8 Best Places to Eat Street Food in Chennai, India

Bajji |© Thamizhpparithi Maari / Wikimedia
Bajji |© Thamizhpparithi Maari / Wikimedia
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5 April 2017

From authentic South Indian to spicy Burmese delicacies, Chennai’s street food cart serves it all. Hop on a food trail and binge on these mouth-watering dishes made in some of the most inconspicuous places in the city.

Bombay Lassi

Tucked away in a narrow alley, this joint is one of the most famous places in the city that makes piping hot samosas. Located right behind Devi theater, this place also has thick lassi, jelebi, rabdi, and kachodi. Bombay Lassi is more of a stall with no place to sit, but people from all over the city throng here to bite into some delicious samosas.

Address and Phone Number:

No: 7, Barbar Agan Street, Ellis Road, Near Mount Road, Behind Devi Theatre, Border Thottam, Padupakkam, Triplicane, Chennai, +044 2851 0364

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Alsa Mall Bread Omelet

This again is a small stall right outside Alsa Mall on Egmore. But the sandwiches served here are a favorite among the city folks. This street food is an absolute joy to bite on, no matter the weather. Be it a hot day, sunny day, or a rainy evening, the bread omelet with the special green chutney served here will surely leave you wanting more. Also try their other sandwiches like the chili cheese toast or the grilled sandwich.

Address and Phone Number:

Alsa Mall, Montieth Rd, Egmore, Chennai, +084289 78280

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Links Purasawalkkam

This particular street food has its roots in Chennai. Though served in different places across the city, the joint in Purasawalkkam was the first to introduce it to the city. Slices of tomato, cucumber, and onion are stacked one above the other between two small murukku pieces spread with green chutney. A generous grating of cheese is added on top and sprinkled with sev. Pop in a whole piece and experience your taste buds explode.

Address and Phone Number:

Arihant Apartment, 22/4, Opposite Dharma Prakash, Raja Annamalai Rd, Purasaiwakkam, Chennai, +044 4204 1734

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Jannal Kadai

Jannal in Tamil means window. This modest place is literally just one window. Located on the narrow lane leading to Kapaleswara temple, this literal hole-in-the wall has been around for decades. Famed for its bajjis and bondas, this place operates for limited hours and is packed whenever it’s open. In addition to the food, you’ll be amazed just to watch how this place works.


12, 1, Ponnambala Vadhyar St, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore, Chennai

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Second Lane Beach Road

Burma Bazar got its name from the number of immigrant populations that moved to the city several decades ago from Burma, now Myanmar. A little away from Burma Bazar is the 2nd lane beach road and on it are several street food stalls selling yummy Burmese food. Try the Athouk, a very popular Burmese salad with an option of boiled eggs and wash it down with Mohinga, a traditional Burmese soup.


2nd Ln Beach Rd, Mannady, George Town, Chennai

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