The monsoon is upon us and what better way to brighten up your mood amidst a downpour than a shopping therapy session with your gang? They say shopping’s therapeutic, that it never fails to put a smile on one’s face, so we’ve put together a list of seven malls in the city of joy that will lead to some good old monsoon bliss!
The Best Malls In Kolkata for a Rainy Evening With Your Squad
Hands down one of the best malls in Kolkata, Quest is also quite beautiful in terms of its interiors, which explains why you’re bound to see tons of people clicking selfies inside. Food, movies, shopping – Quest offers it all. You will find some of the most premium brands here, including Burberry, Gucci, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Steve Maden. And, you’ll also find an assorted variety of food options for every budget range from Pizza Hut, KFC and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to Yauatcha , The Irish House, Chili’s, Bombay Brasserie and Serafina. Most importantly, if you love watching Hollywood films, INOX here tends to screen Hollywood releases, which most other theatres within Kolkata do not.
Favourites: INOX, Yauctcha, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Lifestyle, Chemistry, Accessorize, Michael Kors, ROYCE’ Chocolate, Jimmy Choo and Steve Madden.
Unlike Quest Mall, which showcases more premium brands, Acropolis offers a decent selection of affordable brands ranging from ONLY, Vero Moda, Global Desi and Jack & Jones to Marks & Spencer, AND, Shoppers Stop and Prapti. You’ll also find options for little ones, such as Giny & Jony and Little Shop as well as ALL for special sizes. You can easily spend an entire rainy day at Acropolis – if you get tired with shopping, head to Timezone for some games, or Cinepolis for a movie or Hoppipola for a few drinks. In terms of food options, there’s Asia Kitchen, Chili’s, 6 Ballygunge, Domino’s, KFC, Subway, Vaango, and our absolute favourite – Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon!
Favourites: Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, 6 Ballygunge, Hoppipola, Chili’s, Marks & Spencer, Shoppers Stop and Prapti.
Mani Square is a nice, cosy mall with select options. Want to shop? They’ve got Westside, Metro, Bata, Planet Sports, Little Shop, Fooba Wooba, Cott Counter, Toy Planet, Giny & Jony, Arrow, Blackberrys, Van Heusen, Chemistry, AND, W, FBB, Fab India, Prapti, ALL, Ethnicity, eZone, Apple – Sysme, The Body Shop and more. Want to sit and read a few books? They’ve got Starmark. Looking to catch a movie? There’s Cinemax and a 7D theatre. Looking for some fun and games? There is Scary House & Demon Jungle and Amoeba. Want to catch a few drinks? There’s Hoppipola. Everything is going for Mani Square, minus the food court. There is only so much excitement options like McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Swirls, Cream & Fudge, Baskin Robbins, Machaan and The Noodle Story can offer.
Favourites: Westside, Planet Sports, Toy Planet, eZone, Apply – System, The Body Shop, Starmark, Hoppipola and Baskin Robbins.
What’s nice about Forum Courtyard is that it is quite peaceful compared to other malls. You’ll find a nice mix of brands not available at many other places within Kolkata, such as Cottonworld, Promod, and Amrapali, as well as Forest Essentials, Guess, Colorbar, Charles & Keith, Shoppers Stop, Aldo and Bombay Dyeing. And, INOX is here to the rescue, when all fails and you want to recline back and see a film. Food options are a handful – but you can try Oh! Calcutta, Cafe Mezzuna, TGIF, Biscotti, Pizza Hut and Subway when the munchies strike!
Favourites: Cottonworld, Amrapali, Shoppers Stop, Aldo, TGIF, Mezzuna and Oh! Calcutta.
Quite a happening mall earlier, things have slowed down a bit at South City, ever since renovation began. However, INOX, Shopper’s Stop, Pantaloons, The Body Shop, Chili’s and a few more places are still open, in case you find yourself stranded in the area during the rain. We can’t wait for the renovation to be done and over with, because South City actually has over 130 stores and plenty of dessert options! We miss the Starmark, which was the best among all their outlets.
Favourites: Kookie Jar, Flurys, Hindusthan Sweets, Shopper’s Stop, Biba, Pantaloons, Latin Quarters and Bombay Shiv Sagar.
A.C. Market & B.K. Market
A.C. Market and B.K. Market are not exactly malls, but they both offer excellent bargain finds for quick and easy, guilt-free shopping. Both of these indoor markets are located within walking distance of each other on the same road – Shakespeare Sarani. A.C. Market offers a nice mix of both western and ethnic options, while B.K. Market offers excellent variety when it comes to shoes and bags and western attire. You will also find trendy accessories from the streets of Bangkok at B.K. Market for prices that will make you beam with joy.
Favourites: Shoes. Accessories. Bags. Need we say more?