A Bong meal without misti stands incomplete! After every meal, a Bong essentially debates about the fish and sweets they were served. There are sweet shops on every street in Kolkata. Only recently have some also experimented with the traditional sweets, adding flavors of butterscotch, chocolate, strawberry only to widen the spectrum of taste. Every sweet shop comes with its own specialty. The following is a list of some traditional sweet shops in the City of Joy.
Makkhanlal Das and Sons
One of the oldest sweet shops in Kolkata is Makhanlal Das & Sons. It is one of the few shops to have combined the traditional taste of pesta, gur and pista with chocolate and butterscotch. Their chocolate sandesh sets them apart in the current market.
Location: Rabindra Sarani
Surendranath Dey and Son
Surendranath is one of the best sweet shops around and has not left its traditional taste. The sandesh at Surendranath is something to relish.
Nabin Chandra Das
Over 145 years of rosogolla! It would not have happened without Nabin Chandra Das.
Location: Rabindra Sarani, Nutan Bazar, Chitpur, Near Beadon Street
Nepal Chandra Sweets
Sweet-lovers should visit this sweet shop for the authentic Bong sweets experience! The Kalakand, the Rasmalai and Mango Sandesh are a must-try here.
Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick
This sweet shop is a century old. The traditional sweets here are sorrabri, sor bhaja, kachagolla, abarkhabo sandesh, mihidana, sitabhog, patisapta, lal misti doi and rossomalai.
Krishna Chandra Das the son of Nobin Chandra Das, inventor of rossogolla. Following the inventor tradition, K.C. Das was the inventor of rossomalai. K.C Das is famous for its rossomalai and vacuum sealed canned rossogollas.
It is needless to say that Hindustan Sweets has a variety of delicious traditional sweets. What really needs to be mentioned is their growth in the export of Rosogolla and rice pudding to Iraq and Japan respectively. They have also made a huge development in the field of Herbal misti, which allegedly alleviates the senses of anyone suffering from chronic diseases.
Location: New Alipore Road
Mouchak is an important landmark in the history of Bengali sweets. Their quality has been so good for so long that this shop brings feelings of nostalgia to the residents of Kolkata.
Location: The crossing of Golpark
Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy
Undoubtedly the current pioneers of sandesh! Whether it is black current, black Forest, butterscotch to gurer sandesh and dilkhush - they have it all. Be warned, to grab these yummy items you must be ready to stand in the queue and fight for their share. They sell out faster than a blockbuster movie!
Location: Ramdulal Sarkar Street
Located at Beckbagan opposite the fancy Quest Mall stands this traditional mithai shop. This should be your pit stop if you are on the hunt for the famous Misti Doi.
Have we missed any pit stops for the sweet tooth? Tell us in the comments!