From dozens of bustling nightspots offering traditional delicacies to thousands of high-end restaurants serving international cuisines, the city of Karachi is quite popular among tourists for its liveliness and vibrant food culture.

When it comes to exploring the local culinary culture, the name of Burns Road, the city’s oldest and most iconic food street stands out. With many age-old restaurants that have now become globally famous, the place triggers a wave of nostalgia, taking you back to the bygone era.

Owing to the ever-increasing popularity, Burns Road, Karachi, has now officially been declared as a street food destination, only accessible by pedestrians. In this post, we’ll take a look at the history and recent restoration of this iconic food street in Karachi.

So, without further ado, let’s go exploring!


history of burns road karachi
The foundation of Food street at Burns Road was laid by the migrants after independence (Photo Credits: Facebook / Dawn)

The history of Burns Road as a food street dates back to the post-independence era when many migrants from India settled in this particular area of Karachi. They started practicing their own recipes with a unique blend of spices and introduced them to the locals.

Most of their culinary traditions were wholeheartedly embraced by the City of Lights. Many of the well-established food outlets here are more than 50 years old. They haven’t changed their original recipes over all these years, which is probably the biggest reason behind their immense popularity.

Retaining the charm of original flavors for decades, the food street of Burns Road in Karachi is now adored by foodies all around the world. Travel Vloggers like Mark Weins and Trevor James, who is popularly known as the ‘Food Ranger’, have made many travel documentaries on this historic food street in Karachi.


more about restaurants on Burns road
Burns Road is quite famous for its delicious Bun Kababs

Apart from the very famous “Burns Road ka Bun Kabab”, there are literally tonnes of traditional food options that you can indulge in upon your visit to Burns Road in Karachi. Let’s check out the names of some of the oldest and most famous restaurants in the area listed below!

  • Dil Bahar Dahi Baray
  • Malik Nihari
  • Waheed Kebab
  • Delhi Rabri
  • Cafe Lazeez
  • Agha Sajji
  • Mazedaar Haleem
  • Babu Bhai Bun Kabab
  • Al Naz Biryani

Note: All of these outlets are in proximity to each other and you can easily explore the entire food street on foot.


As per the latest updates on Burns Road, the charm of this age-old food street has been recently revived. The area now enjoys a backdrop of colorful buildings, which come to life at night when they are beautifully lit.

After the restoration of Burns Road, it is not accessible by traffic after 7 o’clock in the evening. However, during the day time, the flow of vehicular traffic is allowed. Like other nightspots in Karachi, most of the eateries in the area stay open even after midnight.

Pedestrians can easily explore the food street at night without the hindrance of vehicles passing by, enjoying their favorite delicacies upon taking a trip to one of Karachi’s most treasured historic remnants.


location of burns road in Karachi
Burns Road Karachi is located right in the heart of the old city area (Photo Credits: Facebook / Burns Road)

The location of Burns Road puts it in the heart of the old city area in Saddar Town Karachi. If you are heading from the areas of Clifton and DHA, you can take the route of Abdullah Haroon Road via Chaudhry Khaliq-uz-Zaman Road or Khayaban-e-Iqbal.

Similarly, if you are visiting from areas like PECHS, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, or Federal B. Area, the route of University Road that converts into New M. A Jinnah Road at Jail Chowrangi may suit you the best.

Upon your visit to this famous food street in Karachi, you can also explore some other popular landmarks in the vicinity including the newly-opened People’s Square Karachi, National Museum of Pakistan, and Sindh Wildlife Museum.

Now that we have given you all the latest updates on the historic food street of Burns Road in Karachi, it’s time for us to wrap up.