Sweet tooth or not, a visit to these decadent havens at least once is a must.
Flurys, Park Street Area
This legendary and popular tearoom has been serving delicious pastries, cookies, cakes, and other delicacies since it opened in 1927. In that time it’s fame has spread far beyond Kolkata’s borders and is on even visitor’s must-do list. We suggest you try the chocolate mousse, fruit cakes, rum balls, brownies, and range of chocolate pastries that are sure to hit the spot.
Little Pleasures, Loudon Street Area & Paddapukur
If you’re look for some sinful eats to indulge your sweet tooth, head over to this boutique French patisserie for some decadent desserts. Creativity and quality are prized here, so expect delicious desserts made using the best ingredients. Go for the chocolate profiterole pyramid, lemon meringue pie, Belgian chocolate cake, lemon teacake, or mud pie.
Photograph: Little Pleasures
Kookie Jar, multiple outlets
This chain has a huge fan following in the city and is especially popular for its lip-smacking party cakes. Best-selling desserts here include iconic lemon tarts, nutty pyramid, chocolate boats, salted chocolate caramel pastry, toffee tarts, strawberry crumble pie, chocolate truffle cake and éclairs. But honestly, no matter what you pick, you won’t be disappointed. Chances are you’ll have a few at the store and pack up more to take home!
Photograph: Kookie Jar
Mrs. Magpie, multiple outlets
With its bright, colourful walls, furniture in pastel shades, stain glass windows, and cozy vibe, Mrs. Magpie is where you’d go if you want to have a tea party. Take your pick from a wide variety of cupcakes, lemon meringue, nutty praline cake, cinnamon apple cake, cherry and cream cheese cake, peanut butter flavoured cakes, and scones. Wrap up your visit with a piping hot mug of the delicious hot chocolate.
Photograph: Mrs. Magpie
The Rouge, Park Circus Area & Hindustan Park
It’s claimed that this quaint bakery was responsible for bringing macarons, cupcakes and red velvet to Kolkata. We’re not sure if that is true. But we do know that their buttery cupcakes and macarons are the talk of the town. Bite in to the signature red velvet cupcake that comes loaded with cream cheese or the chocolate truffle or crème brulee. Don’t forget to check out the red velvet brownie, teacakes, and fondant cakes.
Photograph: The Rouge
Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandy, Hatibagan
One can’t talk about Kolkata and not mention the treasure trove of Bengali sweet shops spread across the metropolis. While it’s hard to pick just a few, Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy definitely makes it to the list. Going strong since 1844, this sweetmeat shop an amazing range of mishtis. Popular ones include mousumi sandesh, parijat sandesh, jolbhora, gurer sandwich, kanchagolla, and different varieties of chocolate sandesh.
Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick, multiple locations
Another iconic mishti brand and an institution in itself, head to any one of the several branches scattered across Kolkata to dig into old Bengali classics as well as some modern variations. While you definitely need to try the mishti dois and nolen gurer sandesh, chhana sondesh, and labanga lotika, also check out their more ‘modern’ sweets like the jaggery soufflé, chocolate mishtis, mango gelato sandesh, and kesar kulfi sandesh.
Bhim Chandra Nag, Bowbazaar & Bara Bazar
Started by Paran Chandra Nag in 1826 in Bow Bazar, this is one of the oldest sweet shops in Kolkata, serving some of the best traditional Bengali sweets. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t kept up with the times and understood customers’ varying tastes. Popular sweets here include ladikeni, ashubhog sandesh, monohora sandesh, dilkhush sandesh, abar khabo sandesh and paradise sandesh.
Ganguram, multiple outlets
This popular brand of sweet shops was started in the late 19th century by Ganguram Chaurasia, a skilled halwai, who came all the way from Varanasi to ply his trade in the city. Now, there are over 25 Ganguram outlets that serve a wide range of sweets. Don’t miss the indrani, mishti doi, sankh Sandesh, rose Sandesh, talshansh, kesar malai roll, and rasmadhuri.