Kolkata is known for its food, sweets, and films. But, more importantly, it also is a shopper’s paradise. Kolkata has amazing shopping destinations with innumerable malls and even better street shops. Kolkata is a shopaholic’s secret heaven. Here is a treat for all you shopaholics as we tell you the hidden shops which usually escape the tourist eyes. 5 hidden destinations you must shop from the next time you visit this metropolis-
#1 ESPLANADE STREET SHOPS
Though popularly known as New Market, the New Market starts where the street shop almost ends, these shops start right from the point you step out of the metro station into the streets. You can see innumerable street shops abuzz with shopkeepers screaming out the prices in various rhythms and sing songs. As you approach the new market, you will find bags, belts, dresses, tees, pyjamas, palazzos, scarves, jewellery, footwear – anything and everything else you’re looking for. The best part about it is that all of it comes at an unimaginably cheap price!
#2 B.K. MARKET
Located at Shakespeare Sarani, this is the perfect place to find all the in-trend attires and accessories. These are usually shipped from Bangkok, which explains the cheap price. Ranging from pretty dresses to gowns, pants to dungarees, this place boasts of style.
#3 A.C. MARKET
Located about 500 metres away from B.K. Market, this one, expanded to Air Conditioned Market was Kolkata’s first air conditioned market. It has three whole floors full of fashion for you to explore. You will find everything you need here. From clothes to footwear to bags and other accessories, this is the best place for you to find everything stylish.
#4 GARIAHAT MARKET
This is a perfect place for shoppers who know how to haggle. You get unimaginably cheap clothes, jewellery and footwear here (got a batman shorts for buck 50!). Gariahat offers you stuff you cannot deny. You will find ethnic wear, western wear, bags of various styles and patterns, footwear of uncountable styles and even gifts like soft toys. You will find a huge range of jewellery, from statement necklaces to ethnic sets, to modern earrings and cuffs and jhumkas or baalis. If you need sleepwear, books, water bottles, cutlery or decorative items, gariahat offers you that too.
#5 Dakshinapan Market
If you wish for the best traditional, ethnic clothing, Dakshinapan is your go-to. This is a huge, really huge Government shopping complex which sells the best traditional wear you could ever find. Visit Khadi for cotton and silk ethnic wear and visit the various handlooms for ethnic wear from states all over India. You will find beautiful sarees, kurtis, churidars, pajamis, skirts, and everything else you want to find. Once you are done shopping for clothes, you can also buy decorative items and then go to the jewellery shops for matching jewellery. Dakshinapan is a market one should never miss in Kolkata.