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New Market Area

New Market is a market street in Kolkata, the capital cityof the state of West Bengal in India.

About

New market is known to be one of the best shopping areas in Kolkata. It is a great place to shop for garments., accessories, crockery and utensils, jewellery, electronics and even fresh items such as flowers, vegetables, fruits, local cheese and fish – which Kolkata’s cuisine is known for.

 The shops here supply products of great variety with agood scope for bargaining (Haggling is common in most such markets), and like most markets it is crowded, especially on the weekends.

Additional Info for Visitors

New Market is situated on Lindsay Street, beside Free School Street in Kolkata just off Chowringhee Road in the area.

The market is open from 10 AM to 8 PM from Mondays to Fridays andfrom 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

It can be reached easily from anywhere in the city by auto-rickshaw, or bus or cab. Another option is to take the metro (local train).The Esplanade metro station is the closest to the market, located at the northern end of Chowringhee Road.

History

The New Market was built during the rule of the British in India, in the late 19th century, when Kolkata (then called Calcutta) was the capital and the most important city in Indian subcontinent.

Lindsay Street was bought by the British as it was a great location in the city and commissioned Richard Roskell Bayne, an architect of the East Indian Railway Company, to design the New market here, in Victorian Gothic style to replace a small market that existed here at that time. It was bult and completed in 1873.