Ahmedabad has experienced a massive transformation in its infrastructure (read flyovers), shopping zones and civic amenities. However, these cosmetic changes have been unable to alter the food culture of the city in any manner. The cuisines have expanded for sure with amazing choices for those who are gastronomically-inclined, whether it is street food or fine dining.
Whether you are in the city for business or on a holiday, the food Ahmedabad offers is surely not-to-be-missed at any cost. You can easily rent a car in Ahmedabad and satiate your taste buds with the amazing delicacies available across the city. So go ahead and follow this delightful food trail that will take you to every corner of this wonderful, historic city:
Bhatiyar Galli: Turn your vehicle towards Teen Darwaza in the old city and ask for Bhatiyar Galli which is renowned for its mouth-watering non-vegetarian fare. Try the delicious Tandoori Chicken or mutton kebabs that are highly recommended by tourists and locals alike. Since you are in the vicinity, do not miss the mutton samosas and hara kebabs.
Campus Capers: No visit to Ahmedabad is complete without a trip to campuses like IIM, NID, and MICA. Don’t worry, this time it’s not about books and exams but about tickling your taste buds. With a vehicle at your disposal, you will not mind the ride up to NID at RK Egg Centre where you can savor tasty omelets and egg bhurji at ridiculously low rates. Rambhai Ni Chai outside IIM will take you back to your own college days so definitely have a cuppa here.
Law Garden: Your next stop has to be the crowded yet not-to-be-missed potpourri of some mind-boggling street food. Do not get deterred by the surging crowds, especially on weekends and evenings, and grab a bite from the numerous pav-bhaji and sandwich stalls that line the streets here. Try an unlimited variety of dosas, parathas and wraps which are a food lover’s delight. Top your full stomach with a wide variety of ice-creams as a dessert or better still, slurp on Ashrafi’s famous kulfis before ending your day.
Midnight food: Manek Chowk is a bustling market for jewelry and precious stones but once the glittering shops down their shutters, the food vendors take over the place. If hunger pangs strike you at the midnight hour, this is the place to head to. Gobble down some truly delightful chocolate cheese sandwiches (Pineapple cheese is also a wonderful variant). Manek Chowk is also famous for its delicious biryanis that are bound to satisfy even the harshest of food critics.
The Upper Crust: If pastries, cakes and fresh bread are your choices, then head towards any of the branches of this delightful bakery spread across the city. Navrangpura, Vastrapur and Gujarat University are some places to gobble up fresh cupcakes and bakery items all of Ahmedabad loves.
Fortunately, Gujarati cuisine extends much beyond the obvious choices. Book any of the Ahmedabad cabs and drive around the city savoring your sweet tooth. Items like mohanthal, rasmalai and pedhas are a speciality here and should feature on your must-eat list during your food trail in Ahmedabad.