21 Delicious Sowcarpet Street Food That You Must Try

Delicious Sowcarpet Street Food
Delicious Sowcarpet Street Food

If you are living in Chennai and if you are someone who loves the spicy, tangy flavours of street food, then you would definitely have heard of this place – Sowcarpet. And the speciality of Sowcarpet is obviously its delicious and mouth-watering street food. There are so many varieties of shops and dishes in Sowcarpet that one day would not be enough to try all of them. So to make things easier for you, I have given you a list of the 21 most delicious street foods you can find in Sowcarpet.

Introduction

If you have ever been to Sowcarpet, you would know why it is called a shopper’s paradise. It has several wholesale outlets and shops selling a wide range of products. Sowcarpet has the largest Marwadi community in South India and is considered the North Indian Hub of Chennai. So if you ever have the craving to eat some tasty North Indian chaat or other savouries, Sowcarpet, especially Mint Street and Kasi Chetty Street, is the right place for you. 

If you wish to do some nice weekend shopping in Sowcarpet, you can find several wholesale markets in Rattan Bazaar, Narayana Mudali Street, and Govindappa Naicken Street. The neighbourhood is packed with beautiful temples, vintage buildings and narrow roads that are filled with shopping markets that will be a feast for your eyes. 

Sowcarpet – A Foodie’s Heaven:

Sowcarpet Street Food
Sowcarpet Street Food

When you hear about Sowcarpet, the first thing that comes to mind will be the delectable and mouth-watering street food available in the locality. Mint Street in George Town has come to be known as a street food hub, with cuisines from several regions in India. There are so many varieties and flavours of dishes that you are sure to be confused over which to try. 

Sowcarpet is the best place to go on a food walk if you want to enjoy India’s multi-cuisine street foods at “pocket-friendly” prices. Hotels and stalls like the Kakada Ramprasad, Ajab’s Ajnabi Mithai Ghar, Mehta Brothers, Anmol Lassiwala, Murugan Sandwich, etc., are some of the places you can visit for a tasty snack.

Delicious Street Food to Try in Sowcarpet Chennai

All the food tastes delicious in Sowcarpet, but when you are going on a one-day trip and want to experience the best of Sowcarpet’s street food, it is best to know the most popular and delicious dishes available there. Here I have given you the 21 most delicious street foods you can have in Sowcarpet.

1. Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji - Sowcarpet Street Food
Pav Bhaji – Sowcarpet Street Food

One of the most popular North Indian chaat items, pav bhaji, is available in many street food stalls around Sowcarpet. A delicious mix of mashed vegetables made with special pav bhaji masala and soft, butter-toasted pav is the best way to start your tour around Sowcarpet. 

  •   Where to buy: Kakada Ramprasad
  •   Timings: 7am to 10:30pm
  •   Cost: Rs. 150

2. Kesar Lassi

Kesar Lassi - Sowcarpet Street Food
Kesar Lassi – Sowcarpet Street Food

A delicious and refreshing drink that is served in a big enough glass that can’t be finished by one person alone. The stall is right next to Kakada Ramprasad, so it would be a nice drink after having a delicious meal in the hotel. 

  •   Where to buy: Anmol Lassiwala
  •   Timings: 9 am to 7 pm
  •   Cost: Rs.70 (450ml), Rs.140 (850ml)

3. Vada pav

Vada pav - Sowcarpet Street Food
Vada pav – Sowcarpet Street Food

Indulge yourself in this delicious Indian burger that has a smashed potato patty stuffed between two pavs. It is layered with sweet and spicy chutneys that are extremely tasty and delicious.

  • Where to buy: King’s vada pav
  • Timings: 11 am to 11 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 30 or Rs. 60 (based on the type of vada pav)

4. Cheese-mayo vada pav

Cheese-mayo vada pav - Sowcarpet Street Food
Cheese-mayo vada pav – Sowcarpet Street Food

Loaded with cheese, mayonnaise, and flavorful chutneys, this cheese-mayo vada pav is sure to be a yummy treat.

  •  Where to buy: Mehta Bros Mithaiwala
  •  Timings: 9 am to 10 pm
  •  Cost: Rs. 40

5. Kachori

Kachori - Sowcarpet Street Food
Kachori – Sowcarpet Street Food

Kachoris are one of the most popular North Indian chaat items. And there is a store in Sowcarpet that specializes in selling onion kachoris. They are made right in front of you and served with delicious chutneys.

  • Where to buy: Maya Chats
  • Timings: 8 am to 10 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 20 per piece

6. Dahi puri

Dahi puri - Sowcarpet Street Food
Dahi puri – Sowcarpet Street Food

This sweet and spicy chaat item is prepared almost in a similar way to sev puri but has a generous spread of sweet yoghurt and other chutneys in it. And there is a place in Sowcarpet where you can go for a tasty dahi puri.

  • Where to buy: Chotu Motu
  • Timings: 11:30 am to 9 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 80

7. Sugarcane juice

Sugarcane juice - Sowcarpet Street Food
Sugarcane juice – Sowcarpet Street Food

Feeling full after having all those chaat items? You have a sugarcane juice shop right outside Chotu Motu. A refreshing and tasty drink to have after walking around Sowcarpet for so long.

  • Where to buy: Every Street
  • Cost: Rs. 30 per glass
  • Timings: 11:30 am to 9 pm

8. Uttapam and mini idli topped with gunpowder (podi)

Uttapam - Sowcarpet Street Food
Uttapam – Sowcarpet Street Food

Uttapam and mini idlis are regular South Indian dishes. But this dosa and idli made with ghee and gunpowder, paired with delicious chutneys, will be an unforgettable experience for you.

  • Where to buy: Seena Bhai Tiffin Centre
  • Timings: 6 pm to 11:30 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 50

9. Jalebi

Jalebi - Sowcarpet Street Food
Jalebi – Sowcarpet Street Food

There is no tastier delicacy than jalebi, which is made fresh and hot right in front of your eyes and soaked in sweet, sugary syrup. 

  • Where to buy: Kamal Chat house
  • Timings: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 30

10. Mirchi vada

Mirchi vada - Sowcarpet Street Food
Mirchi vada – Sowcarpet Street Food

The perfect snack to have at tea time. With a light-spicy flavour paired with sweet and spicy chutneys, this mirchi vada is sure to tickle your taste buds.

  • Where to buy: Maya Chats
  • Timings: 8 am to 10 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 20-30

11. Cheese dosa

Cheese dosa - Sowcarpet Street Food
Cheese dosa – Sowcarpet Street Food

Are you a cheese lover? Then you should definitely try this dish. Loaded with a generous amount of cheese, this cheese dosa paired with delicious sambar and chutneys will be an unforgettable delight for you. 

  • Where to buy: Novelty Tea House
  • Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 100

12. Dahi Papdi

Dahi Papdi - Sowcarpet Street Food
Dahi Papdi – Sowcarpet Street Food

A crispy, sweet, tangy, and spicy North Indian chaat that packs a lot of flavour in it. Also called Dilli chaat, it is made with crispy papdi loaded with sev, yoghurt, and a variety of chutneys. 

  • Where to buy: Rasoee
  • Timings: 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 50

13. Bhujiya puff

Bhujiya puff - Sowcarpet Street Food
Bhujiya puff – Sowcarpet Street Food

The sweet and sour taste of bhujia puffs is a hot favourite for all to enjoy. A go-to snack after a long day of walking around Sowcarpet.

  • Where to buy: Hemanth Chats
  • Timings: 9 am to 9 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 25

14. Cheese bread bajji

Cheese bread bajji - Sowcarpet Street Food
Cheese bread bajji – Sowcarpet Street Food

Bread pakora or bread bajji is a tasty tea-time dish liked by everyone. But in Sowcarpet, you can have cheese bread bajji, which is loaded with a generous amount of cheese.

  •  Where to buy: Mehta Bros Mithaiwala
  • Timings: 9 am to 10 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 40 (2 pieces)

15. Bhel puri

Bhel puri - Sowcarpet Street Food
Bhel puri – Sowcarpet Street Food

A tangy and spicy snack, bhel puri is a famous North Indian snack you can find anywhere. With puffed rice mixed with sweet, sour, and spicy chutneys, and topped with sev, it is a flavor-packed snack.

  • Where to buy: Chotu Motu
  • Timings: 11;30 am to 9 pm

16. Cheese murukku sandwich

Cheese murukku sandwich - Sowcarpet Street Food
Cheese murukku sandwich – Sowcarpet Street Food

You would have tried a bread sandwich. But have you ever tried a muruk sandwich? If you haven’t, you should definitely try this amazing cheese muruk sandwich in Sowcarpet.

  • Where to buy: Hemanth chats
  • Timings: 9 am to 9 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 65

17. Special Samosa

Special Samosa - Sowcarpet Street Food
Special Samosa – Sowcarpet Street Food

This is a snack that everyone would have tried atleast once. If you suddenly have samosa cravings during your tour in Sowcarpet, you can try them in the below-mentioned shop.

  • Where to buy: Maya Chats
  • Timings: 8 am to 10 pm
  • Cost: Rs 10

18. Buttermilk

Buttermilk - Sowcarpet Street Food
Buttermilk – Sowcarpet Street Food

Tired after a long day in Sowcarpet. Try having a glass of buttermilk to rejuvenate your energy. 

  • Where to buy: Anmol Lassiwala
  • Timings: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Cost: Rs 10

19. Fried Rice and Noodles

Fried Rice - Sowcarpet Street Food
Fried Rice – Sowcarpet Street Food

Fried rice and noodles are the best choices we would consider for a tasty and fulfilling meal. The varieties of Schezwan and paneer fried rice and noodles in Sowcarpet are to die for.

  • Where to buy: Rasoee
  • Timings: 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • Cost: Rs 100-150

20. Corn grill sandwich

Corn grill sandwich - Sowcarpet Street Food
Corn grill sandwich – Sowcarpet Street Food

A delectable sandwich made with sweet corn kernels, vegetables, spices, cheese, and a variety of chutneys, this corn grill sandwich is everyone’s favourite.

  • Where to buy: Hemnath Chats
  • Timings: 9 am to 9 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 80

21. Channa chaat

Channa chaat - Sowcarpet Street Food
Channa chaat – Sowcarpet Street Food

A popular Indian snack made with cooked chickpeas mixed with vegetables, spicy chutney and aromatic spices and herbs, this channa chaat is protein-packed and absolutely delicious. 

  • Where to buy: Ajnabi Mithaai Ghar
  • Timings: 7:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Cost: Rs. 30

Travel and parking guidelines

  • If you are travelling by bus to Sowcarpet, you can get off at the Flower Bazaar Police Station or Broadway/Parrys/High Court and walk from there. Walk on NSC Bose Road and turn left to reach Mint Street. 
  • If you are travelling by suburban train, get down at Madras Fort station and walk for a kilometre to get to the starting point.
  • If you travel in your own vehicle, you should consider the parking facilities in Sowcarpet. If you have come by car, you can find side streets along the narrow roads where you can park. If you are riding a 2-wheeler, you can find parking spaces much easier. 

Some tips and tricks you can follow

  • If you want to go on a food walk in Sowcarpet, consider doing it on a Saturday evening. Weekdays are extremely busy in Sowcarpet.
  • Using public transport is a much easier option than using personal vehicles. If you are coming in your own vehicle, a 2-wheeler is recommended because finding a parking slot for bikes is much easier than for cars. 
  • Plan your walk before arriving since it saves more time. You can use this map, http://bit.ly/MintStreetFoodWalk, for guidance. 
  • If it is your first visit, stick to the must-tries of an eatery. Eating too much in one place can hinder you from trying food at other eateries. 

Conclusion:

And there it is, your ultimate guide to the street food specialties in Sowcarpet. Use this to experience all the goodies Sowcarpet has to offer, whether you are there for shopping or just taking a stroll.

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