Food street

A food street is a pedestrianised area that has been designated for restaurants and cafes. Such areas are found in several major Pakistani cities. The food street is lined with food stalls, restaurants, and other food shops, and are typically pedestrianized.[2] Food streets, and food parks, exist in several metropolitan cities in the country, and attending them has become a social norm, with people using them as both formal and informal meeting areas.[3][4]

Located on the bank of Arabian Sea in Karachi, Port Grand is one of the largest food streets of Asia.[1]
Food street located on Stadium Road, Sargodha
The Anarkali Food Street in Lahore, Pakistan

The first food street in Pakistan was Gawalmandi Food Street located in central part of Lahore.[2] This has been followed by Melody Food Street and the food street in Blue Area in Islamabad,[4][5] Burns Road in Karachi,[6][7] the food street near Ghantar Ghar in Peshawar, Qissa Kahwani Bazaar Food Street, Peshawar[8] and a second food street in Lahore at Anarkali.[9] In 2012, a new food street was inaugurated in Lahore near Badshahi Mosque and Lahore Fort. It was named Fort Road Food Street.

In Islamabad, prior to the creation of Melody Food Street, restaurants were scattered around the city. Members of middle class society prefer them because they are less expensive than hotels or high-quality restaurants.[4][10]

See also


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  4. Mohammad Kamran (2007-01-04). "Food parks gain popularity in Pindi, Islamabad". Daily Times. Pakistan.
  5. Shabnam Nasir (2002-10-03). "A street full of food". Dawn. Dawn Group. Archived from the original on 2013-01-20.
  6. "KARACHI: Food Street to open on Aug 14". Dawn. Dawn Group. 2005-07-31.
  7. Nimra Khalid. "Karachi's very own food street". Dawn. Dawn Group. Archived from the original on 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  8. "PESHAWAR: Companies to support 'Save Peshawar Movement'". Dawn. Dawn Group. 2005-02-10.
  9. "Second food street opens in Old Anarkali". Dawn. Dawn Group. 2002-02-05.
  10. Mohammad Kamran (2006-04-15). "Rawalpindi Food Street attracts visitors". Daily Times. Pakistan.
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