuss, no-frills mall is a good destination. Discovering gems in this sea of government shop may leave you parched, though. Head for Dolly's Tea Shop, on the ground floor, for refreshing hot and cool blends of the finest teas, handpicked by the owner, Dolly Roy, the world's first female tea auctioneer and India's first female tea-taster.

    Near Dhakuria Bridge, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • 5. Forum Mall

    South Kolkata | Department Store

    Forum Mall has shops selling clothes, music, leather, toys, and lots more. ...

    Forum Mall has shops selling clothes, music, leather, toys, and lots more.

    3 Elgin Rd., Kolkata, West Bengal, India
    33-2283–6022
  • 6. Gariahat

    South Kolkata | Crafts

    South Kolkata's most popular and very congested shopping district is home to chic boutiques and bustling shops selling saris in all kinds of...

    South Kolkata's most popular and very congested shopping district is home to chic boutiques and bustling shops selling saris in all kinds of styles and prices. The pavements are taken over by hawkers selling clothes, toys, accessories, and handcrafted jewelry—it can be challenging to negotiate the crowd during peak hours. Intense bargaining is de rigueur on the street, but the air-conditioned shops offer respite from the heat as well the haggling. The lanes away from Gariahat Road itself—Hindusthan Park Road, Dover Lane, Southern Avenue—are quieter and more upscale. Here, among the elegant homes of Kolkata's upper classes are where you will find art galleries, quirky and traditional Bengali restaurants, specialty shops, boutiques, and quaint cafés that are local favorites. Visit By Loom for handloomed saris, jewelry, and a cozy café. Bunkari sells saris, stoles, and scarves; Weaver's Studio has handloomed textiles. For a bite of Kolkata's famous kati rolls, try Bedouwin or Badshah, where crisp parathas are wrapped around succulent pieces of meat and finely chopped onions and served piping hot. For traditional Bengali meals, try 6 Ballygunge Place, Sholo Ana, Tero Parbon, or Bhojohori Manna. Le Petit De La Maison, The Bistro, Wise Owl, and French Loaf are some of the European-style eateries in the area. If the shopping and the crowds get to you, head to the Ramakrishna Mission, in Gol Park, for some quiet reflection.

    Gariahat Rd. connects Ballygunge Phari with Prince Anwar Shah Rd. and Raja SC Mullick Rd. near Jadavpur police station on the southern part of Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • 7. Konark Collectables

    Central Kolkata | Crafts

    Quaint little Konark Collectables carries handicrafts, curios, antiques, period furniture, and gift items. ...

    Quaint little Konark Collectables carries handicrafts, curios, antiques, period furniture, and gift items.

    Humayun Court, 20 Lindsay St., Kolkata, West Bengal, India
    33-2249–7273
  • 8. New Market

    Central Kolkata | Antiques & Collectibles

    The century-old New Market, officially Sir Stuart Hogg Market, houses about 2,500 stores under one roof, selling cotton saris, Bankura clay...

    The century-old New Market, officially Sir Stuart Hogg Market, houses about 2,500 stores under one roof, selling cotton saris, Bankura clay horses, brassware, leather bags from Shantiniketan, silk from Murshidabad, khadi (handmade cotton) cloth, clothes for kids, wigs, poultry, cheeses, nuts, and other foods. The neighborhood is also home to several air-conditioned malls, department stores, restaurants and stand-alone shops, while the sidewalks are taken over by street-food vendors and knickknack stalls. It's definitely the busiest shopping district in the region.

    19 Lindsay St., off J. L. Nehru Rd., behind Oberoi Grand, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • 9. Oxford Bookstore-Gallery

    Central Kolkata | Books/Stationery

    The café overlooking the chic street below serves teas and snacks at this store, one of the city's favorite spaces for books and book parties...

    The café overlooking the chic street below serves teas and snacks at this store, one of the city's favorite spaces for books and book parties. There's a wide range of titles in English, as well as some in Indian languages and in French. Gifts and a DVD section round out the offerings.

    17 Park St., Kolkata, West Bengal, 700016, India
    33-2229–7662
  • 10. Quest

    South Kolkata | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Kolkata's newfound love affair with malls is reflected in this massive and high-end example of the genre, home to Paul Smith, Emporio Armani...

    Kolkata's newfound love affair with malls is reflected in this massive and high-end example of the genre, home to Paul Smith, Emporio Armani, Canali, Fendi, Gucci, Michael Kors—some 130 brands in all. Restuarants include SeraFina and Irish House.

    33 Syed Amir Ali Ave., Kolkata, West Bengal, 700017, India
  • 11. Rabindra Sarani

    North Kolkata | Market

    Head up Rabindra Sarani from Lal Bazaar Road (near the West Bengal Tourist Office) and you'll soon enter an Islamic world. Women walk by in...

    Head up Rabindra Sarani from Lal Bazaar Road (near the West Bengal Tourist Office) and you'll soon enter an Islamic world. Women walk by in burqas (long, black, tent-shaped robes), their eyes barely visible behind veils. Men sit on elevated platforms selling Bengali kurtas (shirts) and pants, and colorful lungis and white dhotis (both are wraps) for men. Other vendors sell vials of perfume created from flowers. Rabindra Sarani is interesting all the way to Chitpur Road.

    Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • 12. Russell Exchange

    Central Kolkata | Auctions

    On Sunday auctions take place along Russell Street. A trip to the oldest auction house, the Russell Exchange, run by brothers Anwar and Arshad...

    On Sunday auctions take place along Russell Street. A trip to the oldest auction house, the Russell Exchange, run by brothers Anwar and Arshad, or any of its neighbors is invariably entertaining. Goods auctioned range from antiques and period furniture to crockery and cutlery. On Thursday, there's a sale of vintage clothes.

    12C Russell St., Kolkata, West Bengal, India
    33-2229–8974
  • 13. Salt Lake City Centre

    Bypass and Beyond

    Designed by the award-winning Indian Charles Correa, this mall is favored by young couples and families for its abundant open spaces, restaurants...

    Designed by the award-winning Indian Charles Correa, this mall is favored by young couples and families for its abundant open spaces, restaurants, department stores, boutiques, and live shows.

    Sector 1, Block DC, Salt Lake, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700064, India
  • 14. Seagull

    South Kolkata | Books/Stationery

    Specializing in art, social sciences, theater, and politics, this publishing imprint has a cozy store, which manages to devote space to art...

    Specializing in art, social sciences, theater, and politics, this publishing imprint has a cozy store, which manages to devote space to art and literary discussions as well as an expansive and eclectic stock of books.

    31A SP Mukherjee Rd., Kolkata, West Bengal, 700025, India
    33-2476–5865
  • 15. South City Mall

    South Kolkata | Department Store

    By some measures this is the largest mall in the region—there's parking for 1,800 vehicles. A huge number of major brands are available on its...

    By some measures this is the largest mall in the region—there's parking for 1,800 vehicles. A huge number of major brands are available on its five floors, and there's also a sprawling food court and a multiplex.

    375 Prince Anwar Shah Rd., Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  • 16. Starmark at Emami Shoppers' City

    Central Kolkata | Books/Stationery

    Starmark at Emami Shoppers' City is spacious and modern. It sells both books and music under one roof. There are several other branches around town. ...

    Starmark at Emami Shoppers' City is spacious and modern. It sells both books and music under one roof. There are several other branches around town.

    3 Lord Sinha Rd., Kolkata, West Bengal, 700071, India
    33-2282–2617-to 9

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