The bylanes of Kolkata are lined with quaint cafes and eateries with beautiful interiors, serving finger food, continental bites, contemporary meals, and even local beverages and artisanal coffee. This list is for you if you’re someone who likes visiting eateries for more than the delectable food, and loves taking a photo for the gram. While this is not an exhaustive list of Instagrammable cafes (considering the city's aesthetic nooks and crannies), here are 12 cafes in Kolkata you could visit for that perfect shot.
Roastery Coffee House, Gariahat
This pet-friendly speciality coffee house will take you back in time with its colonial architecture, old-style wooden tables, and chequered floors. The yellow hues and green complement the space beautifully. To keep you company, choose from their extensive menu of continental bites and coffee.
Address: 70B, Inside South India club, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata
Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Country House Cafe, Bhowanipore
With high ceilings, white walls draped in bougainvillaea, and a space dotted with greenery, the space evokes a European vibe. The cafe is well-known for its breakfast menu, including pancakes, waffles, and Indian bites. Don’t forget to take a picture against the arched entrance with vintage wall lamps on each side.
Address: 4C, Allenby Rd, Sreepally, Bhowanipore, Kolkata
Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Poach Kitchen, Ballygunge
The muted greens blend beautifully with the white walls at Poach Kitchen. Minimalist wall murals, tinted and picture windows are other elements that elevate the decor. Posing on the outdoor porch swings with a beverage from their extensive menu makes for a lovely click.
Address: P562, Lake Rd, Hemanta Mukherjee Sarani, lake Terrace, Ballygunge, Kolkata
Timings: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. from Monday to Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. from Friday to Sunday
Sienna Store & Cafe, Gariahat
The quaint cafe features monochrome walls laced with potted greens and old-school doors amidst bricked walls. In addition to the quirky decor, they also feature an interesting beverage and food menu with both finger food and hearty meals. Taking a food shot for the gram against their tiled blue tabletop is mandatory when here.
Address: 49, 1, Golpark, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata
Timings: 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Friday to Sunday
Hugo and Finn, Park Street
Baby pink interiors, patterned flooring, upholstered chairs, wall lamps, and bar stools with windows overlooking the pretty lane make up the space at Hugo and Finn. While you munch on your muffins, sandwiches or bagels, your pooch could make friends with fellow pets.
Address: 5B, Little Russel St, Kankaria Estates, Park Street area, Kolkata
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Colab Coffee Calcutta, Jodhpur Gardens
Colab Coffee's indoor space is just as appealing as its outdoor seating, with a cosy corner under a tree decked with cane lamp hangings that look dreamy in the evening. You could also sit comfortably with your legs crisscrossed in their indoor seating, reading a good book or working on your laptop, and slicing into their delectable tarts and tea cakes.
Address: 164, 9/1, Prince Anwar Shah Rd, Jodhpur Gardens, Lake Gardens, Kolkata
Timings: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Karma Kettle Tea Room, located in The Ivy House Ballygunge
Karma Kettle’s entrance has a wooden doorway and a plethora of potted plants and greenery. The cosy tea room has wooden interiors, picture windows, and dim lighting that set the mood. For that upload-worthy shot, order their tea set that comes with sliders, a pot of tea, and tarts and cakes.
Address: 4, Swinhoe St, Ekdalia, Ballygunge, Kolkata
Timings: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
La Artisan Bistro, Newtown
The outdoor seating at La Artisan is a mix of white walls, blocked blue windows, and vibrant bougainvillaea peeking out, while the indoor space is soothing with framed walls, cushioned white chairs, and patterned flooring. If you’re there on a date order from the extensive cocktail, wine, and beer menu or choose from their dessert options.
Address: 02-0108, Street Number 95, BG Block(Newtown), Action Area I, Newtown, Kolkata
Timings: 10:0 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Artsy - Coffee and Culture, Bhowanipore
This cafe's white textured walls, bar windows, and decor elements such as typewriters evoke an old-world charm. The quaint space is ideal for spending some alone time reading a book from their shelves or simply colouring to explore your artistic side. Pose for a picture against their scraped window wall for the ‘gram.
Address: Ground Floor, 230/B, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Minto Park, Bhowanipore, Kolkata
Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Marbella's decor is boho, with macrame wall hangings and dream catchers set against white walls and picture windows. The cafe serves everything from finger food to filling meals like Khow Suey and select Indian bites. Their wooden bench in front of the cafe is a signature backdrop for snapping pictures.
Address: 29A, opposite Abin Design Studio, Golpark, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata
Timings: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The Melbourne Cafe, Bidhannagar
The Melbourne Cafe has patio-style seating amidst potted plants, overlooking the street. The indoor area of the compact yet adorable bakery is covered in teal windows, chequered floors, and petite tables and chairs. It’s a kid-friendly cafe, and you can choose from its delectable offerings of savoury and sweet bites including pastries and cakes.
Address: DB-8, DB Block, Sector 1, Bidhannagar, Kolkata
Timings: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
La Macario Cafe, Elgin
The interiors of La Macario are soothing, with framed pictures on the walls, aesthetic ceiling lights, floral wall murals, and chic seating. The cafe has an interesting menu with platters, brunch options, and even gourmet kits to choose from, and the space looks its best when it rains, with raindrops running down the glass windows.
Address: 1st Floor, 10, Wood St, Mullick Bazar, Elgin, Kolkata
Timings: 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
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