The Only Guide You Need To Kolkata's Newest & Coolest Food Hub

Editors posted on 17 September

Pinterest-y cafes, old faves, quaint tea rooms, the best Bengali food — the Purna Das Road and Hindustan Park area is numero uno foodie heaven in Kolkata.

The Tea Place By Manjushree

Delhi has had them for a long time, and now Kolkata does too. This delightful tea room will remind you of Alice In Wonderland and Jane Austen novels. The sun-lit section upstairs with comfy lounging chairs and books is one of our fave spaces in the city right now. It’s perfect for some me time.

The menu lists so many different kinds of tea, it will have you scratching your head. Food-wise too, they are sorted — small bites like sandwiches, fries, wraps to big ones like roast chicken and grilled fish. Take a good look at this gorgeous tea room here.

Cafes

259, Purna Das Road, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata

8th Day Cafe

 8th Day's new address near Southern Avenue has its signature white store front and grey lettering, and a delightful outdoor seating arrangement (perfect for for the fall season that lies ahead!). Pop into the white-brick walled and dark-wood-furniture dotted cafe and the first thing that'll meet your eyes is the sleekly beautiful gold-and-black coffee machine that sits in the corner overlooking the street. Just like the first cafe, this too has board games, books and merchandise on its shelves, and the free Wifi makes it ideal for digital nomads. The new place has new nibbles too and new brews too (try the cold brew tonic). Pick the shredded parmesan chicken or the shredded pesto chicken sandwich for a meal, but if you're craving for something sweet then give their new mochaccino cupcakes a try! 

Cafes

11, Jatin Bagchi Road, Opp. Vivekananda Park, Ballygunge, Kolkata

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Wise Owl

This one’s probably the oldest cafe in the area and still continues to be hugely popular with all age groups. The property has three things going on — the cafe on the ground floor, a guest house and a steakhouse on the terrace. You can spend hours sitting in the open seating area of the cafe {sporting a quaint white picket fence look}. They allow you to smoke here. If you have an issue with that, move to the inside, closed space. They serve coffee and tea, shakes, salads and sandwiches, fries, pasta, Maggi, desserts and an all-day breakfast. The open-air steakhouse upstairs has some of the best, meatiest steaks and burgers and roasts. Read more about it here.

Casual Dining

66/2-B, Rooftop, Purna Das Road, Hindustan Park, Kolkata

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Cafe Je T'ame

Kolkata's quintessential cafe hood has yet another new cafe to charm you. Sitting just opposite Delices, Je T'aime has a quirky charm to it with its old art deco architecture, pop colour decor and yummy nibbles. You can't miss this colourful cafe once you walk into Keyatala Road from Purna Das Road. The bright yellow awning and the spray-painted name against the cafe wall will pique your curiosity as much as its French name. Come with your gang and play a game of Scotland Yard (or Monopoly or other board games) while you nibble on their tidbits. Try their Twin Punch Mushroom or their mid-course meals like a veggie wrap that'll feed your hunger, but won't kill your appetite. 

Cafes

P-468/A, Lake Terrace Road, CIT Scheme 47, Lake Terrace, Ballygunge, Kolkata

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Delices

Also known by its longer {and far more complicated name} La Maison Des Délices, this bakery and cafe is quaint, pretty and epitomsies delicacy. We are a big fan of their baked goods {their quiches are among the meatiest in the city} which are baked fresh sometimes right in front of you. They also do glorious customised cakes.

Casual Dining

P-596, Keyatala Road, Hindustan Park, Kolkata

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Mrs Magpie

Gooey hot chocolate, indulgent cupcakes, buttery scones — Mrs Magpie is high tea goals. One of the first entrants on the road, Mrs Magpie’s adorable Pinterest-y pink and pastel interiors and superior tasteful baking set it a class apart. You must keep an eye out for their seasonal treats: they have special ones for every occasion and festivity.

Cafes

570, Lake Terrace Road, Keyatala, Southern Avenue, Kolkata

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Kaffiesta Steaks

This new joint does a mean tenderloin steak  — it’s among the most tender and juicy we have had in the city. Unlike many places, this one was not chewy at all, not dry, not rubbery. They also do burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips and a great fondue. Read more about them here.

Cafes

P-464, Keyatala Road, Hindustan Park, Kolkata

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Black Candy

We found this hidden gem while walking around the area. Perfect for winter evenings, they have a simple outdoor seating {complete with fairy lights} in a garden-like atmosphere. This place only gets points for its ambiance, it doesn’t have too much more to offer.

Cafes

P-450, Keyatala Road, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata

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The Chaiwala

Tollygunge’s popular cafe The Chaiwala has also joined this quintessential food hood. The Chaiwala’s BLT sandwich will melt your heart with a generous dose of bacon, chicken and eggs. They’ve got good chai varities too. Try the sencha and lemongrass tea. Though the floor above with the heavy wooden interiors may seem a little holed in, we hang around quite a bit because the Wi-Fi is free and vibe chilled out.

Cafes

P-459B, Hemanta Mukherjee Saranai, Keyatala, Southern Avenue, Kolkata

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Tintin & Brussels Club

Tintin and Brussels Club will give you epic childhood feels with its Tintin-themed decor. Fairly new, this serves Belgian and other continental delicacies (including waffles). One corner of the restaurant also has a beautiful old piano and one can enjoy live piano sessions here from 8pm-10pm, every Saturday. Look out for the prints and posters of characters from Tintin comics and carry your love for the boy detective further with the TV that screens The Adventures of Tintin. One whole wall is covered with an image of Brussels at night.

Casual Dining

52-D, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata

Saptapadi

One of the coolest themed restaurants in town, Saptapadi is where every Bengali movie fan has to go for lunch. Based on the 1961 film featuring Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen, you will get major feels at this restaurant. From the softly playing background songs, traditional crockery and serving dishes and wooden furniture to the pictures from iconic Bengali movies that hang on the wall, the attention to detail is incredible.

Casual Dining

49-B, Purna Das Road, Hindustan Park, Kolkata

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Sienna Cafe

Sienna is where all the millennials are kicking it back and if you haven’t been here yet you’re missing out on their insanely good cakes, fresh healthy mains and their gorgeous Pinterest-y decor. Probably Kolkata’s most Instagrammed cafe, they keep it fresh by always adding new stuff to their menu — we’re loving these newly introduced items.

Cafes

49/1, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata

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Byloom Canteen

Order a cup of tea and work away to your heart’s content at this cafe attached to the Byloom store. Beverage-wise, the Darjeeling tea here is refreshing and their dark coffee smells out of this world. They do Kolkata snack foods really well — chops, cutlets and fish fries etc. You can also get cheese chilli toast, wraps and sandwiches, and tummy fillers like luchi and alur dom, and kosha mangsho. Their nolen gur ice cream and the caramel custard is the best.

Cafes

58-B, Hindustan Park Road, Hindustan Park, Kolkata

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Mystic Yoga Cafe

This cafe, located diagonally opposite The Tea Place, reminds us of Tibetan eating joints in Dharamsala. It’s an add-on to the Mystic Yoga chain which holds yoga classes around town at different locations. Expect lots of Buddhism motifs, Tibetan prayer flags and books on spirituality. The food here is vegetarian and healthy — they have tulsi, ginger marigold and lotus leaf infusions, sprouted salads, thalis, wedges of toast with hummus and grilled tomatoes, one-pot meals like thukpa and much more. The cakes {banana, carrot, walnut etc} here are delicious as are the muesli drinks served in a glass.

Cafes

40/1, Purna Das Road, Hindustan Park, Kolkata

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