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 is 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 restaurants.
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 also be found by those prepared to hunt.
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