Also known as the dining district - the Park Street Area has been, for a very long time, known for a great dining experience. You can find almost everything here, a plethora of places to eat, places to keep you entertained, and then you have, in your hands, plenty of establishments to enjoy the nightlife of the city!
You have an option for everything, from luxury fine-dining restaurants to casual dining restaurants to enjoying street food, a wide variety of pubs and bars for you to choose from, you can go to Park Street Area for any meal of the day, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch! Whether you're in the mood for North Indian cuisine or Chinese cuisine or sushi or steak or biryani, you get everything here.
If you want to enjoy the city of Kolkata in the best possible way, every Calcuttan would simply tell you to head to the Park Street Area, it is notoriously famous amongst the locals, you'll find delicious food, local ingredients used to make authentic Bengali dishes, amazing ambiance, live music being places at many establishments. Park Street Area has been famous since the days of independence, many of the original establishments from that time are still there for you to enjoy the original, 50's idea of entertainment and fun!
Here's a list of all the favorite places in the Park Street Area where you can have a great time!
1. Peter Cat
One of the oldest establishments in the city opened in the early '60s, this is one of the most iconic places to go to in the Park Street Area! Their signature dish - Chelo Kebab is something out of this world, you will have to taste it yourself to believe how tasty it is! Not only the Chelo Kebab but rather their entire menu spread is really tasty and worth giving a try, your taste buds would love you for treating with tasty food! They originally started with serving North Indian cuisine, but their kebab's started gaining a lot of popularity, after which, the owner of the establishment decided to change the menu to the liking of their customers. Now they serve Tandoor, Mughlai, North Indian, and Continental cuisines. They serve some really good appetizers and sizzlers! The lighting, decor, and interiors all give the vibes of the old, golden times! You'll feel you stepped into the '60s as soon as you step into Peter cat. One more small attention to detail that we loved and enjoyed is that the menu is shaped like a cat's head! Along with the chelo kebab and sizzlers, you must also definitely give their Prawn butter masala and Pistachio ice cream as well!
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
If you're in the mood to eat some of the best Kolkata street food, and you're in the Park Street Area, you should visit Zaika! They're best known for their sumptuous rolls, fun fact! Zaika is to be credited for inventing the famous "Kathi Rolls"! Zaika although being a very small establishment truly serves tasty food, which is why they have a huge customer base who visit them regularly! If you're hungry and you're worried your pockets would be empty to fill your stomach, Zaika is one of the most pocket-friendly places in the Park Street area where you can feast on delicious food without worrying about your pockets! You can enjoy the rolls while standing on the side of the road and enjoying the view of Park Street, filled with people and lights, especially during the Christmas season, the entire lane is lit up with lightings and decorations. Having these mouth-watering rolls on the go while walking on Park Street is an experience you won't want to miss.
INR 150, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Mocambo is another, one of the more prominent establishments of Kolkata, opened in 1956. Interesting fact, Peter cat and Mocambo are owned by the same family! Peter cat was opened and run by the son and Mocambo by the father! It has been one of the best places where you can have sizzlers in town. Mocambo is one of the most famous spots to meet and hang out with friends while having delicious food. The entire decor and interior had a lot of European influence since the day it was opened, it's because of that Mocambu became the talk of the city, and still is. You have ample seating arrangements, with the perfect lighting using the red silk lampshades, giving it the perfect ambiance. You'll still get complete retro vibes after entering the place, live music playing in the background and you also have a dance floor, if you're in the mood to get groovy! Talking about food, their signature dish is something you have to order for sure! - Deviled Crab! It is a heritage dish and worth trying if you love seafood. Apart from that, they serve truly tasty steaks, sizzlers, spaghetti with meatballs!
INR 800, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
4. Hard Rock Cafe
Opened very recently, Hard Rock Cafe has given the Park Street Area another reason to be called "the street that never sleeps.' Hard Rock Cafe is known all over the world for its love of music and live events. This Rock & Roll themed pub is great for the local artist here in the city of joy. This being the 8th establishment in India, it brings all the fame and glory of the Hard Rock culture to Kolkata. You don't need to be told you're going to have a great time when you visit this place. It's one of the most happening places in the city. With amazing music, a great bar that serves specialty cocktails, and delicious food! Talking about the food, you'll find some of the favorites the locals love to have, like the paneer shashlik. One more interesting fact about the place is that you'll find memorabilia of some of the most iconic names from Rock and Roll history, such as - a stylish cowboy hat worn by John Lennon, a scarf worn by influential rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, and Lady Gaga's bustier worn in 2008! You will definitely love it here and enjoy your time spent here with your friends or your partner. Talking about the decor, adding to the glam of the memorabilia, the entire decor is very modern and chic, you'll fall in love with the entire set-up. During your visit to HRC, do try their jumbo veg platter, herbed grilled chicken, classic nachos, and red wine sangria.
INR 2500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
5. Pa Pa Ya
This establishment was also only recently opened a couple of years ago, but it did not take much time to become the talk to the city! Pa Pa Ya is the place to go if you're in the mood for some really delicious Asian cuisine. Located on the 11th floor of the building, it gives its customers an amazing view that they can enjoy while having tasty food. With large windows all around, you'll get a panoramic view from wherever you peep, also another benefit of those big windows is that a lot of natural light comes in, which lits up the place, making it look even more beautiful. But definitely, the center of attraction is their food! Not just the taste, but the looks as well, they pay a lot of attention to the food presentation, and they do not fail at that. The food looks so good, you'll want to keep admiring it! You'll fall in love even more once you taste the food. It is so delicious, you'll fall in love with the Asian, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai cuisines that they serve. Their must-try dishes include - Rock Shrimp Tempura Roll, Sushi Boat, Chocolate Ball, and Braised Chicken.
INR 2500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
6. Barbeque Nation
If you are a foodie, then you have heard of Barbeque Nation. This chain restaurant is quite famous all across the country and serves some of the best buffets in town. The entire concept of this restaurant is what has caught the attention of guests and attracts its major crowd for that reason alone. The idea of having unlimited Barbeque starters until you say no. The starters taste delicious, especially the grilled chicken. For the icing on the cake, you even get a complimentary drink along with your food, which completes your meal, what more could you ask! Their dal makhani and biryani are some of the best you'll ever have. You should also definitely give their Kadai chicken a try as well, it's finger-licking good! It's safe to say that Barbeque nation currently is the number restaurant that serves grilled food in the city, second to none. One fact that we love about barbeque nation is that, even though it has gained tremendous popularity, their taste and service levels have not come down, they remain at the top of their game, which is why it is loved by everyone, not just food lovers like ourselves! It's a great place to go either with your family for a great dinner or with your friends to hang out and have a good time while enjoying yummy food!
INR 1500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
7. Zen - The Park
Zen is another luxurious fine-dining restaurant that serves some of the best authentic Japanese cuisines in Kolkata. Their Sunday brunch is a haven for all food lovers, for all Japanese food lovers to be exact. You'll find a plethora of options, all of them so tasty, it'll leave your taste buds in total bliss. They have an open kitchen as well so that you can watch your sushi being hand-rolled and your ramen noodles being cooked to perfection. Apart from sushi, Zen also happens to serve the most authentic Asian cuisine in town. You also can find some great wine to compliment your food, since they have an amazing collection of wine. The ambiance of Zen is kept too simple and elegant, making sure customers don't get too distracted from anything and really just be able to enjoy their food with all of their heart and soul. The interiors of this place are known to be very stylish and eye-catching to the customers. With the center of attraction being the open kitchen in the middle and tables surrounding them, making sure they get to witness the magic in front of their eyes. You definitely have to try these dishes when you go to Zen: sushi platter and lemon-scented jasmine rice.
INR 4000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Opened in 1947, it's one of the oldest bars in the city. It's one of the most popular and famous places you can hang out in the city, an establishment which won't be a burden on your pockets while you enjoy and have a great evening with your friends. Olypub is one of the original bars and restaurants that still stands high and mighty after all these years. Located in one of the most prime locations in town - Park Street, this place is always full, mostly with students and a few regulars who are said to be visiting this place for more than 25 years! This place is well-known by the student community and college goers because of the pocket-friendly menu. The interiors and decor are pretty simple and minimalistic, taking you back to the old days, when bars were just a place to hang out, have a few drinks, and have fun, excluding all the fancy stuff. You will simply want to sit here hours and hours having a few drinks and have a blast with your friends over the weekend without worrying about running out of money. While you're here, you should definitely give their in-house signature dish - Beefsteak and chicken ala olypub!
INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
9. Oxford Cha Bar
Tucked between clubs and restaurants, anyone in Kolkata will recommend you to visit this place at least once. Opened in 1919, it's one of the oldest and most famous spots for book lovers. It's a haven, that's what it is! You can fill your shopping cart with the wide range of books they have and also sit down and complete your entire book while sipping some amazing coffee. If it is raining, you're in for a treat. Just sit back, relax and enjoy your book while the rain stops. This Oxford bookstore cafe serves some of the best cuppas, you'll never want to leave once you settle down in this cozy book cafe. The entire ground floor is the bookstore and the first floor is the Cha Bar, a small cafe where you can cozy up with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee or tea in the other and spend hours and hours enjoying your favorite book!
INR 900, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
If it's a list of the best and most happening places in the Park Street Area, it's not complete 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! Their English breakfast is 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
This is it! This is your ultimate guide to the best places you can visit in the Park Street Area to treat yourself to the best the city has to offer! You'll enjoy and your taste buds will thank you after visiting every place on this list. So what are you waiting for? Grab your phones, grab your wallets and car keys, dress up and head straight to Park Street, and have a blast!