India, like Pakistan, has a huge street food scene. We call it a scene in the UK, because we don’t tend to see much of it over here. For us street food is only for special occasions or it occurs in special sections of certain cities, such as London’s famous Camden Locks market.
But in India and Pakistan, street food is part of the culture of both countries and cities across Asia are famous for it. The street food across India has become so iconic that you can find variations of it all over the world. But, if you want to taste true Indian street food, where better to go than to the beautiful cities of India itself.
Here we take a look at some of the best cities across India to experience true street food, unlike any you have tasted before:
As every traveller will tell you, the food is a reflection of the soul of a city. When you walk the streets of Mumbai and eat the food, you will feel the energy that pulsates around the city yourself. From Vada Paav to Masala Chai, the vibrant colours and flavours are perfect representations of this great bustling city. The best spot is Juhu Chowpatty Beach or the Nariman Point.
There is only one place to experience true nazaquat and tahzeeb, and that is Lucknow. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh is where you will find authentic ‘Nawabi’ food; you can sample Tunde ke Kebab, Galouti Kebabs, Kormas and Sheermaal as you wander around.
For a cultural blend of Mughlai, Turkish and Andhra cuisine anywhere in India then Hyderabad is your best destination. You can try anything from Irani tea to Hyderabad Biryani, as well as Phirni, Lukhmi and Nikari.
Where better than the capital of India to experience the food of the nation? You can find literally every type of Indian street food if you walk the streets of Delhi long enough. So, whilst you visit the monuments and talk to the people of this great city, set your taste buds loose on some Dahi Bhalle, Golgappe or Chhole.
Known as the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata offers pocket sized street food that you can eat easily on the go. Park Street and New Market offer your best options of street food alongside glorious views of the city itself.
For a true taste of Pakistan and Indian cuisine visit Royal Nawaab’s halal restaurant in London today.