Where to Take a Chai Break in Kolkata

Where to Take a Chai Break in Kolkata
A man in the process of making tea at the Whistling Kettle Photo Credit: Sandipan Chatterjee

Check out these tea rooms and cafes in south Kolkata which serve scrumptious food as well

Uttara Gangopadhyay
December 13 , 2021
04 Min Read

Before the short-lived Kolkata winter gives way to mellow spring and the barometer inches up, it is time to move outdoors. Here are some of the cosiest tea cafes in the city where you can enjoy hot and cold brews accompanied by delectable food.

Karma Kettle


A pleasant scene from the Karma Kettle

One of the biggest attractions of staying at The Cochrane Place in Kurseong is its restaurant, Chai Country where you get a mind-boggling range of tea, and tea-based concoctions and desserts. But do not fret if you are stuck in Kolkata. Savour some of the charm right here in the city, at the Ivy House and its tea room, Karma Kettle. Enjoy their signature blends, including some soothing herbal teas, which may contain as many as 10 ingredients. ‘Like a culinary orchestra, every ingredient has a role to play in imparting the flavour’ believes the enterprise. And if you want to try some of their best teas at home, choose from their wide range on sale. And yes, do not forget to check out their tea accessories on sale that are not only perfect for your home but also make excellent gifts.

Karma Kettle is open noon to 8pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

Where: 4 Swinhoe Street, Kolkata- 700019; tel: 8777090903.

The Tea Place by Manjushree

Located near Gariahat, the busy shopping district in south Kolkata, this elegant tearoom done up in white, recalls an old Kolkata mansion. It has seating arrangements suitable for couples to large groups. Or if you are alone and want to read a book while sipping your tea, retire to the glass-enclosed porch. Designed like a quaint tea parlour, it has a bookrack filled with an eclectic collection. There is a wide range of teas available, including black, white, and green teas, special Darjeeling blends as well as teas from across India. The food menu included sandwiches, pastas, etc.  Try their set breakfast platters served on weekends, when they open early. If you are in a hurry, there is a counter on the ground floor selling tea and savouries, fronted by an informal seating area.

The Tea Place by Manjushree is open daily from noon to 9.30pm; opens early on Sat and Sun for breakfast.

Where: 256 Purna Das Road, Kolkata – 700029; tel: 9073927934

First Flush

The First Flush is one of the prime tea cafes in Kolkata

Again in Golpark. But hidden in a narrow alley in the middle of a residential area. With table-chair and sofa seating, this spacious café is as charming for its variety of tea as well as its décor. Tea paraphernalia, including miniature locomotives reminiscent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, books on tea, etc. adorn the walls. A good place to hole up if you are in the area and alone, if you want to wait for a friend or just want to enjoy a lazy afternoon. Depending on the time of the day or how hungry you are, you may choose from the extensive menu, which includes finger foods to sandwiches to plated signature dishes.

First Flush is open daily, from 8am to 10pm.

Where: 21/2 Gariahat Road, Kolkata-700019; tel: 4001-7708.

Dolly’s The Tea Shop

A bustling scene captured at Dolly’s The Tea Shop

Although tea drinking has been an integral part of Kolkata, buying tea meant the mom and pop stores in the neighbourhood. A visit to a tea room meant a journey to Park Street. But all that changed in the late 1980s, when Dolly Roy, India’s first woman tea taster and auctioneer, opened a café-based store in south Kolkata. Located in the ground floor of Dakshinapan Shopping Complex, it was the first to make the lay buyers aware of varieties of tea, distinguish between first and second flush, etc. The café became popular among shoppers and college students. It still is and the limited seating can thwart your plans for a quiet time. They still sell excellent tea but unfortunately the service and food has been receiving mixed reviews.

Dolly’s The Tea Shop is open Mon to Sat, 10.30am to 7.30pm.

Where: G62, Dakshinapan Market, Dhakuria, Kolkata 700068; tel: 24237838.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, some of the places may have changed their timings. Do check before visiting.


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