The cafe culture has been there in Kolkata for quite some time now and it is gaining more and more popularity in popular culture amongst people of all ages. The best part of going to a cafe is that you have a really cool place to hang out, you don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket while having an endless conversation over coffee and some finger foods. This kind of places is best suited for meetups of any kind. Be it friendly or strictly business ones. For the past few years cafes have been cropping up around Kolkata quite rapidly and almost all of them are based on some unique theme or creative ideas which it has to offer. Every place is unique in its own way. Here we discuss the top 10 new cafes in Kolkata, which you should definitely pay a visit.
10. Matargashti By Friends Cafe
Location: 175/A, Motilal Nehru Road, Manoharpukur, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029
Pros: On a fine February evening, after a fun movie date, we landed at Matargashti Cafe (behind Deshopriyo park). One of the BIG Plus about this cafe is that it is themed after the Iconic sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. !! And the instant feeling is overwhelming as the decor and presentation stood true to its inspiration! Live music and a lavish hookah bar added a punky edge, undoubtedly. The name in itself is unique. It has a wide variety of assorted fries and finger foods. All of them are equally delicious. The ambience is superb and is a fun place to visit with friends. Hookah is also available here. Live sports screening and board games available.
Cons: Price is on the higher side.
9. Cafe 4/1
Location: 4/1, Camac Street, Near Pantaloons, Park Street Area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016
Pros: Cosy ambiance, delicious variety of food and a comfortable to visit. Not too much crowded. Located in Camac street more nearer to Park Street. The place gives good vibes.
Cons: The staff can be a bit unfriendly at times and the service a bit lacking.
8. Blue Mug Cafe
Location: 1/121, Jodhpur Park Road, Dhakuria, Selimpur, Kolkata, West Bengal 700031
Pros: Large varieties of coffee at a very low price starts from Rs. 40 only (regular cup). shakes, mocktails are popular among daily visitors. The continental menu, if not exhaustive, is pretty decent in whatever they prepare. The place is almost always crowded with people thronging there for every other occasion. There is outdoor sitting area and the decoration is sweet and simple.
Cons: Nothing as such, the place is a bit cramped and noisy always. Not really a place for relaxation. But then for such a cheap price, it’s quite ok.
7. Cafe Plot 15
Location: 15, Ibrahimpur Rd, Mahendragarh, Bidhanpally, Jadavpur, Kolkata, West Bengal 700032
Pros: Located near the 8B bus stop at Jadavpur, this little hideout will feel like a cozy den to chill out with your friends. The place is spacious and the decor, although not extraordinary has its own unique feel to it. The prices are reasonable to high. Their desserts section is quite varied and has a lot of continental food to offer.
Cons: You might find that some of the items as displayed on the menu are not available and hence you might feel disappointed. Also, to get something you have to prompt the waiter and they are not as agile as expected to be.
6. Coffee O’ Kobita
Location: 32, Bhupendra Bose Avenue, Hati Bagan, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700004
Pros: Pretty decent place near Shyambazar metro. The high points of this cafe are the wall decor and the ambiance. The walls are adorned with old faded newspapers and posters of famous quotes and poems. The music playing in the background is mostly soulful and soothing. The place is reasonably priced and is a great joint for students. The staff is really friendly and the service is good.
Cons: Menu is usual nothing extravagant and the food is okayish.
5. Abar Baithak- The Coffee Shop
Location: 282, Jodhpur Park Road, Selimpur, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata, West Bengal 700068
Pros: If you are culturally active, then you will love the ambiance of this place. You might even stumble upon a celebrity or two of the Bengali Entertainment industry here. People discuss ideas, read books and get engaged in deep discussions. The food menu is not as extensive as some of its contemporaries, but the taste is good and very reasonably priced. Lined with books and graphic art of famous and iconic people, the place seems stooped in history.
Cons: You might have to wait in a long queue to get your chance. The place is a bit cramped and the service is slow. So you have to keep waiting.
4. The Bikers Cafe
Location: 31, Platinum mall, Elgin Rd, Sreepally, Elgin, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020
Pros: Located at the Platinum Mall at Elgin Road near Rabindra Sadan metro, you could call this a bar as well as a cafe. This is a theme based cafe with a Royal Enfield stationed at the entrance. The bar section and restaurant is separated which is a good thing as smoking is not allowed inside the restaurant. There is also a hookah bar. Ambiance is good with peppy music playing in the background. The cuisine is finger food, American and European salads. Food Quality is good. One of those places where you can go for a hangout as well as for partying.
Cons: Though not overtly priced, it can get a bit high for students.
3. 8th Day Cafe & Bakery
Location: Arcadia, 6, AJC Bose Rd, West Range, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017
Pros: Firstly, an out an out American cafe, serving American cuisine with authentic touch in the food. You will get only American cuisine and not even European one. Things like Bagel which are not available at Kolkata can be found here. The food has no Indianized version which is cool. The ambiance is very very comfortable with soft music playing. You will often find it crowded with foreigners who are chit-chatting there. Also, there are many merchandises indigenous to West Bengal for sale there which are specially catered for the foreign crowd. There is an open stage where anybody can go and perform without paying any charge.
Cons: The food quality might not always be up to the mark and might taste stale at times. The price is also a bit expensive.
2. What’s Up Cafe
Location: 122/A, Southern Avenue, Opposite Nazrul Manch Gate -2, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029
Pros: A cafe with a view. The open roof cafe cum lounge provides you with a view to die for. There is a garden and pool at the rooftop. This place is not only a cafe but also a lounge. You can visit this place for a night out as well as an evening out. Food presentation is amazing and menu is quite extensive. This is also an ideal place for the party people. Sundays they have live DJ performances and you can chill without the need to break the bank.
Cons: Price is quite high and the food is okay.
1. Artsy – Coffee & Culture
Location: 230/B, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Sreepally, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020
This had to be the best cafe in our list. Artsy is the first art cafe of Kolkata and the interiors of the cafe are done in so much good taste, that you will simply love sitting there quietly and soaking in the atmosphere.
Pros: The place has a huge collection of books, believe us it’s really huge. Secondly, the food menu there is quite extensive. Dealing mainly in cuisines around the world, the Italian menu is especially delicious 😋 Artsy also have an extensive list of different types of coffee from around the world and you would be spoiled for choice. Another interesting thing about artsy is that on every weekend some event or another is held here. It can be a discussion on ancient culture, or antique items or anything under the roof. No pre-bookings, no tickets, no cost for speaking. You just walk in and join in the discussion. They plan and post about these on their social media beforehand. Of everything, this place should definitely make it to your list!
Cons: The place is a bit on the pricier side.
So, how many of them have you visited? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Coffee sipping 😀
Special thanks to Satyaki Seal and Saayani Dey for their reviews. Some help has been taken from Zomato for some authentic data.