It would not be wrong to say that the most accurate reflection of Pakistan’s culture is its rich cuisine. Lahore is arguably the culinary capital of Pakistan with Karachi as a strong rival. However, having grown up in Lahore my bias would proudly say that Lahori food possesses a unique flavour. It has traditional recipes, rich aroma and the perfect combination of spices.

A major part of the lives of Lahoris revolves around sharing recipes, cooking and feeding food along with expressing extraordinary passion for hospitality. What better way to celebrate love for food than by dedicating an entire street to it!

The Lahore Fort Food Street offers more than just fine dining. It is a haven for those who crave cultural art, classical music and traditional food.The eyes feast on the beautiful art collection. There are street musicians playing instruments like sitar, flute, violin and toomba. Moreover, there are shops selling traditional shoes like khussas and musical instruments. In order to give you a royal experience you get to be escorted in horse-drawn buggies, which take you to the restaurant of your choice.

The food street is situated in the Walled City of Lahore. The ambience of the street is elevated due to the historical Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque and Hazuri Mosque next to it. The Roshni gate connects the food street to these places.

As you sit at the rooftop of one of the many restaurants there, enjoying scrumptious food with live classical melodies playing in the background you can feel the grandeur of the historical occurrences. There is a splendid view of the historical buildings and the royal gardens, which would leave you in an eternal trance. The walls of these ancient buildings tell you a story and you find yourself being teleported to the eras of the Sikh rule, Mughal Empire and the times of the British Colonial Raj.

food street and the walled city, however, can be considered to be the mere surface of the culinary and historical adventures of Lahore waiting to be embarked on. The architectural beauty of Lahore, especially of the old city is unmatched. Even for a Lahori as myself I realise that there is still so much more to be explored, discovered and experienced here. As the infamous saying goes, ‘If you haven’t seen Lahore, you haven’t even been born!’

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