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.
In a city like Kolkata, where art and literature are a top priority, books and bookstores are regarded in high esteem. Oxford Bookstore is one of the prominent bookshops right from the Victorian period. During the British Era, the Oxford store also had toys, trinkets, silverware, photo frames and perfumes. As time went by, the brand and the bookshops radically changed and modernized to adapt to the younger generation. This shop on Park Street, on par with the name 'Oxford' that connotes quality, has an excellent collection of books and an impeccable service. From classics like 'Gone with the Wind' to the latest released titles, cds, dvds and accessories, the store has it all. It also has a computer, which allows you to check if the desired book or novel is available at the store sans any hassles. It also has a Cha Bar upstairs, where you can enjoy a cup of tea and conversations with your peers. For further details, check the website.
Haldiram's is a popular Indian brand, known mainly for its sweet and farsan products. This particular endeavor is a full-fledged food extravaganza of 80,000 square feet, keeping in line with the brand's various products. At the ground level, you can find traditional Indian sweets and namkeens (savory snacks) as well as the cake counter which has a variety of egg-less cakes. The first floor has a large food court serving Indian and Continental food. The supermarket on the second floor stores household items and also has free home delivery in areas within 5 km radius. The third and fourth levels each have 6600 square feet of banqueting facilities used for exhibitions as well as private parties. The fifth floor is dedicated to all things vegetarian. Situated close to Birla Temple, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum and Calcutta Skating Rink, this Ballygunge establishment is especially crowded during the Durga Puja season.
Arushi Boutique forms part of the Xport Agencies. The company specialises in custom-made clothing such as sarees, scarves, kurtas, silk handkerchieves, cotton handkerchiefs and paintings. It is located at Salt Lake in Kolkata and allows customers to choose their products online. It also has a variety of hand-made greetings for all occasions. All its products are designed keeping in mind the taste of the end consumer. Attention to detail and meticulous designs makes Arushi Boutique a famous shop in Kolkata.
From busy street markets and bargain shops to sprawling malls, Kolkata's shopping options include something for everyone. If you're looking to buy a pair of trousers or a T-shirt, United Colors of Benetton is sure to have something to suit your need. The international brand is all about casual comfort and brand value, and this particular store on Shakespeare Sarani has collections for men, women as well as children. The store shelves also feature a number of accessories like eye wear and travel bags. This relatively small store situated in Central Kolkata is perfect if you're looking for a quick shopping trip. There is a Levi's store right next door and a Barista around the corner. Other Benetton stores can be found at Shopper's Stop in South City Mall (375 Prince Anwar Shah Road) and City Centre Mall (Sector 1, Salt Lake City).
Sasya is a boutique located at Shakespeare Sarani Road in Kolkata. It is a brand that has a number of designers who are responsible for designing their products. They include Devnagiri, Essence, Iraz, Tunics and so on. They focus on women’s traditional clothing that includes sarees, lehengas and salwar kameez. They also have men’s ethnic wear for a wedding or for a formal meeting. Sasya has also introduced accessories to go with your outfit. So, they aim to give you everything you need under one roof. It is an ideal place to plan a wedding shopping where your bridal dress as well as bridal accessories can be picked up together.
With the traditional terracotta horse or the 'Bankura Horse' as its logo, The Central Cottage Industries Emporium or CCIE is a Government of India undertaking started in 1948. Over the years its dedication to preserving and showcasing various facets of Indian heritage has made it a trusted name among many. In fact, it has been visited by the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and Jacqueline Kennedy in the past. Art, handicrafts and handlooms from all over India can be found here. Some of the interesting products include Filgree art objects, Brass and Bronze artifacts, traditional paintings, unique ethnic toys, embroidered works as well as a range of ethnic jewelery and accessories. CCIE also extends its facilities to interior designing and event management projects. A number of events with an aim to exploring and popularizing Indian art are frequently organized by the establishment. If you're looking to buy a few souvenirs, this New Market store is definitely one worth visiting.
In India, there is no dearth of sculptors, painters, craftsmen and other skilled artists and artisans, but there is a lack of the the right platform to these creative groups that hail mostly from rural India. Curio Craft showcases art pieces and ethnic stuff from far off villages and ensure that villagers get a fair price for the same. It has hand-woven Pashmina shawls from Kashmir, sandalwood carvings from Mysore, curios and royal jewelry sets from Jaipur and much more. You can chose from a range of beautiful paintings for your living room or small miniature lamps for your bedside table. The helpful and friendly staff will give you a detailed explanation on each artifacts tirelessly. Be it the string puppets, wooden boxes or delicate accessories, each piece is crafted to perfection. So do not worry about buying gifts for people back home, all you need to do is drop in at Curio Craft.
Chique Fashion was established in the year 1990 in Kolkata with a view to give the best of jewelry designs to the public. Since then it has striven and achieved great milestones and has become the number one jewelry brand in West Bengal. In 2012 and 2013, it has received the ‘most admired retailer award’. Talking about its products, they offer excellent quality, reasonable prices and a variety of items. Gold plated silver bangles, choker style necklaces, jhumka on silver base, bridal collections, rings, pendants and ear-rings are available in plenty. Each design is unique from the other thus making it more and more appealing.
Auctions have been a long standing tradition in the city, first introduced during the British colonial rule. Once considered to be symbols of wealth and prestige, most auction houses have now closed down due to poor business. Russell Exchange, one of the oldest of its kind in the country, stands neglected on Russell Street; a stark reminder of its glorious past. What was once the premier stop for antiques and furniture only manages to sell a few items that, sadly, can only be termed as junk. Gone are the days of chandeliers and china sets and the celebrity bidders. However, if you do want to visit this auction house, auctions generally take place on Sundays and Thursdays. On any other day, the auction house remains open for people to browse through the display. If you want a detailed account of the history behind Russell Exchange, make sure you speak to one of the employees.