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Operating since 2004, Tea Junction is a refreshing hangout spot for the youth in Kolkata. Sip on to the authentic Indian Chai or opt for other variations like green tea. For those who are not fond of tea, Tea Junction serves a variety of coffee and other hot and cold beverages. In case you feel hungry, this chic cafe offers a menu comprising of the traditional Indian snacks like Samosa, Kachori etc. along with sandwiches, muffins, biscuits and more. The friendly and quick service complemented with the casual ambiance makes this an ideal spot for those long conversations with your friends.
As the name suggests, this place is all about pampering your caffeine addiction. You can opt for hot specialties like Cafe Latte and Cafe Mocha or cold treats like Mochachillo and Cafe Frappe. If you're a non-coffee-lover stuck with a bunch of coffee lovers, there is no need to give in to peer pressure: you can always try one of the smoothies or safely bet on a bottle of Snapple to do the trick. For the hungry, the cafe has a number of sandwiches and other refreshments. If you're in the Ballygunge area of town, this is a great place for a head-start to your day, as it is for a relaxing cuppa after a tiring day of sight-seeing. Right next door is the popular ice cream store Mamma Mia, a short walk away is Red Hot Chili Peppers and further away, on Ballygunge Circular Avenue, are Goethe Institute, Iskcon and Mainland China.
Tucked away in a bylane of Kolkata, just past the hustle and bustle of Ballygunge phari, Karma Kettle is a quiet oasis. A cafe and tea boutique, this tea-lover's haven invites you to linger over a perfectly brewed cup in a serene atmosphere. Wood-panelled walls, wrought iron furniture draped in vibrant prints, and a string of fairy lights create a welcoming space. Sip on delicate first flushes from the hills of Darjeeling, robust cups of Benares chai or savor an aromatic blend of strawberries, fennel and rose in their signature Keya. The staff recommendations are spot on, and they are well versed in what's available, including where the teas are sourced from and how they are blended. Every afternoon, the cafe serves High Tea, a mix of innovative Indian flavors and classic tea-time eats like moreish finger sandwiches and mini desserts. Adjacent to the seating area, the tea boutique is the ideal place to pick up a unique blend or an old favorite. The passion and love poured into this venture shine through, making it a tea enthusiast's delight.
Located in the plush interiors of Taj Bengal, By The Way is a quaint place to relax with your regular cup of coffee.. It offers a fine variety of sandwiches, entrees and some freshly brewed coffee. The English high tea served every afternoon is a major draw. The cafe ambiance is wonderful and services hospitable. The experience at By The Way is as casual and comforting as its name. Call ahead for more information.
Inspired by traditional Goan shacks, Smoke Shack brings a bit of the coastal state to Kolkata. This rooftop, poolside open-air restaurant in Park Plaza Kolkata Ballygunge is one of the trendiest spots in the city's culinary map. Its wooden accents, soft colors, cushion back rests, jacuzzi pool and deck chairs along with dim lighting gives it a very inviting look. Their barbecue menu is a wonderful mix of western grills and tandoor with a tinge of the Mediterranean flavor in some dishes. Savor their Tandoori Pomfret, Chicken Teriyaki, Grilled Lobster, Jumbo Prawns, Smoke Shack Kebab Platter, Barbequed Corn with Garlic and Chilli Butter and Barbequed Baked Potatoes. Complement your meal with a Orange Ginger Cooler, Sydney Sunset or Buddha's Divine from their cocktail list. They also have a good selection of fine drinks in their bar.
Ginger is a bar and restaurant where you can enjoy a nice round of drinks with your friends. The restaurant has an eclectic menu filled with many regional, local, and international dishes, which certainly appeals to the young crowd that comes in here. There is North Indian cuisine, Italian, Chinese, and a little bit of Continental fare. The place is known for its prompt service and friendly staff and is a popular hangout spot.