The pocket-friendly places to shop from in Kolkata | Tribonista

Being fashionable comes at a price. Especially, if you are a student or don’t have a steady job (yet), shopping can make your already thin pocket thinner. But it might not matter if you know the best haunts to satiate your fashion-related cravings!

Are you a student? Is it the end of the month?

Well, I have some good news!

Below is a list of my favourite places to shop in when the budget is a bit tight. So without further adieu, let’s take a look at them!

For Ethnic:

Is it the wedding season? Are you panicking about last minute shopping plans? Don’t worry, I have got you covered! Our city of joy is many things- and being an affordable shopping destination is one of them! So here are its offerings-

    1. Treasure Island- When I think of shopping on a budget for ethnic wear, the first name that pops into my mind is Treasure Island Mall. Located at a stone’s throw distance from Esplanade metro station, this place will cover all your needs for heavily embellished suits, gorgeous anarkalis and kurtis. The multi-storeyed shopping complex houses many fantastic stores where you are sure to get a great variety of the garment of your choice! Also, don’t forget to bargain to get the best deals!

    1. Vardaan market- Another place to get your fix of ethnic wear- this complex is located in Camac Street, and is crowded with avid shoppers all year round. The ground floor itself has many shops from where you can buy salwars and sarees. Not just that, it also has shops selling various accessories for you to mix and match with your dresses. Lastly, don’t forget to try some chaat from the stalls lined up in front of the market! After all, what is shopping without a little “pet puja”?

vardan market - photo credit polka cafe

    1. Designer stores- However, if you are looking for something high-end, Kolkata has a plethora of boutiques where you can get the perfect dress at a reasonable price. You can pick out a sari from Anushree Malhotra’s store in Ballygunge Park, or get an unstitched salwar from Poshaak located at Sreepally. Both these stores have a huge collection to choose from and are easy on the pockets as well. As an avid shopper, I found their clothes to be fashionable and good value for money!

Anushree malhotra - image credit - justdial

Also, if you are looking for Kurtis or fusion wear, you can choose from Urban Haat in Sarat Bose Road or Aashka by The Swiss Gallery in Elgin Road. These stores are some of the leading designer stores of Kolkata and house the works of many famous designers. However, their USP lies in the fact that they make their clothes affordable for the common people. So even if with a tight budget, you will surely find the clothes of your choice in these stores.

For casuals:

Casuals are part and parcel of our daily lives. Naturally, we need to stock up on them more often than say sarees or lehengas! Read on to find where you can buy three or more things together without feeling guilty!

    1. Gariahat- If you are in South Kolkata, there is no better place than Gariahat to shop for casuals. Spread across a large area, Gariahat has some of the most famous retail stores in Kolkata. But none of them compare to the shops on the footpaths on both sides of the main road. With thousands of loyal customers, some of the street shops are even older than the big stores of the surroundings. You can get tops, kurtis, tunics, shirts, t-shirts, skirts, pants, shrugs, basically everything at a dirt-cheap price in Gariahat!

         gariahat - photo credit - tripadvisor

    1. BK Market- If you have a thing for tops and blouses, BK market is your ideal shopping destination. This shopping complex is a Mecca for casuals. The shops bring you the latest styles and have exported clothes from Bangkok in their racks. So if you are all about keeping up with the latest trends while being frugal, this is the best place for you!

    1. Designer boutiques- Apart from these places, there are many fashion boutiques in Kolkata well suited for your needs as well. For instance, Aditi’s is one store that has everything you need for your daily wear. From Kurtis to unstitched material to casual wear, this store has it all! Not only that, you can get accessories to pair with your clothes from there as well.

Another store that has a commendable collection of casuals at a reasonable price is Urban Pataka. This store is my favourite when I want to get something quirky for my wardrobe. They offer a wide variety of western, indo-western and casuals to choose from. Not just that, they also customise the clothes according to your needs!

These places are absolute lifesavers when it comes to affordable fashion. If you are broke and have a fashion emergency, these designer stores are sure to pull you out of that tight spot

Accessories and shoes:

    1. New Market- If you are a true blue Kolkatan, you most definitely have visited New Market. There is hardly anything that is not available here. But the best things to stock up on while in New Market are accessories. From jewellery to handbags, belts to sunglasses, junk jewellery to shoes, everything is available in heaps inside the Hogg market and on the streets as well. If you are good at bargaining, this is the place to get the best deals!

New market - photo credit - railyatriblog

    1. Metro Plaza- For shoes, look no further than Metro Plaza. Even though this mall, located near Park Street, sells other things, women mostly go there to get their fix of pumps, stilettos, platforms, ballerinas, flip-flops and sandals. These shoes are budget-friendly and ideal if you have the fetish for matching shoes with your clothes.

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Other than all these places, it would be unjust not to mention Shreeram Arcade and A.C. Market for clothes, Burrabazar for accessories and Dakshinapan if you want to buy garments and accessories from other states of India.

As you can see, money is not a barring factor if you know where to shop.  So quit worrying and get shopping!

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