Chennai Lifestyle & Food

11 Best Places for Street Food in Chennai

Places for Street Food in Chennai
Written by Team Urban Tree

Chennai is known for its variety and culmination of cuisines offering the best of all worlds. The eateries here offer quite the bargain and are all over the city. They are super affordable and flavorsome. The great thing about street food in Chennai is that it is a serious business. People take it seriously and have go-to places that they swear by. Here are some of those localities that you need to check out!


This locality appears in every list by foodies and bloggers alike. It is so famous for its street food that is traditional and wholesome. In fact, street food walks are common here, especially during the December music season. Navigating the streets is quite the treat- literally!

Anna Nagar

The locality attracts a huge floating population due to its status as a connectivity hub. Many local street food joints have sprung up that cater to people of different communities. As a result, there is a concoction of flavors that come across as truly unique.


This place is the holy grail for affordable, hygienic street food in Chennai. Mint Street is a place that people flock to regardless of their background. People of all communities come here to indulge in a culmination of flavors that stand true to the locality’s history.


No trip to T.Nagar is complete without shopping followed by tasty treats by the roadside. The locality has many dishes to its credit that are much in demand with the huge population that comes to shop and eat. It is ideal for an impromptu hang out with friends.


Kilpauk is a great location to go around exploring the food with many options available in terms of people with food restrictions— those who do not consume onions and garlic. The locality is well established with many little undertakings on the street offering different flavors and quick take-outs.


Different sandwich shops and tiffin pop-ups line the streets of Vepery making it an ultimate destination for foodies. The cost factor is also minimal, as many of the dishes come in bountiful portions with affordable rates. It is a great place to go out and explore with your fellow foodies.


This area is known for its food establishments that are known to be the ultimate gift to your taste buds. The food here is extremely tasty and comprises of traditional Indian dishes; hence preparation is nutritious and hygienic.


With many colleges lining up the locality, it comes as no surprise that Nungambakkam makes an appearance on the list. Students look towards pocket-friendly options through various avenues around the locality that offer one too many varieties of different dishes.

Besant Nagar

This area has so many options and varieties of diverse cuisines. Beach is a great place for experimenting. The taste quotient is quite high and many people make trips specifically to get things to eat. There is a great deal of variety in terms of options.

Burma Bazaar at Parrys corner 

If you are looking to experiment with your taste buds, this is a must visit the area of Chennai. Street food of this area will give you a variety of Burmese food that is mouth-watering and irresistible. It is said that the Burmese refugees who are settled here run this bazaar. Atho, mohingo, bejo are few dishes that are most talked. If you are on a street food expedition in Chennai, do pay a visit to this place. It is located closely to the Beach railway station.


Another beach locality, Thiruvanmiyur is consistently among the top localities that are known for the food options. The street food here is known to transport you into another realm with its warmth and soul. There are many small street vendors who have a regular and eager customer base. This stands testimony to the quality of service and the taste of the food.

Kachoris, Vada Pav, Samosa, Mocktails and Spring rolls, Jalebis, Dhokla, Pani Puri, Dumplings (Kozhukattais), Sundal, and VadaCurry are just some of the many delicious foods that we can come across in these locations.

Chennai has a lot of offer in terms of street food with its blend of different cultures and cuisines. So what are you waiting for? Grab your wallet and head straight out on your path to becoming a foodie.


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Urban Tree are the creators of magnificent homes in Chennai. Urban Tree is committed to creating world-class homes featuring innovative new styles that are meticulously integrated into every aspect of modern day living.

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