Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal, has surprised countless travellers with its rich cultural heritage and age old traditions. The aptly-named ‘City of Joy’ has several awe-inspiring destinations that offer a wide variety of travel experiences. Apart from the tourist spots, Kolkata is well-known for tasty Indian street food. Many of these dishes have exotic names such as phuchka, jhal-muri and telebhaja. Of course, they taste exotic too. Interestingly, the city has integrated street food from other states and even other countries. Without beating about the bush anymore, we would like to introduce you to some of the popular areas in Kolkata that are a foodie’s paradise.
Admired for offering a wide variety of street food, Dacres Lane is a place that’s always bustling with people sitting on narrow benches and relishing the mouth-watering meals. Visitors can treat their taste-buds to fish fry, chicken stew, dum curry, khichdi with ghee, chowmein, fried-rice, biryani and dosa. Budget travellers should add this destination in their travel itinerary as it is absolutely pocket-friendly. The chowmein, fried rice and many of the other dishes taste absolutely different from what one gets in other parts of the world.
AJC Bose Road
The flavoursome Kathi Roll is a legendary dish in Kolkata and many of the food stalls in AJC Bose Road serve lip-smacking rolls! The customers can choose the fillings from a wide range of options like paneer (farmer cheese), chicken, mutton and egg. Some of the famous restaurants here are KhanaSutra, Casa Kitchen and Kalash. These eating venues provide Continental, Oriental, Chinese and Indian cuisines.
A prime area of food lovers, Princep Ghat is well- known for offering tempting Pav Bhaajis and French fries mixed with chat masala (a tangy spice). Especially famous is the 40-year old food stall here. Princep Ghat is located on the banks of the River Ganges and offers panoramic views of the city. One may go boating on the river, stroll along the bank, or just sit back and relax.
Situated in Free School Street, New Market is popular for quality stuff at very cheap rates. A number of food joints here offer specialities like phuchka, rolls, chowmein, momos, chole bhature, muri, idli and dosa. Some of the famous street food restaurants in this area are Darjeeling Momo Junction, Cooks on Wheels, Moghal Darbar and Try Fry.
Foodies looking forward to an authentic Chinese snack should visit the distinguished Tiretti Bazaar. There are a number of Chinese vendors here selling home-made products such as soy and chilli sauces, tofu, pickles, glass noodles and prawn wafers. On Sundays, Tiretti Bazaar remains densely-crowded throughout the hours of the day.