5 Places To Read And Eat in Kolkata: Leisure At Its Best

5 places in Kolkota where you can read and eat. It’s a book lover’s paradise to read a book and munch something wonderful. Try these places!

5 places in Kolkota where you can read and eat. It’s a book lover’s paradise to read a book and munch something wonderful. Try these places!

Kolkata is hands down the ‘Artistic hub of India.’ We owe two Noble Prizes and one Academy award to this vibrant city whose lanes are filled with literature and music. All Bengalis generally grow up with a deep sense of admiration for various Arts and celebrate it in their own unique ways. Without any question of doubt Bengali culture is entrenched in art with influences of Rabindra Sangeet and Satyajeet Ray’s films. The list of artists that the city has produced is endless. The masses evolved wisdom for art can easily be seen in the wide variety of literature that they read and not to forget, discuss in the city’s various book cafes.

Here is our list of city’s most loved and treasured cafes where you can read, discuss and eat for as long as you want.

Cafe Story by Chai Break

This cafe’s shelves are stacked with books ranging in various genres. Their collection is huge and that always strike a chord with its regular visitors. A word about the spacious setting and the beautiful ambience is a must. The cafe is always filled with light and liveliness.

You can also get your favourite snacks and beverages from their hearty menu.

Location: 2nd Floor, Cafe Story Bookstore, 8, Elgin Road, Elgin, Kolkata

Link: Facebook Link

Cha Bar: Reading and drinking your favourite hot beverages generally go hand in hand. You will get that special combination at this cozy and warm cafe. If you are into reading then there is no way that you will not get pulled to this cafe. It has the reputation for being the book lovers’ paradise. So come here, grab a book and your favourite cup of coffee of chai.

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Various other beverages and scrumptious sweets are available at the cafe. Don’t miss out on their chocolate truffle which is highly recommended.

Location: 17, Oxford Book Store, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Link: Cha Bar’s Official Website

Cafe The

This cafe is known for its grand atmosphere and the best place to tuck away from the bustling city, with a good book of course. It is also hailed as a hangout of sorts for many of city’s like –minded culture lovers. You can choose to interact or relax with the book of your choice. This place will never disappoint you.

Don’t forget to try out the lip-smacking snacks from their robust menu.

Location: 9 A, ICCR, Ground Floor, Opposite American Consulate, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Camac Street Area, Kolkata

Link: Cafe The on Zomato.com


This is the latest addition to the list of city’s unique cafes and has already carved a niche of its own. They have a wide variety of books stocked in their many shelves. They take pride in their robust list of books to choose from. Be sure to be surprised the moment you walk into the cafe at the sheer amount of books piled up for you.

Go to a small alcove at the cafe to relish the words of your favourite author along with your preferred beverage.

Location: 3rd Floor, Emami Market, Lord Sinha Road, Kolkata, West

Link: Facebook Link


A preferred destination for book lovers and writers alike; Crossword has made a mark of its own and a destination which needs no introduction. Book connoisseurs have been thronging to Crossword’s various outlets in different cities. In Kolkata they have three different locations and you can visit any one based on your feasibility.

They also offer a wide array of snacks and coffee to pamper your taste buds. Relish the goodies with the book of your choice.

Location: City Centre II, 1st Floor, Shop No.: M105 & M106, New Town, Rajarhat, Atghora Nowapara, Gopalpur, Kolkata

2) South City Mall, Shopper’s Stop, South City Mall, Block No.: 375, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Kolkata

3) 320 A, Block A, – 3rd floor DC Block- Sector 1, Salt Lake City Kolkata

Link: Facebook Link

Kolkata is a city which thrives on music, art and culture. Be a part of this huge art fest and soak in the magic of this city which has been a muse to the likes of Mrinal Sen, Aparna Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Malay Roy Choudhary and many others. Visiting these cafes is the ideal way to start your journey of discovering the magic of this magical city.

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