Top five sweet-shops of Kolkata


Although the administrative capital of the country has shifted from Calcutta long back, it is still the sweet-capital of India. Kolkata sweet-shops are known for varieties and the sweet-makers are famous for innovations. In this article, the author discusses five very famous sweet-shops of city. Read to know more.

Sweet-meat or simply sweet! Kolkata is internationally famous for its sweets. The variety is mind-boggling. The innovations are simply praiseworthy. The competition is very tough and pushes the great sweet-makers of Kolkata to excel again and again. The connoisseurs are ready to encourage. The sweets of Kolkata are simply the best. So much variety can't be seen anywhere in India (even, other cities of West Bengal/Bangladesh do not offer so much variety); the taste is exquisite. Kolkata's sweets attract tourists. I know many people who visit Kolkata to enjoy the sweets. Bengalis take sweet on every occasion, from Bengali New Year to Durga Puja and Kali Puja and even when there is no occasion.

In this article, I am trying to list top six sweet-shops of Kolkata. But frankly speaking, this is a terribly tough task because the selection of mine would not be beyond doubt. There are some more very famous sweet shops (which are not mentioned in this article) in Kolkata. But let me give an honest try!

#1: Ganguram, Chowringee Road

Way back in 1880s, Ganguram Chaurasia, a gifted 'haluikar' came to Kolkata from Varanasi and started working in a sweet-shop. He innovated different types of Sandesh (a special type of sweet found made only in Bengal) and the local landlord was very happy with him. He gifted Ganguram a small plot of land at Manicktala in North Calcutta, where Ganguram started his first sweet shop. From this humble beginning, it has become world-famous sweet-seller. Presently it has twenty-eight outlets all over Kolkata. The different varieties of Sandesh are the specialty of Ganguram. In addition, 'Mishti Doi' and 'Indrani' are well-known. Nowadays, Ganguram has started muffins and pastries to cater to different type of customers. The main outlet of this famous sweet-shop is at Chowringhee Road.

Contact information:
Ganguram, 46C,
Chowringhee Road,
Everest House,
Kolkata-700071.
Telephone Numbers: 033-30523420, 22883420, 22881184.
Website: www.ganguram.com



#2: Bhim Chandra Nag, Bowbazar

This very old and famous shop was established by Paran Chandra Nag way back in 1826. Although originally known for Sandesh, the Pranhara, Doi, Abar Khabo and Ledikeni (named after Lady Caning, who was very satisfied taking this particular sweet) are very famous now. There are various types of Sandesh available in this famous shop like sugar-free Sandesh, Alphonso Sandesh, Jalbhora, etc. This famous shop has many outlets in the city but the outlet at Bowbazar is the oldest.

Contact information:
Bhim Chandra Nag, 2/2,
Nirmal Chandra Street,
Bowbazar,
Kolkata-700012.
Telephone Number: 033-22580378

#3: Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick, Bhowanipore

The main outlet of this very famous sweet-shop is at Bhowanipore in South Kolkata. This shop has now opened some more branches in other parts of the city. The famous sweets of this shop are Sorabri, Sor bhaja, Kanchagolla, Sitabhog, Rosomalai, Mishti doi, Rosogollas and Jalbhora. Nowadays the shop has started making chocolate-based desserts.

Contact information:
Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick,
Paddapukur Raod,
Jadubabur Bazar,
Bhowanipore,
Kolkata.
Telephone Numbers: 033-24869490, 24540281

#4: K.C. Das, Esplanade East

This shop is now Internationally famous, It was started in 1866 by Nobin Chandra Das. Later his son, KC Das enlarged the business and opened branches in all parts of Kolkata. Now the tinned products of the shop are exported all over the world. Beside Rosogolla, the other famous sweets are Chamcham, Lalmohan, Mishti doi and Prabhu bhog. This shop has now started making sweets for diabetes patients. It has many outlets in Kolkata, other parts of West Bengal and also in Bengaluru and in Chennai.

Contact information:
K.C. Das,
Esplanade East,
Kolkata-700069.
Telephone Number: 033-22485920



#5: Sen Mahasay, Sibdas Bhaduri Street

The journey of this famous sweet shop started in late 19th century in Fariapukur. Asutosh Sen started this shop to nurture his hobby of preparing different types of sweets. Later It has become another acclaimed sweet-shop in Kolkata. It has outlets at various places of the city. The famous sweets of this shop are Rabri Sandesh, Abar Khabo, Golapi Sandesh, Desh Gourab, Dorbesh, Monmatano, Monohora, Malai chop and Pink pera.

Contact information:
Sen Mahasay,
Sibdas Bhaduri Street,
Kolkata-700004.
Telephone Number: 033-23348271

Final few words

The sweet shops of Kolkata compete with each other to make new sweets. The innovative prowess of Kolkata haluikars (sweet-makers) is well-known. So a tourist can always taste different types of sweets in Kolkata. Further, in addition to the above-mentioned sweet-shops, there are many more famous shops which connoisseurs would mention (Mouchak in Gariahat, Dwarik's outlets all over the city, Sri Durga in Behala, for example). Now tourists visiting Kolkata can more than satisfy their sweet teeth in the famous sweet-shops located in city.


Article by Partha K.
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Comments

Author: Sankalan Bhattacharya17 Oct 2018 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

It is an interesting article where the history of a few famous sweet shops in Kolkata is described. It is always exciting to know how the sweet shops that offer varieties of sweets to many parts of the world had started their journey. Ganguram still has a shop at Maniktala in Kolkata and it is one of the oldest shops of their group.

There are so many shops in Kolkata that offer varieties of sweets and it will be really impossible to cover all of them in a single article. Just beside the Bhim Chandra Nag shop at Bowbazar, there is a famous shop of Naba Krishna Guin that sells good varieties. There is another very famous shop Chittaranjan Mistanna Bhandar in North Kolkata, famous for its Rosogolla. Any one having a sweet tooth will enjoy this article and can order online also from few of them.

Author: Partha K.21 Oct 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

I am really grateful that Mr Bhattacharya has gone through this article, which is in a sense incomplete. It is not possible for a very ordinary writer like me to cover all the famous sweet-shops of Kolkata. I do hope that Mr Bhattacharya or some other member would continue from this humble beginning and write about other famous sweet shops of Kolkata like Dwarik, Mithai, Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandi, Naba Krishna Guin, Mouchak, Sri Durga or Sri Hari Mishtanna Bhandar, to name a few.

Time has come to chronicle the proud history of Kolkata sweets and sweet-shops of Kolkata.



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