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The Best Places to Buy Unique Souvenirs in Kolkata

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Updated: 2 January 2018

With many bustling bazaars and shopping complexes, Kolkata offers abundant options for anyone seeking to go souvenir shopping. We’ve made your job easier with this list of the seven best places to head to in the city to buy unique and memorable souvenirs—regardless of your budget.

New Market

Kolkata’s historic New Market has over 2,000 stores trading in all sorts of items, from textiles and footwear to electronics and local cheeses. This dynamic market, which dates back to 1874, is ideal for those with hours to spend browsing and bargaining through seemingly endless lanes of stalls. Whether you are looking for a local Korial saree or freshly ground spices, New Market will offer you multiple excellent choices and a never-ending scope for bargains.

College Street

If you’re a book lover more than anything else, then Kolkata’s historic used books market is where you should be headed to pick your souvenirs. One of the largest book markets in the world, College Street offers plenty of options to shop for rare editions.

College Street, Bowbazar, Kolkata, India

Dakshinapan Shopping Centre

Bringing handicrafts and all sorts of artisanal goods from states across the country in one single building, the Dakshinapan Shopping Centre is undoubtedly among the city’s premier destinations for souvenir shopping. Items here range from jewelry and fabrics to furniture and décor items and will suit budgets across the spectrum.

Dakshinapan Shopping Centre, 8/1B, Rohim Ostagar Rd, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata, India, +91 72784 21720

Chowringhee Road

A walk along the bustling streetside stalls of Chowringhee Road is the best way to pick up unique souvenirs in Kolkata while also getting a feel for the city’s dynamic energy. From unique local terracotta objects to brass décor items, the sheer range of locally handcrafted items on display in these stores are guaranteed to delight.

Chowringhee Road, Kolkata, India

Shree Ram Arcade

With over 270 stores selling items ranging from clothing and jewelry to electronics, Shree Ram Arcade is a convenient place to get your souvenir shopping done without much hassle. The building complex is well maintained and easy to navigate—a welcome break from the crowded bazaars of the city.

Shree Ram Arcade, 15A, Behind Grand Hotel, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, India, +91 98740 97912

Bowbazar Market

For souvenirs in the form of jewelry, there’s no better place to head to than historic Bowbazar Market. Known as Kolkata’s jewelry district, the area is brimming with a variety of stores trading in traditional gold and silver ornaments. You will also find shops offering clothing, accessories, and other items.

Bowbazar Market, Nirmal Chandra St, Bowbazar, Kolkata, India

Gariahat Market

Comprising a wide variety of makeshift stores lining the footpaths of Rash Behari Avenue, Gariahat Market is a rewarding destination for clothes shopping. While you can find a whole range of items here, from books to shoes, the saree stalls of this market are particularly worth exploring.

Gariahat Market, Rash Behari Avenue, Ballygunge Gardens, Gariahat, Kolkata, India, +91 89027 30856