15 Heritage Sweet Shops in Kolkata - Visit Now



There are sweet shops in Kolkata and there are Heritage Sweet shops in Kolkata. Kolkata or Bengal is synonymous with sweets. Kolkatans are incredibly proud of the sweets of Bengal and their unique appeal. There are numerous sweet shops in Kolkata which has sprouted like mushrooms and which are known for fusion or modern sweets. However, if you are looking for authentic and tasty sweets in Kolkata then where should you head?

My friends who come to Kolkata from outside Bengal often ask me this question - From where can I buy sweets to take back for my family. Most people are aware of one or two shops, however, there is a treasure trove of heritage shops which are serving Kolkata for more than 100 Years.

Yes, these Heritage sweets shops in Kolkata are more than 100 years old and you have to visit these places to get the real taste of sweets which Kolkata or Bengal is known for. They still have the old world charm and follow the authentic recipes of the sweets without adding any fusion to them. These legendary and heritage sweets shops in Kolkata are absolutely a must-visit in your lifetime.

History of Sweets of Kolkata


The contribution of Portuguese who were one of the first European settlers in Bengal can't be forgotten. The use of "Chhana" or Cottage Cheese in Bengali sweets are the contribution of Portuguese settlement who loved their cheese.


However, did the people of Bengal consume sweets before the Portuguese came to Bengal? Yes, they did. Ancient Bengal was known for the finest quality of sugar and jaggery in the world. The jaggery which is called as Gur gave the name of Gauda to Ancient Bengal. In ancient times Bengal was known as Gauda Bengal.

The early sweets of Bengal were mainly made from jaggery and coconut. Sweets like "Naru", "Moya" were well known in ancient Bengal.In earlier days "Monda" were made from sugar and they were basically sugar lumps and "Batasha" were the simplest form of sweets which were made from sugar. 


Milk Boiling to Make sweets in kolkata
A worker boiling Milk to Prepare Sweets


Iconic Sweets in Kolkata


Before we get into the list of heritage sweet shops in Kolkata, let's see which are the iconic sweets of Kolkata and how it is made.

Rosogolla

The iconic sweet dish Rosogolla which has got synonymous with Bengal was created by Nabin Chandra Das in a small shop in Baghbazar in 19th Century. If you are interested to know in detail you can watch this movie in Bengali called "Rosogolla".

It is made of cottage cheese. The cottage cheese is made into dumplings and then cooked in light sugar syrup. There are two versions of Rosogollas which you will find in the heritage sweet shops in Kolkata:
a. Normal Rosogolla
b. Sponge Rosogolla

Try having the Normal Rosogolla at these heritage sweet shops in Kolkata and you will love it.


famous rosogolla of kolkata
The Famous Rosogolla of Kolkata

Ledikini

The history of this sweet dish is rather interesting. The sweet gets its name from Lady Canning the wife of Lord Canning. The iconic sweet was made by Bhim Chandra Nag for Lady Canning who was visiting India on her birthday. This the name got transformed into Ledikini

'Ledikini’ the sweet is a deep-fried sweet which is cylindrical and made from cottage cheese.

Sandesh or Sondhesh

This is another kind of Sweet which you will find in the heritage sweet of shops of Kolkata. This is made of fresh cottage cheese and either sugar or jaggery is used to make it sweet. The white color Sandesh is made of normal sugar and if you find the sweet little brownish in color, then the sweet is made of jaggery of dates.


15 Heritage Sweet Shops in Kolkata


The following are the must-visit heritage sweet shops in Kolkata if you plan to buy or eat authentic sweets of Kolkata.

Adi Haridas Modak Mistanna Bhandar 

Adi Haridas Modak Mistanna Bhandhar Kolkata


Address: 20, Shyambazar More, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Rd, Fariapukur, Kolkata, West Bengal 700004

Established in the Year: Approx 1780

History: This was started by Sri Haridas Modak around 250 Years back. This is currently run by 7th Generation of Sri Haridas Modak. They serve luchi ( puri in Hindi) and aloo torkari (a vegetable dish made of potato) and serve it on Banana leaves. This tradition they are following for the last 250 years.

Famous Sweets : Chanar Jilepi , Kalakand , Kheer Kadam

Heritage Sweet Shops in Kolkata
Chhanar Jilepi

Kalakand Sweet of Adi Haridas Modak Mistanna Bhandar
Kalakand Sweet

Old Locker at Adi Haridas Modak Mistanna Bhandar
200 years Old Locker at Adi Haridas Modak Mistanna Bhandar


Sen Mahashay


Sen Mahashay Heritage sweet shop in Kolkata


Address: Sen Mahasay, shop no 1, 1C, Sibdas Bhaduri St, Sovabazar, Hati Bagan, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700004

Established in the Year: Approximately 1897

Snippet about the ShopStarted by Sri Ashutosh sen and currently run by 4th Generation of the Sen family. It was started approximately 120 years back. Sen Mahashay's famous sweet is Ratabi Sandesh which was named by the great poet Sri Rabindranath Tagore. The sweets in this heritage sweet shop have extremely unique names like "Monmatano", "Monohora", "Aporupa".

Mihidana of Sen Mahashay is extremely famous and they are famous for making sweets based on seasonal fruits. They use real fruit juices to make these sweets and this gives a unique taste to the sweet.

Famous Sweets: Ratabi ,Monmatano, Monohora, Aporupa, Abar Khabo

sen mahayashay sita bhog
Sita Bhog of Sen Mahashay

sen mahashay ratabi sandesh heritage sweet
Ratabi Sandesh in Sen Mahashay

Kanthal (Jackfruit) Sandesh made of real Jackfruit Juices


heritage sweets of kolkata
Sandesh with Rose Petals




Chittaranjan Mistanna Bhandar Pvt Limited




Address: V School, 34B, Shyam Bazar St, Near to, Hati Bagan, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005

Established in the Year: 1907

Snippet about the Shop:  Chittaranjan Mistanna Bhandar pvt. Ltd. is currently reined by the sixth generation of the family lineage. This was established by Hiralal Ghosh in the year 1907. Their Madhuparka is extremely famous and its a must-have when you visit Chittaranjan Mistanna Bhandar.

Famous Sweets: Madhuparka, Rasgullas, Rasho Malai, Kesar Raj Bhog 


Madhuparka of Chittaranjan Mistanna Bhandar Kolkata Heritage sweet shop
Famous Madhuparka

rosogolla of Kolkata
Rosogolla


Bhabhatarini Sweets





Address: 77B,35, Syampukur Ln, Hati Bagan, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700004

Established in the Year: 1952

Snippet about the Shop: Nitai Chandra Ghosh & Srishti Dhar Ghosh established Bhabhatarini sweets in the year 1952. Currently, their son runs the shop. Since 1952 the variety of sweets changes every month and they use cow's milk since inception.

Famous Sweets:  Vanilla Rosogolla which uses original vanilla, Kesar Chamcham


vanilla rosogolla of bhabhatarini sweets of kolkata
Vanilla Rosogolla

Vanilla Rosogolla

Kesar Chamcham


Nobin Chandra Das 




Address: 77, Jatindra Mohan Ave, Sovabazar, Shobhabazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005

Established in the Year: 1864

Snippet about the Shop: This person Nobin Chandra Das has given the famous sweet Rosogolla to the Bengalis and the world. However it's sad that many people believe that KC Das invented rosogolla. KC Das , son of Nobin Chandra Das invented rasmalai.
If you plan to have rosogolla then visiting this place is must.

Famous Sweets:  Rosogolla

Nobin Chandra Das Rosogolla
Nobin Chandra Das Rosogolla


Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandy


Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy sweet shop in kolkata


Address: 56, Ramdulal Sarkar St, Near Bethune college, Hedua, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006

Established in the Year: 1844

Snippet about the Shop: Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy is a mishti lover's paradise and if you really want to enjoy the experience of having sweets from this shop, we suggest you visit their first outlet at 56, Ramdulal Sarkar Street in Hedua. They have Sandesh after the names of famous cricketers Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar.
Nakur Chandra Nandy hailed from Janai in Hoogly district and came to Calcutta as a son-in-law of renowned confectioner of Simla, Girish Chandra Dey. A joint venture started by the father-in-law and the son-in-law has grown from strength to strength over the decades.

Famous Sweets: Jol Bhora Sandesh , Chocolate Malai Roll, gurer sandwich.

Makhanlal Das and Sons sweet shop in kolkata




Makhan Lal Das & Sons



Address: 313, Rabindra Sarani, Company Bagan, Balaka Natun Bazar, Jorabagan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006

Established in the Year: 1827

Snippet about the ShopMoira Ramchandra Das, came 196 years ago from Bardhaman,Khandagoshi to Pathusarihatara market to sell sweets. Currently, the shop is handled by 6th generation. According to the custom of the era, the shop continued in the name of Moira. Being orphaned at a young age, the charge of the shop fell in the hands of Makhanlal, three years before the Sepoy rebellion.

They still display their sweets on metal plates for people to buy, unlike other sweet shops who display in glass display counters.

Famous Sweets: Ratabi, Chocolate Sandesh, Mishti Doi

Sweet shop of Makhanlal Das & Sons

sweets of Makhanlal Das and Sons in Kolkata
The sweets are displayed on a metal plate in the shop

Mishti Doi of Makhanlal Das and Sons Sweet Shop

Nalin Chandra Das and Sons 

Nalin Chandra Das and Sons Heritage sweet shop in Kolkata


Address: 313, Rabindra Sarani, Company Bagan, Balaka Natun Bazar, Jorabagan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700006

Established in the Year: 1841

Snippet about the ShopNalin Chandra Das and Sons is the oldest sweetmeat shop in Kolkata, established in 1841. Their variety will take you through the journey of five generations and eventually land you onto a platter of modern stuff such as green mango, Kesar jalbhara, butterscotch jalbhara, Chocolate jalbhara, Chocolate talsansh, Spanish tikitaka, Brazilian samba, and parma.

Famous Sweets: Chocolate Jalbhara, Chocolate Talsansh, Chandra Puli

chocolate sandesh of Nalin Chandra Das Heritage sweet shop in Kolkata
Chocolate Sandesh of Nalin Chandra Das and Sons Sweet Shop

Sandesh in the Making


Putiram

Heritage sweet shop in kolkata Putiram Sweets


Address: Adjacent City College of Commerce, 12B, Surya Sen St, Lalbajar, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700012

Established in the Year: 1852

Snippet about the Shop: Putiram sweet shop is in the hub of College Street area. Head to Putiram sweets if you just want to get some light snacks and indulge your sweet tooth while you’re on your hunt for books, this is where you should go.  Their Hing-er Kochuri and Mung Dal Kochuri are pretty popular. Also, try the several varieties of stuffed gulab jamun and their juicy rosogollas.

Famous Sweets: Stuffed Gulab Jamuns & Rosogollas.



Putiram sweet shop in kolkata


Bhim Chandra Nag

Bhim Chandra Nag sweet shop in Kolkata

Address: 5, Nirmal Chandra St, near, Bowbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700012

Established in the Year: 1826

Snippet about the ShopIt was established by Bhim Chandra Nag and hence the name. They are a pioneer in making Sandesh.The sweet shop is known for inventing delicacies such as ladikeni (named after Lady Canning who was the wife of the then British governor Lord Canning) and Ashubhog Sandesh (named after the distinguished educationist Sir Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay), among others.
Head to this shop to get nostalgic feel and don't miss the wall clock in Bengali by Cooke & Kelvey.

Famous Sweets: Abar Khabo, Dilkhush



Famous Sandesh of Bhim Chandra Nag sweet shop
Famous Sandesh of Bhim Chandra Nag



Jayashree Sweets


Address: 8, Nirmal Chandra St, Bowbazar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700012

Established in the Year: Approx 1890s ( The exact year couldn't be informed by the sweet shop owner)

Snippet about the ShopJayashree is known for their bhaja mishti—fried sweetmeats. This form of sweet making originated in Krishna Nagar in West Bengal and has been perfected by Jayashree. One must try all the different varieties like Kheerer Chop, Sorbhaja, Jibhegoja and more. They're also known for their Chandan Kheer. 

Famous Sweets:Kheerer Chop, Jibhegoja, Sorbhaja, Chandan Kheer


KC Das

KC Das Rosogolla Shop


Address: 11 A&B, Central Ave, Esplanade, Kolkata, West Bengal 700069

Established in the Year: 1855

Snippet about the Shop: They claim to invent the rosogolla however if you look at the history the rosogolla was invented by Nobin Chandra Das. Krishna Chandra Das was the son of Nobin Chandra Das and was born in the year 1869. Rosogolla was invented by Nobin Chandra Das in the year 1868. KC Das has marketed rosogolla extremely well and hence the name has become synonymous to rosogolla. 

Famous Sweets: Rosogolla , Rasho Malai , Kesar Raj Bhog

The below old shop clearly states that KC Das was inventor of Rasmalai and they only sold Rosogolla & Sandesh

Old KC Das Shop
Old KC Das Shop which is not in Use



KC Das Rosogolla
KC Das Rosogolla

Rosogolla of KC das
KC Das Rosogolla


Amrit


Address: 94 Bidhan Sarani, Shyambazaar

Established in the Year: 1912

Snippet about the Shop: Amrit is known for Mishti Doi. They make kilos of mishti doi and it gets sold with a single day.Visit to this shop is must if you love mishti doi. If you are in Kolkata you have to visit this heritage sweet shop in Kolkata for the sheer love of Mishti Doi. The mishti doi of Amrit sweets melts in your mouth as soon as you take a spoonful of it.

Famous Sweets: Mishti Doi & Sor Bhaja

Amrit Sweets Doi


Ganguram & Sons


Address: 159C, Vivekananda Road, Maniktala, Kolkata

Established in the Year: 1885

Snippet about the Shop: Ganguram Chaurasia came from Varanasi to Kolkata and started working in a sweet shop owned by Raja Kamala Prasad Mukherjee. However, the shop got closed due to eviction notice by the Britishers. While closing the shop Raja Kamala Prasad Mukherjee gifted a small plot to Ganguram in Manicktala. Here Ganguram Prasad started his sweet shop which features in the list of heritage sweet shops in Kolkata.

Famous Sweets: Jalebis & Gulab Jamuns



Nabakrishna Guin



Address: 9B, Nirmal Chandra Street, Bow Bazar, Kolkata

Established in the Year: 1809

Snippet about the ShopThis is one of the oldest heritage sweet shop in Kolkata which was established approximately 210 years ago. This shop is famous for its authentic taste of sweets which they have maintained over the years.

Famous Sweets: Ratabi and other Sandesh





Walking Tour Map of Heritage Sweet Shops in Kolkata


Most of these Heritage sweet shops are nearby and you can visit and savour the sweets of these iconic sweet shops by walking.

The above heritage sweet shops in kolkata can be visited in two phases based on the distance. Below are the two walking tour maps for visiting these heritage sweet shops in Kolkata.

Walking Tour Heritage Sweet Shops in Kolkata- North

The below map shows the list of shops in North Kolkata which can be covered on a walking trail.






Walking Tour Heritage Sweet Shops in Kolkata- Central Kolkata

The below map shows the list of shops in Central Kolkata which can be covered on a walking trail.





Shoestring Travel wishes you a sweet trail and when in Kolkata don't miss these Heritage Sweets Shops in Kolkata. If you have any questions related to any shop regarding location or history you can send a mail at shoestringtravel.in@gmail.com or write in the comment section below.

Last but not the least Thanks to all the sweet shop owners who were extremely coordial during sweet photography and went extra mile to ensure that I get good shots and also thanks to all the shop owners who treated me with their best sweets. This is Kolkata a true city of Joy where joy and happiness in found in every corner of the street.

11 comments:

  1. Very informative article. Even lots of people who lived in Kolkata for decades didn't know about all these history of sweets and details of these heritage shops.

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  2. What a detailed research work on Kolkatas most famous sweet. Will surely try when I visit this place

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  3. On my next trip to Kolkata, you'll have to take me to all these shops. Thanks for the wonderful post 😃

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  4. A post which has stolen my heart as a sweet lover this post made my day ty for sharing this information.

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  5. This post made me to fall in love with as a sweet lover this made my day Ty for sharing.

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  6. Kolkatta and sweets are synonymous. I have visited only Sen Mahashay many years ago but would love to visit each and every one of them! The sweets look amazing :)

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  7. I'm definitely bookmarking your post for my next visit.This poss is a must read for foodies like us

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  8. I have tried few of these shops while staying at Calcutta and feeling absolutely nostalgic after reading your blogpost.

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  9. Kolkata is my in-laws city.

    So, next time I visit, I will make sure to indulge in these places.

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  10. Mouth watering sweets.

    Feeling like staying put in Kolkata for a week to try out these places.

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  11. I love stopping by KC Das for sweets... It falls on my regular college route... All the shops you listed are absolutely amazing!

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