Fodor's Expert Review College Street
This erudite destination smells of old books and history. This was the hotbed of the Bengal Renaissance movement, and it eventally became a symbol of revolutionary ideals and radical youth movements. Several walking tours are available around the elite Presidency College University, Kolkata University, Sanskrit College, Baptist Mission, Theosophical Society and Hindu School. The pavements are dominated by bookstalls that are treasure troves for those with the inclination and time to discover a rare (and usually quite inexpensive) title. At Indian Coffee House, at 15 Bankim Chatterjee St., you can grab a quick bite over a lesiurely cup of coffee and get a whiff of the languid airs of the historic neighbourhood. Heritage walks of the Renaisaance neighbourhood are organized by both Calcutta Walks and Kolkata Magic.