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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous markets in Kolkata?

Vaishali Singh Jul 01 2013
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The famous markets in Kolkata will for sure bring out the shopaholic in you. From shopping malls to flea markets, this city lets you indulge in some good retail therapy.

Flea Markets

Chowringhee Lane

One name you can instantly associate with shopping in Kolkata has to be Chowringhee Lane! Often called the lifeline of what is lovingly named the City of Joy, not only is this place steeped in history but also continues to be one of the most vibrant parts of the city. Apart from exploring places to visit in Kolkata, shopping at Chowringhee lane should not be missed.

South Chowringhee skyline (by Kolkatan)

Connecting famous places like Victoria Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral and Birla Planetarium
, this street is also a must visit with regard to Kolkata's heritage.

From majestic mansions of British officials to small shops and street hawkers selling inviting local food items, this small lane has a lot to offer. The place is crowded all year long, so go mentally prepared to handle all the noise and bustle of Kolkata!

Chowringhee Lane (File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske)

College Street

  • College Street is where you should head to, if you love reading books. From Indian to international authors, spanning a wide range of topics, this street has books for everyone.

Books at College Street (by fabulousfabs)

This place is also a collector’s haven, so if you have been looking for a certain edition or publication, it is highly likely you will find it here. The best part is that these books are available at pocket-friendly prices.

College Street (by lecercle)


  • South City Mall

    South City Mall is one of the most frequented and famous malls in Kolkata. Given the numerous restaurants, cafes, hangout places and designer labels, you are not going to get bored anytime soon.

    South City Mall (by Kolkatan)
  • This mall has the Fame Multiplex, where you can catch the first-day-first-show of your favourite release. A good place to shop, eat and celebrate, this mall has an ambience that will cheer you up instantly!

    South City Mall (by njanam92)

  • Forum Mall

    With a video gaming parlour and a multiplex to boot, Forum Mall is one the popular malls in Kolkata. Leave your children happily engaged in the kids' amusement area, shop for the high-end designer labels or dine at your favourite outlets--this is a great place to spend a lazy weekend.

    Forum Mall (by Kolkatan)

    One of the highlights of this mall is that it is disabled access friendly with easily accessible ramps located everywhere and detailed maps available at all corners for easy navigation inside the mall.

    Forum Mall (by Kolkatan)

Market Complexes

  • New Market

    Among other things to do in Kolkata, shopping at New Market is a must. One of the oldest and most popular shopping complexes around, New Market is housed in a set of colonial style buildings.

New Market (by paulhami)

  • Housing many mid-range brands like Bata and Cantabil along with some amazing bakeries and eateries, this is one of the famous markets in Kolkata.

    New Market (by Saad Faruque)

  • Treasure Island

    If you love shopping, head to Treasure Island for some reasonably priced apparel and footwear options! You can grab some steal deals at their outlet and completely change your wardrobe for a small amount of money! You can pick from accessories, artificial jewellery, apparel and footwear.

    Accessories (by Subharnab)

  • Dakshinapan

    A shopping complex consisting of numerous emporiums from all over India, Dakshinapan is where you can pick up fairly priced textiles, handicrafts, hand-looms, furniture, jewellery and other souvenirs. Shopping here will save you from the hassle of bargaining.

    Dakshinapan (by Biswarup Ganguly)

    Spend a day shopping here and enjoy a cultural performance at the Madhusudan Mancha or Children's Little Theatre in the evening or visit any of the famous art gallery around.

  • Swabhumi Heritage Park

    Delicately perched atop a hillock to the east of Kolkata, Swabhumi Heritage Park is one of the best places to buy handicrafts, "dhokra" craft items, terracotta products, bangles, "kantha stitch" and puppets in Kolkata.

    Dhokra craft items (by Biswarup Ganguly)

  • The place is also a hub of entertainment for kids, with stilt-walkers roaming the place, ongoing puppet shows and joy rides. Have a palmist peep into your future, enjoy a melodious "ektara" performace or sample delectable Indian cuisine at the stalls here.

Other famous markets in Kolkata include the Park Street, Fancy Market and Dharamtala. Take back gifts for loved ones and lots of knick-knacks to remind you of this lively city. Hope you have a great vacation when here!

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