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The Metro Plaza Shopping Mall is a well-known shopping center in Kolkata. This mall has a number of options for men as well as women. Right from sandals to shirts to skirts you get it all. The mall is full of stores that sell branded as well as non-branded products. It is a nice place to pick up some funky accessory or even formal attire. It also has a huge parking area so you need not worry about parking your vehicle. Shopaholics are sure to have a great time shopping for themselves or their loved ones. All the stores promise to offer trendy and latest fashion wear to its customers.
There was a time when the only shopping options in Kolkata were under the hot sun. Like the name points out, AC Market changed all that. The large market space has a small door as its entrance, and then corridors lined with shops of every kind. You can find just about anything here: western and traditional apparel, electronic goods, jewelery, watches, souvenirs and even wigs! The three-tiered market might not look the part but it happens to be a great place for bargains. Of course, New Market is the bargain capital of the city, but this is almost just as good and air-conditioned! With the introduction of malls like Forum, South City and Mani Square, AC Market did suffer a considerable setback. However, during Puja season (read massive shopping sprees), AC Market continues to be a favorite among many. A small beverage stand right in the middle of the ground floor is great for breaks between shopping.
The Emami Shoppers' City is a retail undertaking of the Kolkata based Emami Group which is well-known across India for its FMCG brands. There was a time when Kolkata was only exposed to its myriad street markets and Chinese import markets like Vardaan Market and Air-Conditioned Market. Emami Shoppers’ City is one of the first malls of the city and was, along with other enterprises, responsible for introducing international brands and products to the people of Kolkata. Situated on Lord Sinha Road, this large shopping mall has a number of shops selling apparel and accessories. During Durga Puja (Kolkata’s most important festival), this shopping haven is packed with a whole bunch of Bengalis. Tired shoppers are usually seen gorging on Indian Street Food like Delhi Chat, Pav Bhaji and Puchkas, that are served at the two eateries present at the entrance of the mall. Landmark, a books and music store of notable importance, stands adjacent to it.
Forum Mall is a perfect shopping destination that caters to the needs of the entire family. Spread across a vast area of 2,00,000 square feet, it's a perfect example of the changing shopping habits of the urban crowd. This huge space accommodates a variety of retail outlets, dining options, a multiplex and houses many important fashion labels. Check out the chic clothes at Satya Paul or avail of the discounts offered at Levi's, the choice is all yours. The food court 'Burp' has something for every foodie, including fine dining restaurants like Oh! Calcutta, Starstruck and fast food joints like Pizza Hut. Forum also has a gaming zone to keep your kids busy, while you shop. Assortment of shops, ample parking space, good entertainment options, make Forum Mall a cool hangout space for one and all.
Quest is a very famous and the most preferred shopping mall in the Park Circus area of Kolkata. It is also the second largest shopping mall in the city. This mall was inaugurated in the year 2013. It is a huge shopping mall with ample parking space. Customers need not worry about getting a place to park their cars as it can accommodate 1300 vehicles at one time. Some of the famous brands available in this mall are Jashn, Gucci, Paul Smith, Rolex, MAC, United Colors of Benetton, Nike, Adidas, Puma and so on. The mall also consist of a food court and is always filled with people. KFC, Pizza Hut and Red Mango are a few restaurants where shopaholics can relax after spending a hectic day at the mall. The mall also has other international dining restaurants.
This is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs when in Kolkata. Situated near the Dhakuria Bridge on Gariahat Road, Dakshinapan is a large open-air shopping complex spread across two floors and a large courtyard dominates its center. While the external appearance may not be as appealing, it is only once you step inside that you will begin to notice the unique charm of the place. The only one of its kind in Kolkata, the complex houses a number of state approved handloom, handicrafts and textile emporiums which include Manipur, West Bengal, Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan and Kerala. Other private shops selling various items may also be found here. Saree shops like Tantuja, Roop Ganga and Handloom House Fabric and Sarees are especially popular; G-55 houses all kinds of Indian traditional folk music along with Hindi and Bengali movies. Cane furniture, carpets, embroidered goods, leather items, traditional folk art and religious idols are just some of the things that Dakshinapan is known for. Shopkeepers may try to convince you that theirs is a 'fixed price' establishment, but you can bargain on almost anything available here; just use a little subtlety. Various eateries help keep the energies high: Dolly's Tea Shop and Rajendra's are some of the favorites. Event venues like Madhusudan Mancha and Children Little Theater only add to Dakshinapan's popularity. To accommodate the constant flow of shoppers, there is a large parking space available.
With a number of street shops and malls all over, Kolkata has always been known to spend copious amounts of time and energy on shopping. Catering to the rapidly evolving shopping trends, South City Mall is designed to be a one stop shop with a number of international as well as Indian brands under its wing. Located opposite Jodhpur Park, this wide glass structure is visually stunning and rightly projects the grandeur that awaits inside. With special attention to harmonious design, shops are placed systematically in order to appeal to the customer. Some of the brands found here include Pepe, Zodiac, Wills Lifestyle and Reebok. Those who crave refreshments after or in between their shopping spree can visit Food Talk, a large food court serving all kinds of mouth watering specialties. The multi-level parking lot can accommodate about 1400 cars; even so, it is sometimes tough to find parking space on weekends. This swanky establishment is considered the best in southern Kolkata and is always dotted with teenagers and students at any given time.