West Bengal

Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceCafe in Kalimpong

Art Cafe

Cool cafe with a breezy terrace offering fine views over the hills and valleys to the west and north. It does good coffee, shakes and lemon mint coolers (served in Mason jars) and good things to eat too, from...

Teahouse in Darjeeling

Sunset Lounge

This two-floor tearoom run by the Nathmulls tea company offers aficionados a range of quality white, green and black teas by the cup or pot, with in-house baked treats, fine valley views and wi-fi. Ask for the...

Cafe in Darjeeling

Himalayan Java

Branch of the Nepal cafe chain, serving up good organic coffee and desserts, plus breakfast pancakes, waffles and sandwiches (snacks and light dishes ₹90 to ₹250), in a stylish semi-industrial interior – all very...

Bar in Darjeeling


Backpacker-friendly Gatty's is the only place in town that has a pulse after 9pm, with live music at weekends. The food (dishes ₹80 to ₹280) includes house-made lasagne, and pita with hummus or falafel. It brews...

Cafe in Darjeeling


This renowned teahouse has excellent baked goods (cakes, quiches and pies ₹40 to ₹80) as well as tea, and fine views from its outdoor balcony and the indoor conservatory-like area. It’s a good place to grab...

Pub in Darjeeling

Joey’s Pub

Joey's has suffered from the eponymous owner's passing but if your preferred beverage comes in a pint not a pot, this long-standing pub near the post office is still a cosy spot where you may meet other...

Cafe in Kalimpong

Cafe Kalimpong

Relax on a cushioned seat on the terrace and enjoy fresh-ground coffee, or a variety of teas or shakes, with cool, relaxed music and an expansive Relli Valley view. It does pasta, momos, grilled sandwiches and...

Teahouse in Darjeeling

House of Tea

Sit and sip a variety of teas from several local Goodricke estates before purchasing a package of your favourite leaves.

Cafe in Darjeeling

Café Coffee Day

It may be heresy to drink coffee in Darjeeling but if you need a hit, this reliable chain has a useful location at Chowrasta. The sunny terrace offers gorgeous mountain views.