The Lighthouse

Lake Gardens
Cafes & Coffee Shops

First Look: You've Got To Visit This New Cafe-Cum-Bookstore Inside A Visual Arts Space

Sayani posted on 1st June

Ten-Second Takeaway

A new cafe-cum-bookstore has opened in a visual arts space. We got the first look and here’s what you need to know.

The Lighthouse

A visual arts space centred mostly on photography, The Lighthouse is tucked away in one of the narrow lanes off Prince Anwar Shah. Walk through the large gates and you’ll come to the black wooden deck of the cafe-cum-bookstore that’s an extension of the visual arts school (running workshops, residencies and exhibitions) that stands on the first floor. We fell in love with the gorgeous artworks that  don the space, the upcycled furniture strewn around and bare brick walls offsetting the plastered walls. The look is minimalistic and aesthetically rich, very Scandinavian, with none of the ostentatiousness of commercial art galleries.

Specialty Coffee & Slow Food

This brand new café is given to serving specialty coffees like chemex, espresso and cold brew. The chemex, invented by Dr Peter Schlumbohm, makes a good pourover light-brewed coffee that you can enjoy multiple times through the day. They’ve also got regular favourites of espresso, lattes, cappuccino and macchiato. But we loved that we’ll get to sip on a good cold brew that’s rare to find in our city. A distinctly smooth coffee lacking the bitter acidity of the hot brewed ones, the cold brew here is also available for takeaway and can be kept for at least 7 days for consumption.

Besides the specialty coffee (they have Blue Tokai), there’s slow food to match your mood and fresh seasonal smoothies and juices. Cakes and sandwiches are also on offer and waffles will soon be added to the list.

Sit indoors to eat and work, the café has a calm comfortable vibe that’s best enjoyed alone or with a friend or two. Definitely not with your gang in tow.

Art Bookstore

We are saving the best for last! The cafe also houses a tiny bookstore, not your regular fiction or non-fiction though. What you’ll get are rare signed copies of books on art, popular art journals and books by Tara Pubishing. So this is a place to feed your appetite and your brain!

Anything Else?

You’ll get served by co-owner Rahul Dhankani himself (Georgina is the other co-owner) because this cafe is open for volunteering baristas. Also, you can visit their page here and buy any of their books online. They are open from 4pm – 11pm every day.

Pocket Pinch (for two): About INR 400.

More Information

Lake Gardens

164/9/1, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Lake Gardens, Kolkata

The Lighthouse

Lake Gardens
Cafes & Coffee Shops