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Eat traditional sweets  

Customers look at <i>roshgolla</i> and other sweets at a counter, Kolkata, October 4, 2004 Sink your teeth into a roshogolla or a sandesh from KC Das. Made out of milk solids - the roshogolla in a sugar syrup, the sandesh its dry counterpart - they can be very, very sweet.

Mocambo

Mocambo, off Park Street (Tel 91-33-22172934) is a culinary throwback to the 1960s, with prawn cocktails and sizzlers on the menu.

Kewpie's

Visit Kewpie's, at 2, Elgin Lane (Tel 91-33-24759880), for authentic home-style Bengali food.

Oh! Calcutta

Fresh fried prawns are served with a wedge of lime at a fisherman's cafe in the Mercado São Pedro, Brazil, August 5, 2009 Oh! Calcutta at Forum Mall has a choice of Anglo-Indian and Bengali food.

Peerless Inn

Peerless Inn (from Rs 6300) is also excellently located for the stadium.

The Floatel

The Floatel (Rs 4200) is a unique floating hotel on the Hooghly, stationed very close to Eden Gardens, with great discounts for internet bookings.

Astor

The three-star Astor (from Rs 6000) boasts one of the best kebab restaurants in town in Kebab-e-que.

Sheesha

Sheesha, located atop a shopping mall on Camac Street, is a bar, lounge and outdoor deck rolled into one.

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Where to

  1. Eau Chew

    Eau Chew (Tel 91-33-22378260) is a New York Times-reviewed restaurant serving superb Chinese food out of a home.

  2. The Floatel

    The Floatel (Rs 4200) is a unique floating hotel on the Hooghly, stationed very close to Eden Gardens, with great discounts for internet bookings.

  3. Sheesha

    Sheesha, located atop a shopping mall on Camac Street, is a bar, lounge and outdoor deck rolled into one.

Must Do

Visit Shantiniketan  

Bengali people are very proud of their culture, and there is lots of to see in and around Calcutta. If you have come here, it is worth driving down for a coupe of hours, or a taking train, to Shantiniketan, the university town established by Rabindranath Tagore. The best part is they have kept it exactly as it was. They haven't commercialised it at all. You still get that old-world feel. Also, the World Cup will be played around February-March, which is spring - the best time to visit Shantiniketan. It is known for its celebration of the festival of Holi, or Basant Utsab as we call it. You have got to experience Holi here at least once. Deep Dasgupta

Tips for Travellers

Where you can't walk, try the public transport. It's safe, it's well-organised and reasonably cheap. Trams are for when you're not in a hurry. The Metro, India's first and still running largely on time, travels along a north-south axis and cuts transit time by three-fourths. The yellow taxis are good for late nights. They go by the meter and the drivers are good. The buses are usually very crowded but if you do get on one there's no dearth of help from your fellow passengers.

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