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Small-Group Guided Food Trail in the Sowcarpet Market provided by Storytrails

Small-Group Guided Food Trail in the Sowcarpet Market

Small-Group Guided Food Trail in the Sowcarpet Market
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About
Step away from bland tourist menus with the benefit of a small-group walking in Chennai that features everyday South Indian foods enjoyed by locals. Your guide leads you through an array of food stalls at Sowcarpet Market that serve the dishes that sustain Chennai’s residents. Taste popular foods at trustworthy stands that are known for Gujarati chaats (savory snacks), Pav bhaji (vegetable curry), badam milk (spiced beverage), and more.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Includes enough food tastings to make up a full meal
Explore the sprawling market with a guide to find the best eats
Sample a variety of savory and sweet dishes
Small group limited to 10 participants allow a more personalized tour
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5708P9
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
Local guide • Food tasting • Snacks • Beverages • Bottled water • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
Joonus Sait & Sons, No.36, Rattan Bazaar Rd, Rattan Bazaar, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600003, India Opposite Flower bazaar police station
Inclusions
Local guide • Food tasting • Snacks • Beverages • Bottled water • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities
Departure details
Joonus Sait & Sons, No.36, Rattan Bazaar Rd, Rattan Bazaar, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600003, India Opposite Flower bazaar police station
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Not recommended for child aged 8 and under
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Please dress conservatively keeping your shoulders and knees covered, for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
Not recommended for those with food allergies
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Joonus Sait & Sons
    No.36, Rattan Bazaar Rd, Rattan Bazaar, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600003, India
    Opposite Flower bazaar police station
    See address & details
  • 1
    Kakada Ramprasad Sweets and Chaats
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    AJAB MITHAI GHAR
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    NOVELTY TEA HOUSE
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Joonus Sait & Sons
    No.36, Rattan Bazaar Rd, Rattan Bazaar, George Town, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600003, India
    Opposite Flower bazaar police station
    See address & details
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Kar C
Maplewood, NJ343 contributions
Great Story telling Food Trail
Feb 2020
Met our story teller Karunya at the meetup point and the wonderful story began. We walked and ate for almost 2 full hours. The sample size portions, allowed us to enjoy a lot of different varieties of food and it was all good. Karunya was great host and we really enjoyed the stories with the amazing food. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to sample South Indian small bites.
Written 26 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Storytrails I
Hello, Thank you for leaving us a review. It's so nice to know that you enjoyed your Food trail in Chennai with us. We loved hosting you and your lovely family. Thank you for the recommendation, and we hope to see you back in India soon. You could try our tours in Mumbai, Madurai, Pondicherry or Trivandrum as well. Warmly, Akila
Written 6 March 2020
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Holger2912
Bad Homburg, Germany7 contributions
Outstanding experience!
Nov 2019 • Friends
This trail was so interesting and tasty, i loved all these little storys beside the way, which where so well presented by our host!will book one of the other trails for shure when will be back in Chennai.
Written 27 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for your review. We are so happy that our Food trail was an outstanding experience for you. We look forward to seeing you again. We run tours in Chennai, Madurai, Mumbai, Trivandrum and Pondicherry too. Cheers, The Storytrails Team
Written 2 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gill & Al
6 contributions
Interesting food experience!
Aug 2019 • Couples
We had a brilliant time wandering around the busy market. Lakshmi was a fantastic guide and her passion for the tour and sharing her knowledge was evident throughout! We tried so many different foods and were so full after! Great introduction to local Indian food. Would highly recommend!
Written 7 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for leaving us a review and the recommendation. We're always so happy to hear that guests leave our Food tour full! :D We hope we see you again soon. You could join us on other tours in Chennai, or on our tours in Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Madurai. Cheers The Storytrails Team
Written 16 September 2019
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Ana Brown
Buckinghamshire, UK76 contributions
First taste of India
My husband and I were taken on the fantastic Food Trail with the wonderful Lakshmi just a few hours after arriving in India. We were so excited for our first taste of Indian cuisine in India as we enjoy cooking various Indian dishes at home. We were not disappointed! The food throughout was delicious and having Lakshmi give us more information on the history of the food and indeed Chennai really added to the whole experience. In face we were married less than 48 hours before so the food we ate really was the first proper food of our married life! We can not recommend Storytrails highly enough and we will check if they offer tours in our next Indian destination when we return to India next year!
Written 31 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review! :D We are so thrilled to have been able to give you some of your first food experiences so soon after you got married. It was a pleasure to host guests so passionate about Indian cuisine. We cannot wait to see you again next year. We also run tours in Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Madurai. And we have tours opening in Mumbai and Kochin soon. Cheers, The Storytrails Team
Written 6 September 2019
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Kay S
1 contribution
10 star experience
Aug 2019
Lakshmi bent over backward to include us in the Sowcarpet Food tour. We booked last minute, and we had only 1 time slot to take a tour. The stops themselves on the tour were fun, and places you'd never try except without a guide. I unfortunately had lunch too late, and we started the tour, not even hungry. By the end of the tour, I was close to being sick, but I still really enjoyed all the stops on our tour.

If you have, 100% recommend taking this tour in Chennai. It takes you to a part of Chennai, that's very different from most of it.
Written 24 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for such a great review! :D We're so glad that you could join us for the tour and see a different Chennai. We hope you come back and do more tours with us. We also host tours in Pondicherry, Madurai and Trivandrum. Cheers, The Storytrails Team
Written 4 September 2019
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Fatmanwalking
Chennai (Madras), India19 contributions
Fantastic experience, wonderful food and terrific guide
This was a full auditory, visual and especially culinary experience. Don’t eat in advance as there is plenty of delicious food. Lakshmi expertly, attentively and with real passion introduced us to local food from over a half a dozen specialist sources. The food was delicious and it would have been a real shame to have just eaten in hotels. It was a real culinary and cultural education. Lakshmi our storyteller expertly guided us through the bustling market and looked after us. It was one of the best tours we have been on and a must visit. It’s very good value. Unreservedly recommend and not too strenuous. Particularly loved the bondas and the puris.
Written 28 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for your review. We loved having you on the Food trail, and were more than happy to introduce you to the scrumptious street food in Sowcarpet. Bondas are a favourite amongst our team here as well. :) We also do food trails in Pondicherry and Madurai. So do check them out if you're ever visiting. Apart from that, we do several other trails around local culture, customs, and history in Chennai, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Madurai. And we'll be launching trails in Mumbai and Cochin soon. Cheers, The Storytrails Team
Written 1 August 2019
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egblonder
Las Vegas, NV35 contributions
Best tour I've ever taken
May 2018 • Couples
I cannot say enough about the quality of this tour. As a serious budget traveler, I hesitated to book this. I shouldn't have hesitated for a second.

Lakshmi was the best tour guide I have ever had by far - kind, compassionate, funny, and a compelling storyteller. She was very aware of the needs of the group, and jumped into action when one of the members wasn't handling Chennai heat very well. She was so knowledgeable about the area and passionate about sharing the history of Georgetown, while making it especially relatable to tour group members based on their backgrounds.

Of course, the food was incredible. Before this tour, I felt a bit lost choosing my food here and meals were very hit or miss as a result, but I feel like now I know exactly what to look for. It also helped me notice so many things I never would have caught before when walking around the city. I wasn't actually able to finish everything (probably because it was just a two-person group this time), but all dishes were delicious and highly varied.

Do NOT miss this food trail.
Written 4 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Ethan, We're thrilled you enjoyed your trail with us- it was our pleasure to host you. We're also very glad that you got a chance to really discover Indian food and figure out what you enjoy. We hope you return and come on more trails with us! Cheers, The Storytrails Team
Written 20 May 2018
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Pauline D
Merleac, France5 contributions
Food Trail in Sowcarpet - A delightful experience
Mar 2018 • Family
I couldn't have expected better from this visit in the market streets. The places where we stopped and tasted food were very carefully and tastefuly chosen. Lots of stories about indian daily life and history, we learned more informations in a few hours than in our entire trip. Our guide took care of us until the end, when she assured we went back safely at our hotels.
Written 18 April 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Pauline, Thank you for your review of the Food Trail in Chennai. We're glad to learn you took lots away from your tour, and enjoyed all the food stops. Come see us in Pondicherry and Madurai too! Thanks, Storytrails
Written 30 April 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Twiggy71
Burnley, UK944 contributions
Excellent Tours - best we had!
We did 2 tours with Storytrails. The Food walk and the Peacock trail. They were both really well organised with excellent guides. Both ladies were interesting and funny, as well as having lovely personalities.
We enjoyed both tours immensely.
The use of personal ear pieces by the guides ensured we didn't miss a thing, even when moving around really crowded areas.
Cannot recommend highly enough.
Written 16 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for walking with us! The Peacock Trail and Food Trail are favourites among our guests, with unique experiences of the city and its many facets. Great to hear that the ear pieces proved useful. We'd love to see you again, do give us a shout when you are in Pondicherry or Madurai! Thanks, Storytrails
Written 27 March 2018
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Sophie C
2 contributions
Interesting, fun and delicious
Mar 2018 • Solo
Lakshmi was a great host and we must've eaten at least ten different things, all were totally different and delicious. It was great walking all around the busy bazaar, taking pics and finding out stories about the bazaar and the food. I would recommend for anyone in Chennai.
Written 15 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Sophie, We're so grateful for your recommendation - thank you. The Food Trail is designed to give you an insight into the range of local food and all of the stories behind them, and we're glad we got to share them with you. We'd love to see you again! Thanks, Storytrails
Written 27 March 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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