Started in 1927 and steeped in history ( but now renovated), this iconic tea room has attained legendary status now. Started by the Flurys couple, this café was where the who’s who of Kolkata bought their cakes from back in 30s and 40s. Now, run by The Park Group, it is still the best place to go to if you want to sit by the glass façade and watch the busy world go by on Park Street over a freshly brewed cuppa. Keeping up with the spirit of old is gold, it is one of those very rare places which brew their tea the old fashioned way, i. e., tea leaves in a tea pot instead of tea bags in cups.
From its bright pink and white awning to its high ceiling interiors with gleaming black tables; from whirring brass fans polished to a shine to shining white and black floor— Flurys feels ever welcoming. The world moves at a slower pace inside. That maybe one of the reasons why the service isn’t quicker but that is something Kolkata has learned to indulge.
CAFFEINE FACTOR Viennese Coffee— a cup of espresso with thick light whipped cream, or an aromatic Darjeeling tea are your best bets.
MUNCH THIS Fluffy stuffed omelettes, ‘ heritage’ tea sandwiches that have been on the menu since the 1930s and puffs and pastries make for a lip- smacking breakfast or tea snack. Between 12 noon and 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm onwards, it offers a separate menu of heavier meals.
PEOPLE WATCH Its central location on Park Street makes it a big hit with the expat population. Being so close to the central business district, it also sees its fair share of upwardly professionals and youngsters from colleges and schools nearby.
INSIDER TIP Their Darjeeling tea is a special blend that is apparently “top secret”. AT 18, Park Street, Kolkata TEL 40007453
COST FOR TWO Rs 800