Mahabaleshwar is a popular tourist destination in Maharashtra, and it is no wonder that the food here is one of the best you will get in the state. While Mahabaleshwar is well known for its strawberries, chikki and carrots, over the past few years, Indian and global cuisines have become popular in this hill station.
The main food scene is near the market area. At this spot, you will find the best local restaurants in Mahabaleshwar. From delicious local foods to unique strawberry creations, these restaurants serve a variety of comfort foods.
Famous Street Food in Mahabaleshwar
You probably get the best strawberries in Mahabaleshwar, so it is no wonder this makes it to the top of our list. Available all over the hill station, this fruit is a must-try for any tourist visiting. You can either eat it plain or enjoy it as ice creams, milkshakes and even chikki.
- Where to Eat: Laxmi Farms and Mapro Garden
During the summer in Mahabaleshwar, a lot of tourists converge at the many restaurants and ice cream parlours to enjoy milkshakes. Delicious and available in a variety of flavours, everyone from kids and young people to senior citizens loves this drink. Best flavours to try are strawberry, chocolate, mango, and blueberry.
- Where to Eat: Bagicha Corner, Mapro Garden
3. Maharashtrian Thali
A popular lunch dish in Mahabaleshwar is the Maharashtrian Thali. From big restaurants to the smaller ones near the market, you will find this dish being served at most places. A complete meal, the thali is mostly vegetarian, however, some places do serve a non-veg thali, featuring chicken dishes.
- Where to Eat: Fasal Farm, Hotel Rajesh, Annapurna Gard Restaurant
Chikki is a popular sweet in all of Maharashtra’s hill stations and Mahabaleshwar is no different. Generally made from groundnuts and jaggery, today chikki makers are getting innovative and are coming up with new varieties. You have chikki made from chocolate and even strawberry.
Chikki shops allow you to sample before you buy so that you’re sure of the taste and the quality. Favourites to buy are groundnut, strawberry and cashewnut chikki.
- Where to Eat: All over the main market
5. Puran Poli
The popular variety found in Mahabaleshwar is the Maharashtrian puran poli. It is a chapati stuffed with puran – a special mix of boiled grams, ghee and jaggery. It is best eaten as a tea-time snack or after meals. During festivals, they make special preparations of puran poli in Mahabaleshwar.
Where to Eat: Bharat Hotel, Suman Raj Resort
Big in portion size and on taste, the channa found in Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani is a popular snack item for locals. Served either plain or with onions and chillies, this snack is delicious. You’ll find many vendors serving them in paper cups and topped with chaat masala.
- Where to Eat: Food stalls near the market and at Venna Lake
7. Bharli Vangi
Bharli Vangi is stuff brinjal cooked in typical Mahabaleshwar style. Made using local Goda masala and groundnuts, this dish is a popular lunch delicacy. It is best eaten with a roti or bread. The dish a hit on menus of Indian vegetarian restaurants in Mahabaleshwar.
- Where to Eat: Dongarmatha
8. Chicken Lollipops
A crisp deep-fried chicken starter served with a mild Schezwan sauce, lollipops are an Indian-Chinese delicacy that are very popular in Mahabaleshwar. Eaten as a snack, you will find this snack served at Chinese stalls in the market and at a few restaurants. Best eaten hot, juicy chicken lollipops are a must for all non-vegetarians.
- Where to Eat: Royal Garden Family Restaurant
9. Parsi Food
In Mahabaleshwar and neighbouring Panchgani, you will find many Parsi restaurants. These restaurants serve the most delicious Parsi food prepared in traditional ways. Popular dishes served at these restaurants are Dhansak and Berry Pulav. Some even sell the raspberry soda that Parsi restaurants used to be famous for.
- Where to Eat: Dina and The Grapevine
10. Dhaba Food
In and around Mahabaleshwar and on the NH4 highway and at the main market area, you will find plenty of local dhabas that are packed to capacity with foodies who drop in for lunch and dinner. Serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, the dhabas here are simple and all about the food. Popular dishes to try biryani, butter chicken, paneer makhanwala and a variety of rotis.
- Where to Eat: Dhabas along the NH4 highway
You do get a lot of variety at restaurants situated in resorts and hotels in Mahabaleshwar, but to enjoy a true Mahabaleshwar dining experience, you have got to try these dishes we have mentioned above. While visiting restaurants in Mahabaleshwar, we suggest you carry cash, as not all of them accept credit or debit cards.
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