Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana, is known as the food and cultural hub of India. With its Mughlai and Nizami influence, the food in the region has become so diversified that many consider Hyderabad to be the only place in India that offers every type of cuisine.
The street foods scene in Hyderabad is not only known for its delectable food but also for its long and illustrious history. Some of the street food stalls have been around for generations, dating back to the 18th century. The aroma wafting through the street will compel you to try the different flavors that will excite your taste buds and the hospitality of the stall owners will add a touch of homeliness to your entire experience.
It will not be wrong to say that Hyderabad is a food haven for those who travel to distant places just to experience new and exotic flavors and consider food an important part of their traveling experience.
There are countless options to choose from, so to make things easier for you here are the 10 of the best street food in Hyderabad.
1. Ram Ki Bandi
Ram Ki Bandi is perhaps the most famous place to start your day with a mouthwatering and fulfilling breakfast. This restaurant may not look like a fancy five-star eatery but the customers arrive in their Audis and BMWs; that’s how delicious Ram Ki Bandi is. What started out as a small stall in 1989 is now one of the most visited places in the city. Ram Ki Bandi’s most famous item is Dosa. Other popular items on the breakfast menu include Teenmaar – a scrumptious mix of paneer, butter and cheese and butter and tawa idli.
Timing: The place opens for business at 3:00 am and keeps serving its customers till 8-9 am.
Where: Jambagh Road, Mozam Jahi Market Circle, Near Karachi Bakery, Hyderabad.
2. Mohammedia Shawarma
At the heart of every food street in an Indian city is a shawarma place and in Hyderabad, it is Mohammedia Shawarma. As the name suggests, the specialty of this Arabic cuisine is its extremely juicy and delicious shawarma, which is available in a wide variety of flavor combinations. In addition to that, the restaurant also offers some of the tastiest grilled food in town.
Timing : You can grab a bite at Mohammedia Shawarma from anywhere between 11:00 am to 11:30 pm.
Where: Shop No. 13-6-437/A/2/5, Khadar Bagh Road, Opposite Oriental Bank, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad.
3. Famous Ice Cream
Famous Ice Cream has been without a doubt one of the most popular dessert places in Hyderabad for more than 65 years now. This place, despite all the international brands available around it, still churns ice cream by hand and offers the most traditional flavors. You can order and enjoy three different styles of ice cream that include stick, cone and pot. One of the most famous dishes of this place is its fruit salad that is often ordered with a preferred flavor of ice cream; the combination is extremely popular among Famous Ice Cream’s customers.
Timing: The place remains open at mid-day and continues to sell till 11:00 pm.
Where: 3-4-350, Nampally Station Road, Inside Clock Tower, Mozzamjahi Market, Abids, Hyderabad.
4. Sardarji’s Traditional Punjabi Palate
If you are looking for food with an authentic Punjabi “tarka” Sardarji’s Traditional Punjabi Palate is the place to go. The dhaba styled restaurant is a delicious mix of Punjabi and Indian cuisines and offers a variety of tasty snacks. The place is particularly famous for its chaat that goes perfectly well with a chilled glass of lassi. Other popular items include Moong Daal Kachori, samosa, kadai paneer, aloo tikki, and bhature.
Timing: Sardarji’s usually opening from mid-day to 3:30 pm and then reopens at 7:00 pm and remains in business till 10:30 pm.
Where: Old Mumbai Road, Beside HDFC Bank, Indira Nagar, Gachibowli, Hyderabad.
5. Siddique Kebab Center
This non-veg restaurant is famous for making unbelievably scrumptious Mughlai food that hits all the right notes in your mouth. Staying true to its name, this place is famous for its Lasooni and Reshmi seekh kebabs. However, kebabs are not the only item on the menu, the restaurant also offers some of the tastiest Arabic chops and tandoori and fried chicken in the city. The cuisine is a combination of Mughlai and North-Indian.
Timing: Siddique Kebab Center will serve you food anywhere between 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Where: Plot No. 157, Gachibowli – Miyapur Road, Opposite Harsha Toyota, Kothaguda Circle, Kothaguda, Hyderabad.
6. Nimrah Café and Bakery
Nimrah Café and Bakery is one of the city’s most iconic cafés and a perfect place for chai lovers. The café’s most famous item is its Irani chai. It also offers an amazing variety of biscuits, which make a very popular chai-biscuit combination with Irani Chai. You can also find a wide variety of cakes in the bakery.
Timing: You can enjoy your cup of tea anywhere between 4:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Where: #20-4-1238/39, Beside Mecca Masjid, Charminar, Hyderabad.
7. 13 Dhaba
If you love Punjabi food then you must visit 13 Dhaba. The place is known for its authentic Punjabi flavors and the wonderful variety of Punjabi dishes. Due to the quantity of food served and their pricing, the Dhaba is a favorite among locals and travelers alike. The menu offers a great variety of rice dishes such as rajma rice, paneer rice, dal makhnee rice and kadhi pakora rice. 13 Dhaba is particularly loved for the variety of parathas and naans it serves.
Timing: 13 Dhaba remains open from 12:15 pm till 10:30 pm.
Where: 1-72/3A, Andhra Bank Lane, Near HP Petrol Pump, Gachibowli, Hyderabad.
8. Govind Ki Bandi
Govind Ki Bandi is another great place for breakfast; it is perfect for those who are looking for typical and authentic Hyderabadi flavors. The cuisine is South-Indian and offers a pretty great breakfast menu that features almost all the famous Hyderabadi items; however, it is particularly famous for its Spot Idli, Crunchi Wada and Govind Dosa, Cheese Dosa.
Timing: You can visit Govind Ki Bandi anywhere between 6:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Where: Gulzar House, Urdu Galli, Hira Moti Complex, Char Kaman, Ghansi Bazaar, Charminar, Hyderabad.
9. Maharaja Chaat
Anyone who has ever been to India will tell you that Indian, no matter where they live, love their chatpatti chaat. And as for Hyderabad, chaat is one of the most famous street foods in the city and one of the best places to get it is Maharaja Chaat. This place is legendary for its wide range of Indian snacks such as pani purri, bhel puri and aloo toast. Their Masala Pav Bhaji is perhaps the most wanted item on the list.
Timing: The chaat place remains open from 3:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Where: Rd Number 1, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.
10. Mayur Pan House
When you are in India, your food journey cannot reach its pinnacle without eating a pan and what better place to get it than the famous Mayur Pan House. In addition to its signature dishpan, the place sells a variety of other sweet and savory dishes. It is ideal for grabbing a late-night sandwich and then rounding it off with a pan. Its desserts featuring pan are perhaps one of the most unique dishes you will ever taste. This hot spot for food is famous for its chocolate paan, laddu pan, and ice gola.
Timing: Mayur Pan House keeps its business running from 10 in the morning till 11:00 pm.
Where: Needs Arcade, 4-3-548, 14, Tilak Rd, Ramkoti, Sultan Bazar, Abids, Hyderabad.
Remember, we just talked about only 10 famous names; the street food options in Hyderabad are countless. Every dhaba or café offers something so special that you simply won’t stop until you have tried them all. And if you already have a favorite that is not on the list then don’t forget to tell us about it in the comments.