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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!
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.
With the rise of the IT sector in Kolkata, Mani Square Mall on EM Bypass is just a result of the following financial boost. The 7,10,000 square feet mall opened its doors in June 2008 and has been bustling with people ever since. While the lower ground level has a large Spencer's Hypermart, Westside has a separate entrance and takes up a part of the ground and first levels. International brands like Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Woodland, Reid & Taylor, Dockers, Tissot, Rado, Etam, Magnet, Zapp! and many others can be found on the ground, first and second levels. The third level is dedicated to entertainment; the IMAX theater is on one side and Scary House, Lil Maniac and Amoeba on the other. There is also a sprawling food court with interesting stalls like Mostly Kebabs, Chowking, Calcutta Roll Co., Howrah to Sealdah etc. The fourth floor has various fine dining options like Mai Tai, Mozzerellaa, Flame n Grill and Machaan. With eleven escalators, ten elevators and 1, 02, 275 square feet of parking space, Mani Square just about manages to accommodate the mob that hits its gates everyday. And to make things comfortable, a range of facilities like comfort zones, car wash service, baby strollers, ATMs, business center and a smoking room. Check website for more details on brands and mall layout.
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.
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.
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.