Located in the scholastic hub-College Street a one, and half kilometers long stretch in the nucleus of Kolkata ranging from Ganesh Chandra Avenue Crossing in Bowbazar to Mahatma Gandhi Road Crossing.
It has been a splendid place for adda (meeting) sessions since the British Raj. Presently, this place remains a major attraction to the gang of students (school/college) as well as to the elderly group (office goers/retired). The gigantic floor of this restaurant has tasted the sole dust of renowned poets, artists and aspiring celebrities wrapped with art and culture namely Satyajit Ray, Malay Roy Choudhury, Sameer Roychoudhury, Amartya Sen, Mrinal Sen, Aparna Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Narayan Gangopadhyay, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Sanjeev Chattopadhyay, Samaresh Majumder, Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Shakti Chattopadhyay, etc. The traditional image of Coffee House became more striking to the folks after the release of a sentimental song “Coffee House er sei adda ta aaj ar nei, aaj ar nei…” by the king of Bengali vocalist, Manna Dey. This song speaks about the faded past of the cafe when the bubbly evenings got filled with discussions and exchange of views on the fields of politics, business, sports, films and career goals. The Coffee House’s antiquity takes you around 300 years back when the great Bengali Philosopher Shri Kesab Chandra Sen resided this house. After some time this place got dedicated to Prince Albert Victor of Wales and came to known as ‘Albert Hall’. This place acted as a shelter to countless swadeshi meetings during the fight for independence. In 1942 the coffee board decided to start a coffee joint from the Albert Hall. After getting the freedom in the year 1947, the India Government changed the name to “Indian Coffee House”. In 1958, the management said to shut off the Coffee House, but the workers association glued to their decision of running it on their own. From then on the “Indian Coffee House” was fuelled by the ‘India Coffee Board Workers Co-operative Society Ltd’. Later the Supreme Court recognized this building as a Heritage building. With time the building was renovated in 2009. The walls of the restaurant exhibited images of respected personalities like Rabindranath Tagore. The age-old wooden chairs have been replaced by lightweight plastic chairs. But time was unable to snatch the charm of the people who remained curious for exchanging words.
Here comes the coffee wobbling inside the mug, take a sip of it and you will understand the real flavour of this restaurant. To make your taste bud feel even better you can add few dishes of Mutton Kaviraji, Chicken Afghani, Mutton Cutlet and Veg Cutlet. The flavour is so addictive that you won’t feel like popping into famous coffee shops like Barista Cafe and Restaurant, Cafe Coffee Day, Costa Coffee, Brew-Berry Cafe etc which carries the taste of current generation with all the modern-day facilities/amenities on tap.
Apart from being a restaurant, it remains one of the prestigious wings of Kolkata. Tourists from different veins of the world come here to visit and snap this place. Haven’t experienced the tang of Coffee House yet? Go and grab a chair