India is best known for its culture and not to forget the plethora of dishes that one can find here. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, non-vegetarian or if you’re looking for other options, there is something for everyone here. Be it the messy, crowded street food markets in Delhi or the ones in Mumbai, you’ll find something that satiates your taste buds and fulfills your cravings. The best part about street food is the fact that you don’t have to worry about burning a hole in your pocket. You simply dive into the world of yumminess and don’t look back. There are some street food markets that you cannot afford to not visit. Now that you’re already drooling and dreaming about dishes that you need to try, here’s our list of the best street food market in India.
1. New Market, Kolkata
Located on Lindsay Street, New Market got its name several years ago. There are several shops in the vicinity where you can shop for clothing, footwear, home appliances and much more. To add to that, you can find many vendors selling one-of-a-kind street food. There are numerous restaurants such as Nizam’s, The Bhoj Company, SOI, etc., where you can score a nice meal. Papdi chaat, dosas, and pav bhaji are some of the delectable dishes that one can find here. Enjoy your meal with some refreshing lemonade and end the meal with some kesar kulfi with falooda or soft-serve icecream.
New Market, Kolkata
Address: Lindsay St., New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal - 700087
Opening hours: 11am - 11pm (daily)
2. Mosque Road, Bangalore
Situated in Fraser Town in Bangalore, Mosque Road is a street that is infamous for the iftar celebrations during the month of Ramadan. During this time, you can have all kinds of sumptuous delicacies, ranging from kebabs to hot samosas to biryanis. The area is usually busy and bustling with the crowd. Make sure that you visit it during Ramadan and indulge in the mouthwatering treats offered here.
Address: Mosque Rd, Bengaluru, Karnataka - 560005
3. Manek Chowk, Ahmedabad
Manek Chowk market is a night market where you can find street vendors selling local treats. It is quite popular and remains bustling with a crowd. It is the perfect place to hang out with your friends and family. You can find nitrogen biscuits here which are really popular among the visitors. The ice cream sandwich, rabri, and jalebi are desserts that you cannot miss out on. Try our tokri chaat here too.
Manek Chowk market
Address: Manek Chowk Rd, Old City, Danapidth, Khadia, Ahmedabad, Gujarat - 380001
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7pm - 2am; Sat - Sun: 7pm - 3am
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4. Ratri Bazaar, Baroda
Ratri Bazaar translates to “night market” and it is a prominent market in Vadodara. What makes this market so unique is the fact that it opens at night. The market has a really vibrant and happening atmosphere. The prices of the food are decent as well. There is a wide variety to choose from. The market is located in an open space which is why you can enjoy your food out in the open while looking at the starry night sky.
Address: Mangal Pandey Rd, Jalaram Nagar 1, Jalaram Nagar, Fatehgunj, Vadodara, Gujarat - 390002
Opening hours: 6pm - 4am (daily)
5. Police Bazaar, Shillong
Police Bazaar is a popular market that remains swarming with people. There are several restaurants located here where you can try a number of tasty treats. You can find fresh produce apart from spicy kebabs, wontons, noodles, and momos. There are several local vendors here too. The market usually remains crowded, but that does not deter the spirit of visitors or the urge to push ahead of a queue.
Police Bazaar street market
Address: Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya
6. MG Marg, Gangtok
MG Marg in Gangtok is the ideal place to visit if you want to taste authentic delicacies of Sikkim. This cuisine is quite different from the cuisine that you’ll find in, say, the northern parts of India. Taste of Tibet, Baker’s Cafe, Apna Dhaba, and Cafe Tibet are some of the eateries where you can try these fulfilling and super flavorful dishes. You can find hot thukpa and momos here.
Address: Gangtok, Sikkim
7. Sarafa Bazaar, Indore
Sarafa Bazaar in Indore is popular for the range of jewelry that one can find here. What a lot of people don’t know is that there are several options for street food here at night. The bazaar turns itself into a hub of street food. One of the most interesting items that one can find here is the giant version of a jalebi which is called a “jaleba”. You can indulge in coconut crush (a refreshing coconut drink), aloo tikkis, dahi vada or kachoris. You can also indulge in Garadu which are basically fried yam sprinkled with spices.
Address: Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452002
8. Mohammad Ali Road, Mumbai
Mohammad Ali Road in Mumbai is one of the most popular places to enjoy street food. Walk down the congested and packed lanes of South Mumbai and try the drool-worthy plethora of snacks. The place remains bustling with the crowd during Ramadan and one can find specialty foods such as cold firni, kebabs, malpuas, nihari, and jalebis. This place can be a food lover’s heaven. The entire vibe of the place is truly enriching and lively, making sure that you won’t visit the place again.
Mohammad Ali Road
Address: Mumbai, Maharashtra
9. Ghantaghar Bazaar, Jodhpur
Ghantaghar Bazaar translates to “clocktower market” and it is a popular market in Jodhpur. The city is known for its rich culture and rightly so, you can find a variety of street food options here. You can find some of the most flavorful mirchi vadas, samosas, and sweets among several other snacks. The pricing is economical and you can try a bunch of items at a jaw-dropping price.
Address: Nai Sarak, Ghantaghar Market, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
10. Connaught Place, Delhi
Connaught Place is located in one of the most popular and prime locations in Delhi. It is home to the Janpath Market and Palika Bazaar. The marketplace was renamed as Rajiv Chowk but people still refer to it as Connaught Place. Not only is It a great place to find all kinds of footwear, electronics, and apparel, but one can also find intriguing street food options here. Be it restaurants, bars or local vendors, you can find your favorite snacks anywhere. Some of the most popular shops include Odeon Gupta Paan where you can find dozens of options of paan, Shri Hanuman Kachori where you can find sumptuous kachoris and Gupta Chaat Bhandar where you can indulge in some quick snacks. There are several other street food restaurants at the place too.
Address: New Delhi, Delhi - 110001
Savor the treats of the streets
This was a list of the top street food markets that must be visited. Street food in India is a must-have, not only because it is economical but also because it is flavorful. There’s something for everyone here. Be it the sweet and tangy golgappas or spicy fried fritters, you’ll find something that suits your palette. Make sure that you visit these popular street food markets and try a little bit of everything.
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