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Get off the eaten path with our delicious tour of Mumbai’s best street food!
Mumbai is famous across India for its outstanding street food, but discovering the best hygienic eateries in the big city is not always easy. Not to worry, that’s where we come in! We’ll help you experience the city’s flavours that please the taste buds and go easy on the stomach, guiding you through Mumbai’s two renowned street food areas.
We’ll start at Mumbai’s most famous beach, Chowpatty, where we’ll try an array of Mumbai’s best vegetarian street food as we watch the sun set. We’ll have classics such as dahi puri, pani puri and pav bhaji. Then we’ll take a short taxi ride to the lively Mohommad Ali Road area. In this predominantly Muslim neighborhood we’ll introduce you to the local culture and, of course, the delicious food. In the bustling ali khao gaullis (eating lanes) you will find mainly non-vegetarian options such as chota kebabs and chicken tikka.
Hope you’re hungry!
Note: We’ll be sampling many different dishes and a few items we’ll try along Mohammed Ali Road are non-vegetarian. However, there are plenty of options for vegetarians: for example, all snacks at Chowpatty Beach are vegetarian.
A foodie’s visit to Mumbai is not complete without a stop at Chowpatty Beach – the best place to taste Mumbai’s (vegetarian) favourites such as pav bhaji and pani puri.
Munch on this classic Mumbai street food while you watch the sun set over Chowpatty Beach. It’s potato, herbs, chutneys, and sev (thin strips of fried chickpea flour) served on round discs.
Sample hand-churned ice cream in unfamiliar flavours at a 120-year-old shop and satisfy your sweet tooth with sugary, bright orange jalebi, the national sweet of India.
Still on Chowpatty, sample Kulfi, a frozen dairy dessert very similar to ice cream, but much denser and creamier. Popular flavours include rose, mango, pistachio, cardamom and saffron.
Witness the buzz of activity surrounding Mohammed Ali Road, an area with several important mosques and the epicentre of the city’s Ramadan celebrations. Taste the mouthwatering chota kebabs and chicken tikka that pepper the lanes.
Churchgate Railway Station
There are four entrances to Churchgate Station, including two subways. Use the entrace shown in photo one.
Near Mohammed Ali Road and MS Ali Road, just north of Chor Bazaar (closest train stations: Grant Road, Sandhurst Road). Your guide can assist you in getting a taxi.
5:30pm – 9:30pm
Yes! Well, not always, but the vendors we have carefully selected are perfectly safe and hygienic (hundreds of happy guests and counting!). In fact, this is one of the main motivating factors in designing this tour: we wanted to make India’s incredible street food accessible to visitors.
If you do have any serious allergies feel free to let us know at time of booking and do also let your guide know on tour so that certain foods may be avoided. The range of food on offer means there is plenty for everyone generally however.
The first half of the tour (at Chowpatty beach) is entirely vegetarian. The second half of the tour is mainly meat but there are a few vegetarian dessert stops. If you’re vegetarian, eat a bit extra at Chowpatty and then spend your time in the Mohammad Ali Road area soaking in the electric atmosphere!
The first half of the tour is at Chowpatty Beach and the second half is spent exploring the Mohammad Ali Road Area and trying the best of Mumbai’s non-vegetarian street food.
At Chowpatty we will try some traditional Mumbai snacks like pani puri, sev puri, and pav bhaji. At the Mohammed Ali Road area we will eat snacks like chicken tikka and chota kebabs as well as a few desserts like fresh fruit ice cream and jalebi.
Yes, we welcome children 12 years and over on our normal tour at the responsibility of an accompanying adult. For visitors with children less than 12 years old, please get in touch in advance as we would recommend a private tour.
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We provide an evening tour as that is when the traditional street food areas of Mumbai we visit on tour come alive and the stalls open. The tour does not really work as well earlier in the day, when fewer food vendors are open and the atmosphere is lost.
The Mohammad Ali Road area is directly east of Chowpatty Beach and to the north of CST Station and Crawford Market. We will travel there by taxi and it takes about 15-20 minutes, just enough time to get hungry again for the next stops!
We had an amazing evening with our lovely young guide, Taj who first took us to Chowpatty beach on the train which was a very enjoyable experience. There were only 3 of us and we really enjoyed the food and wonderful atmosphere on the beach. We then went by taxi to our next stop and tried different dishes which were all delicious. We were able to experience the fabulous night time atmosphere in this bustling city. Taj called a taxi for us to take us back to our cruise ship and very kindly stayed with us until the taxi arrived. I would highly recommend this wonderful food tour and especially our lovely young guide, Taj. Well done Reality Tours.
What a perfect introduction to mumbai. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The food provided was generous and delicious. We were taken to some areas that I probably wouldn’t have felt confident enough to seek out myself and it was well worth it. Highly reccomend.
Amazing things to see and eat, be careful of your choice though.
Very nice to be guided through the wilderness of people sounds, traffic and confusion.
I came back with all sorts of things ranging from curry powder to cashew nuts.
Glad to be shepherded through all this as it is a voyage well out of many peoples confort zone.
We were met on time by our guide (Taj) and had the delight of going on the train to Chowpatty Beach, which as quite an experience. Our guide was so friendly, fun and chatty and managed a group of 5 of us through very crowded and hectic streets full or locals celebrating Xmas. The food we tried at the beach was all vegetarian and was excellent – we had to be told how to eat some of the dishes. We then went for an ecellent cup of Chai before going onto something of an Indian meat feast. So mcuh wonderful food and so different from anything available back in the UK. We were given plenty of bottled water and regular hand sanitiser. Off for some great ice cream and then our guide arranged ataxi – sending the first one awy who asked for 1,000 rupees and then finding us one who agreed a more reasonable 150 rupees. Also great to know that this company gives 80% of it profits to the Darvhani Slum.
We had a wonderful evening with Balagi tasting vegetarian snacks and kulfi at Chowpatty and then meat dishes at the muslim area of the city, finishing with mouth watering ice cream at an award winning ice cream shop. We got a train ride, a taxi for 8 and a walk through the hustle and bustle of Mumbai with the locals to add to the experience. Highly recommend this tour to see the real people and not just the main tourist sights. We will definitely do it again if ever back in Mumbai.