Gariahat Market of Kolkata
Gariahat Road is a major artery in south Kolkata and falls under the Ballygunge area. It unites Ballygunge Phari with Prince Anwar Shah Road and continues all the way up to Raja SC Mullick road. One of its major attractions is the massive Gariahat shopping area, which spans a long stretch of restaurants, shops and stores selling an eclectic variety of clothes, jewellery, electronics, saris, furniture and even pets.
Walking down this long serpentine road, one cannot help but be mesmerized by the sheer variety on display in the shops and makeshift stalls that flank the area. The objective was to recreate the great Indian bazaar experience for shoppers.
Just like New Market, the goods and items in Gariahat are reasonably priced allowing shoppers plenty of scope for bargaining. In the recent past, several mega-stores and malls have sprung up in the area including Mukti World mall, Gariahat AC market and Gariahat mall, which provide an American style shopping mall experience with fixed prices.
After some heavy duty shopping you can refuel your system with the choicest grub from the slew of restaurants and food stalls that line the area, serving up a repertoire of kathi rolls, cutlets, chowmein, phuchkas, pastries and samosas.
New Market of Kolkata
Shopping in the city of joy has forever been synonymous with New Market (S S Hogg Market), a Victorian Gothic shopping arcade which came into existence during the colonial era and still enjoys widespread patronage today. A heritage site in its own right, New Market is comprised of a wide labyrinth of stalls, selling every conceivable item that you can imagine. Amid the bustling chaos of shoppers and vendors you will find an incredible array of goods ranging from fashionable apparel, electronic gadgets and confection to shoes, saris, exotic flower arrangements and rare cheeses. The USP of New Market is its cheap and affordable prices, which can be further reduced depending upon your bargaining skills. Shoppers can take their pick from over 2000 stalls that are grouped in blocks according to the goods being sold. Hence, navigating your way through the numerous rows and stalls is never a problem. And if you find yourself lost in the maze of shops, help is always at hand in the form of coolies who also double as guides.
New Market was constructed in 1874 by the Calcutta Corporation and catered exclusively to Kolkata’s British residents. Then in 1903, it was rechristened as Sir Stuart Hogg Market and later just Hogg Market. However, the name “New Market”, eventually proved to be its most enduring moniker and the name has stuck ever since. Some of the notable shops that have continued to exist since the early 1900’s include the iconic Jewish confectioners Nahoum & Sons, who are renowned for their delectable rich plum cakes, brownies, macaroons, pastries and marzipans. For resplendent saris and other Indian finery head to the Bombay Silk House, Dayaram & Co and Ghanashyam. New Market is located on Lindsay Street and remains open from 10 am to 8 pm on weekdays and until 2:30pm on Saturdays. It remains closed on Sundays; although you might spot a few shops open if you are lucky.
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