Kolkata (Calcutta) Shopping

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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  • Jewelry/Accessories

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

Central Cottage Industries

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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...


  • Textiles/Sewing

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

Forum Mall

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


  • Specialty Stores

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

Konark Collectables

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

New Market

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

Oxford Bookstore-Gallery

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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...


  • 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...

Rabindra Sarani

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


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