When we think of cafes in Kolkata, we imagine friends or peers sitting on a table in a cafe, sipping hot cup of tea or coffee, munching on snacks or even having a meal while debating politics or social issues. Apart from being spaces for intellectual dialogue, cafes in Kolkata offer refuge to family, friends, couples and even single individuals to relax in the calm ambience while enjoying a mix of both local and international, traditional and modern dishes and beverages. 

Listed below are a few cafes in Kolkata that are local favourites:

1. Indian Coffee House, Kolkata

Indian Coffee House

Indian Coffee House is probably the oldest and best cafe in Kolkata. This cafe has a historic vibe to it. It serves the most delicious chicken cutlet and coffee in the city. Bear in mind that this cafe is always over-crowded so make sure to check if they have free spots before visiting. 

  • Location: Near Sharda Book Stall, Bankim Chatterjee St, College Square
  • Timings: 09:00 am – 09:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 300

2. Patisserie by Franziska, Kolkata

Patisserie by Franziska is one of the best café cum bakeries in Kolkata, it serves a wide variety of desserts ranging from éclairs to cheesecakes. It serves alcohol as well so if you want to have a drink along with your desserts, then this is your go-to place. 

  • Location: Russel Street, Park Street Area
  • Timings: 09:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 450 (without alcohol)

3. Mrs. Magpie, Kolkata

Mrs. Magpie takes you back to the British times. Visiting this café would transport you to an English tea party. The place is colourful and the desserts are inviting. The cupcakes and brownies are to die for.

  • Location: Keyatala, Southern Avenue
  • Timings: 09:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 500

4. Travelistan, Kolkata

Travelistan is the first travel cafe in Kolkata; it is supposed to make you feel like you are travelling. It has both an indoor and outdoor seating and it is famous for its pork ribs, baked fish and chicken fingers. 

  • Location: Shyamoli Housing, Golf Green
  • Timings: 07:30 am – 11:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 500

5. 8th Day Café and Bakery, Kolkata

The 8th Day Café and Bakery is straight out of a movie; the architecture is colonial. The café serves classic American dishes and it is pocket-friendly.

  • Location: Park Circus Area
  • Timings: 09:00 am – 09:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 600

6. Artsy, Kolkata

Artsy is the place for book lovers who want to spend some time surrounded by books and food. This café is the perfect place to just sit, read a book, sip hot chocolate, and be at peace. The café offers a wide range of coffees and hot chocolate.

  • Location: Near Minto Park, Bhwanipore
  • Timings: 09:00 am – 09:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 700

7. The Country House, Kolkata

The Country House is the preferred cafe in Kolkata for couples. The décor is vintage and tasteful music is always playing in the background. It is the perfect spot for a romantic date with your partner, which is known for its breakfast options. 

  • Location: Opposite Forum Mall, Bhowanipore
  • Timings: 08:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 800

8. Marbella’s, Kolkata

Marbella’s is an Instagrammer’s dream cafe. The ambience of the place is cosy and the attention to detail is impeccable. Do try the Pesto Caesar Salad and Watermelon Espresso among other delectables.

  • Location: Hindustan Park, Gariahat
  • Timings: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 800

9. Café Story, Kolkata

Café Story is another café in Kolkata for bookworms. It also provides various board games to have a fun time with your friends. This café is vegetarian and serves both Continental and Italian food. 

  • Location: Café Story Bookstore, Elgin Road
  • Timings: 11:00 am – 08:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 950

10. The Wise Owl Steakhouse, Kolkata

This café has open-air seating and is street facing. It also has indoor seating for those looking for some privacy. The décor has a rustic feel to it and the staff is prompt. Our favourite is the chicken steak; do try it on your visit.

  • Location: Hindustan Park
  • Timings: 01:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 1000

11. Calcutta 64, Kolkata

This café feels like home, although the name sounds like it offers traditional Bengali food, but it is actually famous for its pizzas, frappes and coffee. Plus the classy ambience is a win-win for café lovers!

  • Location: Sector 1, Salt Lake
  • Timings: 12:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 1000

12. Paris Café, Kolkata

This café will transport you to Paris without moving an inch. It is a cute cafe in Kolkata for couples to enjoy a cosy, romantic, and Parisian date in. The desserts are the USP of this café. 

  • Location: Ballygunge
  • Timings: 08:00 am – 10:30 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 1000

13. Hit Wicket, Kolkata

Hit Wicket has green carpet flooring, multiple TV screens and an enormous projector to make you feel like you are in a stadium, watching cricket. It hosts live screenings regularly and offers Lebanese, Italian and Chinese cuisine to satiate your hunger pangs in between the games. 

  • Location: Ballygunge and Salt Lake
  • Timings:  11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 1100

14. The Bikers Café, Kolkata

The Bikers Café has a biker theme going on. It has three sections- a bar, a private dining area and a lounge. The café offers free Wi-Fi and the menu lists unique dishes like “The Terminator” Lamb Burger, Hangover Killer, Chocosamosa, etc.

  • Location: Platinum Mall, Elgin Road
  • Timings: 09:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 1100

15. Flury’s, Kolkata

Flury's Kolkata

Flury’s is among the most famous cafes in Kolkata. No visit to the city is complete without going to Flury’s. It serves the best English breakfast in town and now has introduced gluten-free and vegan dishes to its already delightful menu. 

  • Location: Park Street
  • Timings: 09:30am – 11:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 1350

16. Wabi Sabi, Kolkata

This café feels like it is located in the midst of nature, the furniture is wooden and it serves healthy, gluten-free and vegan options. If you love Asian cuisine, visit Wabi Sabi as they serve authentic Burmese food.

  • Location: Southern Avenue
  • Timings: 09:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Cost for two: INR 1400

Each one of the above-mentioned cafes have a huge fan following. The reasons range from Instagram-worthy settings to hearty and savoury dishes. If you come to this city, visit these cafes in Kolkata for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and trust us you won’t be disappointed.