Tucked away in the bylanes of Hindustan Park, Kolkata’s favourite neighbourhood for feasting, is Marbella. The newest entrant on the city’s thriving cafe scene, Marbella Kolkata manages to hold its own with it’s chic interiors and avant-garde fare. Celebrated for its café culture, Kolkata has lately witnessed an upswing on the list of hip spaces like these.
Inside this charming bistro textured white walls and cheerfully-patterned floor tiles transport you to a laid-back beachside village in Spain. Marbella’s glass ceiling floods the space with sunlight during the day and at night, fairy lights lend it an air of romance. For those seeking seclusion, there are plenty of half-hidden nooks and crannies to discover, which are ideal for curling up with a good book — you can choose some from the shelves lining the walls.
On the menu, there are plenty of quick bites in the form of croissant sandwiches, flatbreads, bowls, and salads. Their Smoothie Bowls make for a great all-day breakfast; try Kiwi, Green Apple, and Almond Milk bowl with strawberries, chia seeds, and roasted almond flakes for an extra crunch. If you are in the mood for some comfort food, their Chocolate and Peanut Butter bowl with candied peanuts and chocolate shavings really hits the right spot.
We tried the Pesto Roasted Mushrooms that emit warm, garlicky goodness with a hint of parmesan and the Bacon and Egg Crescent Sandwich in a flaky, buttery croissant that elevated the idea of breakfast staple to new heights. Though they do not have an extensive coffee menu, there are a few cold brew options and flavoured lattes to choose from — the Beetroot Latte is worth trying. Tea lovers can also choose their infusions; recommended ones include Blue Peaflower and Oolong Mandarin.
The dessert menu again is limited. As serious chocoholics, we decided to try the Rocky Road and were not disappointed. It’s a delicious dark chocolate sponge with crumbled up cookies and raspberry preserve topped with chunky hazelnuts that made for a sinfully indulgent conclusion to the meal.
Marbella Kolkata is already on board the sustainability train, so guests can expect steel straws and upcycled glass bottles for serving water – another feat that makes this atmospheric cafe perfect for languid afternoons.
Where: 29 A, Hindustan Park, Kolkata
When: Monday to Sunday; 11 am – 10 pm
Noise level: Moderate
Average cost of 2 people: Rs 800 (approx.)