Pani Puri, aka Golgappa, is almost synonymous with India’s chaat culture. And, in Mumbai, pani puri is more than a mere snack – it completes the Mumbaikar’s quest for delicious street food. Close to everyone’s heart (or, should we say, taste buds), pani puri is one of the most sought-after chaat delicacies in Mumbai.
NearFox brings you a list of places – some famous, others hidden gems –offering the best pani puri in Mumbai. Isn’t that swell (pun intended, of course)?
Prashant Corner, Thane West
Shop No. 17, & 18, Gagangiri Society, Panch Pakhdi, Thane West, Thane, Maharashtra 400602
About Prashant Corner
Extremely light on your pocket, this place is a paradise for all chaat-lovers! Gobble on their perfect combination of hot and spicy pani puris and, if it becomes too much for your taste buds, cool them down with the home-made Ice cream that is sold right outside the joint.
Cost: Rs 30 per plate
Tip: Not an ice-cream person? Soothe your taste buds with their Kaju Cocktail
Vithal Bhelwala, Fort
13/15, AK Nayak Marg, CST, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
About Vithal Bhelwala
Located at Fort, Vithal is the oldest pani puri joint in town, established in 1939. They take the art of making delicious pani puris up by several notches.
Cost: Rs 90 per plate
Tip: Awarded the ‘King of Bhel Puri’ title, the Vithal bhel puri is worth a try. Anything and everything on the menu is a winner, so don’t think much before you order.
Swati Snacks, Tardeo
248, Karai Estate, Tardeo Road, Opposite Bhatia Hospital, Tardeo, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007
About Swati Snacks
A 50-year-old heritage, Swati Snacks is known for its lip-smacking hygienic street food, which is made using home-based ingredients. For that ‘maa ke haath ka khana’ experience, order their pani puri prepared with authentic indigenous spices and herbs.
Cost: Rs 130
Tip: When there, don’t forget to parcel their signature jalebi-fafda
Appointment Restaurant, Andheri West
Shop No. 13, 7 Bunglow, Shivam Shopping Centre, J P Road, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053
About Appointment Restaurant
A name often recognised for its chaat specialities, Appointment is a godsend for those in the Western suburbs, churning out plate after plate of crazy good stuff. Their Mumbai-style recipe stands out for its authenticity.
Cost: Rs 40
Tip: Go after 3 pm. The chaat section opens after that.
Jai bajrang bhelpuri & chaats, Malad West
Shop no.2, Mamlatdar Wadi, Cornrer of rd.no.1,Jan Seva Bank,Malad (w), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064
About Jai bajrang bhelpuri & chaats
Chaat away at Jai Bajrang with a plate of mouth-watering pani puris. Light on your pocket but heavy on the stomach, this place is for all who would love to go on a ‘pani puri challenge’ inspired by SRK and Anushka from the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
Cost: Rs 15
Tip: Don’t forget to ask for your free ‘sukhi puri’. And that is a tip that applies to all the shops in the list.
Sindh Pani Puri, Chembur
Shop No. 13 , Chembur Colony, Dr Choitram Gidwani Road, Chembur, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400074
About Sindh Pani Puri
Serving the best Pani Puri for over 30 years now, this is the ‘it’ place for all pani puri lovers. Known for their typical Sindhi masala (no ragda, only boondi), it has unique taste that you won’t find elsewhere.
Cost: Rs 30 per plate
Tip: Give the Sindhi style pakoda chaat a shot
Prithvi Cafe, Juhu
20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
About Prithvi Cafe
One of the most a la mode (yet easy on your pocket) eating joints in town, this places serves the typical ‘amchi mumbai’ pani puri. The Prithvi ambience makes the place and the dish an irresistible combo.
Cost: Rs 55
Tip: Wash down the pani puri with their Kadak Cutting Chai (also called Sulemani).
Elco Pani Puri Centre, Bandra West
2/A Elco Market, 46 Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
About Elco Pani Puri Centre
Known for its typical Mumbai pani puri recipe, Elco is the hottest spot for you to grab those tangy ‘water balls’ that will leave you craving for more. After a long shopping trip to Hill Road, Elco is the perfect place for you to sit and chill with a plate of your favourite golgappas.
Tip: If you are still hungry after your first plate, try their dahi puri.
SpiceKlub, Lower Parel