Kolkata or the ‘city of joy’ as it is fondly called, is a city of vibrancy and verve, which is always busy with various activities. Be it its bustling boulevards, sprawling shopping arcades, fabulous food or classy cultural life; Kolkata is a beautiful carnival. In fact, while Kolkata has an array of treats to offer to its visitors during the day, including Victoria Memorial Hall and Indian Museum, it has an equally happening night life. Here are what we feel are the best places to visit in Kolkata in the evening and at night.
A Victorian styled Gothic shopping plaza, this market came into existence during the colonial era. Its alleys are populated by a wide labyrinth of kiosks, selling anything and everything that you could possibly need. This is a good place for you to pick up a few souvenirs for your family and friends such as fashionable apparel, electronic gadgets, leather shoes, exquisite saris and rare varieties of cheese. The best part about this market is that it is a budget friendly place where you can shop till you drop without worrying too much about it being a burden on your pocket. It also has a very famous Jewish patisserie where you can binge on fresh sweet and savory delicacies with a refreshing cup of cappuccino.
An artery of Kolkata, Gariahat Road is a shopaholic’s paradise. Be it colourful ethnic saris, oxidized silver jewelry, elegant wooden artifacts or pets; the serpentine streets of this market have something in store for everyone. The sheer variety of commodities is mesmerizing and it is a common sight to see enthusiastic shoppers indulging in lively interactions with the shopkeepers as they try to get the best deals for themselves. This area also has restaurants serving an array of eclectic dishes such as kathi rolls, cutlets, phuchkas and samosas.
South City Mall
A state of the art shopping complex, this colossal structure is one of the largest shopping malls in the Eastern part of India. Housing myriad international and national retail brand outlets, the South City Mall is any shopaholic’s delight. It also has an expansive food court where you can dig into an array of refreshments and catch your breath after a tiring session of shopping. It also has a cinema hall where movie buffs can catch the latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies. Alternatively, you could hang out with your friends at one of the chic bars located in the mall.
Believed to be one of the oldest bridges in the country, this architectural marvel is a popular tourist spot and one of the busiest junctions in Kolkata. It is a great sojourn at night for some quiet moments with your loved ones under the starlit sky. As the night grows young, the beauty of this bridge is enhanced as it illuminates brightly in the sheen of millions of little lights and is nothing less than a sparkling piece of jewelry. You can also drive to the various restaurants and bistros located in its vicinity to satiate your midnight hunger pangs after you soak in the beguiling view of the bridge.