We are sure it’s nearly impossible for you to never heard of Kolkata’s sweets if you have a sweet tooth. This city is the home of famous Rossogolla, Ledikeni, Rossomalai, various Sondesh and more. Today we are going to inform you about some heritage sweet shops you must visit in Kolkata.
1. Nobin Chandra Das
Nobin Chandra Das was known as the ‘Columbus of Rossogolla’. He founded this heritage sweet shop in 1866 in a tiny corner of Bagbazar. After countless of trying, he finally made small balls of cottage cheese and boiled them in hot syrup. That was how he invented Rossogolla.
Nobin Chandra left his legacy to his son Krishna Chandra Das, who later enlarged their business. Through this little heritage shop of Nobin Chandra Das is still there, carrying the history of the favorite sweet of Kolkata.
Undoubtedly Rossogolla is the most famous sweet in this shop. If you are first time visiting this city, we highly recommend you to visit this place. You can also try other well-known sweets which were also invented by Nobin Chandra Das like Dedo Sondesh or Baikuntha Bhog here.
77, Jatindra Mohan Ave, Sovabazar, Shobhabazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005.
Putiram is situated in the heart of famous College Street. This little sweet shop was established around 1852. Though we weren’t able to gather much historical background of Putiram, it has been carrying Bengali heritage with serving mouthwatering traditional Bengali sweets and snacks for nearly 170 years.
Snacks & Sweets
College Street is heaven for book lovers. Not only that, but this place also has some prestigious colleges like Presidency College, Calcutta University, Medical College. You can understand how Putiram is well known among Calcutta people for their snacks, especially Hing-er-kachori and Cholar dal/Alur Dam. A must-try snack if you’re trying to explore the real flavor of Bengali snack cuisine. Do not forget to try their remarkable sweets like Gulab Jamun and Rossogolla.
Adjecnt City College of Commerce, 12B, Surya Sen St, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700012.
Balaram’s is undoubtedly one of the best sweet shops in Kolkata right now. Ganesh Chandra Mullick had founded this shop in 1885. He was actually from Konnagar in Hoogly district. Around 1880, he first took a job as a sweet shop worker in North Calcutta at the age of twenty. Though after a few years he made up his mind to make his own sweet shop. But at that time North Calcutta was the heart of the city and overcrowded with well established sweet shops. So he chooses Bhawanipore, which was a developing area in South Calcutta at that time.
Ganesh Chandra took a 450 sq. ft land from the famous Harlalkar family of Bengal on rent. He began Nolen gurer Sondesh (a Bengali sweet which is made by jaggery) and Korapaker Sondesh. Soon his shop got the support and love from locals. The owners inform us that Sir Asutosh Mukherjee, the eminent educator of Kolkata was a customer of this sweet shop.
This heritage sweet shop is named after Ganesh Chandra Mullick’s brother Balaram Mullick and his son Radharaman Mullick. Both of them took a major role to make this shop a legendary one. Though Balaram’s started making innovative products from 2003. The whole Mullick family worked hard to make this shop a brand and favorite place not only among locals but among people from outside of this city. Balaram’s was named as the best sweet shop in Kolkata consecutively in 2009 and 2010.
It is really hard to pick the best sweet here, cause they have countless items. They maintain the balance between making traditional and innovative Bengali sweets. You should try both, even they have a good collection of snacks. We recommend you to try Baked Rossogolla, Baked Doi, Mango Doi and Jolvora Sondesh. They have a good collection of chocolate sondesh and snacks like Kochuri and Alur dam.
Bhawanipore — 2, Paddapukur Rd, Jadubabur Bazar, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020.
Ballygunge — 2, Broad St, Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019.
4. KC Das
Krishna Chandra Das enlarged the inheritance of his father Nobin Chandra Das’s art of Bengali sweetmeat. He invented the popular Bengali sweet Rossomalai. Then, he opened a new shop with his youngest son Sarada Charan Das at Jorasanko in 1930. There they introduced canned Rossogolla to the country, being the first canned dessert at that time.
After the death of Krishna Chandra in 1934, his son Sarada Charan expanded their business. He founded a company named ‘KC Das Private Limited’ under Companies’ Act of 1946 in 1935 at Esplanade East. Slowly they started opening multiple shops throughout Kolkata.
KC Das has a fantastic collection of Rossogolla. Trying at least 3-4 types of Rossogolla here can give you a heavenly feel. Krishna Chandra’s invention ‘Rossomalai’ is undoubtedly a must-try sweet here. Chanar Payes, Amritakumbha, Ananda Bhog are popular sweets too. They also have a good collection of snacks.
Esplanade — 11 A&B, Central Ave, Esplanade, Kolkata, West Bengal 700069.
Jodhpur Park — 426, 1/117B, Gariahat Rd, Dhakuria, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029.
Also read about the best restaurants in Kolkata that serve authentic Bengali cuisines.
This sweet shop is probably one of the oldest sweet shops in Kolkata. Girish Chandra was a renowned confectioner of that time. Later his son-in-law Nakur Chandra Nandi accompanied him. And they jointly started a sweetmeat venture at Simla, in 1844.
Many great personalities have been admiring their sweets for more than 170 years now. They had served people like Satyajit Ray, Uttam Kumar and even our current Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mamata Banerjee, the honorable Chief Minister of West Bengal, gifted one hundred pieces of Kanchagolla and Parijat Sondesh to the former US Foreign Secretary, Hillary Clinton during her visit to Kolkata in 2012.
Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandi is the specialist of Bengali Sondesh. They have such a mouthwatering collection of Tasash Sondesh, Korapaker Jafran Jolbhara, Parijat and Chocolate Sondesh. Also, try Chocolate Singara (Samosa which is stuffed with chocolate) if it available during your visit.
56, Ramdulal Sarkar Street Near Girish Park Police Station Near Bethune college, Hedua, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006.
6. Bhim Chandra Nag
Bhim Chandra Nag, the inventor of Ledikeni founded this sweet shop. In 1856, he prepared this special sweet to commemorate Lady Canning’s visit to India. Since then, this sweet had become one of the favorite sweets among Bengali household. This shop was also the pioneer of Bengal Sondesh.
The best item you can find here is Abar Khabo Sondesh, Dilkhush and of course Ledikeni. They also have a good collection of various snacks.
46, Strand Rd, Fairley Place, Barabazar Market, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007.
Nalin Chandra Das & Sons are most probably the oldest sweet shop in Kolkata. Founded in 1841, they have been pioneering to make various types of Sondesh over 175 years. They invented Chocolate Sondesh, and now it has become one of their signature items.
The most amazing thing is, their oldest shop at Natun Bazar still keeps the image of old Bengal. You’ll feel like you’re not in the present time and time traveling 200 years back.
Nalin’s Sondesh is really popular among Bengali people. They have countless types of Sondesh like Ice-cream Sondesh, Chop Sondesh, Abar Khabo, Monohara and more. Like we had mentioned before, they have some very special sweets which are exclusively made of chocolate. Chocolate Talsash is a star sweet. You can also try Keshar Chanar Payesh or Chandani Kheer besides Sondesh.
Hedua — 57, Ramdulal Sarkar St, Manicktala, Hedua, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006.
Kalighat — 84, Rash Behari Ave, Lake Market, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700026.
8. Sen Mahasay
This is the only shop in this list that was not founded by a professional confectioner. Ashutosh Sen founded a little shop to expand his hobby of making a different kind of sweets in 1897. Soon he invented Ratabi Sondesh, Pink Pera and more remarkable Bengali sweets.
The best sweet here you can find here is Mihidana which is a different Bengali sweet originated from Burdwan district. Other sweets like Monohora, Aporupa, Ratabi are popular at Sen Mahasay. Try their special sweets created by seasonal fruits if available.
Sen Mahasay, 1/1C, Sibdas Bhaduri St, Mohon Bagan Row, Fariapukur, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700004.
Ruchira Sarkar is the founder of Hey Calcutta! An aspiring blogger and a travel enthusiast. She created this website to represent the real flavour of Kolkata and Bengali culture. Besides this blog, she typically loves books, food, and music.