Shoppers wanting it ''all in one place'' should head for New
Market on Lindsay Street, which has an astounding range of goods
for sale in a chaotic, vibrant atmosphere. Look out for jewellery,
clothing and fabric. Bargaining is expected. Dakshinapan Shopping
Centre is a government-controlled centre, selling cottage industry
goods at set prices deemed fair to buyer and seller, while Central
Cottage Industries Emporium employs a similar concept. Shops tend
to close after lunch on Saturdays and all day on Sunday. Best buys
include pith and conch-shell handicrafts, clay plagues of the
goddess Kali, silk in the form of saris and shawls, leather bags,
and wool garments from Darjeeling. Indian musical instruments can
be bought from Mondal and Sons on Rabindra Sarani Road.
A selection of Kolkata''s best shopping venues are:
New Market, also known as Hogg''s Market, is a popular market in
Kolkata. With a dizzying amount of over 2,000 stalls, shoppers
should expect crowds. New Market is great for saris, inexpensive
jewellery and beautiful bags. Just remember to bargain hard.
Dakshinapan Shopping Centre, an open-air market where you can
buy handicrafts, artefacts, cheap Indian clothing and a selection
of Indian teas and tea-drinking paraphernalia. It is a wonderful
place to shop for gifts and trinkets.
Known as Kolkata''s first shopping mall, Forum Mall is a
six-floor building that hosts a range of up-market shops. Expect
higher prices, but a great selection of accessories, shoes and
beautiful clothes. The mall also has a cinema and some great
Chowringhee Road is home to a large amount of street vendors.
While a fair amount of the goods on sale are useless, those in the
mood to trawl through what''s on offer may easily come away with a
bargain. A number of Kolkata''s speciality terracotta products can
be found by those prepared to hunt.