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Street Food In Kolkata, Khub Bhalo

Well there is a huge difference between eating in a five-star restaurant and eating in a local street shop in Kolkata. So if you are among the ones, who prefer street food over restaurants then this article is going to be of a lot of use for you. If we talk in general you get quality food, quality service and an air-conditioned room in a five-star restaurant while in a local street joint you get oily food, average service (can be pathetic if the sales are high) and nature’s fresh air at maximum. But I am sure you will agree that street foods are far tastier than any five-star restaurant and the fun and enjoyment you have eating local you can never get when you eat at these big restaurant joints. So, here’s a look at the top places to go to for Street Food In Kolkata. 

Street Food In Kolkata

1. Rabindra Sadan Metro Exit

Kolkata Rabindra Sadan photo
Rabindra Sadan Metro Station by paulhami

The first place which comes to my mind when I talk about street foods is this! At the edge of the street you would come across local momo’s shop and trust us, they taste far tastier than Mainland China or similar joints. A plate of veg momo should cost you just Rs.20 while chicken momo would cost you Rs.30. There is a Muslim shop nearby the momo joints and if you just pass by the shop; the aroma would drag you into their food joints.

2. Balwant Singh, Bhawanipur

Kolkata pani puri photo
Kolkata by taylorandayumi

Thanks to the colleges located nearby Balwant Singh, the dhaba has earned immense popularity among the young masses. Try anything here! Tea, Nimki, Kachori, Samosa, Chole Bhature anything and I am sure the only thing that you will say after it would be Vah re Vah! This is one of the most popular dhabas in Kolkata, and is a must visit. Before we forget, don’t forget to have their Doodh-Cola; it is a mixture of Milk and Coca-Cola which will blow out your minds.

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3. Outside Vardaan Market

Another area which is famous for its street foods. Vardaan market is quite a popular spot for localities’; and it has gained even more fame due to the local street vendors located nearby. Daal Pakori, Bhel Puri, Chilla, Juices are the prime things which you would find. Our suggestion, try everything!

4. Princep Ghat

This is another prime area for all the street food lovers. The best part about Princep ghat is that it is located near Ganga river and gives you a serene view of Kolkata. You can go for boating or you can just sit at one of the ghats and enjoy the view of Kolkata. Coming onto the food available here, Princep Ghat’s Paw Bhaji! You just can’t afford to miss this; trust us nothing can get better than this. You can also go for the French fries, which are sprinkled with chat masala all over it.

5. BBD Bag

There is a big reason why I have mentioned BBD Bag, and the reason is pretty simple; this is one of the places where you would get such variety of street food that you can’t imagine. Biriyani, Loochi, Aloo Dum, Dahi Chat, Dal Pakori, Rice and Fish Curry this place has it all. Make sure you don’t miss out on this place when it comes to completing your street food craving.

6. Any Bengali Local Shop

We have mentioned ‘any Bengali local shop’ because it is not possible to pick a certain area for this. This place offers a limited menu with some 4 to 8 popular items, like Fish Chop, Fish Cutlet, Chicken Chop, Chicken Cutlet, Chowmein, Chicken Roll and if you are lucky enough Muglai Paratha. Visit any Bengali area and we are sure that you would find such joints and all of them have the same menu. The taste of these items are so delicious that you just can’t afford to miss it.

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7. New Market

This is one of the areas in Kolkata, where you will find a hell lot of people. The area is famous for its local vendors which provide quality stuff at a very cheap price. The area has earned more fame due to its local street food joint. Poochka, Rolls, Chowmein, Momo, Tea, Chole Bhature, Muri, Idli, Dosa are among the specialties. If you are hungry enough, try all of them; you will just go ‘Wow’.

I am sure that the moment you try these lip smacking street food you will surely say KHUB BHALO with a big smile on your face. That is what makes the street food so special, it brings a smile on your face.

Featured Photo “The Two States” by Rajib Ghosh under CC BY 2.0



Meghna is an MBA HR by profession, she has 5 years of corporate experience in HR and Admin. She has a very simple style of writing this is one reason why her work reaches easily to different types of people. Apart from writing she also loves to shop be it real or window she can spend hours shopping :).

Currently, her little one keeps her occupied. However, her passion for writing still forces her to take some time out time and pen down her thoughts into words. She truly loves both her jobs, looking after her naughty little kid at time same time create quality content for the website.

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