Top 10 places to experience Street Food in Chennai

Top 10 places to experience Street Food in Chennai

Audreeja Chowdhury | March 30, 2019 |

Chennai is a hub of street food that goes beyond the peninsular region of India. Starting from the local food of Chennai to the street food of Burma. What makes it even more interesting is that food in Chennai is affordable and appetizing as well. From the fresh early morning Idli-Sambhar to the delicious Atho in the evening, everything in Chennai is very authentic. The most interesting part about street food in Chennai is that there is a little bit of South Indian influence in the dishes too. The North Indian stalls were established by the North Indian migrants while Gujarati and Burmese food are also available. 

There are many stalls and shops to explore for the best street food in Chennai, but we have narrowed it down to the top 10 places for street food in Chennai. 


1. Spring Potatoes and a long chain of eateries at Bessy

The most commercialized beach, Besant Nagar beach is the one place where you can enjoy the beautiful Bay of Bengal and simultaneously munch on some delectable food. There are Spring potatoes available on the stands near the beach which look very interesting and are equally tasteful.  These usually cost INR 50, however, the price may increase if you ask for additional toppings. Other stalls around have boiled sweet corn or roasted corn, sundal, which is boiled chickpeas topped with onions and shredded coconuts. There is also ice gola, a ball of ice dipped in various syrups, which is also available. Apart from that, there are many other eateries to try from that provide continental, quick bites or even a proper meal.  

Location: 6th Avenue, Elliot's Promenade, Tiruvalluvar Nagar, Besant Nagar, Chennai


2. Rose Milk at Kalathi Newsmart

Kalathi Newsmart in Mylapore serves one of the best rose milk around Chennai. The beautiful blend of the aromatic and delicious rose syrup added to fresh creamy milk will definitely make for a  refreshing and rejuvenating drink. The cost of this drink is merely INR 15. You will want to visit this place after a tedious day in the Chennai heat.

Location: 27, S Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai


3. Atho at Burma Bazaar

Atho is noodles cooked with cabbage, onions, tamarind, chilli powder, and lemon juice and then beautifully hand-tossed in garlic oil. This Tamil-Burmese dish will fulfil your cravings of having proper street food. There is a variety of Burmese food to try from. Other dishes include Khowsuey, which is very much similar to Atho but there is an addition of coconut milk in it. So if you're craving for some Burmese street food, you must visit Burma Bazaar.

Location: Burma Bazaar NSC Bose Road, Parry's Corner, George Town Chennai


4. Chaat at Krishna Pani Poori Wala

If you are missing the chat from Delhi or any other place in the country, a place where you can find all of it together is at Krishna Pani Poori Wala. Some lip-smacking street food awaits you here. This chat wala, will also have quick bites like samosa and bread pakoras. The pani poori of this place is very famous and I am sure one cannot stop just at one plate.

Location: Nungambakkam, Chennai


5. Bolis at Venkatramana Boli Stand

Call it pooran poli, holige or obbatu, many people are aware of this popular Indian sweet flat-bread that can be had even on-the-go. A traditional craving calls for you to head over to Venkatramana Boli Stand in West Mambalam to have the best bolis in Chennai. Each of them cost only INR 5. They taste best when they are served hot so make sure you avoid going in the evenings to escape the crowd.

Location: 21/1, Thambiah Road, Gokulam Colony, Ramakrishnapuram, West Mambalam, Chennai


6. Jigarthanda at T-Nagar

Jigarthanda is a Madurai originated drink that tends to refresh your body after a long day in Chennai. It literally means " cool heart"  in English and it lives by the name. To quench your thirst and to relax your body to beat the Chennai heat, one glass of Jigarthanda can make you feel alive again. These drinks come with ice-cream as well. They are available at every Murugan Idli Shop outlets. If you wish to have the Madurai famous Jigarthanda, then head over to T-Nagar where these cost INR 30.

Location: 52, Mothilal Street, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai


7. Sandwiches at Royal Sandwich

The delicious sandwiches of Royal Sandwich are something everyone can have to end their cravings. If you're thinking of comfort food, then this is the place to be. Royal Sandwich is the place where you can enjoy delicious sandwiches with green chutney and intense masala. There are over 50 kinds of sandwiches available starting at INR 50.

Location: 159/160, TTK Road, Seetammal Colony, Alwarpet, Chennai


8. Samosas at T-Nagar

Samosas are something everyone can think of when they don't wish to sit for a meal and have a fast bite instead. Since it is a fast bite, might as well invest in the best one the city has. Samosas of T-Nagar are delicious in terms of its crunchy coating and delicious stuffing inside. The ones outside Kumaran Silks is definitely a must-have. At INR 20, you get a plate of six samosas.

Location: Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai


9. Beef Biryani at Bai Biryani

At INR 50, you will get the most delicious and tasty beef biryani at Bai Biryani in Triplicane, Chennai. The aroma and masala of this biryani will make you smack your lips and content your cravings after every bite. This beef biryani is extremely famous around Chennai and people are often seen crowding to get their hands on this delectable biryani.

Location: 120/304, Triplicane, Chennai


10. Bajji at Jannal Kadai

Bajji is called fritters in English and is very famous in the city of Chennai. It is an all-time favourite among the people and very famous in Jannal Kadai in Mylapore. Bajjis taste best when they cost right out of the cooking vessel which keeps it crunchy and hot. One should try vazhakkai bhajji there for just INR 30.

Location: 55/25, Near Kapaleeshwar Temple, South Mada Street, Mylapore, Chennai


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