Howrah has always been an integral part of the city of joy or will it be wrong to call her the better half of Kolkata? Connected by the lifeline of the country, Ganges, both the banks have their own special qualities yet inseparable in cultural aspects.
Sustaining the lifelong relationship with Kolkata, this hood has plenty of things to offer.
Age old place to have the best Misti Doi in Howrah as soon as you enter the hood.
Pocket Pinch: ₹100 for two
Must Try: Misti Doi & Ice-Cream Sondesh
As the name implies, you can find a lot of foodies swarming over the place throughout the day for their hunger needs. **College students mostly**
Pocket Pinch: ₹500 for two
Must Try: Pasta & Paneer tikka
If you are in a hurry and also need some fuel for your guts, then you are at the right place.
Pocket Pinch: ₹300 for two
Must Try: Triple Layer Grill Sandwich & Frappé coffee
La Shivaaz – Hotel Shivam
All your Snapchat Sheesha stories are sorted here with your friends and some lip smacking treats. Not to forget the music by the best local DJs in the hood.
Pocket Pinch: ₹1000 for two
Must Try: Tandoori Murg, Cocktails, Sheesha & Shawarma w/ Peta Bread.
In & Out Dhaba
While you are getting gas for your wheels, you can stop by to this place and refuel yourself for the journey ahead. They also have a very famous Paanwala adjacent to the gas station. The parking lot overlooks riverside view of Hooghly.
Pocket Pinch: ₹500 for two
Must Try: Hakka Noodles & Chicken Kassa w/ Naan.
Pirates Of Bengal
The Hood’s themed restaurant cum Café run by a group of youngsters satisfying you by their hospitality as the most well-behaved pirates. They have a different section for sheesha and a separate family dine-in area.
Pocket Pinch: ₹700 for two
Must Try: Kulcha & Chicken Cheese Kabab
Newest Buzz in the Hood
Howrah’s own version of fried chicken, EFC is a multi business venture where you can recharge your digital and gastronomical assets. A small store with a lot of buzz and finger licking fried food.
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 200 for two (approx)
Must Try: Chicken Burger & of course Fried Chicken
A Mithai Shop, Bakery & Café, a vegetarian’s dream place to eat, sip & take away, all under one roof. This place is the subsidiary of the numero uno confectionery in the hood.
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 300 for two (approx)
Must Try: Raj Kachori, Chola Bhatura, Paw Bhaji & Hot Gulab Jamun or Choco Brownies.
Kali Babur Bazar
This is a huge market in the hood that breathes the same old Bengali Dhuti-Kurta charm and Jute Bags. Most of Howrah’s fresh raw material supplies are from this place. From groceries to embroideries and plants to pets, it’s one stop for all your occasional and daily needs. Whether you want to buy golden ornaments to warm your heart or just another earthen pot, this place serves all.
Mangla Haat Howrah
The word ‘Mangla’ means Tuesday and this is one of the biggest garment haat a.k.a market of eastern India. The lanes near Civil Administrative & Government Buildings are filled with thousands of people exchanging lakhs of rupees for tons of textiles on every Tuesday of the week. This wholesale market in the hood supplies textiles to most of the districts & villages in the state. You can try out the local street food once you are tired shopping.
Warning: Don’t take this route to your office on Tuesdays, unless you want to get a hard time from your boss.
Avani Riverside Mall
All your branded needs are fulfilled at this mall if you are in the hood and tired of online shopping because you are a try & buy person. Most of the hood’s movie nights are sorted here with friends, family, and popcorn. You can just hang out at the food court while your mom shops and hops around the mall.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Visit this place for some peaceful and spiritual time with heritage architectures. You can either meditate or take part in cultural programs hosted daily. If nothing works, sit and read your favourite book in the library.
People from all age groups come here to chill and witness Hooghly river in its purest form. The breeze here has a special effect which drives people from all over the hood to come and sit at the banks to chat for hours or just take a walk with their loved ones.
This is the only place in the hood where you witness a Varanasi like Ganga Aarti every evening.
The Indian Botanical Garden
The hood runs here— as it is the most popular place for morning walkers and Yoga enthusiasts.
The oldest and the biggest Banyan Tree alive is what keeps this place on the top in a tourist’s itinerary list to the city.
Hood’s own cultural and artistic capital where you meet its most talented singers and performers with an array of drama groups keeping the original art alive despite all modern interference. You can always come here and find show tickets at reasonable price. Walls are painted with the old Tagore charm and reflect the age old love for music and performing arts in Bengal.
An entire museum dedicated to railways exists in the heart of the hood. Perfect place for your family picnics and that ever desired toy train ride. The museum also has its very own restaurant made inside an old train compartment.
Hood is incomplete without this favourite adda spot surrounded with loads of street food stalls. It is the “inclined adda of the hood” as people sit and chat along the pavements of a four lane flyover connecting the hood to its better half, the city of joy, Kolkata. The only place where you will see both veterans and aspiring youngsters chilling out with the same happiness and smile on their faces.
Special mention: Nabanna, as in the state secretariat, is situated in the area, owing to which the safety and security of this part of the hood is a notch higher than anywhere else. Also due to the presence of such an important state building in the area, the surroundings have been improved both aesthetically and environmentally.
How can I end this without mentioning the bridge which connects the hood to the city of joy both in physical and literal sense. A walk on this is highly recommended to soak in the real vibes before you leave the hood. This massive architectural giant has served as the lifeline to the hood easing lives of people and connecting them to others and vice versa conveniently.