Kolkata Markets

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New Market

New Market has the honor of being Kolkata’s oldest and most well known market. It was built by the British in 1874 and started off as the Sir Stuart Hogg Market, named in honor of the then Commissioner. It is still often fondly referred to as Hogg’s Market. Identified by its landmark clock tower and the sprawling maze of nearly 2000 stalls below one roof, it offers everything from apparel, jewelry, food, handicrafts, and everything else. In its early days, New Market had a distinctly upper class British aura about it, but over a period of time, it has evolved into a market for the common man. It is crowded and chaotic, bustling with shoppers and sellers bargaining for deals at all times. Stalls are grouped according to the type of goods they sell. However, finding your way around can still be a navigational nightmare. If you are wanting to buy special products in the market, you should not pass up the services of one of the many guides (known as coolies) that congregate around the market entrances. They live and breathe the market, and can effortlessly lead you to the best goods for the best price. Vegetarians are well advised to avoid the slaughterhouse in the meat section, in the division between New Market’s east and west wings. Although New Market is only open until 8pm, the surrounding area comes alive, after the stalls have closed, under the glow of lights with people eating, drinking chai (tea), and chatting. It is well worth hanging around to soak up the atmosphere. Another attraction is the famous Nahoum’s, the Jewish confectioner. Nahoum’s in New Market holds a special place in Kolkata confectionery. Founded in 1902, Nahoum’s moved to its present location in the New Market in 1916. The original owner’s grandson, David Nahoum, runs it today. It is one of the oldest and premier confectionaries in the country. Adjacent to it is the Chhamba Lama, an ethnic Tibetan shop selling variety of items like jewelry and artifacts.

Dakshinapan Shopping Centre

“The Dakshinapan Shopping Centre on Gariahat Road, Kolkata, right across from Dhakuria flyover, is an open-air shopping complex where you can find Textiles, handicrafts, fancy goods, and imitation jewelry from different states of India . It also houses Madhusudan Mancha for theater and other cultural shows. The typical Bengali adda (gathering) is incomplete without a brewing cup of tea. So you would be finding a tea stall in every nook and corner of the city. But for those who wish to enjoy a cup of authentic Darjeeling tea drive down to Dolly’s Tea Shop at the Dakshinapan Shopping Complex in Dhakuria. Dolly’s with its thatched roofshades, low-lying, cushioned cane furniture and lots of greenery exudes a lot of warmth, attracting shoppers and college-goers in hordes. Dolly’s is a 20year old shop. Handmade paper lanterns light up the circular tables. Dolly, the owner of this teashop is herself there most evenings greeting the guests . She has 40 years of experience as a Tea Taster. Tea shop infused with the pesonal touch, is spread over two floors with a huge courtyard in the center. This open air shopping center is a little out of the way, but it’s an excellent place to buy Indian handicrafts and artifacts. You’ll find many Indian state government emporiums there, stocked with fixed price goods from all over the country. It’s also the place to buy cheap Indian clothing. Godrej showroom known as Godrej Interiors is also close by:- They offer office furniture like chairs, tables and provide design consultancy.

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Ballygunge and Rash Behari Avenue (R B Avenue) in the up-market South Kolkata area, are very prominent shopping centers. Sari shops jewellery shops and malls dot every section of Gariahat Road and R B Avenue. The five km stretch has more than a thousand shops and stores selling an eclectic variety of apparel, jewellery, electronics, furniture et all. Some of the best saree shops and best jewellery shop can be found here. Moving up to central Kolkata, another sprawling market opens up at the Esplanade — the once famous colonial district of the former Indian capital. It boasts of being the central business area and is flanked by Park Street, Mirza Ghalib Street (Free School Street), Dalhousie Square (B.B.D. Bag), Chandni Chowk, Barra Bazaar and Sudder Street, all of which have their own little shopping markets The New Market in Park Street is a very well known market with numerous shops selling clothes, jewellery, accessories, home furnishings and groceries. It is a very big, noisy and congested market. Park Street itself adds to the ambience with its famous restaurants and several other stores. The Free School Street nearby is famous for its second hand bookshops and used records stalls and is probably a mini version of the famous College Street in North Kolkata. Further up, there is the Burrabazar, the largest wholesale market in Kolkata. The Burrabazar, which is flanked by the Chandni Chowk market is known for electronic goods. North Kolkata on the other hand, is very different from South Kolkata. College Street, near to famous institutions such as the Calcutta University and Presidency College is home to thousands of book stores selling old and new books. It is also flanked by the Indian Coffee House, a century old building serving the “Infusion”, a strong black brew of coffee. Shyam Bazaar and Hatibagan Market are two of the oldest shopping areas of Kolkata .It is a version of the Gariahat market for the north Kolkatans. They have stores which stock apparel,jewellery and accessories.