The vibrant city of Mumbai offers a delight for foodies with its mélange of cuisines and cultures! A foodie in Mumbai is simply spoilt for choice with 5-star restaurants serving gourmet food to local street snacks, one can gorge over quaint cafe foods and have fine dine evenings. Exotic cuisine from all over to world is equally appreciated as migrant food from various parts of the country! From traditional meals to snacks created and found only in Mumbai, this city has delicacies one must try in a lifetime. Here is a yummy list of must-eats in Mumbai to get your taste buds tickling –
1. Vada Pav outside Kirti College
Claims to be the best Vada Pav in Mumbai! The city’s staple and humble snack is enjoyed in almost every nook & corner. However, the Ashok Vada Pav stall outside Kirti College in Dadar wins hearts all over. Assuring the same taste for the past 35 years, this joint attracts eaters to gorge over their scrumptious and crisp vadas with the perfectly seasoned filling – simply marvelous!
Address : Off Cadel Road, Kirti College Lane, Prabhadevi.
2. Dal Makhani at Preetam da Dhaba
Crave for Punjabi food in Mumbai? Head straight to Preetam da Dhabha. One, for the heavenly food, and two, for the rustic ambience of a typical Dhabha to give you the real feel. Any Mumbaikar would highly recommend a dose of their creamy and luscious Dal Makhani to bring a smile to your face. Paired with their special Karari Roti, it’s a meal one cannot miss in Mumbai.
Address : Hotel Midtown Pritam, Pritam Estates, Dadar East, Mumbai
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3. Bun Maska at Sasania Bakery
Dating back in history, Mumbai does remember falling in love with the Parsis and the love for Iranian food. Although most Iranian restaurants have shut down, still some remain favourites owing to their signature dishes! Sasania Bakery near Metro cinema shines through with their yummy treats. Hot bun maska with a kadak chai at this place is sure to tell a tale of its own!
Address : 98, Marine View, Dhobi Talao, Marine Lines
4. Misal Pav at Datta Snacks, old Pune Highway
Touring towards Pune from Mumbai, one can burp over delectable Maharashtrian snacks at Datta Snacks on the old highway. They also have a new outlet on the new Expressway near Khalapur. Spicy Misal is served in big bowls with some crispy farsan and raw onion! One can soak some fresh pav in the gravy to complete a yummy meal and head back en route! Other snacks enjoyed here are thaalipeeth, kothimbir vadi and sabudana khichadi.
Address : Mumbai – Pune Expy, Dahivati Tarf Boreti, Maharashtra 410203
5. Jaggery Icecream at Bojohari Manna (Lokhandwala, Andheri)
People from all over the country have made Mumbai their home. No wonder Bengal has served us its treats at Bhojohari Manna, a modest eatery in Andheri. After having satisfied your taste buds with Bengali affairs, one must try a unique ice cream made with Bengal’s favourite date palm jiggery – Noler Gur. This decadence is churned out of fresh milk and sweetened with Nolen Gur and is an innovative twist on the traditional Bengali sweet, ‘Sandesh’ representing it in the form of an ice cream!
Address : Oshiwara, Andheri West
Galleria Shopping Centre, Powai
Chembur Naka, Mumbai
6. Veg Lunch at Govinda Restaurant ISKON
Wishing to have a divine intervention with food? Come and have a humble and holy meal at the Govinda ISKON restaurant in Juhu. Purely vegetarian, sans onion and garlic, this ‘satvic’ bliss will make you feel heavenly. Situated adjacent to the Krishna temple with beautiful ambience of wooden furniture and old world charm upholstery and tapestry, this restaurant spells devotion in everything! Can it get more divine – all the food offered to customers is first offered to Lord Krishna, making it truly transcendental. Hare Krishna!
Address : Juhu Church Road, ISKCON Temple, Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Vile Parle West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
7. Maharashtrian Snacks at Prakash – Dadar
Batata Vada, Misal, Sabudana Vada, Khichadi, Thalipeeth, Piyush! My tummy is happy. By far the best Maharashtrian snacks one can find in the hustling suburb of Dadar is at Prakash! Serving Mumbaikars since the past 30 years, this modest eatery is super pocket friendly and serves the same taste every time you decide to munch on few snacks here. Food is simple, hygienic and oh so delightful. Surely a place one cannot miss in Mumbai!
Address : Near Shiv Sena Bhavan, Gokhale Road, Dadar Shivaji Park
8. Vodka Pani Puri at Pratap da Dhaba
When gastronomic fusion started its rage in India, it was Pratap da Dhaba that first introduced – Vodka Pani Puri in its eccentric North Indian Restaurant and has been sensational ever since. Complimentary welcome drinks, a good place to hang out with friends and family, mouthwatering Punjabi food and a shot of Vodka desi style – why won’t this place be on a must eat list!
Address : Link Plaza, Next To Punjab & Maharashtra Bank, Oshiwara, Andheri West
9. Chilly Ice cream at Bachelorr’s
Started at a small joint selling ice creams and juices, Bachelors has notched itself up to being a dessert parlour! This stall swung right outside Girgaon Chowpatty serves a delicious spread of ice creams, juices, sandwiches and quick bites. The most popular pick here – the green chilly ice cream! Still sweet and tastes like ice cream but the fiery hint of chilly gives it a kick. Ginger, orange blossom, shahi gulab are also some exotic flavours to try.
Address : 45, Ext. Sattar Sea View, Marine Drive, Charni Road
10. Misal pav near Mamledar Office – Thane
If you are a Misal fan, the Misal at Mamledar is a must try! Available in two variants – normal and hot (read very spicy), it’s a mouthwatering curry served with crunchy farsan and raw onion and a humble pav to dip through the spicy madness! Pocket friendly and modest, this little place is surely burn your tongue and not your pocket!
Address : Opposite Zilla Parishad, Talav Pali, Naupada, Thane West, Thane, Maharashtra 400602
11. Kaapi and Upma at Madras Café/ Idli House
The south of the west – Matunga, a quaint little suburb in central Mumbai hosts several south Indian themed ‘Udipi’ restaurants serving authentic feasts! Certainly, topping the list of many such joints in Café Madras near King’s Circle feeding hungry foodies to delicious south Indian snacks. The Kaapi (best filter coffee in Mumbai), Upma, Ragi Dosa, Ghee Dosa and Rasam Vadas are must haves!
Address : 38 B, Circle House, King’s Circle, Matunga East, Mumbai
12. Dal-Phulka, Ganthiya Sabji, Masala Chaas and Bheeh at Bhagat Tarachand
Wish to have an affair with ghee-laden Marwadi food?! Head straight here. Bhagat Tarachand has been one of the oldest chain of restaurants serving north Indian and Marwadi delicacies in Mumbai. Started as a tiny outlet in the hustling Zaveri Bazar, now has full-fledged restaurants all over the city and country. Their humble Dal tempered to perfection, Ganthiya sabzi, dal baat, Sev tomato sabzi paired with hot rotlas make such a satisfying and memorable meal,
Address : Mumbadevi Commercial Center 69/75, Zaveri Bazaar, Kalbadevi Mumbai – 400002
13. Sindhi Treats at Jhama and Vig – Chembur
Chembur, a multi-ethnic suburb is however home to predominately Sindhis and Punjabis, hence giving us a plethora of eateries and restaurants to hog at with modest pricings. From Simple Sindhi staple breakfast of Dal Pakwan at Vig Refreshments to heavenly sweets at Jhama, it’s a paradise for north Indian foos lovers. Vig serves crispy pakwans with tangy and spicy combinations of dals, chhole puris and lassi! Jhama came to be so famous that even Raj Kapoor would order sweets only from here!
Address : Jhama Sweets, Dr Chotiram Gidwani Road, Chembur Camp, Chembur (East)
14. Khichadi at Swati Snacks – Tardeo
All of India’s staple food – khichadi made from simple mix of lentils and rice cooked together with mild tempering is the best comfort food of all times! This simple all in one meal is such a popular dish present at Swati Snacks in Tardeo, and yet has thousands of visitors wanting to grab a spoon of this humble dish. Swati has various versions of khichadi with recipes from different parts of the country with excellent pairings to go along. A must visit!
Address : 248, Karai Estate, Opposite Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo Road, Tardeo, Mumbai
15. Pav Bhaji at Sardar Pav Bhaji – Tardeo
Beaming with pride, this pav bhaji is hands down the best pav bhaji one can ever come across! Reason- this place has invented the legendary dish! Laden with generous amounts of butter, Sardar pav bhaji ranks on the top of every pav bhaji lover. Also, being called ‘butter bath’ by critics, pav bhaji here swears not use artificial colours & flavourings, but is made simply using lots of vegetables & their secret masala. Another reason why its famous is that one can satisfy a midnight craving of yummy greasy food as this place is open upto the wee hours of night.
Address : 166-A, 166-B, Tardeo road junction, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400034
16. Rustomjee’s Biscuit Icecream – Churchgate
K.Rustom at Churchgate has been serving simple home churned ice cream for more than a century. Their USP – Luscious ice cream sandwiched between wafer crisp biscuits! Walking towards the Marine Drive from Churchgate, this tiny outlet is easily miss able. However, once you know of this place and the wonders it does to your taste buds, you are sure to be a frequenter. Few must try flavours are Rum n Raisin, Peach Choco Nut and Walnut Crunch!
Address : 86, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
17. Badshahi Falooda at Badshah – Crawford Market
Serving the ‘badshaah of faloodas’ for decades, this place is like an oasis amidst the ever-crowded Crawford Market. At Badshah, one can have various snacks, juices and desserts. However, quenching your thirst after a round of shopping in the heat can only be justified by the rich falooda they offer. The place is always full, but be sure of a prompt service, and of course decadent faloodas.
Address : 152/156, Umrigar Building, Lokmanya Tilak Marg | Opposite Crawford Market, Fort, Mumbai 400001, India
18. Chat at Elco Market Hill Rd
Elco at Bandra is rated as the best place to have gorgeous and tongue tickling Chaat. Situated on the buzzing hill road, this vegetarian snack joint has grown from a humble chaat counter to a fully functional restaurant. Pani Puri lovers swear by this place for it is known as the best pani puri in town.
Address : 2/A, Elco Market, 46, Hill Road, Bandra West
19. Batata vada & Samosa at Krishna – Dadar
Considered a ‘pitstop when at Dadar’, this place fried up some lip smacking snacks. Most famous here is the humble batata vada which is like no other! They do not serve any pav/bread with their vadas, which makes them special. Hot, crisp, spicy and salivating – batata vadas here are simply heavenly, eaten with a bite of fried green chillies for that extra kick! One can also munch on Samosas which are equally liked, and so are the little cubes of kothimbir wadis.
Address : Radha Nivas, Chhabildas Rd, Dadar West, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028
20. Bun Maska & Mawa Samosa at Merwan – Grant Road
Mumbai has a deep love for Iranian outlets. The love affair with Merwan has been legendary! Serving since almost a century, this place gives out the most amazing Iranian treats – bum maska, mava samosas and their divine mawa cakes! Their mawa cakes run out at 6 am on Sunday mornings! This iconic eatery was supposed to shut down but the love of Mumbaikars is reviving its shine.
Address : Ali Bhai Remji Road, Opposite Station, Grant Road East, Grant Road, Mumbai
21. Besebelle bhat at Gopal Lunch Home – Malad
A south Indian meal is said to be soul filling and heartwarming owning to its subtle and humble flavours. This is translated very well by the ‘Bisi Bele Bhat’ at Gopal Lunch Home in Malad. This soul-stirring dish from Karnataka is basically a khichadi with dal, lentils and vegetables cooked together with the loveliest combination of tangy and spicy savours; and Gopal does justice to its glory.
Address : Talvo Mahal, Near Railway Station, Parekh Road, Vijaykar Wadi, Malad West, Mumbai
22. Samosa at Gurukripa
A combination unlike any other – samosa chhole at Guru Kripa in Sion is another snack Mumbaikars adore. The owner of this place started a cart of samosa-chhole 41 years ago, which now is a quintessential stop by at Sion. Moderate pricing and humble ambience give this place a rustic feel which is undoubtedly overpowered by the hot and crunchy samosas here!
Address : 40, Guru Kripa Building, Road 24, Near SIES College, Sion, Mumbai
23. Gajanan vada pav – Thane
Serving since 1978, this is one of the most famous joints in Thane. The humble vada pav gets a different meaning here in a quaint little joint in Thane. What makes it unique is a whacky yellow chutney made with besan, chillies and a few other secret ingredients! Foodies come pouring in for this special combination of yellow chutney and hot, crisp vadas found nowhere else!
Address : Chhatrapati Sambhaji Road, Naupada, Thane West
24. Farali Pattice at Prahlad Pattice Center – Princess Street
A delicious Maharashtrian snack, the farali pattice is a patty made from mashed potatoes with a tangy and sweet filling made of coconut, raisins, green chillies and spices. Pralhad at Zaveri Bazaar knows best! A board here reads ‘Mava Masalanye Bharlele Special Farali Pattice’! Highly recommended with a cup of evening tea, these gorgeous patties are a must try!
Address : Prahlad Petis Centre
Princess Street, Mumbai – 400002
25. Kanji vada at Kalbadevi near cotton exchange
When one talks about the best street food in Mumbai, one cannot unhear the name of a certain cart serving ‘Kanji wada’ at Kalbadevi. This Rajasthani wonder is a yummy combination of kanji – a refreshing digestive drink and a vada – made of lentils. The place does not have a specific name but one can find a big unmissable crowd near cotton exchange area and be sure to gorge on this lovely drink.
Address : 3/01, Bhuleshwar Corner, Opposite Cotton Exchange, Kalbadevi, Mumbai