Sweets, more popularly mishtis, are in the heart and soul of every Kolkatan. No wonder, at every one-kilometre stretch in the city of joy, you’ll definitely notice a sweet shop. While many new players have come up, some age-old sweet makers in the city hold their legacies to date and still ace the game with their iconic mishti varieties and signature tastes. Here are 6 such heritage Kolkata sweet shops:
1. Nobin Chandra Das & Sons, Shobhabazar
Nobin Chandra Das was a 19th-century confectioner and a cultural icon in Bengal. He is popularly known as the founder of Bengali rosogolla. Bengalis often call him the Father of Rosogolla or Columbus of Rosogolla. In 1866, he set up the sweet shop, Nobin Chandra Das at the Baghbazar-Shobhabazar area. Here one can try out the most authentic Kolkata rasgullas, Kheer Kadam, Talsansh, Jolbhora Sandesh, Kalakand, Rasmalai and many more. Other than sweets, the shop also makes sumptuous kachoris, that are served with cholar dal.
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2. Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick Sweets, Bhowanipore
Though there are multiple outlets of the shop in the city now, the one at Bhowanipore is still deemed to be the best. The brand dates back to 1885 and now it has its online store as well. Some must-tries out here are Kalojam, Pantua, Langcha, Magic Laddu, Jalbhara, Mousumi Sandesh and definitely Baked Doi, Baked Rasgulla.
3. Bhim Chandra Nag, Bowbazar
Bhim Chandra Nag is a small shop in Bowbazar, Kolkata with a huge brand value. Paran Chandra Nag had set up this sweet shop in 1826. Bhim Chandra Nag was the inventor of Kolkata’s popular sweet Ladikeni, that got its name after Lady Canning, the wife of the British governor Lord Canning. Also, when at Bhim Chandra, do try out their Sonpapri, Kosturi, Labanga Latika, Talsansh, Rasgulla and Mishti Doi. 6 Desserts Other Than Rasgulla You Must Try In Kolkata
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4. Adi Haridas Modak Mistanna Bhandar, Fariapukur
This no-frills sweet shop dates back to nearly 1780 and serves some heavenly Kalakand, Chanar Jilipi, Moti Pak and Kheer Kadam. The place is also known for delicious Bengali breakfast with Luchi Tarkari ( Bengali-style Puri Sabzi). It is nestled near the bustling streets of Shyambazar. At this shop, one can try out various kinds of sandesh in their authentic flavours.
5. Sen Mahasay, Hatibagan
Located close to the shopper’s lane in Hatibagan, Sen Mahasay serves sweets like Kesar Bhog, Chitrakut, Malai Chop, Chom Chom, Darbesh, Kheerer Chop, Manohara, Kanthal Sandesh and more. Sen Mahasay was set up in 1897 by Sri Asutosh Sen. One can also try mouth-watering Radhaballabis out here. Radhaballabhi is a sweeter version of puri, made with urad dal and aromatic spices. Alternatively called Bengali staffed puris, they are a bit larger and fluffier than the usual puris. 6 Lesser-Known Bengali Dishes That Will Transport You To The Lanes Of Kolkata
6. Putiram, College Street
Whoever has spent a major part of childhood around Kolkata’s famous book market College Street has a strong emotional connection with this centuries-old misthti shop. The shop dates back to 1852. Located adjacent to the City College of Commerce, Putiram is a very simple sweet shop that serves Stuffed Gulab Jamuns, Rasgullas, Danadar, Kalo Jam Malpoa and more. City peeps also flock to this shop to try out their signature Hing Kochuri and Moong Dal Kochuri.
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