Indian cuisine is a rich and diverse food culture that is characterized by its use of a wide range of spices, herbs, and cooking techniques. It is known for its flavorful and aromatic dishes that are made with a combination of fresh ingredients. Indian cuisine is enjoyed around the world, and there are many Indian restaurants and fusion restaurants that offer variations of traditional dishes.
There are few foods that are synonymous with the vibe of Mumbai and Vada Pav is one humble dish which will satisfy hunger and spice desire to the deepest end of your heart. Vada pav is not just another dish, it is an emotion, a feeling, every Mumbaikar resonates with.
Vada pav is a popular street food dish from India, originating in the city of Mumbai. It is essentially a potato fritter sandwich that is served in a bread roll. The potato fritter, known as a "vada," is made by deep-frying a mixture of mashed potatoes and spices, and then sandwiching it between two slices of bread. The sandwich is typically served with a variety of chutneys and spices, and is known for being quick, tasty, and inexpensive. It is considered to be Mumbai's version of a burger and is often referred to as the "Indian burger." Vada pav is widely available in Mumbai and throughout India, and is a popular food item for both locals and tourists alike.
Here are the top places in Mumbai to savor your vada pav hunger.
Top 18 places to savor delicious Vada Pav in Mumbai
1. Ashok Vada Pav
This is by far the highest rated vada pav spot in Mumbai. Located in the heart of the city, Ashok Vada Pav has gained the top of the list at CNT, Travel & Leisure and GQ travel magazines. It is by far, the most loved and the most crowded spot in Mumbai. You'll easily find people queued up for their share of this delicious street food. In fact his customers include some of the top celebrities like Sonu Nigam, Shabana Azmi, and Madhuri Dixit.
Address: Kashinath Dhuru Marg, Dadar West, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028
Time: 11 am - 9.30 pm
2. Gajanan Vada Pav
Serving delectable chutneys since 1978, Gajanan vada pav serves some of the best vada pavs in the neighborhood. Their besan and chilli chutney is absolutely lip-smacking and will make you grab for more. They also serve delicious pav bhaji, missal pav and dosas.
Address: Chhatrapati Sambhaji Rd, Naupada, Thane West, Thane, Maharashtra 400602
Time: 7.30 am - 9.30 pm
3. Khidki Vada
This one has a story you'd enjoy. In 1968, Vaze and Uma Vaze started serving vada pav from their home window. With less than Rs 20,000 in hand, they were desperate for money. Slowly they became famous in the neighborhood and the vada's are famously knwon as "khidkivadas".
Address: Khidkivada, Tilak Chowk, Kalyan, Maharashtra 421301
Time: 9 am - 9 pm
4. Ladu Samrat
Ladu Samrat is wildly popular for its vada pavs, sweet delicacies and authentic Maharashtrian cuisine. Serving Mumbaikars for 30 years, deserves a place on our list. Ask the locals, and they'll tell you why!
Address: Shop No.: 1 Habib Terrace Lalbaug, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Ganesh Gully, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400012
Time: 7 am - 10 pm
5. Anand Vada Pav
This one on the list is my most favorite spots in Mumbai for a mouthwatering vada pav. I come here time and again to relish their spicy vada's and sponge like pav's. It just melts in your mouth. Writing about it makes me wish I was in Mumbai right now. You'll find folks queued up here too.
Address: Gulmohar Road No. 1, Opp. Mithibai College, Vile Parle West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400056
Time: 8 am - 11.55 pm
6. Shivaji Vada Pav
This stall, as the locals would say, is a clone to Anand vada pav. Some would even believe Anand vada pav's are better in taste. But that doesn't mean it misses a spot on our list. Go there and try for yourself.
Address: Opposite Mithibai College, Vile Parle (W)
7. Mangesh Vada Pav Centre
Babhai is home to one of the most famous vada pav stalls in the city. Mangesh vada pav center is one spot the locals swear by. This stall might not find its ways up the other prominent stalls in the city, but it is worth a shot. You will thank me later.
Address: 6RHX+56M, Babhai Naka, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400092
Time: 4 pm - 10 pm
8. Laxman's Om Vada Pav
Wildly popular for its Jain missal and vada pav, Laxman's Om vada pav serves authentic Maharashtrian delicacies with a settled taste. They also make some crazy vada pav combinations with Maggi, mayo, cheese and schezwan sauce.
Address: Sri Sati Krupa Shopping Center, Garodia Nagar, Ghatkopar East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400077
Time: 9 am - 9.30 pm
9. Aram Vada Pav
Mumbai is the ultimate city of dreams, and Aram Vada Pav is even more perfect thanks to its location. Housed diagonally opposite to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Aram serves deliciously cooked, soft yet crispy vada pav's that are freshly baked. Their kothambir vadi is worth giving a shot too.
Address: Capital Cinema Building, 126, Dr Dadabhai Naoroji Rd, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Time: 8.30 am - 10pm
10. Shree Swami Samarth Fast Food
This store has a huge fan following in Dadar. They make some of the softest vada pav's and serve them with tongue biting chutneys.
Address: Shop Number. 6, Sujata Niwas, Kashinath Dhuru Marg, Aagar Bazar, Dadar West, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028
Time: 9 am - 10 pm
11. Graduate Vada Pav
Graduate is known to serve over 2000 vada pav's everyday. Located right outside Byculla railway station, Graduate vada pav is consistent in quality ever since they opened over 2 decades ago. They serve a variety of chutneys, from garlic to chilli, to spicy coriander and sweet tamarind.
Address: Shop No 29, Haji Ghani Building, opp. Byculla -East, Byculla East, Railway Station, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400011
Time: 7.30 am - 10.30 pm
12. Shankar Vada Pav
Opened in 1975, this is one of the oldest vada pav joints in Bandra. What started off as a traditional handcart vada pav counter, is run today by the second generation of the owners. They also serve some delicious moong dal pakoras.
Address: Turner Rd, Near Bandra Talao, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Time: 9 am - 9 pm
13. CTO Vada Pav
If you're craving for tongue biting, spicy authentic Maharashtrian vada pav's, CTO vada pava must be on your list. Ask the locals, and they'll tell you how CTO has maintained consistency in taste and ingredients.
Address: Outside Central Telegraph Office, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Time: 9 am - 8 pm
14. Nandu Vada Pav
When Nandu fries its vada's, the aroma fills up the air and the stall simply does not go missed. It is also known as Aunty vada pav.
Address: Solitaire Apartment-8, Solitaire Apartment 8, 435, DK Sandu Marg, Chembur Gaothan, Chembur, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400071
Time: 4 pm - 9 pm
15. Shree Krishna Batatawada
Located amidst a maze of tiny narrow lanes outside Dadar station, it is also known as Chhabildas Vada. Unlike other spots in the city, Shree Krishna makes soft and non-crispy vada's with good consistency and delicious local flavors. While you're here, grab a glass of their yummy sugarcane juice.
Address: Radha Niwas, 7, Chhabildas Rd, Dadar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028
Time: 7 am - 10 pm
16. Jai Maharashtra Vada Pav
Serving lip-smacking vadas since 1966, Jai Maharashtra sells of 1000 vada pavs a day. The owners claim that their grandmother’s well-kept secret recipe is what makes their vada pav unique and yummilicious. The vada pavs served are so good that even American chef Mathews couldn’t resist featuring this stall in one his YouTube videos.
Address: Shop no 1and 2, besides Apna bazar, JP Rd, Azad Nagar, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053
Time: 8 am - 9 pm
17. Shree Vitthal Vada Pav
This small shop in Sewai serves wood-fried vada pav. Shree Vitthal was set up in 1955 and is the only shop that wood fries their vadas. Their vadas are rolled and fried in a woodfired fryer. This secret recipe was created by the owners father and has been their USP. They are also known as Bhatti Vadapav.
Address: No. 46, Chawl, Sewri Koliwada Rd, Sewri, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400015
Time: 7.30 am - 9 pm
18. Pipasa Vada Pav
The vada pavs here are served with sweet tamarind, spicy coriander green chutney and dry garlic powder chutney. Pipasa is wildly popular among the locals and you'll find a giant crowd in the evenings.
Address: 70, Goyal Shopping Arcade, Swami Vivekananda Rd, Opposite Borivali Station, Sundar Nagar, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400092
Time: 10 am - 10 pm
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