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Agnitaas is located in the busy area of Ballygunge. This is a saree boutique where apart from designer sarees, you can choose from a range of salwar kameez, lehengas, indo-western wear, gowns and ready-made blouses. They have a variety of options on their list to choose from. They claim to supply 100% original products to their customers anywhere in India or abroad. The colors used in their products are bright and upbeat. However, some of the products seem to be a little expensive. Nevertheless, they have achieved a good name in the city and are quite famous for their work. So whether you plan to shop for a party or for a traditional occasion, you are sure to find something of your choice here.
Although the street may not look like it understands technology, Chandni Chowk Market is the place for gadget shopping in Kolkata. The ambiance is that of any busy Indian market, and you can choose to step into one of the little shops or browse the thelas (open stalls) that line the footpath. Whether it's amplifiers, hi-fi systems or computer components that you're looking for, this is where you will find them, cheap and easy. Audiophiles of all ages can be found roaming the narrow streets in search for the perfect gadget. Just make sure you master the art of bargaining before you enter here. As it is the case with most street shopping, quality is never guaranteed but it seems to work for many, nevertheless.
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.
Vardaan Market is one of the oldest air conditioned shopping arcades in the city and the sheer number of people that it attracts on a daily basis bears testimony to its continuing popularity. Located in Carmac Street, this large three-storied space is lined with shops selling everything from clothes and accessories to electronic gizmos and durables. A number of shops selling music, gadgets and jewelery welcome you as you enter the arcade. The basement level is dedicated to imported apparel where as the first floor is dominated by traditional Indian wear. Everything available here tends to be reasonably priced and quality is never compromised. The market is decorated and brightly lit during Durga Puja season and the crowd doubles during the season. One of the most adored features of Vardaan Market is the variety of street food available at its entrance: Bengali favorites like jhal muri and puchkas are a great way to put an end to the shopping spree!
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.
If the city center has New Market, south Kolkata has Gariahat; although it does not match the New Market's popularity, it remains one of the main shopping areas in the city. If you're looking for traditional Indian wear, especially sarees, at relatively cheaper prices, this is the place to visit. A number of covered shops sell everything from electronic goods and furniture to clothes and accessories at fixed prices. But the hawkers on the pavement are the ones to turn to if you're looking for some great bargains. You can also find relatively modern establishments like the Gariahat Mall, Gariahat AC Market and a Fab India outlet on the same street. Like all good bazaars, Gariahat has a number of eateries, the most popular being Bedwin, along the way. The Gariahat fish market is considered to be the best of its kind in town. Get a local to give you a few bargaining tips before you start the shopping spree!