Guided tour

Kolkata: Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour

Activity provider: A Chef's Tour

Kolkata: Uptown 15-Taster Food Tour

Activity provider: A Chef's Tour

From US$ 36.16 per person

Join Avik on his Kolkata food tour and you'll be ducking and diving through alleyways and backstreets to find the city's finest joints that only the locals know.

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Duration 4 hours
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Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Experience 15 different Bengali dishes and drinks
  • Ride the subway, vintage tram, bus and rickshaw to get from stop to stop
  • Discover the history and culture of Bengal away from the tourist crowd
  • Join a expert local guide who has grown up in Kolkata
  • Come away with a deeper understanding of the city
Full description
Greet your guide outside Esplanade metro station at 5:00pm and catch the train up to a district little visited by foreigners and known for its cuisine. When you disembark, you'll dive straight in with an exotic lasse found at a local street vendor before hopping into a tiny joint that's been whipping up some of the best masala curries in Kolkata for more than a century. As you eat, your guide will tell you stories of old Calcutta. Jump aboard a local bus for a short journey up to one of Kolkata's most celebrated seafood restaurants where you'll try their signature jumbo prawn covered in chingri coconut cream sauce and a mouth-watering curried fish mousse steamed in a banana leaf. After leaving you'll clamber aboard one of the old richshaws, the only place where these wooden carts still exist in India and take a short tour of the area en route to the next foodie stop. Gorge on a prawn kabiraji at a legendary kitchen started by a Scot in the 19th Century. Kolkata might seem busy, but your guide will take you on a walk down through a peaceful district pointing out temples and local life along the way. As you meander the backstreets of old Kolkata, you'll try tasty titbits from the city's most famous onion bhajis to zingy gram salads made from herbs and pulses. Sip on local ginger infused chai tea before jumping on board one of the old trams that have been plying the streets of Kolkata for over a century for a short journey to College Street. Here, piles of school book sellers are passed by university students on their way back from lectures. Drop into a local cafe to sample a famed coconut sherbet drink and then dive into Begali treats at a nearby sweet shop. The evening finishes in the faded grandeur of an old colonial coffee shop where students are busy debating, ceiling fans whirl overhead, and waiters serve coffees in traditional garb. This isn't just a foodie tour, it's a tour into the heart of Kolkata.
  • Expert foodie guide
  • Use local transport including the old tram to get around
  • 15-taster menu at multiple locations
  • Bottled water
  • Small-group tour for up to 8 guests
  • Local taxes paid
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Pick-up and drop off at your hotel
  • Not suitable for vegetarians or lactose intolerances as you'll miss several dishes, with no alternatives available
Not suitable for
  • Vegetarians
  • People with food allergies
  • People with lactose intolerance

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Meeting point

Meet Avik outside Exit 4 of Esplanade Metro Station. Your guide will be holding a sign. Please leave with plenty of time to arrive promptly. The address for Esplanade Metro Station is: Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Esplanade, Kolkata, 700013.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Due to limitations with street food vendors and their single item menus, this tour is unfortunately not suitable for vegetarians or those with lactose intolerances, as you'll miss several dishes with alternatives not readily available.
  • The tour operates come rain or shine, so bring an umbrella if rain looks likely.
  • We cap our small group tours at a maximum of 8 guests for a more personable experience. Private groups of more than 8, please get in touch.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 13 reviews

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If you have decided to discover good Bengali cuisine then you have found the right guide. Some dishes eat in the street are almost gourmet and your guide will explain with passion the whole history of Calcutta Where he was born you will discover a small neighborhood in which you would not even have engaged us and a very hospitable population a turn not to miss

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November 9, 2019

Avik is a super highly motivated guide. He told us a lot about the history of Calcutta and showed us streets that we would never have found. The food was delicious. The Bengali cuisine in particular is very tasty

March 16, 2020

Very communicative, personable, knows Kolkatta very well and knows a lot to tell.

November 27, 2019

Product ID: 177780