Kolkata food stops for the perfect Puja date
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A street food date in Kolkata can be memorable and budget-friendly. If you’re planning to step out with someone during Durga Puja but want to steer clear of crowded, overpriced fine diners, give the city’s beloved street food hideaways a try. To be fair, staples like rolls, phuchka, chaats, jhal muri are a dime a dozen during Durga Puja. 

However, if you’re looking for a true Kolkata experience, go for some cult items that the city is celebrated for. Here is a list of amazing street food options cross-crossing the city, which are great for a festive date. Take your pick! 

Momos Near Elgin Road 

If you're pandal-hopping via metro, Elgin can be a great pit stop for some budget binge-ing. The lane next to Suburban Hospital has multiple cult momo spots where you can score juicy vegetarian and non-vegetarian momos at under 100 bucks, along with steaming bowls of thukpas and noodles. They have makeshift seating as well in case you want to sit and chat. There are also some great dhabas a stone's throw away if you're in for some North Indian food or chaats. 

Address: Elgin Road/Sreepally/Exide 

USP Dishes: Chicken fried momos, Thukpa 

Available Cuisine: Tibetian, Indian

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner

Price for two: Rs 200 (Budget) 

Timings: 12 pm - 9.30 pm

Phone Number: N.A

Mac & cheese sandwich/Malai Toast/Luchi aloor dom, near BBD Bagh 

Headed to central Kolkata for pandal-hopping? Stop by BBD Bagh to explore some of Kolkata's finest street food. The streets adjoining Calcutta Stock Exchange offer hearty sandwiches along with delicious chilli cheese toasts and the famous malai toast at Kona Dukan, priced at around Rs 50. There are smaller stalls as well that serve luchi and aloor dom, ghugni and hot kochuri. The Stock Exchange area is ideal for breakfast or lunch if you're out on a daytime date. If you're passing by after sundown, don't miss out on their masala kulhad chai! 

Address: BBD Bagh, Lyons Range, Dalhousie 

USP Dishes: Malai toast, kulhad chai 

Available Cuisine: Bengali, North Indian

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

Price for two: Rs 150 (Budget) 

Timings: 9 am - 9 pm  

Phone Number: N.A

Kosha Mangsho at Golbari 

If you're headed to North Kolkata, stopping by Shaymbazar's Golbari for a date is a no-brainer. The iconic eatery is famed for its delicious, spiced kosha mangsho. The 99-year-old Golbari is near Shyambazar’s Maa Joy Kali temple. The delicacy has quite a lot of heat to it and may be greasier than a classic Bengali kosha mangsho, so make sure you give your date a heads-up! The mutton is served with tender parathas, and their menu also has chicken masala, liver curry, cutlets etc. 

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

USP Dishes: Kosha mangsho & paratha 

Available Cuisine: Bengali

Type: Veg and Non-Veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner

Price for Two: Rs 300 (Budget) 

Timings: 11 am - 11.00 pm

Phone Number: 7604033356

Biryani Near Deshapriya Park 

South Kolkata houses some of the biggest Pujas in Kolkata and also has some of the finest street food. From phuchka, to bhel puri and rolls, you'll be spoilt for choice. If you want a Kolkata classic on a budget, go for the biryani sellers situated near Priya Cinema where you can find a quintessential 'Calcutta Biryani' alongside some delicious chaap. A full plate mutton biriyani with extra mutton and aloo will cost you less than 150 bucks! 

Address: Rashbehari Avenue, near Priya Cinema

USP Dishes: Mutton biryani, cheap 

Available Cuisine: Bengali, North Indian

Type: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian

Meals Served: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner

Price for Two: Rs 250 (Budget) 

Timings: 12 pm - 11 pm

Phone Number: N.A

Korean corn dogs, Ramen & Shawarma near Lord’s 

Lord's Crossing has the quirkiest food stops in South Kolkata and is only a few minutes away from the cluster of Pujas near Jodhpur Park and Dhakuria. You’ll spot a Korean food truck near the intersection, that sells everything from hot ramen to Korean wings and corn dogs. 

You can even score Koren chilli potatoes and Yangnyeom tongdak at under Rs 150. Also, keep an eye out for the momo and shawarma counters that stay open till late. 

Address: Near Lord's More

USP Dishes: Potato corn dogs, Korean chicken wings 

Price for Two: Rs 350 (Budget) 

Available Cuisine: Korean, Asian

Type: Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian

Meals Served: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner

Timings: 2 pm - 10 pm

Phone Number: N.A