The article was updated in 2021.
Kolkata - the city commonly known as the land of sweets, that's because the people here love sweet dishes. Some of the most famous sweet dishes have originated from this part of the country.
Bengali's are known to have a sweet tooth, the people of this city have been known to create some of the most beloved sweets in the history of our country. So it's only obvious that when you're in Kolkata and you love eating sweet food, you'll have no shortage of places to visit in the city of joy! Some of the sweet shops in Kolkata are some of the oldest sweet shops in the country, some going back almost a century!
You'll find everything related to sweets in the city of joy, from old authentic Bengali sweet shops serving traditional Bengali sweets to the bakery to cafes that serve delicious dessert's to even food vendors selling you mouth-watering sweets as street food!
You'll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth in this city! Kolkata is predominantly known for its traditional Bengali sweets, but the city has so much more to offer. With time, the city has also stepped up its game. You not only find the best Bengali sweets but now you find some of the best desserts, pastries, cake, muffins, ice cream, cupcake, basically everything that will satisfy the sweet tooth of all the food lovers of the city.
Below is a list of all the best places you can visit to satisfy your craving for desserts in the city of joy!
1. Flurys, Park Street Area
If it's a list of the best to eat desserts, it would not complete and it would not be fair without starting it off without mentioning Flurys. The name in itself is enough, no introductions are needed. If you ever ask any Calcuttan if they'd like to go to Flurys, they would never say no. It's probably one of the most famous establishments in the entire city, ever since its inception in 1927! They have been famous for their desserts ever since their inception. You'll find yourself completely indulged in their desserts and chocolates when you visit the place, even before you step inside, you'll be struck by a burst of aromas, freshly baked cupcakes, lip-smacking pastries and chocolates, and freshly brewed coffee, you'll instantly be transported to your own fantasy land if you're a foodie with a sweet tooth! Their English breakfast is also one of the best treats you can give yourself if you're ever just lazy and want to pamper yourself. They serve their English breakfast all day, so there's no need for you to rush to the place in the fear of missing out. Head there anytime you like and relish on their menu. The food is so delicious, although they serve only a limited number of dishes, the tables are never unoccupied here, especially on a Sunday! so it's our advice that you call them prior and reserve a table for yourself beforehand. If you're a person who loves sweets and desserts, you'll fall in love with their dessert spread and also the coffee that they brew themselves. You'll also find quite a lot of vegetarian dishes, so for all the vegetarian foodies, this place can be on your list as well!
INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
2. Kookie Jar, Laudon Street Area
Opened its doors in 1986, Kookie jar is another famous spot known to all Calcuttans for its desserts! If you have a special occasion and you'd like to celebrate it with the most delicious and mouth-watering cake in town, you can head to Kookie jar and get yourself a customized cake made just for you according to your preference and style, they specialize in cake making and have been known to make not only the best tasting cakes, but also some of the most eye-catching cakes as well! The entire establishment is always filled with the aromas of freshly baked cookies, which will just make you drool. They bake some of the best cookies in town as well. So if you're a cookie fan, Kookie jar will certainly make your taste buds really happy! Almost every food lover has a weakness, that's chocolate. If that's the case for you as well, you definitely must try their chocolatetruffle cake, we are pretty sure you'll start with one spoon and end up finishing a good chunk of it in one go! Their Lemon tart is something that is equally just as tasty, it should also be in your must try dishes at Kookie jar. Even though its been 25 years since Kookie jar was established, it is considered to be one of the best places in Kolkata to eat desserts! Started with just one location, they have expanded and opened 3 more outlets all across the city!
INR 200, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
3. Pabrai's Fresh & Naturelle Ice Cream, Bhawanipore
Pabrai's Fresh & Naturelle Ice Cream is considered to be the best place ice cream parlour in town! This is a Kolkata-based start-up that is creating waves all over the country with its ice cream. They have such a great variety of flavors to offer! You'll find all the traditional flavors, but apart from them, Parbai's is known for serving some very exotic flavors of ice cream to their customers, some of them include - Filter coffee, wasabi, nolen gur, peppermint, litchi, and pan. These are only some of their flavors, there are many more! And the best part, all of these flavors are made from natural ingredients. They give big names like Kwality and Scoops a run for their money with providing their customers a taste they cannot forget. When you have Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, President Pranab Mukherjee and Hilary Clinton as regular customers, you know you're doing something right. If you love ice cream, you'll definitely fall in love with Parbai's Fresh & Naturelle Ice Cream. They have a total of 4 outlets in the city, all of them are small, cute establishments where you can sit down and savor on your ice cream and treat your sweet tooth, or you also have the option to get a takeaway so that you can enjoy it at the comfort of your home. They do provide you with packaging with dry ice so that your ice cream doesn't melt before you reach home. In all the outlets, you have very cute seating arrangements for their customers and they also have colorful sticky notes all over the walls for their guests to write anything they'd like to. Their must-try ice creams are - tender coconut ice cream, nolen gur ice cream, chocolate ice cream and wasabi ice cream.
INR 200, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
4. Paris Cafe, Ballygunge
Considered to be one of the best cafes in the town, The Paris cafe has built a name for itself, if you want to taste France in Kolkata, this is the place to visit. France as you all know is very famous for its wines and dessert, well although you can't find wine here, you'll surely find a lot of options to satisfy your sweet tooth. The interior of the place is so intricate, with work done on the walls, it completely resembles a cafe from France, from the Victorian decor to the pastel walls. If you love pancakes, cookies, panini's and crepes, this is the place to go! You surely would fall in love with Paris Cafe once you go to this place. Small things you would notice here that makes all the difference is the ambiance, the people who serve you with love and make you feel homely and comfortable. They serve coffee's with a little heart-shape latte art in the foam, things like these would win your heart. They have 4 outlets spread across the city, so you can visit any one of them, whichever is nearest to you. This place is a must-visit!
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
5. Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick, Bhowanipore
An establishment that has been in Kolkata since the very early days and is still standing strong. Established in 1885, it is one of the oldest sweet shop in Kolkata, today it has numerous branches all over the city. Their sweets won't disappoint you. They are known for their quality since 1885, which is why their name is associated with trust. In fact, Industrialist, Lakshmi Mittal often orders sweets to be delivered to his residence in London. This is a haven for anyone who loves sweets, they have a huge variety of sweets that you could choose from. Every Calcuttan definitely has some sweet dish from Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick in their house at any given time. As we all know Bengali's love sweets, this Kolkata-based sweet house is a common household name, and they rightly should be, you'll agree with us once you taste their sweets. Their rasgullas are always in demand and goes out of stock pretty quickly, alongside their chocolate Mishti and Nolen Gurer Sondesh. Apart from your traditional Bengali sweets, they have a whole line-up of sweets infused with chocolate, they have made a fusion out of the traditional sweets and modern love for chocolate! They also specialize in making sweets with jaggery in them instead of sugar. Alongside sweets, they prepare some really delicious snacks as well! try their singhara's, veg chops, and dhoklas!
INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
6. The Rouge, Park Circus Area
The rouge is one of the very few places that is a dedicated cupcake joint in the city. Opened in 2012, The Rouge has managed to create a niche for itself and has made a loyal fan base for their bakery items. Apart from cup cake, this place is renowned for its macaroons, muffins, cake, and chocolate truffle. Talking about the place, as soon as you take a look at the place, you'll be delighted! Even from the outside, the place is very pleasing to the eye. As soon as you enter inside, it will be like you're transported to Candyland! It's a cozy little outlet filled with awesome sweet treats for yourself. You'll see as soon as you enter a huge croquembouche, which is a French dessert, you'll already be drooling at this point! Then you'll see all the other goodies! you'll see a showcase of their specialty, their cup cakes. You have a huge variety of flavors that you can choose from, and let us tell you, each one is equally delicious! You also have colorful sticky notes posted all over the walls in the cafe for you to leave a remark or compliment or a message to the staff members. The staff members are really polite and friendly and will make sure you are comfortable the entire time. Once you're done eating and have fully satisfied your taste buds, you can choose from a wide range of beverages to complete your meal. You get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and milkshakes. Try their red velvet cake, oreo shake, and cup cakes.
INR 400, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
7. Piccadilly Square, Elgin Road
Probably one of the most popular cafes in Kolkata, Piccadilly Square brings a little bit of London to the bustling city of Kolkata. From the vintage lamps to the beautiful paintings and picturesque decor and interiors, this cafe surely would not be missed by anyone who comes across it. This establishment has 3 outlets across the entire city. You get surprisingly really good Italian cuisine and continental cuisine food here. But their main attraction is obviously their desserts. They make really good waffles, pancakes, and cheesecakes in the entire city. Its a really good place to come and hang out with your friends, its easy on your pockets as well, so you wouldn't need to worry about emptying your pockets. Apart from Italian cuisine, they have a really good hand at French cuisine as well! You'll amazing and freshly baked croissants here along with, crepes and macaroons. It's a pretty spacious place and can accommodate big crowds of people at once. Anywhere you sit, you'll find yourself in a perfect spot to click a great picture! Piccadilly Square is also known to continuously adding new items to their menu, so one thing is for sure, you'll never be bored of their spread, you'll always find something new to try everytime you visit them. Their signature dishes include chocolate crepes and pita sandwiches. Give them a try for sure!
INR 600, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
8. KC Das, Baghbazaar
This is probably one of the most iconic sweet houses in Kolkata. This shop has a lot of history. The owner of this establishment, Sarada Charan Das, his father, Krishna Chandra das was the original creator of the famous sweet "Rosomalai!" and what's even more incredible is that Krishna Chandra Das's father, Nobin Chandra Das, created "Rasgullas." That's right, you've entered the establishment that had created these masterpieces centuries ago. Moreover, KC Das was the first establishment at the time to sell sweets in vacuumed cans! The concept of taking canned sweet to your home started from KC Das. First set up in 1866, this establishment has been known for its quality and authenticity for Bengali sweets. The descendants of this establishment put West Bengal's name in history! Their rasgullas are unique and any sweet lover must definitely go to this shop and experience true satisfaction by eating their sweets. Apart from Rasgullas and Rosomalai, they are also very well known for milk-based sweets as well. Every food lover in Kolkata who has a sweet tooth would agree with us when we say KC Das is one of the best sweet shops in Kolkata that serves both traditional Bengali sweets and also have, along the way, found innovative ways to infuse these traditional sweets with modern-day desserts and made the experience of eating sweets even better!
INR 100, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
9. Nalin Chandra Das & Sons, Nutan Bazaar
One more jewel in the history of West Bengal's sweets history. The original shop still is open and sells sweet to all its beloved customers. People who are mad about sweets and especially Bengali sweets would have definitely heard about this shop. They are very popular and famous for their Rasgullas, which are pure white in color, perfectly round in shape, and spongy and juicy. One bite of this tasty delicacy and you enter bliss. They are also very well known for their mango Sandesh. Their specialty is the baked Rasgullas, if you are even in town, head to Nalin Chandra Das & sons and definitely give the baked Rasgullas a try, they're worth it. Fun fact, this is the oldest sweet shop in Kolkata, which opened in 1841. You will find Calcuttans buying sweets from this sweet house all the time, especially during the festive season. Their sweet dishes are loved by everyone. Although the establishment is pretty basic and minimalistic, you're paying for the quality and trust behind the name - Nalin Chandra Das & Sons. Their Rasgullas taste amazing and are unbeatable. You'll see that there is always a queue outside the establishment, that's because people love their sweets.
INR 100, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
10. Mrs. Magpie, South Kolkata
Another great place that you could choose to satisfy your sweet tooth's craving. Mrs. Magpie is a super affordable bakery that would leave you speechless. With its vintage furniture and seating arrangement, to its colorful walls and funky looking chairs to the lighting, everything creates a very nice, friendly atmosphere and if you come here with your date, it could be a great spot for an ideal first date and for all the new couple of out there. This cute petite bakery has all the elements to make it a great place for getting to know each other. This bakery is very well known for its pastries and cakes. The food quality, their bakery items are so tasty, you would keeping re-ordering without the fear of emptying your pockets, since it a pocket-friendly place as well! Order a cup of coffee with a side of their delicious cupcakes, get to know each other, and have a wonderful time together. The service is a little slow, which gives you the perfect opportunity to strike some amazing conversation with your date or have an amazing time with your friends while you wait for your food to come. You can also click some really good pictures while you wait as this place is quite pretty!
INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Whether you love traditional sweets or would you be more interested in desserts, Kolkata has an option for everything. These are just some of the places which you could try to satisfy your sweet tooth and please your taste buds.
All of these places mentioned today, you have the option to have a good meal as well. So you could not only come back here to know the best sweet houses in Kolkata, but also some good places where you can have a quick bite of good, quality food, along with the best desserts in the city!