Kolkata is called the city of joy for several reasons. The rich culture, the heritage and the cuisine. We are going to talk about that last bit. If you've got a day or two in Kolkata. Besides the river boat ride you must try the street food. Listed below are the best places to go grab breakfast, lunch or a quick bite. From jhalmuri to biryani , we've got you covered.
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12 places to visit in Kolkata and street food you cannot miss!
1. Sharma Tea House
A place famous for its Kulhad chai. The locals swear by it. It is also a great place to grab breakfast. Other items to try are kachori, jalebi and potato sabji.
Address: Sharma Tea House: 5/6, Sambhunath Pandit St, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700025
2. Gupta Brothers
A place that is famous for being a favourite of sweet lovers. Definitely the Abar khabo sondesh for Rs 20. It is made with paneer and coated with malai. In case you need to satisfy your sweet cravings, this spot is perfect for you.
Address:Gupta Brothers: 3, Harish Mukherjee Rd, Patuapara, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020
The Chicken Biryani is said to be one of the best in Kolkata. A flavourful Biryani with well cooked rice with cardamom, potatoes with marinated chicken pieces are an experience of its own. A filling lunch with family and friends Arsalan is the place to go.
Address:Arsalan: 28, Circus Ave, Lower Range, Beck Bagan, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017
A place that is famous for Kathi Rolls. As legends say that kathi Rolls were invented here!
As the tale goes the kebabs were wrapped inside parathas for the convenience of the British who loved the kebabs but found that the delicacy left their hands oily.
Address:Nizam's: 23 & 24, Hogg St, Near Axis Bank Atm, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700087
5. Victoria Memorial
Address: Victoria Memorial: Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Maidan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
6.Balaram Mallick and Radharam Mullick
An iconic joint in Kolkata famous for its sweets. However, you can always grab a brunch here with shingara, poori and aloo sabji.
Address:Balaram Mullick & Radharam Mullick: 2, Paddapukur Road, Jadubabur Bazar, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020
Puchkas and Ghugni Tikiya are available with any local vendors in the market.The delicacies are also found in other states and are a protagonist of many debates of ‘pani puri or puchka?’ The city adds their own twist on the delicacies and hence are a part of the Kolkata cuisine experience.
Address: Vardhaman Market
Another iconic joint was set up in 1936. Another option for all the sweet lovers. Try all the traditional delicacies from Rasgullas to Kala jamun here. Luchi with sweet dal and aloo dum is also a Bengali delicacy that you can try here.
Address:K.C. Das: 11 A&B, Central Ave, Esplanade, Kolkata, West Bengal 700069
The chicken stew with bread is highly recommended. Alos its a place to go when you want a meal on a tight budget. A thali under Rs. 50.
Address: Dacres Lane: Esplanade, Kolkata, West Bengal 700069
10. Anandi Bhavan
It boasts of heritage in its flavour and is being run for 102 years old! A recommended dish on the menu is the Mughlai paratha and aloo shobji. The cutlets from Anandi Bhavan is also popular.
Address:Anadi Cabin: 9A, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Esplanade, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700013
11. Peter Cat
The Chelo kebab is highly recommended. A persian delicacy that comprises buttered rice, kebab and cucumber. The ambience is romantic with dimly lit lights.
Address: Peter Cat: 18 A, Stephen Court, Park Street, Opposite KFC Restaurant, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016
A north Kolkata place that will quench your thirst. The dub serbet, kesar malai are a must try. Simple in preparation, these traditional drinks are affordable for college students.
Paramount: 1, 1/1D, Bankim Chatterjee St, B. C. Street, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073
A bonus delicacy to try is the Jhalmuri. Available at aunty local vendors throughout Kolkata the Jhalmuri is a common and affordable snack.
Jhalmuri: Local Vendor
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the rates for these places?
- Most of the dishes and places mentioned above are extremely affordable and range from Rs. 10 to Rs. 300
2. How do I reach the places mentioned ?
-All these places are accessible through the metro, taxi and tramp. The method of transportation will depend on you and the specific places you want to visit.
3. How hygienic are these places?
-Most of these places are joints and restaurants so they do have a standard for hygiene. However, other places are street food in the real sense so do not expect a high degree of hygiene.