5 Best Places for Street Food in India

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When it comes to street food, there’s no denying the fact that India’s the place to be. India is one impressive nation where every state, every city has its own forte of street foods. Starting from Amritsar, Punjab to Andhra Pradesh and Kerala our wide variety of savory – quick yet budget-friendly street food is well known to give you the hunger pangs long after you’re gone from here. 

Having a bite of these scrumptious delights should be in every foodie’s bucket list. We say a bite because we won’t have to do much after that. You’ll want to come for more yourself. So, here is a list of the best places for street food in India that everyone should try at least once when here:


  1. Delhi

Delhi, the capital city of India is the hub of street foods. If you are truly in quest for amazing street food, it would require you to move around in the narrow by-lanes and indulge yourself furthermore. The street food in Delhi is sure to satiate your inner foody (even if you ain’t one).

Lip-smacking delicacies like Chole Bhature, Chaats, Bhalla Chaat, Bhelpuri, Ram Laddoo, Samosas, Kebabs are really common around here. Delhi is also rich in a wide variety of Momos (Dimsums) which is essentially a North Eastern dish.

Delhi in itself has so many different places and at every place, they have their own variety of street food.

Delhi holds a lot of food festivals and carnivals like the Grub Fest, Horn OK Please, and other festivals where you can indulge yourself in absolute divine tastes.


2. Kolkata

Savour yourself some inexpensive food, sweetmeats, and fine dining all in a single city? Here comes ‘the city of joy’ to your rescue! It’s an avenue of street appetites along with a rich history of culture, literature, and art.

Kolkata is famous for its street food dishes like Phuchkas, Ghugni Chaat, Kabiraji Cutlet, Ghouti Gorom, Jhal Muri etc. The streets of Kolkata are filled up with a lineup of savories which are going to satiate your soul. 

China Town in Kolkata can be your morning place. You can have breakfasts that’ll kickstart your morning that no other thing ever will. Pak Street has a wide variety of Rolls. So you know what we’re talking about, just have at it!


3. Lucknow

Lucknow, also known as the city of Nawabs (Royals) is famous for its Mughlai cuisines and that’s pretty apparent in its streets as well. If you’re looking for relishing spicy and meaty food (all non-vegetarian), Lucknow is the place for you. Tandoori (grilled) food is something you wouldn’t want to miss.

With amazing taste, crispy outer layer and soft filling, spicy kebabs are meant to rule the streets of Lucknow. The street food in Lucknow ranges from a wide range of kebabs (Tunde Kebabs, Galouti Kebabs etc.) to all other common north indian street foods. 

A very cool place called Hazratganj is really a hub for all sorts of street food. A visit to this particular place, and you won’t come back home disappointed.


4. Mumbai

Mumbai is all about finding space, so anything you can fit inside a paav is edible. Amchi Mumbai runs on this Indian version of burger i.e Vada pav with ginger-rich masala tea. Starting from Sev Puri, Bun muska, Bombil fry to even Tandoori delicacies,Mumbai has places you’d have a food experience you would wish to experience again and again.  “Misal pav” a close cousin of pav bhaji is a sandwich where a spicy potato mix with different chutneys is kept between really soft Indian buns with some curry to die for, is a must try. This street delight is totally yum for your tum! Definitely grab a bite if you are in Mumbai and if your hunger pangs ever bother you.


5. Kerala

The lesser known street foods are all over the south of India and especially in Kerala. Having a delightful bite for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians, this state provides you some really appetising delicacies. Seafood comprises most of the street food in Kerala. Starting from Fish to Prawn, the streets of Kerala is full of spicy seafood nibbles.

Amongst Kerala’s many specialities, spices are one. Kerala is one of India’s largest producers for spices. And the spices are absolutely visible in the tastes that Kerala’s street food holds. 

Once had South Indian street food, next time onwards, you are sure to be able to recognise it from far due to its distinctive taste and smell.


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