What can one say about Kolkata? It is one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities in India. There are so many places to visit in the city, including museums, gardens, monuments, temples, churches and water parks. Then there is the famed Bengali food, available at street side stalls as well as restaurants. The metropolis is an equally good place for shoppers, with traditional markets as well as malls interspersed across its vast expanse. Now, the malls in Kolkata might not be the city’s defining feature unlike Delhi or Bangalore, but these certainly are worth a visit for an entire day of shopping and fun. So, keep reading as we tell you all about the best and most popular malls in the City of Joy:

Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

1. South City Mall, Kolkata

South City Mall, Kolkata

South City Mall | #1 of 11 Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

Opened for the public in 2008, the gigantic South City Mall has a gross leasable area of roughly 1000000 sq feet. All major lifestyle brands, such as Shoppers Stop, Spencer’s and Pantaloons have their stores at the mall. The food court of the mall, named Food Talk, houses kiosks and outlets of all your favourite restaurant chains, such as Mainland China, Cafe Coffee Day and more. Further, you can go for a movie at the INOX multiplex here, which has six screens in all.

  • Location: South City Complex, Jadavpur, Kolkata
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

2. City Centre I, Kolkata

City Centre I, Kolkata

City Centre I | #2 of 11 Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

Not that City Centre I doesn’t have retail stores, these are not its primary highlight. One of its main features is Kund, a stepped plaza with a small waterbody in the centre. This is where the city’s youth spend hours hanging out with their pals or partners, and where several promotions and events take place. Then, there is the Kolkata Store, which offers products that reflect the rich culture of the city; you can even see a horse-drawn carriage daring from the 1880s here.

  • Location: Sector I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

FYI, Salt Lake City is also home to one of the best water parks in Kolkata, Wet ‘O’ Wild.

3. City Centre II, Kolkata

City Centre II, Kolkata

City Centre II | #3 of 11 Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

Relatively new among the shopping malls in Kolkata, City Centre II is already making a name for itself. The mall hosts regular promotional and other events at Celebration Square, which can be attended by almost 10000 people at once! Then, there is the sheer variety the mall offers in terms of shopping, with more than 240 stores. Further, there are individual restaurants at the mall as well as a large food court, Hangout. The four-screen INOX movie theatre is another among its numerous features. In case you want to do a little sightseeing too in the area, you can visit the intriguing Kolkata Museum of Modern Art.

  • Location: Action Area II, Newtown, Kolkata
  • Timings: 10:30 am to 9:00 pm

Also check out our blog on all the insightful museums in Kolkata

4. Quest Mall, Kolkata

Quest Mall, Kolkata

Quest Mall | #4 of 11 Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

Offering a shopping area of around 730000 sq feet, Quest Mall looks like an art piece from outside, with its geometrically asymmetric facade. Its basement, and ground, first, second and third floors overflow with retail stores while the fourth floor exclusively houses a six-screen INOX movie theatre. If you are here for binging, then head to the fourth or fifth floor where most of the restaurants are located. Then there is The Loft, a space dedicated to art exhibitions, fashion shows and food-ups.

  • Location: Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Park Circus, Kolkata
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Just so you know, Syed Amir Ali Ave is home to some of the best restaurants in Kolkata

5. Acropolis Mall, Kolkata

Acropolis Mall, Kolkata

Acropolis Mall | #5 of 11 Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

Spread across five floors, Acropolis Mall satiates even the biggest appetite for shopping with its huge range of brands and products on offer. Be it accessories, apparel, cosmetics, gits, toys, books, groceries, electronics, gadgets, footwear, travel accessories or clothing, you get it all here. The options on the dining front are equally impressive, ranging from coffee shops and fine-dining restaurant to a food court. This is not all, as Acropolis also takes care of your entertainment needs with a PlayStation centre, Cinepolis theatre, a virtual reality area and the Timezone store, which has arcade games and amusement rides for everyone.

  • Location: Sector 1, East Kolkata Township, Kolkata
  • Timings: 10:30 am to 9:30 pm

6. Mani Square Mall, Kolkata

Mani Square Mall, Kolkata

Mani Square Mall | #6 of 11 Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

Spread across more than 7300000 sq feet, Mani Square Mall is one hell of a hangout place. Not only does the mall have a vast array of stores and brands under one roof, but also a four-screen PVR multiplex. Further, there is also a Scary House, a video game zone, Amoeba, and a 7D theatre to give people of all ages a wonderful time. When after all the shopping and entertainment, you feel hungry, head to their airy 30000-sq feet food court, which has a seating capacity of 650. If this isn’t enough, the mall also houses several spas and massage parlours for the ultimate relaxation.

  • Location: Kadapara, Phool Bagan, Block A, Kolkata
  • Timings: 11:00 am to 8:30 pm

Want to know more about the fun places in the city? Then, read our blog on the Top 30 Places to Visit in Kolkata with Friends

7. Avani Riverside Mall, Kolkata

Avani Riverside Mall, Kolkata

Avani Riverside Mall | #7 of 11 Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

One of the few malls on the western banks of the Hooghly River, Avani Riverside Mall has as wide a variety of shopping options as it has of dining venues. First thing first, shopping…you can pick up groceries at Big Bazaars, gifts at Archie’s and trendy clothing at Pantaloons. Further, you can get inked at Lizard’s Skin Tattoos or watch a movie at the PVR theatre. Now, coming to the food, options range from fast food, Oriental and cafes to Indian, Continental and desserts. Some of the renowned names with outlets at the mall include Keventers, Mainland China, KFC, Wow! Momo, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Subway and Cafe Coffee Day.

  • Location: Jagat Banerjee Ghat Road, Howrah, Kolkata
  • Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

8. Lake Mall, Kolkata

Lake Mall is known for offering branded products at comparatively low prices, thus favoured by locals. You can shop at Lenskart, Max and Big Bazaar. Apart from these, outlets of Reliance Digital, Forever Young, Little Shop and Hardware Collection are also located within the mall. Apart from indulging in retail therapy, you can catch the latest Bengali and Hindi movies at the Cinepolis theatre. Cafe Coffee Day, Barbeque Nation, Keventers, Wow! Momo, Tandoor House and The Belgian Factory are among the numerous dining options here.

  • Location: Rash Behari Avenue, Kalighat, Kollkata
  • Timings: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

If you are in the Kalighat area, do not forget to pay a visit to Kalighat Temple, one of the most sacred temples in Kolkata

9. Forum Courtyard, Kolkata

Forum Courtyard, Kolkata

Forum Courtyard | #9 of 11 Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

Originally conceived as an office tower, Forum Courtyard became a mall after almost 80 percent of its construction was complete. Spread over 200000 sq feet, the mall has 125000 sq feet of retail space. Its three floors and basement are studded with outlets of brands, such as AND, Adidas, Nike, Reebok, The body Shop, Colorbar, Forest Essentials, Mac, Shoppers Stop, W, Swarovski, Rado and Bombay Dyeing. After shopping, you can binge at a number of restaurants and outlets. Plus, the mall houses a Cinepolis theatre, showing regional, Bollywood as well as Hollywood flicks.

  • Location: Sreepally, Bhowanipore, Kolkata
  • Timings: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

10. Gariahat Mall, Kolkata

When it first opened in 2004, Gariahat Mall had a small number of shops. But, since then, it has expanded rapidly to become one of the most visited shopping malls in Kolkata. Being in one of the city’s busiest localities, the mall buzzes with life all through the day. Needless to say, that the options you get here in terms of shopping are vast, with Westside being among the most notable stores.

  • Location: Ekdalia, Ballygunge, Kolkata
  • Timings: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

11. Axis Mall, Kolkata

Axis Mall, Kolkata

Axis Mall | #11 of 11 Best Shopping Malls in Kolkata

If your main idea of visiting a mall in Kolkata is not shopping, but having some fun, then Axis Mall is a must. Why, you ask? Because it is home to one of the most unique amusement parks in Kolkata, Snow Park. The fun place might be the main highlight of the mall, but it does not lack in shopping options. Prominent brands with stores here include Spencer’s and Lifestyle, whereas 47 South Tangra Road, Buddy’s Yard Cafe and Mehak-e-Punjab are some of the numerous restaurants at Axis Mall.

  • Location: Action Area I, Newtown, Kolkata
  • Timings: 11:00 am to 9:30 pm

So, off you go for a round of shopping at all these incredible malls in Kolkata.