Kolkata, the City of Joy as it is lovingly called, is a bustling city with a mixed population coming from different walks of life. It is a known fact that the people of Kolkata love to hog into junk food. Likewise, the city has no dearth of eateries that serve mouth-watering dishes at very reasonable prices. Some of these places go far back in time and have been handed down through generation to cater to the taste buds of the people in the city.

Here is a list of places that dishes out the authentic flavors of Kolkata and pulls food junkies in groups:

1. Coffee House

Coffee House

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Known as a heritage eatery, the Coffee House is one of the oldest and most famous eatery in Kolkata. Located in the heart of the city at College Street, the place came into existence around 1942. For years, the Coffee House has been a meeting point for the politicians, writers, poets, musicians and artists of Kolkata. Students from the nearby Calcutta University and Presidency College throng the place all day gorging on its wonderful delicacies. Apart from its famous foamed coffee, the eatery also serves a variety of splendid pakoras, cutlets and chops.

2. Shyambazar Golbaari

Shyambazar

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The Golbaari in Shyambazar 5-point crossing is a very popular food joint in North Kolkata. The place is around 92 years old and the name comes from the circular shape of the building. What makes the place famous is its unique and scrumptious mutton curry called Kosha Mangsho served with soft handmade flatbreads called parathas. The thick red gravy with succulent pieces of perfectly cooked mutton is an instant hit with the crowd. People from all walks of life, the rich and the poor alike, throng the place to savor the taste of this authentic dish.

3. Haldiram Food City

Haldiram’s is a brand that has several branches of eateries in the city and caters to the vegetarian population. The main hub of this fast food franchise is the Haldiram Food City in Ballygunge. The eatery is housed in a multi-storeyed building and serves a range of delicious dishes from North and South India. Be it a heavy meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner or just a light snack, the place has all varieties to serve. The favorite among its products are the yummy Samosas, Kachoris and Chaats. The place also sells a huge variety of salted munchies and coconut flavored sweets garnished with cashews and pistachios.

4. Mitra Café

Mitra Café is another fast food franchise that has several outlets in the city, the most popular of them being in Golpark and Shobhabazar. The franchise dates back to 1920 when a commoner named Sushil Roy started a small eatery. He treated his customers like his friends and thus the name Mitra Café (‘Mitra’ meaning ‘Friends’ in Bengali). Over the years, several more outlets were opened and gained a niche as one of Kolkata’s favorite fast food centers. Its best fares are the magnificent non-vegetarian dishes like the Kabiraji, Moghlai paratha and Pakoras stuffed with your preference of fish, chicken or mutton.

5. Hot Kathi Rolls

When it comes to junk food, Kolkata is famous for its wide variety of Kathi Rolls. The multi-flavored, beautifully filled and extremely aromatic Roll is a food junkie’s favorite at any time of the day. There is a Roll shop at practically every corner of the city. However, to taste the best Kathi Rolls, Hot Kathi Roll in Park Street is a must visit. The small and simple shop on the side-walk is a haven for these rolls and pulls a huge crowd. The pricing is extremely reasonable and very popular among the students from the nearby schools. Tourists and locals from nearby offices throng the place all day for a bite of this authentic Kolkata delicacy.

6. Vivekananda Park

Vivekanda Park in South Kolkata is a food junkie’s paradise and a place where you will be spoilt for choice. It is actually a park where the bordering side-walks are crammed with stalls vending Kokata’s best street food. From the authentic Bengali Samosas to Jhalmuri, Bhelpuri, Batata Puri and Phuchkas you can have several light snacks in a row. The place is famous for the best Ghugni in Kolkata, a delicacy made with chickpeas. The Park is very popular among the locals. On any average evening, there are thousands of people milling around and children playing in the park. Elderly people and courting couples love to gorge onto the delightful snacks as they take a stroll in the park.

The wide variety of junk food that Kolkata has to offer makes for a delightful experience for a food junkie. Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian, the city has a delicacy for everyone and will ensure to keep you wanting for more!