Varanasi or Banaras as we all know is world’s most oldest living cities. The beauty of this city cannot be described into words, no wonder the number of tourist visiting this city tops almost all tourist destinations in India. Apart from being a pilgrimage destination, Banaras offers scrumptious food. The city talks about the old era, zigzagging lanes lined with up with picturesque shops and peppery eateries. What adds to the reputation of this city even more are the milling crowds and lazing cows and amazing food. You know what even the smallest of food eateries here offer something that is unique and delicious.
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Favourite Eateries In Varanasi To Indulge Into Everything Banarasi
Yes Food at Varanasi truly blends with the religion and culture of this beautiful city. Starting from Kachori, Chaats, lassi and the world famous Paan you need to try every bit of it here. Since I have a special connection with this city there are some of my favourite eateries where you can indulge into everything Banarasi. So Check it out below:
1. Deena Chaat Bhandar
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When it comes to food, Varanasi is too famous for it’s huge variety of heavenly chaats. Starting from Dahi bhalla, Kachoris, Samosa to Palak Chaat and even Tamatar ki chaat their variety of chaat is a must try. If you are looking to dig into some delicious chaat then Deena Chaat Bhandar is the best place to be. They have two outlets, the one which more popular is near to the Dashashwamedha Ghat. Do try the tamatar chaat and palak chaat, these are really unique and at the same time speciality of the Deena Chaat Bhandar. One other must try dish are the popular Dahi bhallas, the Dahi Bhallas here are a bit sweeter than what you normally get in another place, this is because of the generous amount of raisins which go into it and lends that natural sweetened taste.
2. Baati Chokha
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Banaras is a mirror that shows traditions and culture in every bit of it and Baati Chokha is another traditional setting which tries to portrays true Banaras with its delicious food. On the Puran Das Road, Banaras is this delightfully traditional restaurant with really rural ambience. One can see traditional cooking implements like the Chulha (stove), Sil batta (stone for grinding) here and as a part of the rural ambience there are charpoys where you can enjoy your food sitting in desi style by crossing your legs on huge Brass plates and Katoris. Baati Choka offers a total authentic experience, in case you still want to try out modern table setting then they have that option too ready for you. Baati Chokha offers most of the popular dishes from eastern UP and Bihar, their list of traditional dishes includes the world popular Litti chokha and the Sattu parathas. Litti Chokha are ultimate here and my favourite, the hard-oven-baked cakes filled with channa dal served along with piping hot dal, chokha and pickles are out of the world. Another thing that makes Batti Choka famous is their thalis. I remember paying 150 rupees for it and trust me it was worth each and every paisa.
3. Blue Lassi (Vishwanath Gali)
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Yes I know Lassi is a patent of Punjab but in Varanasi you will be surprised to see a lassi shop in each and every corner of the city. This shop offers for its 75 different flavours if Lassi and its all worth trying. Be it sweet or savoury the long list of different flavours has it all. Do try the traditional version of that sweet lassi – Malai Maar Ke and other must try flavours are apple and banana.
4. Brown Bread Bakery
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Not so Indian when it comes to food here at the Brown Bread Bakery, but if you are looking for some sandwiches, omelettes and breads in Varanasi then this is the right place. Varanasi is visited by a huge number of foreign tourist and Brown Bread Bakery is very popular with such visitors. There are around three to four shops which have the same name so don’t get confused where to go, the right one is located in the Dashashwamedha Ghat on the 4th floor of a narrow building. To keep monkeys out the eating area is covered with a grill cage. You need to check out the ambience here it’s absolutely awesome, yes but when it comes to price then this place is on the expensive side. In case you are looking for something non-vegetarian in this holy city then Brown Bread Bakery is the right place for you.
6. Deepak Tambul Bhandar
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Reminds me of this popular song, “Khaike Paan Banaras Wala, Khul Jaye Band Akal Ka Taala”. How can a trip to Varanasi be ever whole without tasting that famous paan. All over Banaras you will see many paan shops, but the most popular is but Deepak Tambul Bhandar located near the Dashashwamedh Ghat. In case you don’t know what Paan actually is then is basically made with beetle nut leaves, some beetle nuts, condiments. Mostly eaten with tobacco or lime, but simple sweet versions are also available with are equally tasty. A word of caution consuming any kind of tobacco comes with a statutory warning so be careful as these ingredients may make your head spin. I remember trying a meetha paan here and trust me the taste of that sweet Gulkand still tickles my tongue.
7. Kachori Gali
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Kachori Gali is located in the lane just beyond the famed Kashi Vishwanath Temple. You don’t need to ask for the location, just follow the beautiful smell of the delicious kachoris and you will be right there. There are small little nooks in the wall which serve these awesome freshly fried kachoris. The Kachoris are stuffed up with either some lentil or green peas and then fried and served hot with spicy mint chutney. Be it 7 AM or 7 PM the shops open pretty early and stay open till late. But again season plays an important role, during peak tourist season the shops actually run out of kachoris pretty than in normal season time.
I am sure by now your mouth would be watering isn’t it? so next time you visit Varanasi do check out these places. These were my picks but you are open to explore this holy city of Banaras and do let us know of you discover something divine.
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