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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the best things to buy in Kolkata (Calcutta)?

Debangana Sen Oct 20 2014
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One trip to the "City of Joy" and you are going to grab all the best things to buy in Kolkata. This way, you get to keep Kolkata with you, alive in your home, memory and hearts. Some of the goodies you can pick up on this bhaalo holiday are:


A typical look for Bengali women is being adorned in white saris with red borders, commonly called the Lal Paar Sari. These saris usually worn during traditional and/or religious events. Apart from these, Kolkata is also famous for its silk fabric, namely the Tussar and Vishnupuri Silk. These fabrics have a subtle sheen and smooth feel and are beautiful to drape. Another must buy from Kolkata is the Tant Cotton Saree or Bangladesh’s famous Dhakai sari.

Since these items are popular buys amongst tourists, shopkeepers may quote exorbitant prices to you. Make it a rule to bargain before you pick up a piece, to make sure you get value for your money.

Prominent places to pick up sari in Kolkata are New Market and Dakshinapan Shopping Complex. In addition, two very famous places to visit in Kolkata are the Adi Dhakeswari Bastralaya located in Gariahat and Adi Mohini Mohan Kanjilal located on Mahatma Gandhi Road both laden with the most spectacular authentic Bengali sarees and so much more.

Terracotta Products

Known far and wide for its terracotta products, Kolkata is especially famous for the 'Bankura horses and elephants' which come from Bankura. Terracotta is one of the first attempts of man at clay modelling and has been perfected with time to produce these beauteous caricatures.

Bankura horses (by Amartyabag)

You can find these horses in two colours, with a tint of red or in a shade of black, depending on how they have been smoked in fire. The Bankura Horse is a symbol of Bengal today and adorns the homes of thousands of people worldwide. Some other terracotta handicrafts are terracotta shells, vases, bowls and pots. Terracotta products are definitely one of the best things to buy in Kolkata.

Best place to pick up Terracotta products in Kolkata are Chowringhee Lane, Dakshinapan Shopping Complex and Swabhumi Heritage Park. If you want to see the making of a Bankura Horse first hand, head to Biboda, Jaikrishnapur, Kamardiha, Nakaijuri, Bishnupur or Keyaboti.


Kolkata and its sweets are inseparable! Apart from the rasgullas, you could also take back kora pak sandesh, chumchum, and chhanar jilepi. During winters, you will come across many delicacies made with khejurer gur (date jaggery).

A variety of chumchums (by San sharma)

Buy the sweets just before you leave the city so that they reach home in the freshest state! Also, there are many places to eat in Kolkata where you can relish local Bengali cuisine.

Jute Craft Items

From jute handbags and wall hangings to jute jewellery and footwear--you will come across a diverse array of jute merchandise. Being a state that is famous for its jute produce, West Bengal offers the finest of options in this sector. You can buy jute and other handicrafts of West Bengal at Dakshinapan Shopping Complex, Ankur Kala Kendra (Park Street), Swabhumi Heritage Park and Central Cottage Industries Emporium.

Jute handicrafts on display (by rajkumar 1220)

While you are shopping in Kolkata, it is recommendable to buy a big jute shopping bag for all your purchases. Not only will it help to promote this traditional hand-loom sector, it is also environmentally safe. So go green, say yes to jute!

Other than the above listed items, the best things to buy in Kolkata also includes shimmery colourful bangles, intriguing cane curios and metal craft items of all shapes and sizes from Kolkata.

very bad answer
Mr. Arsh, can u give me valid reason, y this very bad ans..Kolkata is famous for tradition food, sweets and above mention things. Thanks..
Mr.Bansal any justification behind your comment....
Arsh Bansal Jun 22 2015
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it is famous forcoal
Jigyasha Prasad Sep 27 2016
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A shopper’s paradise, Kolkata has a number of markets which you would love to explore when you are here. Some of the famous souvenirs of this “City of Joy” are Lal Paar Sarees, Jute craft items (jute handbags, wall hangings, footwear) and sweets!! Kolkata and its mithai are inseparable, pack some chum chum, sondesh and rasgullas from the famous local markets and you are done for the day.

Kolkata is well-connected via air and rail routes and if you are opting for the latter, check out the link for more information on trains plying from different cities to Kolkata.
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