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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Where can I find the best street food in Kolkata?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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Are you looking for places where you can find the best street food in Kolkata? You've landed at the right place!



If your vision of Kolkata is incomplete without lip smacking street food stalls and vendors, know that I belong to your team! A city that adores its Jhalmuri and Puchka is bound to have an enviable street food culture and Kolkata abides by the same. The street food stalls in Kolkata are a humongous number, and are more known by the faces of their chefs than by names or hoardings. Here are some of the places from where you can try street food in Kolkata:

  • Dacre Street

    Also known as the Decker’s Lane, this is one of the most famous street food places in Kolkata. From China to Punjab, the food map here charts all delicacies one can want. Try out the ghugni, chowmein, schezwan/garlic chicken or some chola-bhatura, kulcha-chana, luchi/puri sabzi or maybe even the chicken/vegetable stew, fish fry, fish roll and end your street food saunter with sweet lassi or firni. This is a  safe place to try out Kolkata’s street food with family as WHO has rated the food here as one of the Best Street Foods of the World. So no worrying about upset tummies and heading here for a healthy, hearty and pocket friendly meal should be your next plan in Kolkata!

    Different dishes cost different amounts, but all start at INR 10 and don't cross the INR 150 benchmark.

    Address: Dacre Lane
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India

  • AJC Bose Road

    Are you in the mood for some juicy Kathi Rolls which taste like they are food poetry? Head to AJC Bose Road for fulfilment. Once here, walk to Gorky Sadan and see these culinary delights being prepared just across the road. Take your pick from a stuffing of paneer, mix veg, egg, curried chicken or chopped mutton, select from the roomali bread or parantha bread and get for yourself the personification of good taste wrapped in paper. Just walk to the vendor who is enjoying the longest queue and walk out with Kolkata’s gift to the food world, a Kathi Roll.

    You could be spending anywhere between INR 15- INR 60 for a filling roll.

    Address: AJC Bose Road
    Taltala
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India

  • East Metropolitan Bypass

    One of the best places in Kolkata to try Puchkas, Jhalmuri and other chaat items is located on the East Metropolitan Bypass (also called the EM Bypass) just after Ultadanga Hudco. You will see a slew of vendors dotting the street just beyond this landmark, cooking in front of you some of the most popula street foods of Kolkata. One of the most famous amongst these numerous vendors is Goutam’s Chaat who will present to you a colourful blend of curd, papri, chutney and masala in a bowl. The first bite itself will cast a spell on you and you will find yourself thirsting for more with each successive bite. If you like it spicy just tell the vendor so and he will make his dish just the way you want it!

    A plate of chaat, puchka or jhalmuri here starts at INR 10 and goes upto INR 45.

    Address: Near Ultadanga Hudco
    East Metropolitan Bypass
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India

  • BBD Bagh

    One of the prime business centres of the city, BBD Bagh sees a lot of businessmen flock to the street food stalls here for a quick lunch. Join the experienced locals and take a food walk down the square which is known for the numerous vendors who flock to this place to sell their wares. Some of the best vendors here are located near Fairlie place, by the backside of Writer’s Building and Near the Bankshall Court. You can try the Luchi, Kochuri and Aloodom, Cholar Dal, Rice and Fish Curry and Lanchan when here.

    Yum food starts at INR 15.

    Address: BBD Bagh
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India

  • Sudder Street

    One of the best places to enjoy Chinese street foods in Kolkata, ranging from dumplings to noodles and thukpa, Sudder Street is a retreat of spicy repose for foodies. All this bounty of taste involves the risk of falling ill, so be warned!

    Eating here will set you back by about INR 50 to INR 100.

    Address: Sudder Street
    Taltala
    Kolkata
    West Bengal
    India


With the knowledge of these places, you are all set to write your own foodie’s diary of Kolkata. Colourful, lip smacking, mouth watering, crunchy, tasty, tangy, appetising, sweet, delicious, heavenly... The more I say about the street food of Kolkata, the less it is and always will be.


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Kolkata abounds in all varieties of street food. The alleys off N.S.Road, the famed
office area surrounding Writers Building (the administrative centre of West Bengal) offer a lip-smacking variety of snacks and meals, with choices ranging from typical Bengali and South Indian to Moghlai, Punjabi and Chinese cuisine. In fact the entire area, loosely referred to as the "Dalhousie para", encompassing the Calcutta High Court and the Stock Exchange on Lyons Range (to name just two of the many landmark buildings), is a foodies` paradise where one can spend weeks sampling new dishes.

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