13 of the Best Mumbai Street Foods

Mumbai’s street food is not just about vada pav and pav bhaji, but a lot more, starting from noodles to kebabs, pizza to kulfi. Though you would spot vendors in every corner of the street selling lip-smacking delicacies, the major hub is concentrated in the areas of Vile Parle, Dadar, Bandra, CST station, and the Juhu-Girgaum Chowpatty Beaches. Let us take a look at the list of the top street foods of the city.Mumbai Street Food

 Vada Pav – A Tasty Potato Burger

Vada Pav Best Street Food in Mumbai

Vada Pav, Mumbai’s most famous street food, is a household name throughout the country, and beyond. It comprises of a big gaping bun (pav), stuffed with a potato dumpling (vada). Fried chilies and a spicy, dry garlic dip are mostly served as accompaniments. Its popularity is such that the 24th of August is celebrated as the World Vada Pav Day every year.

Varieties: Plain vada pav; samosa pav (stuffed with samosa); cheese pav; kheema pav (filled with minced meat); Schezwan pav (flavored with Schezwan sauce); mayonnaise pav; egg pav (stuffed with omelette)

Best places to get it:

Shivaji Vada Pav (popular for the cheese and Schezwan varieties); Anand Vada Pav (renowned for its garlic dip), opposite to Mithibai College, Vile Parle West; Ashok Vada Pav, adjacent to Kirti College, Dadar; Aaram Vada Pav, near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station

Approximate cost:

Rs 15 to 20 (plain vada pav); Rs 20 to 30 (samosa pav); Rs 35 to 40 (cheese pav); Rs 30 to 40 (Schezwan pav); Rs 40 to 50 (mayonnaise pav)

Bhel Puri – A Tangy Puffed Rice Snack

Bhel Puri Famous Street Food in Mumbai

A sweet, sour, and spicy fusion, bhel puri is prepared by tossing puffed rice along with chopped, boiled potatoes, onion, chilies, garlic, coriander and sev (crunchy chickpea noodles). Seasoned with tamarind and garlic sauces, it traditionally comes in paper cones, though some sellers serve them in paper plates.

Best places to get it:

Bombay Bhel Puri, at Juhu Beach; Sharma Bhel Puri House, opposite Municipal gardens, Vile Parle East; Sharmajee’s and Badshah’s at Chowpatty Beach

Approximate cost:

Rs 25 to 45 per plate

Sev Puri – A Crispy Savory

Sev Puri Popular Street Food of Mumbai

Sev puri comprises of papris or puris (crispy fried flatbread varieties) topped with potatoes, coriander, and onions, and garnished with a lot of sev, alongside tangy chutneys.

Varieties: Papri chat; dahi sev puri (with spiced curd or yogurt); toast sev puri (toppings of sev on toast)

Best places to get it:

Gupta Chaat Center, Matunga (specializes in toast sev puri); Sharma Chaat Bhandar, Vile Parle West; Swati Snacks, Tardeo; stalls in the Juhu and Girgaum Chowpatty area

Approximate cost:

Rs 30 to 40 per plate

Ragda Pattice – A Curry-Patty Combo

Ragda Pattice Top Street Food Mumbai

Another sought after street food of Mumbai, it comprises of two parts – the ragda, a chickpea curry, seasoned with several spices, and the pattice, prepared from mashed potatoes. Onions, coriander leaves, sev and chutneys are used as garnishes.

Best places to get it:

Guru Kripa, Sion; Kailash Parbat, Andheri; Sharma Chat Bhandar, Vile Parle West, stalls at the Juhu and Chowpatty Beach

Approximate cost:

Rs 30 to 50 per plate

Pani Puri – Crispy Fried Balls

Pani Puri Popular Street Food in Mumbai

These tangy, tasty crispy balls having fillings of potatoes and chickpeas are a common sight in the streets of Mumbai too like elsewhere. Take liberty in choosing from an array of sweet (jaggery) and sour (tamarind) dips.

Varieties: Dahi puri (garnished with dahi or curd)

Best places to get it:

Elco Pani Puri Center, Bandra West (mineral water used during preparation); Sharma Chaat Bhandar, Vile Parle West; stalls at Juhu and Girgaum Chowpatty

Approximate cost:

Rs 50 to 70 per plate of 6 pieces pani puri

Pav Bhaji – A Bun-Veg Curry Combo

Pav Bhaji Street Food of Mumbai

While the bhaji is prepared using a whole lot of vegetables, mashed, and seasoned with spices, the pav is a soft fluffy bun, smeared with a dollop of butter. This dish is incomplete without its accompaniments of chopped onions and a piece of lemon.

Best places to get it:

Sardar Refreshments (open till 2 am), Tardeo; Cannon Pav Bhaji, adjacent to CST area

Approximate cost:

Rs 70 to 80 per plate of two pav with bhaji

Zunka Bhakar – Nutritious Flatbread with Porridge

Zunka Bhakar Typical Street Food of Mumbai

One of the cheapest foods found in the streets of Mumbai, zunka is a dry porridge prepared from chickpea flour alongside garlic, onion, coriander powder and mustard seeds, whereas bhakar, a fried flatbread, has sorghum flour as its main ingredient. The Zunka Bhakar stall outside the CST station was known to sell this food for just 50 paise until 2012 when it was finally shut down.

Best places to get it:

Jhunka Bhakar Kendra branches at Kalbadevi, Malad, and Dhobi Talao

Approximate cost:

Prices vary from one place to the other, though the overall range is pretty cheap.

Bombay Sandwich – Mumbai’s Special Preparation

Sandwich Special Street Food of Mumbai

The innovative presentation and exceptional taste of the Bombay sandwich makes it a hot favorite among the city dwellers. Three slices of buttered bread, stuffed with pieces of boiled potatoes, beetroot, cucumber, onions, and smeared with mint chutney, makes for a wholesome breakfast.

Varieties: Bombay mayonnaise sandwich; Bombay cheese sandwich; Bombay toasted; Bombay Schezwan sandwich; Bombay egg sandwich

Best places to get it:

Mithibai College Ka Famous Sandwich, near Mithibai College, Vile Parle West; Raju Sandwich Stall, Churchgate; Sandwich Wallah just outside St Xavier’s College, VT

Approximate cost:

Rs 40 to 50 (veg toasted sandwich); Rs 70 to 80 (veg grilled sandwich)

Akuri on Toast – A Special Parsi Dish

Akuri on Toast Mumbai Street Food Egg

Akuri is a dish of scrambled eggs, topped with ginger, coriander, fried onions, black pepper, and chilies. The eggs are either topped on the buttered bread or served aside.

Best places to get it:

Kyani & Co, Marine Lines

Approximate cost:

Rs 40 to 50; Rs 35 to 40 (only Akuri)

Baida Roti – A Tasty Stuffed Flatbread

Baida Roti Non Veg Street Food in MumbaiBaida Roti Non Veg Street Food in Mumbai

Mostly eaten during the auspicious occasions of Ramadan and Eid, baida is a square fried flatbread filled with minced meat or eggs. Dips of mint, coriander or tomato are often teamed with this savory.

Varieties: Cheese baida roti; paneer baida roti; chicken baida roti; mutton baida roti

Best places to get it:

Bademiya (open post-midnight), Colaba; Ayub’s, Fort; Cafe Noorani, Tardeo; Nice Fast Food Corner, Santacruz West

Approximate cost:

Rs 70 to 80 per plate

Kanda Poha – A Flat Rice Snack

Kanda Poha Midnight Street Food at Mumbai

A common snack eaten for breakfast in most parts of Maharashtra, poha is made out of flat rice (poha), seasoned and cooked with chilies, onions, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves. This pocket-friendly dish is available post-midnight and also in the wee hours of morning.

Best places to get it:

Manohar Pure Veg, Shivaji Park, Dadar; Hotel Shivam Swad, Kurla; stall outside Canteena Juice Center (sale starts from 3:30 am), Colaba

Approximate cost:

Rs 20 to 40 per plate

Batata Vada – A Delicious Potato Fritter

Batata Vada Authentic Street food of Mumbai

The Portuguese word for potato, batata is mashed, seasoned with spices and dipped in a gram flour batter to make this patty. Spicy dips are often served with it.

Best places to get it:

Shree Krishna Batatawada, Dadar West; Aram, CST area

Approximate cost:

Rs 35 to 40 (4 pieces)

Misal Pav –Bun and Spicy Curry

Misal Pav Good Street Food of Mumbai

Any list of Mumbai street foods would be incomplete without mentioning about misal pav. The pav or soft buns are accompanied with a mouthwatering sprout curry, and garnished using onions, chillies, coriander leaves, and Bombay mix (an Indian snack mix).

Best places to get it:

Aaswad, Dadar West; Aram, CST area; Anand Bhuvan, Kalbadevi; Sai Veg World, Goregaon East; Prakash Shakahari Upahaar Kendra, Dadar West

Approximate cost:

Rs 40 to 60 per plate of two pav with misal

Besides the authentic Mumbai-styled dishes mentioned above, the city maintains its versatility when it comes to South Indian cuisines like idly and dosa, Gujarati dishes like dhokla, khandvi, and dabeli pav or Bengal’s famous rolls.

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