Delhi and Delhi-ites are known as much for their insatiable appetites as they are for the unending variety of food found in the city. Any cuisine, Indian or international, you name it, we have it. But what really captures the essence of the city is the street food that changes colour and taste but gets only better with discovering the city. Here is an (in)exhaustive list of the best delhi street food eateries.
Riding on high on reviews that can even put 5 star restaurants to shame, Chache di Hatti is one of the oldest joints in the heart of north campus of Delhi University. They are known for serving the best chole bhature in Delhi University’s North Campus. Stuffed, melt-in-mouth bhaturas with optimally spiced chhole and special pickled salad is gonna make you go mmmm. But one has to wait for a while here to be served, sometimes as long as an hour to get their own slice of heaven. Make sure to make a dash for this Delhi street food joint, for they sell out everyday by noon!
A tiny little shop tucked away in the busy Amar Colony Market, you can easily spot Juneja’s by the swarm of people huddled in their chaat corner for an evening cup of tea and steaming snack staples of samosa, gol gappas and chaat. Juneja’s is known for having an enormous variety of sweets, which are actually worth dying for, especially their warq laden barfis. A must visit place for the ones who crave for yummy Indian sweets to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Stereotypes are not restricted to people but also to food. If you are a delhi street food enthusiast with an ironical knack for hygiene, look no further. Prince Paan serves an array of paan flavors like Butterscotch Paan, Strawberry Paan and even Paan ki Chaat! As for those obsessed with hygiene, they even serve Gol Gappe made in mineral water! Don’t miss their nimbu masala paan which is a raging hit among their regulars.
What was a run of the mill shop lost in the shoppers’ lanes of Rajouri Garden Market, is now a landmark for Delhi street food lovers. While the most popular treats are the aloo chaat and the tikki, it is the gol gappas and their sheer size that has every chaat lover raving about Atul Chaat. Since its inception eras back, this no frills outlet’s food is their one and only showstopper. Stop by at this popular delhi street food joint for a quick and affordable yet delectable bite.
Shopping in the buzzing marketplace of Karol Bagh is incomplete without the quintessential lunch at Roshan ki Kulfi. The specialty of the outlet is, no points for guessing, the kulfi-faluda, which is particularly a respite in the blistering and intolerable heat of Delhi. It’ serves one of he best kulfis in Delhi. Another Delhi staple of chhole bhature with a long tumbler of lassi is what has all the customers smacking their lips.
Named so because it is located straight from the plush Odeon theatre in Connaught Place, Shukla Pan Shop is probably the only place that can compete with Prince. The most popular specialty of this place is the chuski pan, and if you’re worried about staining your hands with the syrup, don’t fret. The paan is stuffed into your mouth with oodles of syrupy ice to give you the most flavorsome brain freeze. Abuzz with paan lovers from the city, the tiny shop also serves diet paan for the calorie conscious.
Every confectionary makes Indian sweets, but only few master them to the levels of becoming legends. Chaina Ram is one such legendary outlet in the Delhi street food business, that has been covered by major national dailies for their consistently mind blowing sweets. While every mithai here is a showstopper, the jewel in the crown is the Karachi Halwa, loaded with dry fruits locked in an amber colored cube of sugar and cornflour.
Shawarma lovers, did you think we’d leave you stranded? With service faster than the speed of light and yet uncompromising on quality and light on the pocket, Spice Aangan leaves meat lovers asking for more. Melt in mouth meat, oozing with juices and flavors, the shawarma rolls are a departure from tradition, served with mayonnaise and green chutney, but that only adds to their charm. You’re sure to keep coming back for more, all the regulars do!
You need sleuth skills to spot this one. Nights of boozing and partying have sent delhiites in search for filling and butter loaded parathas here. With no significant pointer to this place except a huge swarm of people, all delhiites who love their parathas have been here in the late hours. This Delhi street food place serves the best parathas ever.
The name itself suggests the heritage linked to this place. Khadani Pakodewala is one of the delhi street food joints where the quality of the food has not degraded with time. The crispy batter covering with the soft filling is still as scrumptious as before. Apart from the common potato, cauliflower and onion pakoras, they’re also made from paneer, baby corn and lotus stem too. For regulars, Khandani is akin to a foodie’s must stop on their way to or from Sarojini Nagar.
The infamous streets of Paharganj are also known for a couple of other things that are popular among budget travellers and city folks, like-leather goods, cafes and Sitaram Diwan Chand for their chhole bhature, the only item on their list. The bhature are pre-cooked and heated as per service, but that does not alter their taste in any way. It is in fact, a healthier option for the diet conscious since the oil has already been drained out.
Thronged by non-vegetarian lovers, and especially during winters, the Laxman Dhaba is also known as the IIFT Dhaba, for its proximity to the college campus. Kadhai chicken and keema parathas are the more popular dishes at this delhi street food joint. Apart from these, the dhaba is thronged by college goers who ditch malls for a more flavorsome ride for their taste buds, that the dhaba always delivers on point.
Think of a burst of flavours and textures coupled with some incredibly well spiced chaat, and Natraj will not dissapoint you ever. Located just about 2 minutes from the Chandni Chowk metro station, the shop has only 2 menu items- the incredibly soft, melt in your mouth dahi bhallas and the crispy fried daal-filled tikkis, both of which have an almost infinite number of takers all day, every day. A mecca for chaat lovers in the city, be sure to try it out atleast once in your lifetime.
A regular haunt of the mughlai chicken lovers’ whose loyalty also gravitates towards street food, Salim’s is a blessing in disguise. The mutton seekh kebab and the chicken tikkas are purely heavenly, if the reviewers are to be believed. The Afghani chicken is also a delight to those who actually enjoy Mughlai cuisine. For a first timer though, this delhi street food joint is sure to delight and keep them coming back for more.
Korma lovers, and generally meat lovers, if you haven’t discovered this gastronomical delight yet, you may have been having your meat all wrong. For a place that serves food for exactly 2.5 hours a day, at a fixed rate, and an unbeatable chicken korma, Ashok and Ashok has a strong loyal following that can put any other outlet to shame. Not your run of the mill ghee dripping chicken, but a delectably heavy and filling meal with a full flavored korma. May we suggest you reach well in time to look for this elusive spot as the stock runs out by 3-4pm.
16. Karim’s, Chandni Chowk: Legendary Delhi Street Food
Leaving this legend out would be sheer injustice. Karim’s is known for its mughlai, non-vegetarian delicacies. The popular dishes here are the kebabs, mutton korma, mutton burra, and the brain curry. For its age old authentic flavors that only get better with time, Karim’s is the one place you cannot miss while in Chandni Chowk.
Aggressively competing and often succeeding is the Al Jawahar which is a couple of outlets away from Karim’s. If customers are to be believed, Al Jawahar is where Karim’s fan base is slowly drifting to. Priced very competitively, it is a haven for mutton and chicken lovers. The Kaleji gurda, chicken biryani and chicken changezi are some of the star dishes. While the khameeri roti is said to be a unique amalgamation of pouffy insides and crisp outside, it is only second to the shammi kebabs that give you blocked arteries but are worth the shot!
Delhi is a city brimming with culture and diversity and it is indeed a foodie’s paradise. While there are many more places that can satiate your appetite, these are the ones from the list of Delhi street food joints, that you must NOT miss!
1. Vivekananda Park: For the love of Phuchkas – the king of Kolkata street food
Phuchka – king of street food in Kolkata
If there’s some place in Calcutta where each and every phuchkawallah makes a phuchka to die for, it is this. Among other Kolkatastreet food, the papri chat, dum aloo phuchkas and dahi phuchkas here are to die for! On a good day, you might be able to spot a Tollywood celebrity or two lined up for these tangy mouthfuls of heaven. Maharaja Chaat Centre, Southern Avenue is your go-to place here. Churmur, a cousin of the phuchka family is another delicacy too hard to resist. Combined with tangy masalas, tetul gola (tamarind pulp), mashed potato and broken papris, churmur is simply heavenly. Bhawanipore is another must-visit place for good, nay, GREAT phuchkas and street food.
Did you know the now famous ‘Kathi Rolls’ were first invented in Kolkata? This shop called Zaika owns the credit to the delicious stuffing wrapped in thin roti that is now found in every city. Though there have been variations and twists as it found its way across cities, the original and authentic Kathi Rolls can still be found at Zaika. For more lip smackin’ rolls, try Nizam’s and Badshah in New Market and Kusum’s and Hot Kathi Roll in Park Street!
Fairlie Place is the central business district of Calcutta and you can see people in formal attire pacing the street either on the phone or with a newspaper in hand. The street is filled with a string of stalls selling everything from chats to full meals. However, the most famous dish here is the Luchi – Alu Dom. Luchi is similar to the puris while Alu Dom is the Bengali rendition of Dum Aloo, and Fairlie Place makes it the best. You can also try Kachoris and Rice and Fish curry. Name any sweet, and the chances are that you’ll find it here. The Stock Exchange road is a great place to find Chilla, Dal Pakori and Dahi Chaat.
One of the most popular food of Kolkata, Dacre Street also known as Decker’s Lane has everything you would want to try. From Punjabi to Chinese and the trade mark Bengali dishes, you’ll find it all here. Chowmein, Schezwan chicken, luchi-alu dom, fish roll, Ghugni, Puchkas, Jhali Muri and the list just goes on. What’s more, the WHO has rated the food here to be one of the Best Street Foods in the World!
Rotis stuffed with generous amounts of Chicken Kheema or broken cutlets, onions and eggs, this is the speciality of Anadi Cabin – Mughlai Parathas. Though you’ll find versions of the same in other places in Kolkata but Anadi Cabin serves some of the best and also cheaper Moghlai Parathas. These paranthas add a totally different flavour to the Kolkata street food cuisine!
Once home to 20,000 Chinese has now drastically declined in number however, it has not lost its food culture yet. Authentic Chinese with all the traditionally cooked food lures people from all over- especially during the Chinese New Year, when the place is decorated with Chinese hangings and little dragons on the shops and houses. Chinese Breakfast consisting of rice dumplings and soup is the most sought after Chinese preparation while one can also find the Indian version of Chinese. However, you’ve to be an early bird for this one. Visit the place no later than 5.30 AM, stocks last till about 6.30 or 7 AM. You do know that thing about how offers last only until stocks do, right?
Right opposite South City Mall, are a slew of eateries that will take your breath away. Whether you talk about the local phuchkas, chaat, momos, sweet and savory shops, bakeries, or shacks selling Chinese food, there’s nothing to not be loved. Watch out for a certain Dragon Chicken from the smaller establishments while you’re on this stretch.
If you prefer tea over coffee, then head to the Tiwari Brothers for some ‘special chai’ and hot piping samosas only they are Singaras here. Nonetheless, it’s a fitting combo for the evening and tastes just as delicious.
If you’re in Kolkata, your Kolkata Street Food experience will be incomplete if you don’t have Kochuri! The Kochuri or Radhabollobi, is one of its kind at Ganguram’s. To finish, simply wash it down with some amazing Mishti Doi, or treat yourself to their sweet nothings!
The Tibetan cuisine has always been a favorite in Kolkata,and Rabindra Sadan Metro Exit is one of the best places to have these amazing dumplings. Momos here are served with a piping hot soup and the perfect sauce for accompaniments – the very definition of comfort food! A line of little establishments dot this area and they are always flocked by students and office goers in large numbers. The momos here are breathtaking, and the low prices will leave you amazed and craving for more!
An almost 50 year-old shop has made its name of selling the best Telebhaja in the city. Telebhaja is deep fried snacks and you can find everything from brinjal fries to fried fish, egg chops to mutton chops and all of these sell out in a couple of hours. They are open only in the evenings from 4 PM to 8 PM and has people fighting to place orders, if you go after 7.30 PM chances are you’ll have very less options to choose from. Gariahat and Fairlie Place are other favorite destinations for the Bengali’s favorite telebhaja!
The dripping Roshogolla, thick Misti Doi, innumerable varieties of Sandesh, mouthfuls of Rasmalai, unmatched Rajbhog and the sweet Payesh; it is impossible to come to and not head for a sweetshop. Though these sweetmeats are found practically everywhere in Kolkata, Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick are nothing short of a brand when it comes to sweets in Kolkata. You’ve not Kolkata Street Food until you’ve visited this amazing sweet shop. The fusion sweets, along with the traditional crowd favorites are ones to die for. Besides this, KC Das, Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy are worship places for Mishti when it comes to Kolkata!
Kolkata’s culture of Tea can be aptly observed by just one visit to this historical place. While their tea, which comes in different “bhaanr” (earthen cup) sizes is the absolute best, this isn’t the only reason why Balwant Singh Eating House is so well loved. A unique offering called the doodh cola is available here, which is cola married to milk in a most joyous union. One of a kind!
14. Mayaram’s, Lord Sinha Road: Paaavvvv Bhaajjiiiii… Slurpp!
If you have a pav bhaji craving while you’re in Kolkata, this is where you should be heading to! Mayaram’s makes one of the best pav bhajis in all of Kolkata. If you’re crossing the shop on your way, I assure you, you can’t go on without surrendering to the charms of a plate of the most fragrant, paradisaical pav bhaji!
Note: While you’re on Lord Sinha Road, try the gola, or chuski, as it is more fondly known and the soda shikanji. They are served in sizeable earthen glasses and are absolutely great on a Kolkata afternoon, before and after those shopping sprees.
15. Mitra Café: For the best non-veg street food in Kolkata!
Like non veg food? Head to Mitra café. Period. The Mutton Kabiraji cutlet here is to die for. Literally die for. It’s a filling of minced mutton wrapped in an egg net and deep-fried and is the very definition of a foodgasm for any non-vegetarian foodies! Moghlai Parathas, Fish chops, Fish fingers, you name it. Rolls of every kind that you can think of are available here and NONE of them disappoint. Heed my advice, go here with an empty stomach and walk back full, because you’ll need to burn off some of all that you stuffed!
Did you really think Kulfis come in a regular shape, taste and size? Then you surely haven’t visited Camac Street’s most amazing Kulfiwallah! This person, who is found on Camac Street, somewhere between Pantaloons and St. Xavier’s, has the most low key establishment and he keeps a box of dry ice near his basket of yum to stuff his delectable kulfis in. The close proximity to a lot of colleges ensures a steady flow of yummy street food at all times. We pick the Mango, Sitaphal and the Cheeku kulfi to be our favorites.
Food hopping? Missed New Market? Kolkata Street Food hopping isn’t complete! Both the vegetarian and non vegetarian street food here is awesome, with a little smattering of branded retail food joints like the Cream and Fudge Factory, KFC, Dominos and WOW Momos being present on either side. The phuchka and chat are drool-worthy, desi Chinese food like Chopsuey and Schezuan chicken (questionable spellings, awesome taste) and not to forget the delightful bakeries around. Try Nahoum’s for a few bites of heaven in the form of baked goods! Try the lassi, the ice-cream that costs Rs. 6 (Yes! That exists!), the south Indian fare and the various kinds of milkshakes and juices. New Market is a haven for cheap food and a truckload of joy.
Vardaan Market, being at the heart of the business district of Camac Street, is home to some of the best vegetarian delicacies that you can find in Kolkata. Try phuchkas from vendors near Westside and Pantaloons and Marwari delicacies like the Chilla, Daal pakori etc. at Vardaan Market!
Fish Fry is one specialty of Kolkata that I’m still wondering why Gourmet cuisine hasn’t discovered yet. At Golpark 5-point crossing, on the Gariahat Side, is a small shop that sells the most amazing fish fries ever. Try their butter fish fry, which is a specialty, and you will be a fan.
The honest-to-God, awesome union of chanachur, lemon juice and onion, is the Kolkata Street Food to have when you’re at Princep Ghat, walking along the river in all its serenity. That said, tea and all kinds of snacks at Princep Ghat are to die for and not to be missed.Here is a list of some of the places for the best street food in Bangalore.
1. V V Puram Food Street Bangalore
From the hot and spicyMasala Dosa to the sweet and sublime Dal Holige drenched in pure ghee, there is everything on this Food Street in Bangalore that you may want to eat. The rose gulkand enriched with the goodness of pure Honey and white Butter is one thing you should not miss at the Shivanna Gulkand Center. The food here is also quite economical and one of the best in Bengaluru. There are a number of stalls here including the Pav Bajji stall, the Sweet Corn stall, Manchurian stall to name a few.
Serving utterly delicious Butter Masala Dosa continuously to a huge number of customers is no child’s play. But CTR at Margosa Road, Malleshwaram has done this effortlessly and brilliantly for over six decades and is thus, a delight for Dosa lovers. Even to this day, this Tiffin Room is one of the best places to have South Indian Street Food in Bangalore. Apart from variety of dosas they also serve idly – vada, kesribath and the poori sagu. There are also other shops which serve ice creams, chats and other stuff around the place.
The best in its class of traditional south Indian food can be found in the Brahmin’s Coffee Bar at Basavanagudi in Bangalore. It offers steamingly hot rice idlies which are quite soft and the crispy vadas that you just can’t stop at one plate. They also serve a variety of dishes here but nothing beats the Idly-Vada combo. Coffee, tea and kesaribath are some of the other popular foods that are served here.
The Chocolate Sandwich!! Yes you read it right, that’s what it is famous for. This place at Jayanagar is one of thefinest street food joints in Bangalore for having sandwiches and tasty chats. They serve a variety of sandwiches and chats which are as economical as they are healthy. Located nearby is a Lassi Corner which serves you sweet Lassi to drink after you’re done having your food at the Sandwich Zone.
Pani Puri – Gol Gappa – Puchkaor whatever you call it, this joint gives you every reason to love every name and the essence in its taste. And street food in Bangalore is incomplete without it. Rakesh Kumar Pani Puri is a small stall located at Jayanagar 3rd block in Bangalore exclusively for Chats and Pani Puri. Taste the delicious Pani Puri here and I’m sure you will become a regular here. Apart from pani puri, they also serve other snacks like dahi puri, aloo chat and paapdi chat.
6. Khan Saheb Grills and Rolls – Indiranagar, Bangalore
Located at the ground floor of the Sri Shiva Sai Complex in Indiranagar, this is one of the best street food places in Bangalore to have delicious and crunchy rolls and grills. Both vegetarian and non–vegetarian street foods are served here and the prices are extremely reasonable. Some of the famous items served are Mixed Vegetable tikka Roll, paneer mushroom, babycorn tikka roll, mutton bunaand many others with exclusive add ons like kathiwrap,single eggroll, etc.
Be it the famous Sai Ram’s Special or the mouth watering dahi puri, this chat stall at Margosa Road, Malleshwaram has everything more to offer than you can ever expect. The person serving here always has a warm and heartily smile to add a bit of extra flavor to your already delicious food. They serve a numerous variety of chats which includes wafers chat, chips masala, disco chat, crazy masala and a lot more. It now also sells specially prepared home-made chocolates from Ooty. Ans yes, you miss the extra whole bunch of fun if you forget to ask for a plain puri soaked in pani and the sweet mixture at the end.
After some desi South Indian dishes and some delicious chats, its time to head to taste some lovely Indori food. This stall is located near the Purva Rivera Apartments at Silver Spring Layout in Marathahalli, Bangalore. The price here are relatively high compared to the ones told before but, it is in no match to the wonderful taste of the food served and the hygiene maintained here. Some of the famous dishes served here are the hot dogs, puchkas and many more.
Hop in to this purely vegetarian and outdoor seating famous chat stall located at Uma Theatre Road, Chamarajapet in Basavanagudi during the evening to enjoy the warm sunset with some utterly delicious street food in Bangalore. The pricing here is economical and pocket friendly. Some of the best dishes served here are the aloo dahi puri, sev puri, masala puri and a few more.
The puzzling name itself indicates that this chat stall situated in Koramangala is a unique one serving lovely chats and other food. The name comes from the delicious and special food tikki poori served here which is one of the best street food in Bangalore. Stop here for a quick bite and I am sure this taste is going to make you addicted to the yummy food served here.
Some of the best ones to eat are the chocolate tikki, mudpie tikki, masala tikki and paneer tikki.
Wow! That’s a name worth visiting once. The variety of food served here is so huge that you will be puzzled to choose the right one to eat. From the bhel puri to the black current gapagap, every single dish served here is something unique and extra delicious. This stall is in the 3rd Block of Jayanagar and serves dishes that are mostly of North Indian taste. Some of the rare and lovely dishes served here are litchi pani puri, tasty twister chat, khatta meetha ghapagap, chowpathi pav bhaji and the best of all being the Ahmedabad dabeli.
The name itself clearly indicates that this stall at Indiranagar serves one of the best vada pavs in Bangalore. There are a number of flavors for the vada pav including paneer, schezwan, aloo and many more.
They also serve yummy burgers and french fries too. The prices are quite low and I personally recommend the Veg Tikki Vada Pav which is one of the best street food in Bangalore.
Located very next to the M S Rammiah ground in Mattikere – Yeshawanthpur, this chat stall offers yummy and extra delicious rolls which are quite low priced and absolutely delightful. This street food place is often crowded by students for its mouthwatering food served and the quality maintained here. Some of the best rolls are double paneer roll, double egg chicken roll and the simplest veg roll.
Last but not the least, this food stall at Jeevanabheema nagar serves one of the best spicy street food in Bangalore. Fromthe spicy hot tava paratha to the delicious dahi puri, this stall serves a number of lovely dishes which are reasonably priced and equally yummy. Some of the best food served are paneer fried rice, sav dahi puri, szechwan noodles, baby corn manchurian, aaloo paratha and gobhi chilli.
Overall, these are some of the best and handpicked Street Food inBangalore. Wherever you go, whenever you go and with whoever you go, one thing is for sure – the experience of a walk in the cool breeze and having some lovely food in the famous ‘Food Streets of Bangalore’ is something that will give you overwhelming joy and extreme happiness. So head into the food streets of Bangalore and enjoy the tasty and yummy food served and have a nice time there.