Sweets in Kolkata are as old as its culture. Sweets are loved by every Bengali and anyone visiting Kolkata cannot leave the city without salivating on the whiff of sweet aroma your nostrils will catch at every other alley, market, commercial center, and anywhere else you go.
The winter season makes sweets even more irresistible. Everywhere people use the secret winter ingredient ‘nolen-gur,’ which partially replaces sugar. Bengalis prepare lavish sweet delicacies for all special occasions and festivals.
It will be sacrilege to not have sweets in Kolkata if you are here for a while. Here is a list of the finest shops in Kolkata serving the yummiest Sweets:
8. Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick
You’ve heard of soufflé, but have you heard of ‘nolen gurer soufflé? This is a dessert you must try if you are a sweet lover. Nolen gur is actually date jaggery and it tastes heavenly in this form. They also serve the best ‘chocolate-mishti’ (sweets made out of chocolate and chhana or paneer) in Kolkata. This is one of the oldest sweet shops in Kolkata and has been voted by the Times of India as the best ‘mithai shop’ in 2009 and 2010. With many lip smacking sweets available at all the outlets this is a hot favourite sweet shop for all people living in Kolkata.
7. Gupta Brothers
They are famous for sweets made from ghee; and lots and lots of it. They don’t serve dry sweets. You must not forget to grab a ‘gulab-jamun’ – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will of course not be able to complete without having many of it, but do try other sweets too. The chocolate-mishti and laddu too are a delight here. They have a restaurant too, where you can sit and have as many as you want at peace.
This is a relatively small shop and not known to many. But true lovers of Kolkata’s sweets will surely have heard and visited this place. The perfect time to visit Dwarik’s is before and during festivals – and festivals are always are an ongoing feature in Kolkata. The variety in front of you will confuse you for a while, but for beginners, try the ‘kachagolla’ (small rasgullas immersed in cream) and pista-sandesh. I assure you an unforgettable experience.
5. Nalin Chandra Das and Sons
Straight away order a ‘bhar’ (earthen pot) of rasgulla. People from far away places and towns come here for the fmaous rasgulla. It’s a ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ experience, truly. You might as well opt for mishti-doi. Also try other flavored curds. The nolen gur sweets are also the finest here. Try the nolen gurer rasgulla and chocolate rasgulla. No human being can hate it.
4. K.C. Das
Situated in the heart of the city at the Esplanade crossing this is a sweet joint, which is close to the hearts of all Kolkatans. You must try the nolen gurer roll, which is a favourite there. They also have one of the best rasgullas in Kolkata, specially the spongy ones, which are special here. Try the ‘lyangcha’ here. It’s sort of an elongated gulab jamun without the syrup inside. It will leave you craving for more.
3. Hindustan Sweets
This sweet shop is located at a reasonably close vicinity to Gupta Brothers, but that does in no way diminish its attraction. This sweet shop also has a variety of desserts which are unique to it. You can try the ‘jalebis’ in the morning which are very tasty, also the ‘bhaja-mishtis’ (sweets which are deep fried and immersed in thick sugar syrup) are excellent. Do try their range of herbal-mishti.
This is located very close to the shopping destination of Kolkata, Gariahat. Mouchak is famous for all the traditional sweets in Kolkata. You can grab any and find each having a distinct taste of its own. Try the many varieties of sandesh that are available there. They are an absolute delight.
1. Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy
Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy is one of the oldest sweet shops in Kolkata and a treat for sweet-lovers. For the past many generations, the shop has made the sweet-toothed Kolkatan very happy. You must not miss out on this sweet shop – try anyone of these: nolen gurer mishti, chocolate mishtis, ‘goja’, ‘kalakand’, mishti doi and ras-malai.