12 Mumbai Street Foods You Should Know

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30 September 2016

Street food options in this fabulous, diverse city can overwhelm even the most advanced foodie. Not only are there too many options featuring cuisines from around the country, and even from across its borders, but there are heated debates on which food joints in Mumbai serve the best of each. We bring you a list of 12 Indian street foods you should know, as well as where to find them!

Vada Pav

It would be just wrong to not begin the list with Mumbai’s favorite street snack – the Vada Pav. Dubbed as the Indian-style burger by some, the poor man’s burger by others, this fabulous snack is undoubtedly the most popular and one of the cheapest meal options around the city, which is why you will find a stall on every corner of the city. Check out our list of the most popular vada pav stalls in the city featuring the likes of Ashok Vada Pav, a favourite among Bollywood celebrities, and Aaram Vada Pav which has been serving thousands of customers on a daily basis for the past 70 years.

Ashok Vada Pav: Kashinath Dhuru Marg, Dadar, Mumbai

Aaram Vada Pav: 128, Hazarimal Somani Rd, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai

Bhel Puri

Usually made out of puffed rice, diced vegetables and a variety of sauces including tamarind, Bhel Puri is a popular street snack sold in carts all over the country. You can head to Sharma Bhelpuri House in Ville Parle to try innovative variations of the snack. You will also find plenty of stalls selling Bhel Puri along Juhu Beach. There’s no better snack to take with you on your walk by the Arabian Sea.

Kamla Bhawan, M.G. Road, Opp. Municipal Garnden, Vile Parle East

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Medu Vadas are usually made from a batter heavy in lentils in a doughnut-shape, with a crispy fried exterior and melt-in-your-mouth soft interior. While it is integral to most South Indian cuisines, a small town in the state of Karnataka claims to be its birthplace. All we know for certain is that this is one of the most delicious and popular snacks in India. Café Madras in Matunga is one of the most popular South Indian joints in the city and one of the best places to grab your vada.

Pav Bhaji

Another Maharashtrian snack the city cannot function without, Pav Bhaji consists of a buttery and rich vegetable curry accompanied by buttered bread rolls. This is a strong competitor to the Vada Pav as the city’s favourite snack with a variety of interesting variations as well. Head to the Sukh Sagar in Charni Road to try one of the best prepared classic Pav Bhajis in the city.

Pani Puri

Also known as gol gappa, this savoury snack is sold on roadside carts all over India. Consisting of a round, hollow, fried crisp called puri, a mixture of flavoured water, tamarind chutney and other items including chaat masala, diced potatoes, onions and chickpeas are poured right inside before it is eaten whole. Bhagat Tarachand in Kalbadevi is a popular fast food joint to grab fresh pani puris.

Mumbaidevi Commercial Centre, 69/75, Zaveri Bazaar, Kalbadevi

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Mumbai’s favorite cold dessert is a must-have during the scorching hot summers. Made usually by mixing a variety of ingredients along the likes of rose syrup, vermicelli and pieces of gelatin with milk or water, this dessert is a must-grab before heading into the city of Mumbai for some sightseeing.

Juhu Supreme Shopping Centre, JVPD Scheme, Cross Road Number 9, Juhu


Another hugely popular cold dessert using dairy, Kulfi is said to be India’s traditional ice cream. Much more dense and creamy than the typical ice cream, this rich wholesome dessert has always come in a variety of flavors with milk cream or malai, rose, cardamom, saffron and pistachio being the traditional options.

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Samosas in some form or the other can be found throughout South Asia. Variations of the snack can even be found across the world. Indian samosas are mostly vegetarian, with a fried or baked covering and a savoury filling, including spiced potatoes, onions, peas and lentils. Meat samosas are also common in most parts of the country.

13, Cawasji Patel Rd, Kala Ghoda, Fort

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Mumbai’s kebab offerings are often overlooked, with the likes of Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad using their relatively richer Mughal heritage to claim more authenticity to their kebabs. But Mumbai’s kebabs are just as fabulously delicious as that of any other city, and are integral to the city’s rich street food culture.

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