The fashionistas in us wants to buy all the good stuff but our purse reminds us of the harsh reality. So you need to know those budget hubs, which not only give you style but are also not too hard on your pocket. Well, here we are, ready to take you all on a virtual tour around the markets surrounding Kolkata- the city of joy.
1. New Market: Kolkata Everyone who has visited New Market or Hogg Market has definitely fallen in love with this place. One of the oldest shopping areas, dating back to the colonial era, this Market is a shopper’s paradise. From junk jewelleries to trendy bags, dresses to a wide variety of shoes, you get everything here that will make you look and feel beautiful. There are more than 2000 shops catering to your demand.
Location: Bertram St, Lenin Sarani, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal-700017. Timings: Monday-Friday 10 AM to 8 PM , Saturday 10 AM – 2:30 PM; Sunday Closed
2. Gariahat Market: Gariahat in Kolkata is famous for its street market. Lined with stalls and shops on the roadside, with the hawkers’ never ending spirit to get your attention, this area is perfect for showing off your bargaining skills. Starting from shoes, bags and belts to junk jewellery, from crockery to home décor items like wind chimes, from readymade garments to fabrics and materials; from bedspreads and pillow covers to blankets and woolens; from CD’s to electronic goods and much more etc., the list of things you can buy off the street is just endless..The place is also notoriously famous for its street food.
Location: Gariahat Rd, Rashbehari Rd, Ekdalia, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal – 700019
Timings: 11 AM to 8:00 PM Monday – Saturday , Sunday Closed
3. College Street: It is the largest book market in India . College Street is a fantastic place for book-lovers . One can get rare volumes of writing and books at almost throwaway prices. The place is also credited with being the world’s largest second-hand book market.. The College Streets has books spilling from the pavements as far as far as your sight goes. One can grab that much-needed cup of coffee IN THE INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE here.
Timings: 10 AM to 6:00 PM Monday – Friday; Sunday Closed , Saturday 10 AM – 2:00 PM;
4. Hatibagan Market: It is next to Shyambazar. The place is popular for its shops, markets, cinema halls and old theatres. No other places in Kolkata cover as many cinema & theatre halls as Hatibagan. Hatibagan is one of the oldest traditional markets in Kolkata city, 97 years old in 2009. One can buy typical Bengal silk and cotton saris here. This used to be the market that would sell exotic birds and pets in Kolkata until a fire in 2012 turned things gloomy.
Location :: Bidhan Sarani, Hati Bagan, Shyambazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700004, India
Timings: Sunrise to Sunset on Sundays
5. Burrabazar Market: Burrabazar expanded from a yarn and textile market into the commercial Hub of Kolkata and one of the largest wholesale markets in India. Burrabazar is divided into highly specialised sub-markets, according to the commodity it deals in – Dhotipatti, Fancypatti, Tulapatti, Chinipatti etc.
Further subdivisions are katra, chowk or kothi. A popular saying goes, “Anything and everything is available at Burrabazar. Even the tiger’s eye is available here if you pay the right price.” Each katra (market) is known for a particular item. There are approximately 25 katras in Burrabazar. At Raja Katra, which originally belonged to the Maharaja of Bardhaman, most of the shops deal in spices. At Manohar Das Katra it is mostly hardware and textile. Vikram Chand Market and Khangrapatti sell mostly electronic goods and artificial ornaments.
Location: Near the M. G. Road metro. Timings: 10 AM to 7:30 PM Monday – Saturday; Sunday Closed
6.Mullick Ghat Flower Market: Mullick Ghat is a 130 year old flower market, the largest in Kolkata, and one of the biggest in Asia. People travel all over the city and suburbs to sell flowers here. Located right under the southeast end of the Howrah bridge, the market runs along the riverside. It’s primarily for people who want to pick up flowers for temple offerings and prayers. It is also a popular place for photographers who want capture Insta-worthy shots or a feel of the city. You will be lost in the fragrance of the thousands of flowers, their colours and the bustle of the crowds.