The 10 Best Coffee Shops in Kolkata

Indian Coffee House, Kolkata | © Nahid Sultan / WikiCommons
Indian Coffee House, Kolkata | © Nahid Sultan / WikiCommons
Photo of Sridevi Nambiar
31 January 2017

There’s a coffee shop for everyone in Kolkata. Whether you are looking for the best brew or the coziest space to curl up with your coffee, our list of the city’s finest coffee shops has got you covered.

Ornaate – The Café Store

Cafe, Fast Food, $$$

This tiny, cute and colourful café doesn’t just have delightful deserts and freshly brewed coffee, but also an impressive collection of boutique jewelry on sale! If you are looking for a cosy, inspiring space with unlimited coffee to bring a book or your laptop to, then look no further.

8th Day Café & Bakery

Cafe, Bakery, American, Tea , Coffee, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$

This cosy, warmly lit café/bakery is a hit among patrons not just for its delicious, flavorful coffee but also its range of freshly baked delicacies. Pair your coffee with one of their delicious scones to truly experience the best of what they have to offer. With friendly service and really comforting ambiance, 8th Day may just tempt you to ditch your office and work out of here.

Indian Coffee House

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Fast Food, $$$

No list of coffee places in an Indian city is complete without mention of this legendary chain. Founded in 1936 and run by worker co-operative societies, Indian Coffee House has almost 400 locations in cities across the country. The chain has several in Kolkata, with the one on College Street being the most popular and historic. It has even served as the meeting place of intellectuals and artists, including the likes of Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen, Mrinal Sen and Aparna Sen.

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Cha Bar

Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$

Located at the first floor of the historic Oxford Book Store, this stylish coffee shop is where you should be headed if you love to sip your favorite brew while browsing a rich collection of books. Their food offerings are also delicious – an added advantage.

The Country House

Cafe, Indian, Fusion, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Coffee, Tea

This stylish café has one of the city’s finest breakfast menus, in addition to some of its best coffee. Whether you are looking for a great coffee shop with excellent WiFi to get some work done, or a lovely brunch spot with fantastic coffee, The Country House will not even remotely disappoint.

Café 4/1

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$

With outdoor seating, warm lighting and tastefully decorated interiors, this cosy café is the best place for you to bring friends and chat endlessly over hot coffee and delicious snacks.

The Street Coffee Shop

Bar, Cafe, Contemporary

The Street Coffee Shop has got you covered with excellent coffee, hip décor and a full bar for when you switch from caffeine to booze. Pay an hourly fee for WiFi and you can make this your new office. The café gets quite crowded during the evenings.

Wise Owl

Cafe, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Indian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$

With intricate, artsy décor and outdoor seating, the Wise Owl is a wonderful place to sit and sip your freshly brewed coffee. It doesn’t hurt that they have an outstanding breakfast menu, as well as delicious snacks to indulge in throughout the day. They also open at 7.30am, unlike many of Kolkata’s coffee shops.

Kookie Jar

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$

Kookie Jar is the place to be for the coffee lover with a sweet tooth. With delicious cupcakes, cookies and other baked treats, combined with rich, freshly brewed coffee, this tiny bakery/café is perfect if you are just looking to quickly grab coffee and a snack and head out – considering there’s no seating or space to linger.

The Bakery

Cafe, Contemporary

This charming dessert parlor and café at The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel offers rich and flavorful freshly brewed coffee, freshly baked desserts and a range of delicious snacks. With warmly lit wood and brick interiors, cosy seating and free WiFi, The Bakery is sure going to be a hard place to leave.

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