Hip, dynamic and continually evolving, Kolkata’s Salt Lake City, or Bidhannagar, is among the city’s must-visit neighborhoods. We’ve compiled this guide to help you get the most out of this bustling area in a day.
Start your day at Salt Lake’s Central Park, the city’s second largest open green space—after the Maidan in Central Kolkata. Built around a large lake, on which you can go boating, this park boasts of seemingly endless vast green lawns and rich flora and fauna. It is home to a variety of aquatic birds from egrets to lesser whistling ducks. It also happens to be home to several themed gardens, from a colorful butterfly garden to a well-maintained rose garden.
Once you’re satisfied with your dose of nature, hit up one of the neighborhood’s many acclaimed restaurants. 6 Ballygunge Place in Sector 1 is among Kolkata’s most cherished authentic Bengali food restaurants. There are few better places to have your multiple-course meal than in this heritage bungalow that’s over a century old and surrounded by walls adorned with pictures of old Calcutta.
If you’d like a break from traditional Bengali food and sample the neighborhood’s enthusiasm for other cuisines, then check out Oudh 1590, steeped in old-world charm and serving some of the city’s finest Mughlai food.
6 Ballygunge Place, 31 A, DD Block, Sector 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata, India, +91 33 2337 2120
Oudh 1590, Plot No 86, Block CD, Sector 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata, India, +91 33 6565 6652
Post-lunch, you should plan to hit up one of the area’s shopping centers. Salt Lake is among Kolkata’s best shopping destinations when looking beyond the city’s vibrant market scene. City Centre Salt Lake is among the city’s largest shopping malls, and a fantastic location to pick up souvenirs.
City Centre, Block DC, Sector 1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, India, +91 33 2358 1011
Salt Lake is home to some of the city’s hottest new bars and nightlife venues, so it is only natural that you would want to wrap your day up with some drinks. Besides being an excellent way to unwind after your adventure-packed day, it is also a great opportunity to interact with and get a sense of the neighborhood’s growing young population.
Raize the Bar, with its own microbrewery that offers four different varieties of craft beer, is an excellent option for a fun evening. Along with a dance floor and live sports screening, this trendy bar almost always guarantees lively music and energetic crowds. 10 Downing Street and Bakstage are two other fantastic options for assured excellence in music, food, and drinks.