Eats

Ultimate Guide to Best Street Food in Kolkata

Kolkata street food is so famous, people from all over the world visit this city to enjoy authentic Bengali food and more importantly street food.

Kolkata - Also known as the cultural capital of India is known for a lot of things, and among one of them is street food. Kolkata street food is so famous, people from all over the world visit this city to enjoy authentic Bengali food and more importantly street food.

They say if you don't have street food while visiting the city of joy, your visit is incomplete. You'll find something to please everybody. Kolkata is like heaven on earth for all the food lovers. Any food lover could vouch for that statement, you can find street food vendors everywhere in the city offering a variety of delicacies. They kind of represent the culture of the city, the food stall, and street food, vendors.

You'll get everything, from Gulab jamun to aloo Tikki to samosa to egg roll to pav bhaji, you'll find spicy, tangy, sweet, and savory- basically all kinds of food. If it's Bengali cuisine or Tibetan dishes or Chinese food. Whatever is in your mind, name it and it will probably be sold on one of the street food stalls in this city. You'll spoil yourself with the number of options you can get here.

If it were up to your taste buds, you would never leave this city, such strength is the game of street food in Kolkata. It's not just the variety, but the taste as well. Each and every item you'll have is just so delicious, we find ourselves drooling just by writing about it! With all the hustle of the city and everybody's rush to reach somewhere, slow down, find yourself in front of any street food vendor, and slowly unwind and fly away from the city's constant stream of traffic and into pure indulgence and bliss while snacking on some of the best tasting street food this city has to provide.

The best way to enjoy your visit to Kolkata is definitely by engrossing yourself with some of the tastiest treats you can give yourself at a fraction of the cost by enjoying the local street food. Here today, we'll be sharing with you some of the best places where you can find the best of the best street food in the city of joy! So let's get right into it!

1. Maharaja Chaat Centre, Vivekananda Park

To start off the list, we give you Phuchka - the king of street food in Kolkata! Phuchka is basically your Pani Puri. You can find Phuchkawaala's sitting almost around every street corner, but if you'd really like to have the best the city has to offer, you should definitely head to maharaja chaat center or its more famous name Dilip Da's Phuchkas. If you ever ask anyone where to eat Phuchka's, they'll probably tell you to head here directly. The taste of these Phuchka's is to die for. It's a great evening spot to head with your friends to have some of the best Phuchka's and also other chaat items such as papri chaat, aloo Tikki and Dahi Phuchka. Pani puri or Phuchka is famous Indian street food and the maharaja chaat center is the best place in Kolkata to savor the mouth-watering tangy balls of heaven. You could even see a couple of celebrities lined up here to enjoy the tasty street food. When you go there, also try their Shikanji's, they're worth it!

Maharaja Chaat Centre

INR 80, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

2. Zaika, Park Street

Another famous street food that people in Kolkata love to have is the Kathi roll. You'll find small establishments and street food vendors selling you hot and fresh Kathi rolls all time of the day around every corner of the city. Fun fact, did you know the famous Kathi rolls were originally invented in Kolkata? And the credit goes to Zaika. The art of wrapping tasty stuffing into thin rotis and serving them began with our very own Kolkata street food culture! Although there have been many variations and different places took their own take at Kathi rolls and made it their own dish, if you'd like to try the authentic taste of the original Kathi roll, head directly to Zaika without asking any questions and then thank us later. The taste you'll get from the first bite would throw you away in a trance! You'll find a lot of varieties of Kathi rolls at Zaika, you can choose anyone from their menu without giving any second thoughts because all of them are equally tasty and mind-blowing.

Zaika

INR 150, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

3. Anadi Cabin, Esplanade

If you've ever been a food lover, you would have definitely heard of this next, very famous and utterly delicious street food - Mughlai Paratha! This is one of the most celebrated and most eaten street foods by every Calcuttan. You can say that out of seven days in the week, a true blue Calcuttan would have a MughlaiParatha at least twice. this dish is so tasty, you would not be satisfied by 1, you would still not be satisfied by having 2, but your stomach would be so full, you won't be able to have a third, so you'll just pack it and take it home! trust me on this, it's that tasty. For all those who don't know what a Mughlai Paratha is, it's a roti stuffed with chicken keema or cutlet with onions and egg. Take it and deep fry it in oil and then get lost in the tasteful heaven of Mughlai paratha. Anadi Cabin, an almost 98-year-old establishment in Kolkata, serves some of the best Mughlai parathas we have ever gotten our hands-on. They're so delicious, you would forget everything else at that moment and your entire focus would be on the street food in front of you. Although the place needs some renovations, no Air-conditioning, no Wi-Fi and no toilets, with basic seating arrangements, you wouldn't mind it at all as soon as you take your first bite. You should definitely keep this place on your list if you'd really like to enjoy some of the most popular street food in town!

Anadi Cabin

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

4. China Town, Tiretti Bazaar

If you love Chinese cuisine, this is definitely your go-to place to enjoy some of the best Chinese dishes in Kolkata. Once, there were close to 20,000 Chinese, although the numbers have declined, the place has not lost its food culture yet. You'll get to taste authentic Chinese food dishes in this part of the town. One more interesting thing, you'll find that the street food prepared here has a sort of Indian Chinese fusion, making the food even more delicious since they have an Indian touch as well. Although this isn't a particular establishment, you wouldn't have to worry about finding a good one in this area, because all the street food stalls and street food vendors here serve the best, find anyone and then let your inner monster out and unleash yourself onto the amazing food available in front of you! You'll definitely love the Indian Chinese food here and oh yes! Before we forget, do please try their rice dumplings and soups, they are the best and you'll be left wanting for more and would definitely keep this spot in your go-to places for having Chinese cuisine. Although there's one catch - you need to be an early bird to enjoy these tasty food bites. You have to be at this place and in front of one of the food stalls, usually by 6:30-7 am they would have already sold everything out!

Soumojit Das / © Culture Trip
Soumojit Das / © Culture Trip

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

5. Tewari Brothers, Bara Bazaar

Samosa's probably India's most favorite snack of all time! Everyone loves samosa, everyone has samosa almost every day. In fact, almost close to 6 crore samosa's are consumed every day just in India alone. There's no denying they are so very tasty, you can never say enough after having just one samosa. To get the best samosa's in Kolkata or rather Singara's in Kolkata, almost anyone you ask would tell you to visit Tiwari Brothers. It's one of the best sweet shops in Kolkata, and surprisingly, they serve a mean cup of chai as well! So if you're more of a chai person and also happen to love samosa/singara and you are in Kolkata, what better place than to go to Tewari Brothers in Bara Bazaar. To top it off, since it is a sweet shop, samosa/singara is not the only thing you'll find there that's worth your time, but you'll also find plenty of other chaat items to dwell on, their raj kachori is also pretty famous and definitely a mouth-watering snack for anyone! You get good quality sweets if you have a sweet tooth. Head down there in the evening for the perfect combo of chai and samosa/singara and have a great time!

Tewari Brothers

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

6. Momo's, Rabindra Sadan Metro

If you're in Kolkata you definitely must try momo's, the favorite street food in the city! You'll find hundreds of momo stalls on the streets of Kolkata, you can call momo the staple street food of Kolkata. Bengali's love momo, they can eat momos at any given point of the day! This is one street food that's not going to be bad for your pocket and your health. Momos are some of the most healthy street food you can ever have. There are a lot of variations to the beloved momo and it's recommended that you give a try to each and one of them, be it steamed momo's, fried momo's, pan-fried momo's, kothey momo's, etc, you get all these variations in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian momo's so everyone can have the fun and joy and eating Kolkata's favorite and most popular street food. If you're the lazy kind of person who doesn't want to put in much effort and go around the city to try all these different types of momos, we would suggest hop on the metro and exit yourself on the Rabindra Sadan Metro station. From the exit, within walking distance, you'll find plenty of street food stalls and street food vendors who would make fresh and hot momo's and serve you the tastiest momo's the city has, and if you want to skip the stalls and vendors from the streetside, again, within walking distance you have some of the best establishments which make and sell the most delicious momo's in the city of joy, establishments such as - Momo Plaza, Wow Momo and Hamro Momo.

Rabindra Sadan Metro

INR 150, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

7. Mishti Doi, Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick, Bhowanipore

This is for everyone who loves to eat sweets, which to be really honest, almost every food lover is! You're in the city of joy - a city where you can find some of the best sweets possible. Kolkata is the city where the invention of some of the best Indian sweets took place - Rasgullas, Rasmalai, Sandesh, and Mishti Doi. These are definitely on the list of top sweets in the entire county, and you're in the city where you can find the best Bengali sweets. Don't miss the chance to have these sweets when you're in Kolkata. The people in Kolkata, everyone has a sweet tooth and they love their sweets, so much in fact that they consider some of their sweets as street food and you'll find street food vendors selling these mouth-watering, jaw-dropping sweets on the streets of the city! One of the home-grown sweets, Mishti Doi is famous worldwide, and people from all around the world travel all the way to Kolkata to have the best of the best, and in order for you to do the same, head straight to Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick, you'll find the best Mishti Doi. Established in 1855, it's one of the oldest sweet shops and the most well-known as well. They are well known for a lot of their specialty, including the Mishti Doi. You'll be in the seventh heaven with just one bite and then continue going upwards from there on with every bite.

Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick

INR 100, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

8. Maya Ram, Lord Sinha Road

Another street food that is India's favorite is next on the list - Pav Bhaji. People from all around the country love this delicacy and enjoy having it almost every day! Pav Bhaji is quite famous in Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata, and people residing in these cities often know the best places where they can have appetizing Pav bhaji. Pav bhaji's bhaji is some of the easiest things to make, yet we never are able to replicate the same taste of the street food vendors that serve us the ultimate version of the dish. We end up going to them for satisfying our urge to have some really good pav bhaji. To have the best pav bhaji in Kolkata, you'll be guided straight to Maya Ram's. Even if you're not in the mood and you pass by the place, the aroma of the bhaji being prepared would pull you towards it and you end up stopping and having a quick bite of the most delicious pav bhaji made in Kolkata. While you're at Maya Ram, can we recommend you also try their Gola's or Chuski's or Soda Shikanji, it'll energize you up again from all the hustle and traffic and humidity? Best when having it on an afternoon, when the sun is directly above us. You'll feel you're coming back to life with every sip!

Maya Ram

INR 350, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

9. Mitra Cafe, Gol Park

Just like Bengali's love their sweets, they love their meats as well. Be it fish or mutton or chicken, they are very fond of meat and have a lot of snacks consisting of meat in their street food list. MuttonCutlet is something the Bengali's love to eat, they treat themselves with it every now and then. They savor each and every bite of this delicacy and take their time out of their busy schedule to keep a steady intake of this street food. One of the most famous and renowned street food of theirs is the mutton Kabiraji cutlet, it's minced chicken wrapped in an egg net and then deep-fried to a crisp golden-yellow color. This street food is visually so appealing, you start getting foodgasms just by looking at it. Trust us when we tell you, it tastes a lot better than it looks. If you're into meat and love mutton, you should definitely give the mutton kabiraji cutlet at least once! Mitra cafe is almost a century old and has a reputation of serving the best mutton kabiraji cutlets in Kolkata. Not just that, but they also make some of the best Mughlai paratha, fish cutlets, and fish chops. Take our advice, go there empty stomach and dive right into their menu and eat until you have to loosen the button of your jeans!

Mitra Cafe

INR 400, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

10. Chowmein, Dacre Street

Every Calcuttan loves Chowmein, after momo's, if there's anything else that they love to eat is chow mein. You'll find more Chowmein stalls equal to, if not more than, momo stalls in Kolkata. Hakka Chinese style chow mein is the favorite and they are surprisingly made and sold at a very less price. For INR 50, you get a full plate of chicken chowmein, which will fill up your stomach till the neck. On top of being pocket-friendly, the street food vendors make some of the best chow mein, they're so good, people prefer eating Chowmein at such street food stalls rather than going to restaurants, because of the quality and taste of it. People of Kolkata on one hand love eating sweets, but on the other hand, when it comes to Chowmein, they like to eat it spicy. They add extra chilies to make it spicier. People who have a low tolerance for spicy food beware, just make sure to mention the vendor to make it a little less spicy and you're good to go. One of the best places to eat Chowmein in Kolkata is Dacre street or also known as Decker's lane. This is one of the most famous street food places in the entire city. You not only get Chowmein but a variety of other street food as well which are wth trying while you visit it, such as - Ghugni, chole bhature, puri sabzi and end it with sweet lassi or farni to complete your meal!

Dacre Street

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

This is it, this is the ultimate guide for you to enjoy all the best street food while you're in Kolkata. Make sure you check off all the places from the list and satisfy your taste buds and gain a few kilos in the process!

Eats

Ultimate Guide to Best Street Food in Kolkata

Kolkata street food is so famous, people from all over the world visit this city to enjoy authentic Bengali food and more importantly street food.

Kolkata - Also known as the cultural capital of India is known for a lot of things, and among one of them is street food. Kolkata street food is so famous, people from all over the world visit this city to enjoy authentic Bengali food and more importantly street food.

They say if you don't have street food while visiting the city of joy, your visit is incomplete. You'll find something to please everybody. Kolkata is like heaven on earth for all the food lovers. Any food lover could vouch for that statement, you can find street food vendors everywhere in the city offering a variety of delicacies. They kind of represent the culture of the city, the food stall, and street food, vendors.

You'll get everything, from Gulab jamun to aloo Tikki to samosa to egg roll to pav bhaji, you'll find spicy, tangy, sweet, and savory- basically all kinds of food. If it's Bengali cuisine or Tibetan dishes or Chinese food. Whatever is in your mind, name it and it will probably be sold on one of the street food stalls in this city. You'll spoil yourself with the number of options you can get here.

If it were up to your taste buds, you would never leave this city, such strength is the game of street food in Kolkata. It's not just the variety, but the taste as well. Each and every item you'll have is just so delicious, we find ourselves drooling just by writing about it! With all the hustle of the city and everybody's rush to reach somewhere, slow down, find yourself in front of any street food vendor, and slowly unwind and fly away from the city's constant stream of traffic and into pure indulgence and bliss while snacking on some of the best tasting street food this city has to provide.

The best way to enjoy your visit to Kolkata is definitely by engrossing yourself with some of the tastiest treats you can give yourself at a fraction of the cost by enjoying the local street food. Here today, we'll be sharing with you some of the best places where you can find the best of the best street food in the city of joy! So let's get right into it!

1. Maharaja Chaat Centre, Vivekananda Park

To start off the list, we give you Phuchka - the king of street food in Kolkata! Phuchka is basically your Pani Puri. You can find Phuchkawaala's sitting almost around every street corner, but if you'd really like to have the best the city has to offer, you should definitely head to maharaja chaat center or its more famous name Dilip Da's Phuchkas. If you ever ask anyone where to eat Phuchka's, they'll probably tell you to head here directly. The taste of these Phuchka's is to die for. It's a great evening spot to head with your friends to have some of the best Phuchka's and also other chaat items such as papri chaat, aloo Tikki and Dahi Phuchka. Pani puri or Phuchka is famous Indian street food and the maharaja chaat center is the best place in Kolkata to savor the mouth-watering tangy balls of heaven. You could even see a couple of celebrities lined up here to enjoy the tasty street food. When you go there, also try their Shikanji's, they're worth it!

Maharaja Chaat Centre

INR 80, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

2. Zaika, Park Street

Another famous street food that people in Kolkata love to have is the Kathi roll. You'll find small establishments and street food vendors selling you hot and fresh Kathi rolls all time of the day around every corner of the city. Fun fact, did you know the famous Kathi rolls were originally invented in Kolkata? And the credit goes to Zaika. The art of wrapping tasty stuffing into thin rotis and serving them began with our very own Kolkata street food culture! Although there have been many variations and different places took their own take at Kathi rolls and made it their own dish, if you'd like to try the authentic taste of the original Kathi roll, head directly to Zaika without asking any questions and then thank us later. The taste you'll get from the first bite would throw you away in a trance! You'll find a lot of varieties of Kathi rolls at Zaika, you can choose anyone from their menu without giving any second thoughts because all of them are equally tasty and mind-blowing.

Zaika

INR 150, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

3. Anadi Cabin, Esplanade

If you've ever been a food lover, you would have definitely heard of this next, very famous and utterly delicious street food - Mughlai Paratha! This is one of the most celebrated and most eaten street foods by every Calcuttan. You can say that out of seven days in the week, a true blue Calcuttan would have a MughlaiParatha at least twice. this dish is so tasty, you would not be satisfied by 1, you would still not be satisfied by having 2, but your stomach would be so full, you won't be able to have a third, so you'll just pack it and take it home! trust me on this, it's that tasty. For all those who don't know what a Mughlai Paratha is, it's a roti stuffed with chicken keema or cutlet with onions and egg. Take it and deep fry it in oil and then get lost in the tasteful heaven of Mughlai paratha. Anadi Cabin, an almost 98-year-old establishment in Kolkata, serves some of the best Mughlai parathas we have ever gotten our hands-on. They're so delicious, you would forget everything else at that moment and your entire focus would be on the street food in front of you. Although the place needs some renovations, no Air-conditioning, no Wi-Fi and no toilets, with basic seating arrangements, you wouldn't mind it at all as soon as you take your first bite. You should definitely keep this place on your list if you'd really like to enjoy some of the most popular street food in town!

Anadi Cabin

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

4. China Town, Tiretti Bazaar

If you love Chinese cuisine, this is definitely your go-to place to enjoy some of the best Chinese dishes in Kolkata. Once, there were close to 20,000 Chinese, although the numbers have declined, the place has not lost its food culture yet. You'll get to taste authentic Chinese food dishes in this part of the town. One more interesting thing, you'll find that the street food prepared here has a sort of Indian Chinese fusion, making the food even more delicious since they have an Indian touch as well. Although this isn't a particular establishment, you wouldn't have to worry about finding a good one in this area, because all the street food stalls and street food vendors here serve the best, find anyone and then let your inner monster out and unleash yourself onto the amazing food available in front of you! You'll definitely love the Indian Chinese food here and oh yes! Before we forget, do please try their rice dumplings and soups, they are the best and you'll be left wanting for more and would definitely keep this spot in your go-to places for having Chinese cuisine. Although there's one catch - you need to be an early bird to enjoy these tasty food bites. You have to be at this place and in front of one of the food stalls, usually by 6:30-7 am they would have already sold everything out!

Soumojit Das / © Culture Trip
Soumojit Das / © Culture Trip

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

5. Tewari Brothers, Bara Bazaar

Samosa's probably India's most favorite snack of all time! Everyone loves samosa, everyone has samosa almost every day. In fact, almost close to 6 crore samosa's are consumed every day just in India alone. There's no denying they are so very tasty, you can never say enough after having just one samosa. To get the best samosa's in Kolkata or rather Singara's in Kolkata, almost anyone you ask would tell you to visit Tiwari Brothers. It's one of the best sweet shops in Kolkata, and surprisingly, they serve a mean cup of chai as well! So if you're more of a chai person and also happen to love samosa/singara and you are in Kolkata, what better place than to go to Tewari Brothers in Bara Bazaar. To top it off, since it is a sweet shop, samosa/singara is not the only thing you'll find there that's worth your time, but you'll also find plenty of other chaat items to dwell on, their raj kachori is also pretty famous and definitely a mouth-watering snack for anyone! You get good quality sweets if you have a sweet tooth. Head down there in the evening for the perfect combo of chai and samosa/singara and have a great time!

Tewari Brothers

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

6. Momo's, Rabindra Sadan Metro

If you're in Kolkata you definitely must try momo's, the favorite street food in the city! You'll find hundreds of momo stalls on the streets of Kolkata, you can call momo the staple street food of Kolkata. Bengali's love momo, they can eat momos at any given point of the day! This is one street food that's not going to be bad for your pocket and your health. Momos are some of the most healthy street food you can ever have. There are a lot of variations to the beloved momo and it's recommended that you give a try to each and one of them, be it steamed momo's, fried momo's, pan-fried momo's, kothey momo's, etc, you get all these variations in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian momo's so everyone can have the fun and joy and eating Kolkata's favorite and most popular street food. If you're the lazy kind of person who doesn't want to put in much effort and go around the city to try all these different types of momos, we would suggest hop on the metro and exit yourself on the Rabindra Sadan Metro station. From the exit, within walking distance, you'll find plenty of street food stalls and street food vendors who would make fresh and hot momo's and serve you the tastiest momo's the city has, and if you want to skip the stalls and vendors from the streetside, again, within walking distance you have some of the best establishments which make and sell the most delicious momo's in the city of joy, establishments such as - Momo Plaza, Wow Momo and Hamro Momo.

Rabindra Sadan Metro

INR 150, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

7. Mishti Doi, Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick, Bhowanipore

This is for everyone who loves to eat sweets, which to be really honest, almost every food lover is! You're in the city of joy - a city where you can find some of the best sweets possible. Kolkata is the city where the invention of some of the best Indian sweets took place - Rasgullas, Rasmalai, Sandesh, and Mishti Doi. These are definitely on the list of top sweets in the entire county, and you're in the city where you can find the best Bengali sweets. Don't miss the chance to have these sweets when you're in Kolkata. The people in Kolkata, everyone has a sweet tooth and they love their sweets, so much in fact that they consider some of their sweets as street food and you'll find street food vendors selling these mouth-watering, jaw-dropping sweets on the streets of the city! One of the home-grown sweets, Mishti Doi is famous worldwide, and people from all around the world travel all the way to Kolkata to have the best of the best, and in order for you to do the same, head straight to Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick, you'll find the best Mishti Doi. Established in 1855, it's one of the oldest sweet shops and the most well-known as well. They are well known for a lot of their specialty, including the Mishti Doi. You'll be in the seventh heaven with just one bite and then continue going upwards from there on with every bite.

Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick

INR 100, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

8. Maya Ram, Lord Sinha Road

Another street food that is India's favorite is next on the list - Pav Bhaji. People from all around the country love this delicacy and enjoy having it almost every day! Pav Bhaji is quite famous in Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata, and people residing in these cities often know the best places where they can have appetizing Pav bhaji. Pav bhaji's bhaji is some of the easiest things to make, yet we never are able to replicate the same taste of the street food vendors that serve us the ultimate version of the dish. We end up going to them for satisfying our urge to have some really good pav bhaji. To have the best pav bhaji in Kolkata, you'll be guided straight to Maya Ram's. Even if you're not in the mood and you pass by the place, the aroma of the bhaji being prepared would pull you towards it and you end up stopping and having a quick bite of the most delicious pav bhaji made in Kolkata. While you're at Maya Ram, can we recommend you also try their Gola's or Chuski's or Soda Shikanji, it'll energize you up again from all the hustle and traffic and humidity? Best when having it on an afternoon, when the sun is directly above us. You'll feel you're coming back to life with every sip!

Maya Ram

INR 350, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

9. Mitra Cafe, Gol Park

Just like Bengali's love their sweets, they love their meats as well. Be it fish or mutton or chicken, they are very fond of meat and have a lot of snacks consisting of meat in their street food list. MuttonCutlet is something the Bengali's love to eat, they treat themselves with it every now and then. They savor each and every bite of this delicacy and take their time out of their busy schedule to keep a steady intake of this street food. One of the most famous and renowned street food of theirs is the mutton Kabiraji cutlet, it's minced chicken wrapped in an egg net and then deep-fried to a crisp golden-yellow color. This street food is visually so appealing, you start getting foodgasms just by looking at it. Trust us when we tell you, it tastes a lot better than it looks. If you're into meat and love mutton, you should definitely give the mutton kabiraji cutlet at least once! Mitra cafe is almost a century old and has a reputation of serving the best mutton kabiraji cutlets in Kolkata. Not just that, but they also make some of the best Mughlai paratha, fish cutlets, and fish chops. Take our advice, go there empty stomach and dive right into their menu and eat until you have to loosen the button of your jeans!

Mitra Cafe

INR 400, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

10. Chowmein, Dacre Street

Every Calcuttan loves Chowmein, after momo's, if there's anything else that they love to eat is chow mein. You'll find more Chowmein stalls equal to, if not more than, momo stalls in Kolkata. Hakka Chinese style chow mein is the favorite and they are surprisingly made and sold at a very less price. For INR 50, you get a full plate of chicken chowmein, which will fill up your stomach till the neck. On top of being pocket-friendly, the street food vendors make some of the best chow mein, they're so good, people prefer eating Chowmein at such street food stalls rather than going to restaurants, because of the quality and taste of it. People of Kolkata on one hand love eating sweets, but on the other hand, when it comes to Chowmein, they like to eat it spicy. They add extra chilies to make it spicier. People who have a low tolerance for spicy food beware, just make sure to mention the vendor to make it a little less spicy and you're good to go. One of the best places to eat Chowmein in Kolkata is Dacre street or also known as Decker's lane. This is one of the most famous street food places in the entire city. You not only get Chowmein but a variety of other street food as well which are wth trying while you visit it, such as - Ghugni, chole bhature, puri sabzi and end it with sweet lassi or farni to complete your meal!

Dacre Street

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

This is it, this is the ultimate guide for you to enjoy all the best street food while you're in Kolkata. Make sure you check off all the places from the list and satisfy your taste buds and gain a few kilos in the process!

Eats

Ultimate Guide to Best Street Food in Kolkata

Kolkata street food is so famous, people from all over the world visit this city to enjoy authentic Bengali food and more importantly street food.

Kolkata - Also known as the cultural capital of India is known for a lot of things, and among one of them is street food. Kolkata street food is so famous, people from all over the world visit this city to enjoy authentic Bengali food and more importantly street food.

They say if you don't have street food while visiting the city of joy, your visit is incomplete. You'll find something to please everybody. Kolkata is like heaven on earth for all the food lovers. Any food lover could vouch for that statement, you can find street food vendors everywhere in the city offering a variety of delicacies. They kind of represent the culture of the city, the food stall, and street food, vendors.

You'll get everything, from Gulab jamun to aloo Tikki to samosa to egg roll to pav bhaji, you'll find spicy, tangy, sweet, and savory- basically all kinds of food. If it's Bengali cuisine or Tibetan dishes or Chinese food. Whatever is in your mind, name it and it will probably be sold on one of the street food stalls in this city. You'll spoil yourself with the number of options you can get here.

If it were up to your taste buds, you would never leave this city, such strength is the game of street food in Kolkata. It's not just the variety, but the taste as well. Each and every item you'll have is just so delicious, we find ourselves drooling just by writing about it! With all the hustle of the city and everybody's rush to reach somewhere, slow down, find yourself in front of any street food vendor, and slowly unwind and fly away from the city's constant stream of traffic and into pure indulgence and bliss while snacking on some of the best tasting street food this city has to provide.

The best way to enjoy your visit to Kolkata is definitely by engrossing yourself with some of the tastiest treats you can give yourself at a fraction of the cost by enjoying the local street food. Here today, we'll be sharing with you some of the best places where you can find the best of the best street food in the city of joy! So let's get right into it!

1. Maharaja Chaat Centre, Vivekananda Park

To start off the list, we give you Phuchka - the king of street food in Kolkata! Phuchka is basically your Pani Puri. You can find Phuchkawaala's sitting almost around every street corner, but if you'd really like to have the best the city has to offer, you should definitely head to maharaja chaat center or its more famous name Dilip Da's Phuchkas. If you ever ask anyone where to eat Phuchka's, they'll probably tell you to head here directly. The taste of these Phuchka's is to die for. It's a great evening spot to head with your friends to have some of the best Phuchka's and also other chaat items such as papri chaat, aloo Tikki and Dahi Phuchka. Pani puri or Phuchka is famous Indian street food and the maharaja chaat center is the best place in Kolkata to savor the mouth-watering tangy balls of heaven. You could even see a couple of celebrities lined up here to enjoy the tasty street food. When you go there, also try their Shikanji's, they're worth it!

Maharaja Chaat Centre

INR 80, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

2. Zaika, Park Street

Another famous street food that people in Kolkata love to have is the Kathi roll. You'll find small establishments and street food vendors selling you hot and fresh Kathi rolls all time of the day around every corner of the city. Fun fact, did you know the famous Kathi rolls were originally invented in Kolkata? And the credit goes to Zaika. The art of wrapping tasty stuffing into thin rotis and serving them began with our very own Kolkata street food culture! Although there have been many variations and different places took their own take at Kathi rolls and made it their own dish, if you'd like to try the authentic taste of the original Kathi roll, head directly to Zaika without asking any questions and then thank us later. The taste you'll get from the first bite would throw you away in a trance! You'll find a lot of varieties of Kathi rolls at Zaika, you can choose anyone from their menu without giving any second thoughts because all of them are equally tasty and mind-blowing.

Zaika

INR 150, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

3. Anadi Cabin, Esplanade

If you've ever been a food lover, you would have definitely heard of this next, very famous and utterly delicious street food - Mughlai Paratha! This is one of the most celebrated and most eaten street foods by every Calcuttan. You can say that out of seven days in the week, a true blue Calcuttan would have a MughlaiParatha at least twice. this dish is so tasty, you would not be satisfied by 1, you would still not be satisfied by having 2, but your stomach would be so full, you won't be able to have a third, so you'll just pack it and take it home! trust me on this, it's that tasty. For all those who don't know what a Mughlai Paratha is, it's a roti stuffed with chicken keema or cutlet with onions and egg. Take it and deep fry it in oil and then get lost in the tasteful heaven of Mughlai paratha. Anadi Cabin, an almost 98-year-old establishment in Kolkata, serves some of the best Mughlai parathas we have ever gotten our hands-on. They're so delicious, you would forget everything else at that moment and your entire focus would be on the street food in front of you. Although the place needs some renovations, no Air-conditioning, no Wi-Fi and no toilets, with basic seating arrangements, you wouldn't mind it at all as soon as you take your first bite. You should definitely keep this place on your list if you'd really like to enjoy some of the most popular street food in town!

Anadi Cabin

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

4. China Town, Tiretti Bazaar

If you love Chinese cuisine, this is definitely your go-to place to enjoy some of the best Chinese dishes in Kolkata. Once, there were close to 20,000 Chinese, although the numbers have declined, the place has not lost its food culture yet. You'll get to taste authentic Chinese food dishes in this part of the town. One more interesting thing, you'll find that the street food prepared here has a sort of Indian Chinese fusion, making the food even more delicious since they have an Indian touch as well. Although this isn't a particular establishment, you wouldn't have to worry about finding a good one in this area, because all the street food stalls and street food vendors here serve the best, find anyone and then let your inner monster out and unleash yourself onto the amazing food available in front of you! You'll definitely love the Indian Chinese food here and oh yes! Before we forget, do please try their rice dumplings and soups, they are the best and you'll be left wanting for more and would definitely keep this spot in your go-to places for having Chinese cuisine. Although there's one catch - you need to be an early bird to enjoy these tasty food bites. You have to be at this place and in front of one of the food stalls, usually by 6:30-7 am they would have already sold everything out!

Soumojit Das / © Culture Trip
Soumojit Das / © Culture Trip

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

5. Tewari Brothers, Bara Bazaar

Samosa's probably India's most favorite snack of all time! Everyone loves samosa, everyone has samosa almost every day. In fact, almost close to 6 crore samosa's are consumed every day just in India alone. There's no denying they are so very tasty, you can never say enough after having just one samosa. To get the best samosa's in Kolkata or rather Singara's in Kolkata, almost anyone you ask would tell you to visit Tiwari Brothers. It's one of the best sweet shops in Kolkata, and surprisingly, they serve a mean cup of chai as well! So if you're more of a chai person and also happen to love samosa/singara and you are in Kolkata, what better place than to go to Tewari Brothers in Bara Bazaar. To top it off, since it is a sweet shop, samosa/singara is not the only thing you'll find there that's worth your time, but you'll also find plenty of other chaat items to dwell on, their raj kachori is also pretty famous and definitely a mouth-watering snack for anyone! You get good quality sweets if you have a sweet tooth. Head down there in the evening for the perfect combo of chai and samosa/singara and have a great time!

Tewari Brothers

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

6. Momo's, Rabindra Sadan Metro

If you're in Kolkata you definitely must try momo's, the favorite street food in the city! You'll find hundreds of momo stalls on the streets of Kolkata, you can call momo the staple street food of Kolkata. Bengali's love momo, they can eat momos at any given point of the day! This is one street food that's not going to be bad for your pocket and your health. Momos are some of the most healthy street food you can ever have. There are a lot of variations to the beloved momo and it's recommended that you give a try to each and one of them, be it steamed momo's, fried momo's, pan-fried momo's, kothey momo's, etc, you get all these variations in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian momo's so everyone can have the fun and joy and eating Kolkata's favorite and most popular street food. If you're the lazy kind of person who doesn't want to put in much effort and go around the city to try all these different types of momos, we would suggest hop on the metro and exit yourself on the Rabindra Sadan Metro station. From the exit, within walking distance, you'll find plenty of street food stalls and street food vendors who would make fresh and hot momo's and serve you the tastiest momo's the city has, and if you want to skip the stalls and vendors from the streetside, again, within walking distance you have some of the best establishments which make and sell the most delicious momo's in the city of joy, establishments such as - Momo Plaza, Wow Momo and Hamro Momo.

Rabindra Sadan Metro

INR 150, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

7. Mishti Doi, Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick, Bhowanipore

This is for everyone who loves to eat sweets, which to be really honest, almost every food lover is! You're in the city of joy - a city where you can find some of the best sweets possible. Kolkata is the city where the invention of some of the best Indian sweets took place - Rasgullas, Rasmalai, Sandesh, and Mishti Doi. These are definitely on the list of top sweets in the entire county, and you're in the city where you can find the best Bengali sweets. Don't miss the chance to have these sweets when you're in Kolkata. The people in Kolkata, everyone has a sweet tooth and they love their sweets, so much in fact that they consider some of their sweets as street food and you'll find street food vendors selling these mouth-watering, jaw-dropping sweets on the streets of the city! One of the home-grown sweets, Mishti Doi is famous worldwide, and people from all around the world travel all the way to Kolkata to have the best of the best, and in order for you to do the same, head straight to Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick, you'll find the best Mishti Doi. Established in 1855, it's one of the oldest sweet shops and the most well-known as well. They are well known for a lot of their specialty, including the Mishti Doi. You'll be in the seventh heaven with just one bite and then continue going upwards from there on with every bite.

Balaram Mullick and Radharam Mullick

INR 100, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

8. Maya Ram, Lord Sinha Road

Another street food that is India's favorite is next on the list - Pav Bhaji. People from all around the country love this delicacy and enjoy having it almost every day! Pav Bhaji is quite famous in Mumbai, Delhi, and Kolkata, and people residing in these cities often know the best places where they can have appetizing Pav bhaji. Pav bhaji's bhaji is some of the easiest things to make, yet we never are able to replicate the same taste of the street food vendors that serve us the ultimate version of the dish. We end up going to them for satisfying our urge to have some really good pav bhaji. To have the best pav bhaji in Kolkata, you'll be guided straight to Maya Ram's. Even if you're not in the mood and you pass by the place, the aroma of the bhaji being prepared would pull you towards it and you end up stopping and having a quick bite of the most delicious pav bhaji made in Kolkata. While you're at Maya Ram, can we recommend you also try their Gola's or Chuski's or Soda Shikanji, it'll energize you up again from all the hustle and traffic and humidity? Best when having it on an afternoon, when the sun is directly above us. You'll feel you're coming back to life with every sip!

Maya Ram

INR 350, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

9. Mitra Cafe, Gol Park

Just like Bengali's love their sweets, they love their meats as well. Be it fish or mutton or chicken, they are very fond of meat and have a lot of snacks consisting of meat in their street food list. MuttonCutlet is something the Bengali's love to eat, they treat themselves with it every now and then. They savor each and every bite of this delicacy and take their time out of their busy schedule to keep a steady intake of this street food. One of the most famous and renowned street food of theirs is the mutton Kabiraji cutlet, it's minced chicken wrapped in an egg net and then deep-fried to a crisp golden-yellow color. This street food is visually so appealing, you start getting foodgasms just by looking at it. Trust us when we tell you, it tastes a lot better than it looks. If you're into meat and love mutton, you should definitely give the mutton kabiraji cutlet at least once! Mitra cafe is almost a century old and has a reputation of serving the best mutton kabiraji cutlets in Kolkata. Not just that, but they also make some of the best Mughlai paratha, fish cutlets, and fish chops. Take our advice, go there empty stomach and dive right into their menu and eat until you have to loosen the button of your jeans!

Mitra Cafe

INR 400, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

10. Chowmein, Dacre Street

Every Calcuttan loves Chowmein, after momo's, if there's anything else that they love to eat is chow mein. You'll find more Chowmein stalls equal to, if not more than, momo stalls in Kolkata. Hakka Chinese style chow mein is the favorite and they are surprisingly made and sold at a very less price. For INR 50, you get a full plate of chicken chowmein, which will fill up your stomach till the neck. On top of being pocket-friendly, the street food vendors make some of the best chow mein, they're so good, people prefer eating Chowmein at such street food stalls rather than going to restaurants, because of the quality and taste of it. People of Kolkata on one hand love eating sweets, but on the other hand, when it comes to Chowmein, they like to eat it spicy. They add extra chilies to make it spicier. People who have a low tolerance for spicy food beware, just make sure to mention the vendor to make it a little less spicy and you're good to go. One of the best places to eat Chowmein in Kolkata is Dacre street or also known as Decker's lane. This is one of the most famous street food places in the entire city. You not only get Chowmein but a variety of other street food as well which are wth trying while you visit it, such as - Ghugni, chole bhature, puri sabzi and end it with sweet lassi or farni to complete your meal!

Dacre Street

INR 250, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

This is it, this is the ultimate guide for you to enjoy all the best street food while you're in Kolkata. Make sure you check off all the places from the list and satisfy your taste buds and gain a few kilos in the process!

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