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Food Lover's Guide to Kolkata

Food Lover's Guide to Kolkata

Kolkata has a food scene unlike anywhere else in India. Here, you can find Bengali classics, from fish curries to saccharine sweets, alongside dishes that reflect centuries of migration from across India and beyond. Don't miss these culinary experiences on your next visit to Kolkata.

 

Must-Try Dishes

While Kolkata is chock-full of things to eat and drink, the Bengali capital is best known for its desserts; so much so, in fact, that people visiting from other parts of India are always expected to return with a box or three of Bengali sweets. Popular sweet items include***rasgula***, dumplings made of curd and semolina drenched in sugar syrup and the easier-to-transport***sandesh***, sweet semi-hard cakes. For a savory snack, it's worth trying***phuchka***, a popular roadside snack that features hollow, bite-sized crisp balls stuffed with mashed potatoes and chickpeas. For something more substantial, opt for a***kathi roll***(meat or vegetables wraps) or a plate of***machher jhol***, the region's quintessential fish curry.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Pick out an assortment of Bengali desserts at a sweet shop.
  • Take a private tour through Uptown Kolkata to try local seafood, sweets, and spiced tea.
  • Go on a street food tour through South Kolkata’s Vivekananda Park to sample local snacks.
  • Learn to cook your own Bengali fare by taking a cooking class in the home of a local.
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Alleyway Food Tour

Alleyway Food Tour

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Experience the pulse of Kolkata through your taste buds with this culinary street food tour. Your guide will take you back through a maze of alleyways, where you'll discover some of the city's most delicious spots to eat. You'll learn about local food and get the chance to try plenty of popular items yourself while you discover this off-the-beaten-path side of the Bengali city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.78
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Small Group Kolkata Uptown Food Tour

Small Group Kolkata Uptown Food Tour

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Kolkata has a great culinary culture not found elsewhere in India and on this private food tour, you'll get to sample some of its tastiest offerings. Along with a guide, you'll get the chance to sample everything from spicy chai tea to jumbo prawns, as well as curried fish mousse steamed in banana leaves, onion bhajis (fritters), and the traditional sweets for which Kolkata is known across India.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.26
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Learn to Cook Authentic Bengali Food in a Local Home

Learn to Cook Authentic Bengali Food in a Local Home

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Enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration and access to a local restaurateur’s home during this authentic Bengali food experience. Bengali cuisine is distinct, and your food-loving hostess Bibi will teach you all about the flavors, techniques, and secrets behind regional specialties. Enjoy a meal afterwards with the family, including various curries, rice, and a sweet.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$82.06
Price varies by group size
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$82.06
Price varies by group size
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Private Rajasthani Cooking Class in an Udaipur Home

Private Rajasthani Cooking Class in an Udaipur Home

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Enhance your experience of Goa’s culinary scene during a private cookery class in a local Udaipur home. Under the guidance of your hosts, you’ll prepare up to three traditional Rajasthani dishes including charcoal grilled meat, vegetable curry, and sweet beans cooked in yoghurt. At the end of the class, you’ll sit down to eat the fruits of your labor with your hosts.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.08
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