South Kolkata's most popular and very congested shopping district is home to chic boutiques and bustling shops selling saris in all kinds of styles and prices. The pavements are taken over by hawkers selling clothes, toys, accessories, and handcrafted jewelry such as Terracotta Jewelry—it can be challenging to negotiate the crowd during peak hours. Intense bargaining is de rigueur on the street, but the air-conditioned shops offer respite from the heat as well the haggling.
Gariahat draws shoppers of all ages – from local crowds to a tourist with an eye for fashion. Essentially the Saree hub of the city, a few renowned saree shops like Tantuja, Basak, and Saree Kutir with their sarees for every celebrations; from exquisite bridal Banarasi Sarees to Tant Cotton Sarees, earthy Batik print sarees to Dhakai Jamdani, KathaStitch Sarees and Bengal Handloom Sarees; one is eventually be spoilt for choices. For those with a pocket-friendly shopping in mind, one can find street hawkers offering these nine yard drapes at surprisingly throw away prices. Other than sarees, one comes across Kantha stitch cotton Kurtis, Junk Jewelry, colorful beaded chunky jewels, block-printed bedspreads and vibrant wooden bangles, to name some of the wonders.
Amidst the congested and busy bylanes of Gariahat market, is where every shopper experiences the colors and exuberance of the City of Joy. So when you visit Kolkata -don’t forget to visit Garihat.