An epicentre of Hinduism, the city of Varanasi is as old and sacred as the ghats of the Ganges themselves. A popular destination for backpackers from every corner of the globe, it is a hodgepodge of narrow gullies, heaving crowds and a tizzy of sights, sounds and smells. It is no wonder then that such a soulful city would have a delectably rich tradition of cuisine – from steaming kachoris and jalebis to refreshing lassi and thandais.
So, make sure bite to into some of our recommendations for the true taste of Varanasi.
1. Baati Chokha
Baati Chokha on the Puran Das Road welcomes you with a decidedly earthy ambiance of clay ovens and millstones, stewing aromatic dals and roasting fresh chickpeas. Its walls are adorned in indigenous art as a small temple and even a well accentuate the overall mood. Patrons have the choice of lounging on charpoys, soaking in the rustic feel or settling down at regular tables. To however, make the most of your experience here, make sure you sample their sattu parathas, and litti chokhas for an authentic taste of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
2. Bread of Life Bakery
Besides local street fare, Varanasi also offers a rather surprising array of delightful bakeries. One such is Bread of Life Bakery at Shivala which also happens to be among the oldest. It boasts of a comfortable contemporary seating where you can devour on freshly-baked cakes and breads, muffins, pancakes along with other sumptuous treats. Additionally, you can count on the bakery for flavoursome Mediterranean and European options such as Mediterranean Eggplant Escalope, Ratatouille and Moussaka. Moreover, in keeping with the city’s godliness, all profits from the bakery go to charity.