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Blog 1611 Calcutta Guide 7

Around the quaint post colonial streets of calcutta

With over 5 million people inhabiting the colonial capital, one of the largest metropolis and industry hubs in India, if you google Calcutta and you'll read about British cafés, metal bands and festivity amongst the less privileged.

In real­ity, it’s slightly more and bet­ter than just that. The cap­it­al of the East­ern port and West Bengal, with half of it being primar­ily colo­ni­al with Anglo-Indi­an com­munit­ies and tall churches while the oth­er half being the polit­ic­ally act­ive Bengali crowd, this is where tra­di­tion meets commerce.

Start your jour­ney around the Park Cir­cus, the centre of old Cal­cutta, where a sev­en point junc­tion will guide you to lit­er­ally every place worth going to, in the city of joy.

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With poetry slams, lit­er­ary events and rather inter­est­ing hap­pen­ings every week­end, 8th Day Café is loc­ated in a quiet colo­ni­al street, where you could read a book, meet people from dif­fer­ent com­munit­ies in the city and grab a cup of damn good cof­fee. Jute bags, quiet corners and a view of Brit­ish architechture will keep you delight­fully occu­pied through the day, when the heat is at its peak. As you may know, there is no such thing as winter here.

Head to one of the most char­ac­ter-juiced’ areas in the city, The South­ern Aven­ue. Now mostly res­id­en­tial bun­ga­lows along with ador­able cafes, bars and nightclubs, this is where one can take a walk around, stop and stare or just run, regardless.

A short ride from 8th Day Café to Mrs. Mag­pie would have an eer­ie sense of nos­tal­gia, both on the streets and on reach­ing the bakery. With pink and white interi­ors and a fresh smell of cup­cakes and hot chocol­ate, Mrs. Mag­pie is one of the prime baker­ies in the city with it’s own unique recip­ies and com­fort foods. The best on the menu is the hot chocol­ate, tiram­isu and any of those deli­cious min­is­cule cup­cakes. Served in almost pristine, tiny white cups, nev­er­the­less, if you’re into desserts, this is the place to go.

Anoth­er must-go place to grab a good cof­fee is loc­ated in Hindus­tan Park, called Sienna, a café/​store.

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Star­ted by a young design­er who wanted to bring out the for­got­ten essence of Indi­an tex­tiles (hand-woven cot­tons, silks, etc.) with a mod­ern, young take, you enter the café with a polar­ising out­look, without a doubt. Walls and dis­plays of tra­di­tion­al meets mod­ern fash­ion ran­ging from scarves, jute bags to sarees (the Indi­an gown, which is draped around the body), listen­ing to Jazz, no less.

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Walk in through the store and enter the café, if you’ve ever been to Span­ish cafes, this may remind you of that. A palette of blue mosa­ic stones, crys­tal and wood, this place is ideal for even­ings in solace and prob­ably the only silence you won’t be sur­prised by, in a city as such. Taste­ful art and inter­est­ing people mixed yet mostly quite the intel­lec­tu­al crowd can be found here.

Sienna shuts at about 10 PM every­day, how­ever, if old school colo­ni­al bars sound intriguing, then that that tends to be where most young­sters and expats hang out post lunch. Fair­lawn Hotel was star­ted in the 1890s, dur­ing colo­ni­al times, and has been func­tion­ing still.

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Head to Sud­der Street, the down­town part of the polar oppos­ite upscale Park Street.

Amongst shops where loc­als dis­cov­er innov­at­ive jew­ellery and arte­facts ( includ­ing reli­gious hip­pie clothes), you’ll spot Fair­lawn, from a dis­tance. Serving only beer and an open garden space as a bar, the lobby is where con­jus­ted pic­tures from the incep­tion of the bar to know, of every fam­ous per­son who’s ever been there adorn the green walls. Noisy and yet charm­ing, it is a hot mess with some character.

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One of the old­est streets of colo­ni­al India, Park Street is now full of dance­halls, nightclubs and old pubs that man­aged to stay. Once, used to be the morn­ing debate ven­ue for office goers, writers and poets, Flury’s is where the tra­di­tion that stayed on was that of a hearty Eng­lish break­fast and the feel­ing that The brits were here’.

While Cal­cutta nev­er had a cul­ture of dance clubs, a dis­cus­sion over a drink is the best way to soak in all of it’s amaz­ing almost psy­che­del­ic noise. Oly­pub is where you could grab a drink without the pre­ten­tion that new Cal­cutta’ brought. Or? Off­beat, a group that con­tin­ues to pro­mote techno and pro­gress­ive sounds, hosts parties at Myx once in two weeks. A tall hall with blue geo­met­ric interi­ors, where one can dance until sun­rise, at these.

A wild card presents itself in the form of the first bold club of the city, Bou­doir Cal­cutta, which sur­pris­ingly is a great place to dance until the early house of the morn­ing. Ran­ging from dance‑y Bol­ly­wood and oth­er­wise all Dance­hall, the latest addi­tion to the city’s night­life has quite the over-the-top yet peppy ambience.

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Over­all? The city’s a bleak mix of pulp fic­tion and tra­di­tion­al arti­ness in a cock­tail glass. Espe­cially if you vis­it around October/​November when it is hav­ing a blast with the cel­eb­ra­tion of hindu God­dess Durga and later, fun­nily enough, Halloween.

18 Nov 2016 · neubau eyewear
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