Shop in New Market
Amble through New Market, a century-old market that's hard to beat for ambience. The better shopping has shifted to boutiques and malls, but look out for kitschy bargains.
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At standalone Zaranj, you can sample excellent north Indian cuisine.
If you have time at hand, go to the Coffee House at College Street which is over fifty years old. It's a favourite place for gossiping and gathering for people for all ages. Apart from hot and cold coffee, you'll also get fried snacks.
Tips for Travellers
Drink lots of fluid. Kolkata is humid at the best of times and a day out can leave one dehydrated. Recharge by drinking lots of water. Try the tea, too, especially when it's sold in small earthenware pots. The tea is boiled and so is safe, and the pots are broken after use and so are hygienic - and eco-friendly.