like its rich culture and lifestyle, Varanasi is equally famous for its
rich variety of foods and cuisines. The sumptuous and delicious but
tangy and spicy North Indian food and snacks are the best options to try
at Varanasi. However, one can get good Chinese, Italian, Continental and
South-Indian food too. There are good number of Byzantine eateries and
restaurants in the cities where one can explore for the food that suits
one's tastes. The wide variety of mouth-watering sweets and 'chatpate'
snacks are just not to be missed.
There is 'paapri-chaat', which plays with your taste buds with its
tangy and spicy flavor of ginger and tamarind chutney and the cooling
and soothing yoghurt. While talking about the specialties of Benarasi
flavors, who can ever forget the sour and sweet 'Langda aam', a variety
of mango available in summers and the fragrant 'Benarasi paan' that is
often added with aromatic essences such as that of rose and 'supari'
(areca-nut) along with other goodies. Chewing this 'paan' seems to be a
part of the cultural identity of the people of Varanasi. One can find
some good Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Continental, Mexican, Greek and
vegetarian South-Indian cuisine and snacks and sweets offers to eat to
your fill in the old city or Godaulia, Cantonment area and near Railway
Station or Lahurabir area.