Pressed For Time? Shop And Eat At These 7 Stores-cum-Eateries

Amanda posted on 29 July

Ten-Second Takeaway

Here are eight shops that also have in-house cafes so you can sip, shop and be a multitasking ninja.

Sienna Store & Cafe

Beautiful clothing, notebooks, jewellery, postcards, and ceramics – once you manage to get past all these goodies, a blue-hued cafe awaits you inside Sienna. Try their pesto platter, the refreshing celery cucumber juice, heavenly sandwiches, hot chocolate, and desserts.

 

Cafes

49/1, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata

4.3
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Byloom & Canteen @ Byloom

Right opposite Sienna Store & Cafe is Byloom, which has multiple floors of saris, fabrics, stoles and more. Once you’re done shopping, reward yourself with some fish and chips, cutlets, chops, cheese chilli toast, luchis and tea/coffee. Well, maybe not all of it at once. The canteen is brightly lit, in case you have some reading and writing to take care of.

Clothing Stores

58-B, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata

4.3
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Magenta Cafe & Store

Magenta has a decent collection of affordable saris, kurtis, jackets, dupattas, jewellery, handicrafts and personal care products for under INR 3,000. They also have a cosy cafe with an assortment of salads, sandwiches, omelettes, finger food and more. Tea starts as low as INR 45, and coffee is INR 50. The interiors are tastefully done. The balcony area is an excellent spot to unwind with close friends, or in the company of a good book.

Cafes

4-A/1, Motilal Nehru Road, Near Priya Cinema, Manoharpukur, Kalighat, Kolkata

4.2
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Wabi Sabi

I’m not sure what I love more about Wabi Sabi – their products, or their veggie-friendly food. An interesting curation of jewellery, notebooks, coasters, mugs, napkin holders, wooden frames, and kurtis, mostly priced under INR 1,000, it will definitely sort out your shopping needs. And their food is extremely flavourful, especially the soups, assorted salads, the butter chilly gnocchi, baked potatoes and combo meals.

 

 

Cafes

10, Dr. Sarat Banerjee Road, Lake Market, Kalighat, Kolkata

4.2
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Oxford Bookstore & Cha Bar

Buy a book and start reading it on the spot, over some tea and cakes. Oxford Bookstore has a collection of books to please every bookworm. Afterwards you can head straight upstairs to Cha Bar to read and write at leisure, while relishing what is probably the biggest range of teas in Kolkata {including a variety of tea-based mocktails}. They have also got coffee, shakes, lassis, sandwiches, pasta, brownies and cakes.

 

Cafes

Oxford Book Store, 17, Park Street Area, Taltala, Kolkata

4.2
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Story & Cafe Story by Chai Break

Story has a decent selection of books, spread across multiple floors, as well as stationery and gift options. Upstairs, you will find a veggie-friendly cafe run by Chai Break, with usual suspects listed on the menu – salads, pastas, pizzas and various cool and warm beverages. Try out their dalchini adrak chaai. The starting price for tea and coffee is INR 60, which is quite affordable.

 

Cafes

8, Elgin Road, Sreepally, Bhowanipore, Kolkata

3.9
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Abar Baithak

If you are a Satyajit Ray fan and have fond memories of Feluda & co, head to Abar Baithak for conversations over chai, sandwiches and dessert. Inside, you will find a tiny assortment of books you can purchase, by old and new Bengali authors including Ray and Tagore. There are a few knick-knacks {like mugs} you can pick up. The service is a bit slow and the venue can get quite loud at certain hours, so plan accordingly.

 

Cafes

282, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata

4.3
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