One almost immediately imagines the posh Park Street area and the hustle-bustle around it as soon as they think of Kolkata from afar. Park Street, in Kolkata, means the hub of the city, the heart & soul, the most happening spot since time immemorial.
Park street is where everyone meets to decide where to go in the city; rather it’s where everyone comes knowing that they won’t be disappointed no matter what they have planned out with friends or family.
And that’s what makes Park Street special in ways more than one. From shopping to eating out to simply hangout spots that fit the pocket well, here you find people from all walks of life.
Here’s all the charm that Park Street has to offer…
When it comes to food, the entire stretch of Park Street is filled with restaurants and cafes alike. You’ll run out of time & money but you won’t run out of choices to eat out at Park Street.
Peter Cat & Mocambo
One of the oldest restaurants in the city, Peter Cat & Mocambo are completely separate entities but they are owned by the same person and also the cuisine served is quite similar to each other.
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 1200 for two (approx)
Must Try: Chello Kebab. Chicken Steak Sizzler, Devilled Crab and Meat Lasagna at Mocambo
Even if one is looking for an absolute 5-star standard fine dining experience, Park Street will have you sorted at The Park Hotel. With multiple restaurants under one roof catering to different cuisines, including one that operates 24×7, The Park Hotel will leave you feeling warm with all the pampering they have to offer.
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 2000 for two (approx)
This has been the city’s one of the most popular dens for high spirits and some kickass food to go with it. Dig in the steak, or the chicken ala-keev with chilled beer to go with. Mind you, the staff here can get as cold as the beer when it comes to hospitality but hey you won’t bother if you’re getting cheap booze, right?
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 1100 for two (approx)
Must Try: Beef steak, Chicken Ala Kiev, and the chilled beer of course
Perhaps this chain restaurant is churning the culinary scene all around the nation, and how could they miss out Park Street when they came to Kolkata. If you’re someone who can stomach a hell lot of delicious food, then this is where you go without a doubt.
Pocket Pinch: Rs.1600 for two (approx)
Must Try: All their kebabs are to die for.
Come here if you’re looking for some vegetarian delight with a contemporary twist. Creamy pesto pasta and desi saag risotto are an absolute wonder to the tastebuds, they say.
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 800 for two (approx)
Must Try: Caesar Salad, Creamy Pesto Pasta, Mocktails, Mushroom Soup, Corn Soup, Cannelloni Spinach
Au Bon Pain
If coffee and bagel is all you need to get going on a busy day, Au Bon Pain has the shizz. Opens early and closes up nicely at 10pm, you can drop here for a good hearty breakfast or just drop in with friends to chill out, may be have that important office meeting too. An all in one place, Au Bon Pain.
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 600 for two (approx)
Must Try: Coffee, Croissants, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Mango Shake, Mango Smoothie, Bagel, Hot Chocolate
Talking about great breakfasts, and forgetting Flurys would be a sin of the greatest order. Come here if you’re looking forward to indulging yourself in some traditional English breakfast with panache. Do remember to keep your wallet loaded before heading to Flurys.
Pocket Pinch: Rs.1350 for two (approx)
Must Try: English Breakfast, Coffee, Bacon Sandwich, Chocolate Mousse, Mutton Puffs, Mutton Patty, Chicken Patty
Bar-B-Q & Flavours of China
Indian you say? Chinese your friends want? Dilemma? Bar-B-Q is where you should head to in such a situation. Serving both Indian and Chinese under the same roof, Bar-B-Q aka Flavours of China are essentially two restaurants operating under the same roof dishing out excellent food. The right place to go when you’re in the mood for both Indian and Chinese.
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 900 for two (approx)
Must Try: Chicken Butter Masala, Noodles, Chicken Hakka Chowmein, Chicken Bharta,Mutton Roganjosh, Jeera Rice, Chicken Coriander Soup
It is actually difficult to appropriately quantify the food scene, such is Park Street for you. No matter where you are, what time it is, or how much your pocket can shell out, there’s always a place for you at Park Street that will not fail you.
When in Park Street, all the well-known shopping districts of Kolkata are just a stone’s throw away. But there’s enough to keep you indulged right here.
If you’re looking for all things Marvel and DC comics, F-Bloc will have all you want. A one of kind store in the city, F-bloc sells quirky clothing, gadgets and toys and random things that’ll surely catch your fancy. Come here to satiate all your comical and cartoony needs.
Barkat Ali & brothers
This store has been selling cloth material and providing tailoring services for men since time immemorial. This is the place for the quintessential trouser and shirt or the three piece suit if tradition and skilled craftsmanship is what you’re looking for.
It is very hard to categorize this shop, for they sell all things random. Essentially a gift shop, selling stuff ranging from cards to pepper spray, Giggles has been around for decades and still going strong.
A recent initiative by the government, Biswa Bangla is bringing the dying art of cloth making from various parts of the state. It has given a ray of hope to all the artisans and textile makers coming from the rural parts of Bengal. Head to Biswa Bangla for rich, traditional textile art of Bengal and be sure to be delighted. Also you will be contributing to a rural artisan’s sustenance.
Books on the Streets
Walk down Park Street and you’ll find a number of street vendors selling books at unbelievable prices. Yes, you’ll find the latest prints and in brand new condition. The only thing to know here is that the books are copies and not original paperbacks. Do remember to negotiate aggressively.
Talk about books and not Oxford? No way! Books may be going out of fashion or it may be in trend to just put up that fancy intellectual post on your social media account, but Oxford bookstore has stood the test of time. This is literally the book heaven in Kolkata. The smell of books and the very sight of it leaves one feeling warm.
Newest Buzz in The Hood
What’s In D Name
This relatively new Pub has taken the city’s young folks by storm in a short span of time. With two floors of absolute madness, What’s In D Name keeps its patrons happy through the night and how! Come here for amazing food, kickass cocktails and some great music. ‘What’s in D Name’ when you have an amazing weekend here, right?
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 1500 for two (approx)
Must Try: Sheesha, Nachos, Pasta, Fries, Cheese Pizza,Long Island Iced Tea, Beer
Finally, the ‘Fun Asian Dining’ restaurant chain is here in town, and for good! If Asian food is what you really dig, and don’t mind shelling out some extra bucks for the fine dining experience, then Mamagoto is a place to go for sure.
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 1500 for two (approx)
Must Try: Khau Suey, Dumplings, Noodles, Crispy Lotus Stem, Coconut Ice Cream, Papaya Salad, Momos
Places Of Interest
South Park Street Cemetery
One of the earliest non-church cemetery in the world and also one of the largest Christian cemetery outside Europe, Park Street Cemetery is truly one of the well known go-to places for every tourist and city-dweller alike. This place reeks of history and Kolkata’s colonial culture, and if you don’t mind dwelling among the dead, this place is for you.
The Indian Museum is the largest and oldest museum in India and has rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. A place for history lovers who can while away time just indulging in the artefacts on display.
Asiatic society was established by a British civil servant during the days of the British Raj for the purpose of enhancing research in Oriental studies. Come here and you will find journals, academic papers and historical artefacts dating back to the Ashokan Period. They even have department dedicated to conserving old papers that are in a completely dilapidated state.