Kalimpong sees a great mix of amalgamated local folk that you can see be it at the Dumber Chowk or the Haat Bazaar.
Kalimpong, an erstwhile Sikkimese Province that was ceded to the Kingdom of Bhutan, happens to be a much quiet little tourist hubs in North Bengal that sees many English-style bungalows as excellent homestay along with few tea estates has always been Darjeeling’s weaker cousin. This place sees a great mix of amalgamated local folk that you can see be it at the Dumber Chowk or the Haat Bazaar.
Recently the town has been news as Kareena Kapoor is shooting for Sujoy Ghosh untitled murder mystery that is based on Keigo Higashino’s bestselling murder novel, The Devotion of Suspect X was seen hogging some Tiramisu.
And she has been taking to Instagram to show her foodie trail in the city where she is seen enjoying some tiramisu to Khowsey, the Burmese dish both from NeenaKitchen. Her Tiramisu story was captioned “Travelled the world only to find the best tiramisu in Kalimpong (heart eye emojis).” While the next story was captioned ‘best meal ever’ courtesy Neena’s Kitchen, a famous Kalimpong-based cloud kitchen.
And yes, seeing her gorge on such delights this hill station sees some great authentic Bhutanese restaurant to local cafes and more. Let’s explore some of them.
This quaint cafe in Kalimpong is known for its lovely ambiance and sumptuous food. Best place for coffee lovers this boasts of serving delicious aged cheese. With an elaborate collection of books and large French windows that give a good view, guests can enjoy a lovely view too. It opens very early, at 8 am. Their breakfast that sees Balep, a crisp Tibetan bread with spicy diced potato sides (aloo dum) and pickle is best to try here. The place also serves some great steamy Suja (butter tea). This tea is a staple drink of the Himalayan countries prepared with salt and cow or yak butter.