Mumbai's street food is extremely popular both among the localites and visitors. Your employees would love to explore the street food joints in the city. Here's a list.
Mumbai, the city of dreams is a melting pot of all the cultures. And different cultures bring different cuisines with them. Delhi has Parathewali Galli, Indore has Sarafa and Mumbai has Khau Gallis. Khau in Marathi means Snack. So as the name suggests, most of the shops in street food in Mumbai offer you quick bites. But some of them are full-fledged hotels that offer the entire 3-course menu. These Khau Gallis are spread all over Mumbai. So let's take a ride of street food in Mumbai that spice up our lives.
Sometimes we feel going on a long weekend to nearest hill stations and trekking nearest places will make you feel like exploring the unexplored places. But unfortunately, these long leaves happens to come 3 to 4 times a year. Instead of waiting for these long holidays, you can take a ride to these below street foods in Mumbai to taste and explore them as a local.
Best Street Food in Mumbai You Should Try
The Khau Galli at CST has 15-20 shops and hotels. People in this city are always running around the clock and barely have time to eat hence, they prefer having a quick bite on the go. CST houses plenty of government offices, private companies, and colleges, and is one of the busiest stations in the city. Built during British rule, the CST station building has a heritage structure.
A lot of tourists, both Indian and foreigners, book this street food tour to click pictures of this heritage monument and enjoy the flavour of the city.
Some of the popular stalls and hotels include Aaram Vada Pav and Cannon Pav Bhaji. Cannon Pav Bhaji is the restaurant that invented Pav Bhaji and is a must try.
Colaba Causeway offers you an amazing combo of shopping and hogging. This upmarket area of Mumbai is always crowded with young ladies and tourists looking for pocket-friendly western clothes and oxidized Indian jewelry.
For the foodie in you, apart from the Leopold Café and Café Mondegar that offers excellent non-vegetarian and vegetarian cuisine, you will be able to enjoy local Chaat dishes, Masala Tea, Pav-Bhaji, North and South Indian dishes.
You can also book Colaba Causeway tour not only show you around but will take you to the best places to taste the local food.
Another plus point of visiting Colaba Causeway is that the Gateway of India is barely 10 minutes away by foot from Café Mondegar. If you want, you can take a ride on the boat and enjoy the beauty of the sea.
Fort Street Food
Close to CST Station, the Fort area has a rich history and holds an important place in the independence of India. With heritage buildings and delightful street food, visiting Fort area is a treat. Though you can visit the biggest and very first Starbucks in Mumbai here at Horniman Circle, the fun of having hot tea at a small tea stall is beyond comparison.
From Vada-pav to Chinese cuisine and from Parathas to Chicken Kebabs, you will get an amazing variety of food on these streets. These stalls start selling hot tea at 4 am, even before the early morning yoga classes in Mumbai.
While most of them shut around 12 am, some are open till 2 am, especially the ones that offer scrambled eggs and Chicken Biryani. If you’re looking to add some spice to your trip, you can take the Fort street food tour with an experienced guide.
Bhuleshwar Khau Galli
Just like street food in Bangalore, Mumbai has a lot of variety of street food to offer. Bhuleshwar Khau Galli is the very first street food in Mumbai. It was established to put an end to the shoppers’ and shopkeepers’ hunger pangs.
Bhuleshwar is best known for the wholesale jewelry market and thrilling prices. But a true Mumbaikar knows about this secret food heaven that offers splendid varieties of Chaat, snacks, south Indian dishes and Ice Gola.
Even a 5 hours street food tour won’t be enough to explore and experience the irresistible dishes that are offered here. The specialty of this Khau Galli is ‘Kheencha papad’ also known as ‘Masala papad’. This papad is topped up with salad, butter and spices which makes it a healthy snack.
If you are planning to visit Bhuleshwar market and street food in Mumbai, do pay a visit to the spice market, the wholesale vegetable market and the jewellery market. The prices here are pretty affordable and you get to see a lot of variety of clothes and jewellery. You also get jewellery making material at Bhuleshwar.
If you’re looking for a perfect candlelight dinner in Mumbai, you can find plenty of options here in Girgaon or you can also walk by the marine drive and explore the downtown of Mumbai. On Girgaum Chaupati (Girgaon beach), along with the famous Mumbai Chaat, you will be able to treat your taste buds with sea-food, pav-bhaji vada-pav and Ice Gola. There are plenty of stalls and small hotels that are open till midnight. But you need a professional guide who knows which stalls to visit to get the authentic chat and seafood.
If you search on the internet, there are plenty of tours that take you on the ride to explore the south Mumbai. It includes visiting places such as Colaba Causeway, Crawford market, marine drive, Girgaon chaupati, Haji Ali Dargah, Mahalaxmi Temple, Siddhivinayak etc.
Mahim Khau Galli
Maheem is a western suburb of Mumbai which is known for the Mahim Dargah. In this thickly populated area, one can find food stalls and little hotels that mostly offer non-vegetarian cuisine. If you want to treat your taste buds with spicy and tasty chicken and mutton preparations, this is the place for you.
To start with, one can order chicken mayonnaise shawarma. It looks like a frankie or a roll. The smoky tandoori chicken shawarma melts in your mouth leaving its delicious taste lingering. Apart from shawarma, you get mutton kheema, white and red chicken biryani, Baida roti, kheema pav, chicken vada pav and much more. But Mahim street food in Mumbai is not only about hot and spicy dishes.
You can also try sweet Halwa Paratha, Khichada and Falooda that contains calming Basil Seeds, mint ice-cream, fruits and fruit juice.
Carter Road Khau Galli
Carter road is the best place for the couples to spend a romantic evening by the sea, watching the sunset, sitting at the Carter road promenade. And when the hunger pangs start troubling, you can either head to those romantic cafés at Pali hill to have a romantic dinner or if you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can roam in Carter Road street food in Mumbai that offers excellent and pocket-friendly vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine.
Apart from the mouth-watering shawarma and biryani, you will be able to taste some amazing Momos and Chinese cuisine. Be it noodles, fried rice, manchurian or chicken soup, you will get it all here.
But to visit the right stall, you will need an expert’s guidance. It would be best if it is a local food enthusiast who has already explored this place and knows it pretty well. If you are a real foodie and eating is your first love, you can book a 5-hour street food tour for couples wherein you’ll not only explore all these amazing Gallis but also be shopping and visiting tourist spots that are usually missed out during a usual tour.
Ghatkopar Khau Galli
Ghatkopar has a big Gujarati population. And with Gujarati culture comes their delicious and distinct cuisine. Ghatkopar has become a hub for foodies who are always ready to try out new food joints and explore various tastes. While Mahim Khau Galli is for non-vegetarians, Ghatkopar Khau Galli is a paradise for vegetarians.
It is situated at Ghatkopar East. The hotels and stalls open at 4:30 pm and are open until the midnight. Though Ghatkopar Khau Galli is the smallest Khau gully in Mumbai that consists of only seven vendors, it is a unique one as all the vendors sell different type of foods. The best part about this street food in Mumbai is, all the vendors are licence holders and offer quality cuisine.
You can taste about 25 different varieties of Dosas, momos, boiled corn, pasta, and varieties of Maggi noodles, different types of chats, veg sandwiches, Dabeli, Khichu, Vati Dal Dhokla Pav Pattice, and much more. Doesn’t this sound mouth-watering? Even a 5 hours street food tour won’t be enough for a true foodie to experience all the varieties of dishes.
Mohammed Ali Road Khau Galli
This is another heaven for the meat lovers that offers a variety of dishes for foodies. Be it mouth-watering sweets like Malpua and Faluda or sizzling chicken kebabs, fluffy naans and tasty tikkas, there’s a dish for everyone. Visiting this street food paradise during the festival of Ramzan is a real treat. It is not only a treat for your taste buds but is also pleasant for eyes. Apart from the usual dishes, the vendors dish out Ramazan special gastronomic delights such as Sheer Khurma, Haleem, Paya and Phirni.
Kharghar Khau Galli
Who says all the street food in Mumbai are only in the western and central parts of Mumbai? Navi Mumbai has its own Khau Galli at Kharghar. The street adjacent to Utsav Chowk turns into a full-fledged street food heaven every evening. The vendors here offer Chinese cuisine, chat and non-vegetarian cuisine, momos along with chat, cotton candy for kids and Lassi.
Have you visited any of this street food in Mumbai before? If you haven’t, don’t forget to inform us in the comments section about how you liked this ride through these amazing culinary heavens.