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Night Food Street of Chandigarh drawing people from afar
Welcome to Chandigarh's first 'night food street'. It seems that nights will never end. The vibrant and colorful lights keep this part young and energetic. I heard a lot about this food court but had never been to this place. The area is neat and clean so is the sitting arrangement. One can see people coming from far and near places. Over time, it has become a very popular place, and draws crowds from all walks of life.

It is 11 PM at night. The night food street is just opposite Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) and outside gate of Punjab University sector 14, Chandigarh. I park my vehicle in the parking area and move straight to the kiosk of the night food street. There is hustle and bustle with fumes of oil, fried food and a typical fragrance of Punjabi food, spices and lots of fun. The black marbled table and chairs cum stools all are occupied. The peak hour has started. There is crowd all around. One can see the doctors of PGI, students of Punjab University and nearby colleges besides the visitors and the attendants of patients admitted in Hospital.

While clicking some shots for this article, the proprietor, thinking I was from the Press, gave me special preference and asked for the order which I obliged - him for some snacks and tea.

At present there are two kiosks that offer delicacies and beverages to customers starting from late evening to the wee hours in the morning. One can choose from Indian, Chinese and Continental delicacies.  There are other options like bakery items which are also available during the night.  I tasted few bakery items and found them crisp and tasty.

Earlier, the night food street used to offer both veg and non-veg food but from now it has gone completely vegetarian. Quite a few incidents of brawls have also taken place in the past due to unchecked drinking and availability of non-vegetarian food at this place. The area around the night food street food is now completely safe as Chandigarh Police has made arrangements for safety of the customers by deploying six constables during the night. Despite this I could not see any women folks visiting this place. I was informed that the girl students do come but before 8 pm and opt to prefer take away services only. However, few families are regular visitors to this place.

I try to interact with few customers who shared with me that food is economical and moreover available throughout the night. The night food street keeps on buzzing from 7 PM to 7AM. You can savor the food at any time during night.

So proudly, I can say that it is an ideal place for those working for late and for the students and professionals burning mid night oil. Looking for a grub in the late night then visit this wonder land of food, fun and frolic. You will definitely like this typical slice of night life in Chandigarh.


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