Top 7 Indian cities which are a paradise for food lovers
If you are a complete foodie and wish to explore some of the authentic food destinations in India, I have the right list for you! Relishing local food during vacations is an essential part of the travel experience. Certainly, food acts as a getaway to witness diverse cultures and dive ourselves in the best of everything that these cities can offer. So, sink your teeth into the authentic cuisines that India offers!
Low-cost seafood and fine dining – all in the same city, that is nowhere else but in the ‘city of joy’. When in Kolkata, you should never miss the authentic Tibetan food in Tiretta Bazar, Chinese food at China Town, and Phuchka, Mughlai Paratha, and Cutlets from the narrow streets of North Kolkata.
An introduction to Kolkata’s amazing street food culture is incomplete for true food lovers without visiting Park Street. You can find a number of street vendors selling Jhal Muri, Chanajor Garam and Ghughni. Arsalan, at Park Circuits, is known for its signature Mutton Biryani and Cheese Kebabs and for the best Ilish, you can always visit Ballygunge Place or Kasturi for the most homely Fish Curry prepared in Bengali style.
A walk in the lanes of New Market Kolkata will introduce you to the most amazing sweet shops where you will get to enjoy the traditional Roshogulla, Sandesh, Jalebi and Kachori.
India’s capital city deserves to be on the top when it comes to food. From the best pubs and fine-dining restaurants to uncountable offerings in the gallis of Old Delhi, the city has a sophisticated blend of contemporary Indian cuisine with an omnipresent range of street food.
Your trip is incomplete without taking some of its iconic food trails. Visit Parathe Wale Gali for variety of Parathas with different kinds of stuffing like mashed potato, radish, onion, and even cheese. You can take a walk in Sadar Bazar and have some amazing Choley Bhature at Sitaram Diwanchand’s or visit Chandni Chowk early morning and taste the delight prepared at Kallu Nihari Wale.
For best Galauti Kebabs you can visit Rajinder Da Dhaba at Safdarjung Enclave, and Ganesh and Karol Bagh will introduce you to their majestic Fried Fish Pakodas.
Besides visiting the local markets and monuments, you should not miss out on Golgappe, Daulat ki Chaat, Papdi Chaat, and Dahi Bhalle that most of the eateries offer.
Mumbai’s food journey dates back to centuries ago, and its authenticity has a popular status in the world. In the midst of a thriving force and all the hustle-bustle, there are tens of thousands of trucks, food joints, and carts to provide food to the locals of the city that never sleeps. If you are in the city of dreams, you definitely should start your exploration with the likes of Pav Bhaji, Vada Pav, and Misal Pav.
Take a stroll around Juhu Beach in the evening to enjoy some amazing Dosa, Pao Bhaji and Ice Golas. The lanes of Carter Road serve up amazing Burgers, Parathas and Kulfis. If you are around Linking Road then Persian Darbar is a must-visit; this iconic restaurant is famous for its Arabian Cuisine.
For non-vegetarians, explore the lanes of Bhendi Bazar for lip-smacking Biryanis, Kulcha and Nihari and more at affordable prices.
The flavoursome Chaats of Banaras is probably the best Chaats from any other Indian cities for foodies. However, the highlight is the sweet, creamy, melt-in-mouth goodness of the malai.
Bhokali Chat Center in Assi Ghat lets you prepare your own Golgappas and Chat and experiment with the best street food in the country. Cafes like Sparrow and Open Hand are perfect for international cuisine and coffee. You can explore the lanes around Vishwanath Gali and enjoy Pakodas, Samosa and Jalebi from street-side stalls. The age-old Deena Chaat Bhandar offers the most amazing Tamatar Chaat and Dahi Golgappa. Not to forget the globally famous Blue Lassi featuring an extensive range of flavoured Lassis.
The city of Nawabs is a heaven for food lovers. In this city, you will find the best of Awadhi cuisine. Kebabs, Biryani, Korma; name it, you’ll get it. When you are in Lucknow, the best place to start a food trail from is Hazratganj. The lanes of Hazratganj are filled with hundred-year-old eateries where the customers are known to be visiting for years. Checkout Sharma Tea stall and enjoy Chai in an earthen pot or kulhad.
From here visit Dastarkhwan to indulge in some heavenly Awadhi Biryani and Shahi Tukda. Later in the evening, take a walk around Old Lucknow or Aminabad. The oldest Kebab Shop, Tunde Kebab, famous for the speciality called Galawati Kebabs will take your breath away.
End your trip at Prakash Kulfi. A speciality kulfi is prepared here with kesar and other ingredients that only the shop’s chefs know about. Every bite of it is bliss!
When it comes to Jaipur, food makes up to be a part of the city’s rich traditions and culture. The ‘pink city’ offers the most delicious items like Gatte, Laal Maas, Daal Baati Choorma, Kadhi, Balushahi, Gujia, and Ghevar.
One of the favorites of most people is the warm and spicy Pyaaz ki Kachori at Rawat Kachori, which is typically served with red and green chutney. For traditional meals and thalis, Chowki Dhani is a great choice. In the evening, take a walk around Amer Fort and enjoy a chilled beer with lip-smacking snacks at the in-house café.
Srinagar is not only a beautiful place with breathtaking views but also a paradise for food enthusiasts. Salivate just at the thought of Yakhni, Goshtaba, Kashmiri Dum Aloo, and Rogan Josh. Halwa Puri is another delight that one cannot miss, found in the lanes of Hazratbal.
If you are staying on one of the houseboats of Dal or Nageen Lake then feel free to request a portion of Shaak Bhat. This spinach and rice dish is a humble meal in every Kashmiri home. Take a small detour and visit Laal Chowk for amazing Samosas, Jalebi and Kebabs. The small shops on the Dal Lake road offer amazing Kahwa and freshly baked bread and cakes. You can also hit Mughal Darbar to experience both Kashmiri Pandit and Wazwan delicacies.
Almost every city in India has something special to offer to the foodie. But these 7 cities take the cake for the variety, originality and uniqueness of the foods they offer. How Many of these have you visited? Let us know in the comments.