Hooked And Booked!

mile-long book stalls on college st in calcutta

Book lovers of Kolkata flock to the famous College Street, irrespective of occasion or weather. Whether you are looking for schools books and college books on history, biology and mathematics, or if you are searching for a science fiction novel, a love story, the history of music, childrenʼs books, comics, classic literature or a book on Beethoven or Einstein, you will find it here.

Placed between Bowbazar and Mahatma Gandhi Road, the inception of the name ʻCollege Streetʼ goes back to the time when The Hindu College was first established in 1817 by David Hare on this avenue. Today, College Street is, indeed, an eminent centre of Kolkataʼs cityscape.

It is second home to intellectuals, scholars, academicians, students and book lovers of the city. Also colloquially known as ʻBoi Paraʼ (book-mart), it houses Kolkataʼs most prestigious and renowned academic institutions like the University Of Calcutta, Calcutta Medical College, Presidency University, Sanskrit College, Hare School and Hindu School.

The place has a unique charm of its own. Dotted with makeshift book stalls, College Street is a paradise for book lovers. Itʼs a one-of-its-kind book market which draws locals and tourists from every corner of the globe.

The famed Coffee House is located at College Street. It has been the venue for several rendezvous of many illustrious and notable personalities that include Rabindranath Tagore, SubhashChandra Bose and Satyajit Ray.

If books hold your interest, this is the street to visit.