9 Iconic Cafes In Kolkata That Every Bengali Misses WAYY TOO MUCH!

Calcutta, or Kolkata as people call it now, is full of these old eateries that around since before partition, and many even since before Delhi became the capital in 1911. Any tourist or professional who’s visiting on business does have food on their agenda, and one could never go wrong with the most famous ones. If you’re here even for a few days, you must not miss out on what are considered to be the best restaurants in Kolkata.

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1. Peter Cat

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Their signature dish, Chelo Kebabs, are still very popular. They always have long lines so you can either call them up and reserve your table a day ahead or wait it out. Weekends are the craziest, and you may even end up havingto wait for two hours to get a table! The food is damn delicious and it’s worth spending money on, especially if you’re planning a special date night. They opened back in 1975 and are still serving amazing food and drinks.

Head to 18A, Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Say hello at +91 33 4001 7294

Pay INR 1,500 for two (approx.)

2. Indian Coffee House

Also known as the College Street Coffee House, this place is steeped in history and culture. The history of this place goes as far back as 1876. This is the best example of the adda culture in Kolkata, where people would just come to sit together and discuss all the goings on of the world while having endless cups of tea and telebhaja (fried snacks). It’s still a regular spot for people like Aparna Sen, and this place has even been immortalised in Manna Dey’s song titled Coffee House’er Shei Adda’ta Aaj Aar Aei (That Coffee House Adda Is Long Gone Now).

Head to 15, Bankim Chatterjee Street, College Street, Kolkata

Say hello at +91 9831524116

Pay INR 200 for two (approx.)

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3. Flury’s

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This bakery-cafe has been around since 1927, and they’re almost a hundred years old too. The cafe is frequented by city dwellers, and tourists alike, and is a must visit. On one side is the cafe where you can dine in and have pasta and the like, and on the other, is the bakery where you can pick up all kinds of freshly made bread, pies, chocolates, and other sweet and savoury treats. They now have 12 outlets in all of Calcutta, but the Park Street one is the most famous one.

Head to 18, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Say hello at 033 4000 7453

Pay INR 1,500 for two (approx.)

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4. Mocambo

They started way back in 1956. This is owed by the same people who started Peter Cat, although that came much later. The people who own the restaurant had hired a European chef-cum-manager named Antonio Prandhe, considering the fact that Europeans made the best restaurateurs. This is why their menu is dominated by many European and Italian dishes like the Chicken Sicilian and the Canneloni. Everything down to the colour scheme is the same as it was in 1956. The only change they made was to scrap the music. 

Head to 25B Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Say hello at 033 2229 0095

Pay INR 1,200 for two (approx.)

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5. 6 Ballygunge Place

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They opened back in 2003 when there still weren’t good stand alone Bengali eateries. You’d think Bengali restaurants would be common here, but we were surprised to see not too many of them. But then again, it must be taken into account that people make it in their own way at home anyway. So, 6 Ballygunge Place makes traditional food, as well as modern dishes and excels at it. They’ve even received many accolades for their food and service. Definitely, a place to put on your bucket list.

Head to 6, Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata

Say hello at 033 24603922, +91 9830353881

Pay INR 1,200 for two (approx.)

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6. Arsalan

You know how people keep telling you about these places where you can get amazing biryani from? Well, in Kolkata, nothing beats Arsalan. They have about eight outlets now, and people come from far off areas just to get a taste of the traditional Kolkata Biryani. It comes with the egg and the potato like all traditional Bengali biryanis, and it’s just all levels of delicious. They may have only started in 2002, but they’re very, very famous—and for good reason!

Head to 28, Circus Avenue, Near A.J.C. Bose Road Flyover, Park Circus Area, Kolkata

Say hello at +91 9007007921, +91 8697215347

Pay INR 700 for two (approx.)

Explore Arsalan 

7. Olypub

They started back in 1947 as Olympia Bar & Restaurant. Kolkata’s dive bars like Olypub, have been through thick and thin, and this one refuses to make more effort than it has to, to cater to its customers. People have been coming here since forever and they’re not really bothered about getting disgruntled reviews. They’ve existed way longer than these hipster pubs that have cropped up all over the city, but people love coming back here all the time. You can notice people just sitting for hours on end, enjoying their drink and having heated discussions, and even see others join in from the next table. Definitely get the Hamburger Steak, should you choose to dine in here on your visit.

Head to 21, Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Say hello at 033 64520472

Pay INR 1,300 for two (approx.)

8. Golbari

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This 95-year-old eatery is well-known for its Kosha Mangsho. You cannot go to Kolkata and not try Golbari’s mangsho. You may binge on all the sweets, but this must not be missed, for it will be considered blasphemous to do so. Have this with soft rotis or parathas, or luchi, and you’re sorted. Surprisingly enough, this joint was started by a Punjabi. The restaurant can just about seat 18 people at a time, but one can also stand around at the counter or have the food packed. They have a limited menu, but each dish is worth trying, and they’re all at budget-friendly prices.

Head to New Punjabi Hotel, 211, A.P.C. Road, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata

Say hello at 033 25546096

Pay INR 400 for two (approx.)

Explore Golbari 

9. Dilkusha Cabin

This place is also located on College Street. It was founded in 1918 and is now almost a century old. They had to do away with six of their outlets in 2011, but this one stands strong to this day. Once a popular cabin restaurant, this place still has its share of regular visitors for its popular dishes, especially Doi Chicken. They continue to be popular for their Fish Kabiraji and cutlets. They even have options for vegetarians to munch on.

Head to Building 88, MG Road, Near College Street Crossing, College Street, Kolkata

Say hello at 033 22417375

Pay INR 300 for two (approx.)

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