Shopping in Kolkata (Calcutta)

  • Shopping in Kolkata (Calcutta)

    Anokhi

    This boutique sells tasteful ethno-chic garments made from hand-dyed and hand-printed fabrics. Creations featuring Gujarati block prints seem to be the most popular, although tie-dye and batik have a strong presence as well. Most of the collection caters to women, while men have a limited choice of shirts to browse through.

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    Dakshinapan Shopping Centre

    It’s worth facing the soul-crushing 1970s architecture for Dakshinapan’s wide range of government emporia, which brings together a mind-boggling artisanal diversity from across India under one roof. There’s plenty of tack, but many shops offer excellent-value souvenirs, crafts and fabrics. Prices are usually fixed, but buying at an emporium means that authenticity and quality are never called into question.

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    Byloom

    Some of Kolkata's most exquisite handmade saris are sold at this speciality boutique. There's also a fair smattering of semiprecious jewellery, and an impressive collection of shawls and scarves. Look for pieces that feature the intricate kantha embroidery style, or the khesh method of weaving employing strips of cloth. A cafe on-site dishes up tasty bites (snacks ₹100).

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    FabIndia

    India's top consumer line of ethno-chic dresses and Indo-Western apparel has one of its city stores in this central location. Apart from garments, there's a wide selection of upholstery, jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, home decor and organic food products. Look for items bearing the 'Craftmark' seal, implying they are of a premium quality and made in association with traditional artisans.

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    Sienna Store & Cafe

    Very hipster, very chic, yet unbelievably affordable. Housed in a tastefully renovated mansion, this boutique specialises in a delightful collection of wearables, souvenirs, lifestyle products and tiny bits and bobs that double as great gifts. There's a cosy, buzzy cafe to the rear, which makes light and delicious organic sandwiches, juices, pasta and salads (dishes ₹250).

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    Dolly's Tea Shop

    This tiny tea boutique is one of the best places in Kolkata to pick up some delectable Darjeeling leaves. Dolly, a veteran tea taster who owns the place, is often around to help you with your purchase. The more premium varieties of tea can cost you upward of ₹1000 for a mere 100g! An attached cafe sells refreshments (tea ₹100).

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    Oxford Bookstore

    This is an excellent full-range bookshop that sells a variety of titles, including an impressive catalogue of coffee-table books on India. It stocks Lonely Planet guides and the indispensable Calcutta Walks Tourist Map (₹100). Valuable additions come in the form of a stationery section, a DVD section, and a cafe where you can sit and browse titles.

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    Weaver's Studio

    Gorgeous handmade textiles and traditional fabrics vie for your attention at this upmarket boutique, run by an organisation that works with artisanal communities. Choose from a plethora of styles, such as exquisite hand-block prints, appliqués, tribal designs, batik and embroidery, and expect to pay a premium price for your unique and indulgent purchase.

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    Sabyasachi

    Arguably one of India's top fashion wizards, with prestigious showings in Milan and New York fashion weeks, Sabyasachi is a Kolkata designer credited with some of India's most sought-after couture ensembles. If you're looking for that dream designer dress to cap your Indian holiday in style, this may well be the place.

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    Chamba Lama

    This long-running establishment owned by a Tibetan family is reputed for its collection of intricate silver jewellery and curios, most of them embellished with Tibetan Buddhist motifs. It's a good place to shop for semiprecious stones as well. Discounts are usually offered for sales above a few thousand rupees.

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    Central Cottage Industries

    An impressive array of traditional arts and tribal crafts are on sale at this well-stocked government emporium. Service is a bit impersonal and prices can be steeper than some street establishments, but you can rest assured that you're only buying genuine and well-curated merchandise here. There are separate sections for textiles, artefacts, metalwork, woodwork and handmade paper, among others.

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    Artisana

    Run by an NGO that has a long association with Bengal's folk-art communities, this understated showroom stocks interesting art objects that make for excellent collectibles. Look for the occult Gombhira dance masks from North Bengal, or elaborate terracotta figurines of the snake goddess Manasa. There's some exquisite textiles available too, although stocks can vary depending on supply.

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    Nagaland Emporium

    Naga crafts, including shawls, jewellery and 'face' necklaces (typical to headhunting tribes such as the Konyak) are available at this well-stocked but loosely managed state-government emporium. Prices vary according to finish and tribal provenance. For instance, an Ao shawl can easily cost upward of ₹10,000, while Angami jewellery starts from around ₹1000.

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    Kashmir Emporium

    For tasteful yet inexpensive gifts to take back home, it's hard to beat the Kashmir Emporium's selection of colourfully patterned papier mâché products, with prices starting under ₹100. Among easily carriable things, you can opt for pill boxes in different shapes, or go for salad spoons and fruit holders fashioned out of walnut wood.

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    E Mall

    This multistoreyed mall is exclusively devoted to electronic gadgets and accessories. Several items such as hard drives, SD cards, DSLR attachments and mobile-phone accessories can cost significantly less here than back home. In terms of quality, there's everything from branded, warranty-covered products to cheap Chinese knock-offs.

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    New Market

    Kolkata's iconic colonial-era market sells everything from clothing and jewellery to flowers and savoury-food products, all under one roof. The Hogg Market, located to the rear, is a wet market that deals in meat, dairy, vegetables and general rations.

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    Mondal & Sons

    For sitars (from ₹5000) or violins (from ₹3000), visit Mondal & Sons, a family-run musical establishment dating to the 1850s. Do not be misled by the modest appearance of the store: the Mondals count Yehudi Menuhin among their satisfied customers.

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    Story

    An extensive air-conditioned bookshop, this place boasts an impressive collection of English books, including numerous travel guides and a section on Kolkata-based fiction. There's a tea room upstairs that makes for a convenient meeting point.

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    Seagull Bookstore

    Seagull is a special-interest bookshop with a focus on academia, art, media, humanities, regional politics and social sciences. It also publishes a select catalogue of fiction, nonfiction and coffee-table books by reputed authors and artists.

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    Aranya

    Thoughtfully designed toys, stationery and souvenirs, made mostly from recycled materials, feature at this boutique run by a city-based designer duo. There's also a range of dresses to choose from, mostly in the smart-casual category.