Indore Sarafa (Sarāfā) Bazaar is traditionally famous for its Gold & Silver jewellery, gems, etc. like any other city's jewellery market, but what may be probably unique to Indore's Sarafa Bazaar is the interesting fact that it turns into a street-food lover's paradise every single night (after 8 pm till way past midnight) !!
Makers of traditional Indian savouries and sweets, and now the Western snacks also, line up their kiosks/carts outside each jewellery shop - their places remain fixed !! The association of this street-food market (yes, you read it right) only allows certified makers of very high-quality offerings, and only vegetarian !! There are some all-day permanent restaurants too, offering snacks and sweets, and also a restaurant (bhojnaalay) serving full meals !!
This night street-food market in Indore offers a huge variety of Indore's gastronomic specialties such as aaloo tikki, chhole-tikiya, dahi vada, bhutte ka kees, garaadu, samosa, kachori, paani - puri, dahi papdi, dahi chaat, sabudana ki khichdi (sago) , paav - bhaaji, paraanthaa (paratha), idli, dosa, sandwich, pizza, fried rice, noodles, vegetable munchurian, jalebi (and jalebaas), maalpuaa, rabdi, gulab jamun, shikanji (with rabdi & curd), kulfi, falooda, ice cream, fruit salad, gajak, etc., only to name a few !!
A must-visit place if you are a foodie and want to try some of Indore's best & most rocking traditional snacks & sweets !! It helps if you are nocturnal or if no other eating joint in the city is open the time you are hungry !!
Parking is not available in the market, though there are spaces before entering the market from all four sides !! As this is in the old city, lanes are very narrow and miscreants do get their two-wheeled vehicles that disturb people here !! And you'll have to be careful of the stray cattle (cows) and dogs that go around in the market !!
Bottled water and mineral water, in addition to aerated drinks (soft drinks) and coconut water, are available in plenty here !! Indore Rocks requests you to kindly keep the city litter-free and thus, throw disposable plates, bowls, spoons, and papers only in the bins there !! Indore Police's station is right there in the market and cameras cover the whole market at day and night !!
Out of many shops/stalls in Sarafa, you may want to check out these by clicking on their names below, or check out the whole comprehensive list of more than 30 joints in the Restaurants+ section of the website by just typing 'Sarafa' in the 'What are you looking for?' search box !!
The famous TV anchor Ms. Barkha Dutt enjoying delicious food at this world-famous night street food market Sarafa, with the IndoreRocks.com team in this video:
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