7 cities you must go to if you have love for food

From the spicy streets of Delhi to the regal feasts of Lucknow, we’ve made a list for all you culinary tourists

7 cities you must go to if you have love for food

India is an interesting blend of diverse cultures, and nowhere is this richness more evident than in its culinary landscape. The country reveals a kaleidoscope of flavours, each region boasting its own distinctive identity. For instance, in the western state of Maharashtra and the bustling city of Indore, Poha reigns supreme as a staple dish. However, what makes this breakfast unique is the subtle yet significant variations in its preparation, reflective of the local nuances and preferences of each area.

Venturing further into the heart of the nation, every state unfolds a narrative that is a testament to its history, geography and traditions. It's a remarkable journey where similar dishes might share a name but possess an individuality that is deeply rooted in the local ethos. As one traverses the length and breadth of India, the culinary map unfolds, offering a myriad of regional specialties.

With all the long weekends listed out on your calendar, let’s explore the food map so that you can then decide where to hop to for your next culinary adventure.

Delhi, the heart of India, has a vibrant and diverse food scene that mirrors the city's rich cultural heritage. Bustling street markets to upscale restaurants, Delhi is a hotpot of cuisines, renowned for its mouth-watering street food, including the famous Chandni Chowk kebabs, golgappas and spicy chaats. Connaught Place with its eclectic mix of eateries offers a global food journey, all while the aroma of Delhi's iconic street foods continue to waft through the air.

Top 3 things to try in Delhi:
1. Butter Chicken at Karim's: A visit to Delhi is incomplete without savouring the iconic Butter Chicken at Karim's, located in the historic area of Old Delhi.
2. Parathas at Paranthe Wali Gali: Dive into the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and indulge in the delicious stuffed parathas at Paranthe Wali Gali.
3. Street Food at Dilli Haat: For a taste of Delhi's diverse street food at a single location, Dilli Haat is a must-visit. This open-air food bazaar showcases specialties from different states of India, allowing you to sample a variety of regional flavours.

The vibrant city of Ahemdabad, on the banks of River Sabarmati, is a haven for food enthusiasts. Known for its can’t-resist street food and diverse food traditions, Ahmedabad offers a delightful journey for the taste buds. Once here, you cannot miss the iconic Manek Chowk, where both locals and visitors flock in dozens to enjoy a variety of street foods. The city's rich history is reflected in the intricate flavours of its snacks, with the centuries-old influences of Mughlai and Marwari cuisines blending in seamlessly.

Top 3 things to try in Ahmedabad:
1. Kathiyawadi Thali at Gordhan Thal: Dive into the rich flavours of Gujarat with a traditional Kathiyawadi Thali at Gordhan Thal. This lavish spread includes an array of vegetarian dishes, showcasing the diverse and spicy Gujarati cuisine.
2. Dabeli at Kutchi King: Ahmedabad is renowned for its dabelis, and Kutchi King undoubtedly stands out as a contender with its generously stuffed dabelis.
3. Jalebi Fafda at Chandravilas: Indulge in the sweet and savoury combination of Jalebi Fafda at Chandravilas, a popular breakfast spot.

Lucknow, often hailed as the 'City of Nawabs,' beckons its tourists with the regal allure of Awadhi cuisine. Renowned for its culinary finesse, the city unfolds a rich array of aromatic kebabs, flavourful biryanis and decadent sweets. The bustling lanes of Aminabad and Chowk come alive with the sizzle of galouti, seekh, shammi, and boti kebabs, each bite resonating with the legacy left behind by the Nawabs. Tunday Kababi stands as an epitome of Lucknow's culinary mastery, presenting melt-in-the-mouth galouti kebabs that have withstood the sands of time. The dum pukht biryani, slow-cooked to perfection, is a savoury expedition through the city's royal history. The desserts offered here are a must-try as well.

Top 3 things to try in Lucknow:
1. Galouti Kebabs at Tunday Kababi: The legendary Galouti kebabs at Tunday Kababi are prepared with a secret spice blend and tender meat, resulting in this masterpiece.
2. Awadhi Biryani at Idris Biryani: Enjoy the aromatic joy of Lucknowi biryani here, where the dum pukht technique ensures a symphony of rich flavours in every bite.
3.Kakori Kulfi at Prakash Kulfi: Conclude your food journey with the creamy Kakori Kulfi that encapsulates the essence of Lucknow's heritage.

Kolkata, a melting pot of cultures and flavours, offers a food scene as diverse and dynamic as the city itself. The streets here are a vibrant canvas showcasing a delightful array of local and international influences. From the irresistible puchkaas, jhalmuri, chowmein, kathi rolls and cutlets that adorn the bustling street corners to the iconic roshogulla and sandesh, Kolkata is a paradise for all food enthusiasts. T-city's (Techno City) markets and eateries brim with a variety of fish dishes that are nothing short of a delight. From the ubiquitous macher jhol to the mustard-infused preparations, Kolkata's seafood spread is a range of all things luscious and lip-smacking.

Top 3 things to try in Kolkata:
1. Kathi Rolls at Nizam's: These flavourful wraps, filled with succulent meats or paneer, represent the perfect marriage of spices and textures.
2. Roshogulla at KC Das: Try out Kolkata's famous and favourite roshogulla here, where the spongy, syrup-soaked delights have been passed down for generations.
3. Chinatown Delights in Tangra: Go to Tangra, Kolkata's Chinatown, and explore the diverse offerings from the Chinese restaurants. Savour authentic dim sums, noodles and stir-fries, experiencing the unique amalgamation of cuisines that define this multicultural city.

The vibrant Pink City mirrors the royal grandeur of Rajasthan. Renowned for its spicy and appetising cuisine, the city's food scene is an exploration of rich Rajasthani flavours. From the iconic pyaz kachori—a piping-hot delicacy filled with spiced onions—to the fiery and delectable laal maas, Jaipur offers a variety of tastes for all palates. And amongst all these offerings, one cannot overlook the traditional dal baati. This hearty and wholesome dish concludes the essence of the region's rustic flavours. Wandering through the bustling streets of the old city, you'll encounter the intoxicating aroma of ghevar and the irresistible allure of balushahi. Jaipur's treasures also extend to its desserts, with the city offering a delectable array of kulfis, gujias and flavoured lassis.

Top 3 things to try in Jaipur:
1. Pyaz Kachori at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar: You’ll find the city's beloved pyaz kachori only at Rawat Mishthan Bhandar.
2. Laal Maas at Handi: For a taste of Rajasthani royalty, do try the iconic laal maas, where succulent morsels of meat are bathed in a fiery red chilli gravy.
3. Ghevar at Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar: Conclude your sojourn with the sumptuous ghevar at Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar.

This tropical paradise on India's western coast has a food scene as varied and vibrant as its beaches. Known for its unique blend of Indian and Portuguese influences, Goa's landscape is a delightful fusion of flavours. From the iconic seafood shacks lining its sandy shores, to the aromatic spice plantations inland, the state invites you on a journey that captivates the senses. Among the many delights that define the state's identity, dishes like fish curry rice, where fresh catch is simmered in a tangy coconut-based curry; prawn balchão, a spicy and tangy shrimp preparation; and Bebinca—a layered Goan dessert—define the state's identity. In addition to its savoury offerings, Goa is also celebrated for its feni, a locally distilled cashew-based alcohol, which adds a spirited dimension to the experience.

Top 3 things to try in Goa:
1. Fish Curry Rice at Martin's Corner: Dive into the authentic flavours and dishes of Goan cuisine at Martin's Corner.
2. Prawn Balchão at Gunpowder: Experience the fiery notes of Goan cuisine Gunpowder, a quaint eatery known for its bold and delicious interpretations of local dishes.
3. Bebinca at Infantaria: Conclude your trip with Bebinca at Infantaria, a Goan dessert that shows the state's love for sweets.

Bangalore, the vibrant IT hub offers a food scene that mirrors the city's cosmopolitan spirit. The Garden City caters to every palate, from traditional South Indian fare to global delights. Apart from the obvious South Indian specialties, Bangalore is a melting pot of cuisines. Koramangala and Indiranagar are brim with eclectic eateries, offering everything from craft beers and fusion dishes to authentic regional fare. The city's thriving street food scene is a feast for the senses, with local favourites like chaats, vada pavs and pani puris tempting taste buds at every turn.

Top 3 things to try in Bangalore:
1. Benne Masala Dosa at Vidyarthi Bhavan: Start your day at Vidyarthi Bhavan, which is known for its crispy dosas and flavourful potato filling.
2. Craft Beers at Toit: Embrace Bangalore's pub culture and savour craft beers at Toit, a popular brewery in Indiranagar.
3. India Coffee House: This iconic establishment has been serving aromatic filter coffee since 1957 along with a cosy ambiance.

And that’s 7! While we will call it a day for today, you let us know where you are catching a flight to?

Aayushi Vichare

Aayushi Vichare

Aayushi is that friend who won’t let you take a bite without capturing it. For her, the easiest but still thoughtful way of making someone feel special is by cooking or getting them their favourite food. Currently, she’s on an expedition to integrate all her favourites: food, social media and marketing, so that you don't miss the hottest spot in town and you know where to eat those crispy and juicy chicken wings.

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