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Top 5 pizza places in Dhanmondi

If there is one thing that we can all agree on– is that pizza is love. But when you are in Dhanmondi, and want the perfect slice, where do you go? Here are our top 5 favorite places so you can quickly fulfill your pizza cravings. Spend less time in deciding who has the perfect cheese to dough ratio and more time eating. So in no particular order:

Pizza Roma

Pizza Roma is synonymous with high-quality pizza with fusion toppings and thin crust. Meet both your cravings for Bangla flavor and pizza by ordering the Chilli-lime-grilled pizza (BDT 700 for a small and BDT 1200 for a large) or the Achar chicken. Taste-wise, the pizzas are consistently good; however we have had cases of receiving cold pizza, when it was delivered during busy nights.

  • Address: Kazi and Ahmed Tower, House Number 35, Rd No. 2, Dhaka 1205
  • Hours: 12-11 pm
  • Contact: 01755-660039

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Domino’s Pizza Bangladesh

It may feel like Domino’s has been open for more than a decade, but that was the locally ‘inspired’ version. The international franchise, Domino’s Pizza, opened up shop earlier this year. Go here when you are craving pizza with a thick, American crust. For some, the pizzas have the additional appeal of trying out brands that they grew up seeing only in the movies. Pizzas here come in smaller sizes, so Dominos can be good for a quick, solo lunch. The larger ones maybe a little too heavy and oily, far from the lighter, thin-crust versions that many crave. 

The regular-sized Margherita is relatively cheap, at BDT 149. The classic pepperoni is BDT 269. Loaded pizzas like Meatzza and Extravaganza feast (with bbq chicken, chicken sausage, spicy chicken and pepperoni as toppings) are available at BDT 349 for the regular, BDT 649 for the medium and BDT 1099 for the large. 

  • Address: Ground & First Floor, Rangs Fortune Square, Plot- 32, Road No-2, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Contact: 09612-216656 & www.dominos.com.bd
  • Hours 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Bella Italia

Bella Italia is a Dhaka classic. It is the place for the nostalgic, for those who like consistency and for family gatherings. Many Dhaka dwellers associate comfort food and pizza to their Pizza Funghi e Sausage. True to its name, the menu also covers Italian Classics like pizza with anchovies, olives, or eggplant. For some, the toppings are too out there or do not feel like good value for money. Try for yourself.

  • Address: Dhanmondi ADC Empire Plaza, (1st Floor), Plot 91, Road 12/A, Satmasjid Road, Opposite Pizza Hut, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209.
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM–11 PM
  • Contact: 01771-077001

Cheez

Cheez is another place that serves hot and cheesy pizzas at generous sizes and fusion flavors. Cheez pizza’s have fun names like Simpler Moddhe Gorgeous pizza, fun flavors like Kala Bhuna. Some love the taste of the different kinds of cheeses that they use, some are not a fan. 

  • Address: Rangs KB Square, 736, Satmasjid Road, Dhaka 1205
  • Hours: 11am-11pm

Dough on the Go

In Dhanmondi? Yes, the latest place on the block is Dough on the Go. They have set up in One Big Plate, the food court. Dough on the Go specializes in pizzas with thin crusts and fresh toppings. The opening of this outlet extends the delivery zone to Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Lalmatia and surrounding areas. Their menu is limited compared to the other places on this list and pizzas come only in one size (12 inch).

However, each pizza has a unique flavor–be it the Meatgasm with three types of beef sausage or the pizza with chicken and mushrooms in white sauce (Fungkhy Chicken). Our favorite is the Pesto pizza, because we can taste the freshness of the pesto that is made in-house. Some find the dough too soft and the toppings too heavy, so it can be a messy experience. We keep going back because the texture of the dough of the crust sets them apart from many other pizzerias in the city.

  • Address: L10 (11th floor), Imperial Amin Tower, 10/A on Satmasjid Road.
  • Hours for Dhanmondi: 12 PM to 11.00 PM
  • Hotline for Dhanmodi and surrounding areas: 01305785343

May you enjoy many cheese pulls and pizza nights.

Did we miss your favourite place? Do you have very strong feelings about pizza? Let us know!

Think you are part of the hobbyless generation? Think again.

“What are your hobbies?” is a commonly asked question. It was an essay prompt in Class 2, now asked in job interviews, applications and some awkward first dates. Yet, it feels harder to answer each time. That comes as no surprise as we read this on the 6th hour (today) of staring at our phone screens. We have all been told off with the refrain, “Ekhonkar bachchara toh phone chara choltei pareh na”.

Do memes count?

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Our current state of leisure and learning may have a lot to do with the routine of an average 16-year-old in Dhaka who spends half the day at school, and the rest of the half bouncing around from coachings to tutors to coachings has two hours before bed for homework. With little space (or time) to actually relax, our interactions are limited to the same screens, through video games or WhatsApp. Unless you play sports through school, you probably don’t get to run around and be active.  So it’s really no wonder that those wee hours at 3 am are spent awake, but tired and dozing off in front of Brooklyn Nine-Nine or BoJack Horseman.

In fact, isn’t it about time “laughing at memes” counts as a hobby? If a hobby is whatever you do in your free time then that definition should undoubtedly change with changing effects of technology on social lives. Sharing quality memes and watching Vine compilations should definitely count as a legitimate hobby.

Now that we’ve classified memes as a hobby…

What does that say about us as a generation? Most of our hobbies seem to rotate around either communication through or passive consumption of technology. All our other hobbies are just socializing with peers. What did people do before the age of smartphones, Netflix and the scroll of death? Are we ever bored? Are we always bored?

Socializing, not social media

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What did our parents do every day? Unsurprisingly, the majority of the answers was “go out and socialize”.

Firstly, it was easier to go out and play with friends every day after school before cities were crammed with buildings. There were open spaces where kids played cricket or football with their neighbors. This was a major component of growing up. This reality may seem too alien to a teenager or child now. Cultural events were more prevalent. The common people and not just a niche group enjoyed events like film shows to local plays. These events united people through entertainment, no one had access to films in every household the way we do now.

So what do we do?

Books. Films. Learning anything, anytime.

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In fact, our generation has a much wider range of hobbies to choose from or develop than any other generation before us.

Love filmmaking? Watch a bunch of film analysis videos for free on YouTube, then use your phone to create a short film for little to no cost. Interested in photography? Your phone camera and Instagram are probably your best friends. Fascinated by how apps work? Take up coding for free through hundreds of online courses available on the internet. Anything you could remotely be interested in can probably, if not definitely, be learned on the internet and executed by your phone.

Find out and go to the many events happening in the city. Use Jete Chao, Facebook Local, and Facebook event pages, there are MUNs, Open Mic Nights to Art Biennales (where no one really understands anything).

Put on your adventure hat on and rediscover (or discover for the first time) your own city. Getaway to nearby spots and get some fresh air.

Of course, partake in the cafe culture (don’t know how you could avoid it even if you tried). Go to any cafe after 12 pm and join the many teenagers and young people sipping 400 taka Cappuccinos. Moreover, with the increasing number of restaurants in Dhaka, there are more food chains such as Takeout and Yum Cha District. The cuisine, decor, and marketing are mostly directed and catered to the tastes of young people.

There has also been a recent growth of gaming arcades providing karaoke and bowling (such as at JFP), and movie theatres such as Star Cineplex that run predominantly on Hollywood movies targeted towards the youth.

The same way our parent’s generation had the bookworms and comic lovers, so do we. We all know those kids who spend their days reading books or sketching cartoon strips. There has always been and there always will be folks who take an interest in writing or music regularly.

Use technology as an enabler of your new hobby

With drastic technological changes, population growth and urbanization, it is no surprise that our day-to-day hobbies are so different from our parents’ when they were our age. Although this is frequently posed as both a failure and a threat to the future of our generation, it doesn’t have to be either of those. It’s not our fault that we have no open fields to play Kabaddi in the afternoons, or that we’d rather lay in bed watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine after an exhausting day of coachings. Neither is it harmful to us that technology now takes up so much of our time. If you personally have an interest in anything, whatever generation you belong to, you’ll find ways to devote your time to it. Whether that is creatively stimulating or innovative enough depends on your own preferences entirely.

Caffeine addict’s guide to Dhaka’s cafès

Whether you’re hanging out with friends, getting some sketching done by yourself, or working on an assignment – cafès are suited for every occasion. In the last few years, Dhaka saw a huge boom in cèfe culture, so wherever you live, you probably have a cafè within walking distance from your home. So, picking from this enormous list of choices, where should you get your next cup of coffee? We’re here to help!

North End Coffee Roasters

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North End has established its reputation with its own distinct blend and style. So, if you’re a fellow coffee addict, this cafe is a must! While each of their branches has a different ambience, our personal favourite is the one in Badda. This particular branch has a lovely homely feel to it, and it’s perfect to just sit and get some sketching or writing done – just let that creativity flow. The other branches of North End, particularly the one in Dhanmondi, would be our first pick to work on any group assignments as they’re much larger and the atmosphere feels a lot more formal. Plus points to North End Dhanmondi for having a branch of the Bookworm store inside!

They also opened a new branch in Banani very recently.

Must try drink(s): Cappuccino, Chai Latte, Mocha, The Freddos

Must try food/dessert: Bagel with cream cheese, Cinnamon roll, the 4C sandwich, the Chilly Milly, Brownie

Crimson Cup Coffee House

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With its marked red interior, Crimson Cup’s branches are pretty similar in terms of mood. If you have a huge group of friends, this cafe is the best place to hang out in, especially after lunch hours. For morning people who want to get some work done, this is also a great place to do that before the crowd sets in around noon. Their breakfast platters and sandwiches are amazing, and so are their frappes.

Must try drink(s): Crimson Cup Mocha, French Vanilla Creme, Matcha (acquired taste)

Must try food/dessert: Cold Pasta, Brownie, Every sandwich they have

Tabaq Coffee

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Tabaq Coffee in Gulshan is easily one of the best places in Dhaka to spend some quality time over a cup of coffee. Their interior is cosy and beautiful. Has a distinct style from the other cafes in Dhaka and for those of us who prefer stronger cappuccinos than most, Tabaq is a go to. Their coffees really bring out a strong flavour and their wide collection of unique dessert items are mouth watery.

Must try dink(s): Cappuccino, Hot chocolate, Caramel latte

Must try food/dessert: Yoghurt, Cheesecake brownie, Affogato

Gusto/Emerald

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This cosy little cafe in Uttara has a charming ambience to it. The decor has a subtle artsy vibe and the coffee is amazing. Best part? Its quieter than most, (Probably because it’s in Uttara, but anyway) which makes it an ideal place to go and read a book in peace with a lovely cup of coffee.

They also have a second outlet at Chef’s table in Gulshan. This one’s called Emerald. And also, their bakery items are as good as their names. Try them.

Must try drink(s): Cappuccino

Must try food/dessert: Affogato

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

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One of the few international coffee chains in Bangladesh, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is famous for its distinct ambience and world-renowned frappucinos. Their all-day brunch is also quite good.

Must try drink: Latte

Peyala

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This little cafè in Gulshan DCC market offers a desi twist with its range of desi style teas and fusion desserts. Apart from their lattes and cappuccinos, the masala teas and the wraps are to die for. They also offer salad bowls which are still a relatively new culture in Dhaka. The best part though is that their wrap and salad menu changes every day. If you’re having alfredo chicken one day, you’ll probably find Indian butter chicken the next day!

They also opened a new outlet in Kawran Bazar recently.

Must try drink: Masala Cha, Peyala Cha

Must try food/dessert: Alfredo chicken wrap, Gulabjamun cheesecake

Second Cup Coffee

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Second Cup in Banani is secluded and charming. With a huge range of snack and dessert items and lots of drinks to try from, this is a cafe ideal for a relaxing coffee date or catching up with a friend. Be warned though, their serving sizes are huge. If you love this cafe and wish you didn’t have to travel 2 hours for it, good news for you – they’re in Dhanmondi now!

Must try drink(s): Latte, Hot chocolate

Must try food/dessert: The cheesecakes

Nerdy Beans Coffee Haus

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This cosy little cafe in Dhanmondi was made for book lovers! Located in the basement to make it a little more soundproof and decorated with shelves filled with books from every genre and in both Bangla and English – this cafe was made specifically to get some reading done with a steaming latte by your side, or to finish some homework quietly. Despite this, though, there usually is quite a crowd here especially in the afternoons, so we recommend that if you’re going here for some quiet time, go in the mornings. And if you see a book you really like, make sure you ask at the counter because they let you borrow them!

Must try drink(s): Mocha, Latte

Must try food/desserts: The sandwiches, Mousse