Most Famous Vada Pav Joints in MumbaiMumbai is famous all over the world for many things among which one is its food. It is not something that only the youth and college-going opt for, thousands of people literally survive on street food every day, with choices ranging from nalli nihari, bhels, pani puris to seekh kebabs. However, vada pav continues to be a hot favorite in the 6 to 60 year age groups, for simply being so affordable, easily available and filling. The best part, one can enjoy it while on the move. The snack is very popular all over India, but the best vada pav joints are still found in Mumbai. Vada pav, also attributed to as the ‘poor man’s burger,’ has become so popular that there is a day to even celebrate it - World Vada Pav Day, celebrated on August 23!
Mumbai is home to over 50,000 vada pav stalls but there are a few joints that are in the top slot in the list of serving the most sumptuous vada pav in the city. Let’s take a look at a few such vada pav joints in Mumbai:
Ashok Vada PavUndoubtedly voted the best vada pav joint by Mumbai’s vada pav lovers, one can find Ashok Vada Pav near Kirti College in Dadar. Also known as Kirti College vada pav, Ashok vada pav has been serving the snack for 35 years now. What makes Ashok’s vada pav so special is that the batter for the vada and the chutney is made using 40 food items. Few of the best food magazines have listed it as the best vada pav joint, while celebrities like Sushmita Sen, Jackie Shroff and Madhuri Dixit often hop to Ashok vada pav to savor the snack.
Address: Ashok Wada Pav Stall, Off Cadel Road, Kirti College Lane, Prabhadevi, Mumbai.
Graduate Vada PavGraduate Vada Pav, another vada pav hotspot located outside the Byculla station, is selling vada pavs for the last 17 years. It is a small vada pav stall that offers delicious vada pavs with a range of options in chutneys. The store has never found to be empty after being opened, with nearly 2000 people visiting the Graduate vada pav stall on a daily basis.
Address: Outside Byculla (West) station, South Mumbai.
Dheeraj Vada PavThe vada pav sold by Dheeraj vada pav is special as it is crispy on the outside and spicy and soft on the inside. A hot favorite among NM College and Mithibai College students, the stall serves the snack with a generous amount of butter.
Address: Opposite Mithibai College, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai.
Samrat Vada PavLocated in Parleshwar, Samrat Vada Pav has its customers engaged for years with special vada pavs served with a twist of chopped coconut pieces with the usual potato mix.
Address: Nehru Road, Parleshwar, Vile Parle East, Mumbai.
Anand Vada PavAnand Vada Pav, situated opposite Mithibai College, is one joint that welcomes patrons from all walks of life, be it daily wagers or celebrities. Being situated near a college, it serves hundreds of college students daily.
Address: Opposite Mithibai College, Vile Parle West, Mumbai.
Aaram Milk BarAaram Milk Bar is serving its customers for more than 70 years now and is especially famous for its large sized vadas. The Aaram’s crispy vada pavs are served with onions, red garlic chutney and fried chillies. One will find lots of variations in the vada pav, which is not limited to just the usual potato ones. The shop’s clientele will be interesting to note that include Rajiv Gandhi, Bal Thackeray and numerous other BMC commissioners.
Address: Capital Cinema Building, Opposite CST Station, South Mumbai.