29 Cafes in CP You Just Connaught Miss

While Delhi is the capital of India, it is undoubtedly the food capital too. And what place better than Connaught Place (fondly called the CP), the central hub of Delhi, to taste the delicacies the city has to offer. Sure the street food is divine: the buttery stuffed parathas, the mouthwatering chole, and bhature as soft as feathers, and the evergreen chaats are worth dying for. But CP also brims with eateries offering cuisines of the whole wide world and an experience unlike any other. The fact that there's a new place here almost every week is proof enough that CP leaves you spoilt for choice. What was before a place for office-goers CP is now a party hub with a sea of cafes.

So here are the Best Cafes in CP for the next time you visit the "heart of the city." 

1. The Chai Story

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Head over to the Chai Story if you are looking for a cosy cafe to chat with your BFF for hours or read that book which is pending long due to soothing Cutting Chai. This bijou place provides you with chai therapy at its best. The perfect tea aroma will linger in your brain as soon as you enter this cafe. The interiors are ordinary, yet classy. They have amazing sandwiches and Peri Peri Maggi is a must-try. Indulge in a game of UNO kept on your table while you wait for the food.

Location: N-33/8, Middle Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 09:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Average Cost: INR 300 for two people (approx.) 

2. Junkyard Cafe

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Junkyard Cafe is a truly unique concept both in terms of menu and the ambience. You will come across a grungy decor - everything is made out of junk, tins, wooden logs and tires, even a replica of the Mona Lisa and huge plane hanging from the ceiling. There is a lot to try to, so make sure you visit this place empty stomach. The Lamb Seekh Kebab and  Mustard Fish Tikka are a delight for non-veg lovers. Meanwhile, vegetarians can go for the Rocket Rissoto and stuffed paneer tikkas. Junkyard Cafe promises sunny afternoons filled with hearty food and drink making it one of the best cafes in CP.

Location: 91, N Block, Connaught Circus, Block N, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 12:00 PM - 01:00 AM
Average Cost: INR 1500 for two people (approx.)

3. Farzi Cafe

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Fine dining minus the pretentiousness gives you Farzi Cafe. An ideal place to have a unique four-course meal, Farzi is unlike any other diner. Meals at this cafe begin with spiced mishti doi spheres- shots which will give you a burst of flavour as soon as you put it in your mouth. Then you have a unique menu full of choices to choose from. Expect the unexpected when you order quirky dishes like the cocktail samosa which comes with a filling of chilli duck! They have a terrace if dining under the stars in your kinda thing. Keep a check on their social media pages as they host live music gigs too making it a perfect choice of musical cafes in CP.

Location: E-38/39, Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 12:00 PM - 01:00 AM
Average Cost: INR 2200 for two people (approx.)

4. Teddy Boy

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Step into Teddy Boy and take a trip back to the 1950's British culture and Edwardian era. Why the name? If you didn't know about it already, teddy boy means a young man of a subculture characterized by a style of dress based on Edwardian fashion (typically with drainpipe trousers, bootlace tie, and hair slicked up in a quiff) and a liking for rock-and-roll music. This explains vintage furniture, people in tuxedos and retro music in the background. The ambience is British-like but the food is purely Indian. You must try the Tortilla Bruschetta and The Stuffed Tandoori Mushroom. Their signature cocktails like Collision Martini and Prom Night LIT are a treat for your taste buds.

Location: N-86, 1st Floor, Outer Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 12:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Average Cost: INR 1200 for two people (approx.)

5. Caffe Tonino 

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Caffe Tonino is an authentic Italian cafe serving food including salads, bread, bruschetta and obviously, pizza. The vintage elements like retro posters, flower pots, black and white photographs along with the tranquil yellow lights make it an ideal first date spot. The place is known for its fresh salads and different kinds of ravioli. And like no meal in an Italian restaurant is complete without Pizza, the Square or the Pizza Sandwich are worth experimenting. Keep some room for desserts as their cheesecakes are super yummy. Head over to Caffe Tonino for a fulfilling Italian meal.

Location: PVR Plaza Building, 1st Floor, H Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 8:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Average Cost: INR 1500 for two people (approx.) 

6. Odeon Social

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Imagine your school. Now imagine your school with no homework, no punishments and lots and lots of alcohol. There you go - you just pictured Odeon Social. With blackboard and desks, this restaurant is literally styled like a school. Every table has its own typewriter and an old-school telephone You can also see trophies and books in a large wall cabinet, numerous wooden boards bearing names and marks of students. The Home Science department is the kitchen and there is a workspace at the back for those who want to work in peace. They serve food in lunchboxes. Try their Fish Tacos, Butter Chicken Biryani, and Pancakes. Visit Odeon Social to witness creativity at its best.

Location: 23, 1st Floor, Odeon Building, Radial 5, D Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 10:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Average Cost: INR 1500 for two people (approx.)

7. Burger Singh

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It may sound similar to Burger King but Burger Singh is unlike any other burger joint. As the name suggests, this cafe is about Indianised burgers packed with flavours and spices ? all at a price which won't dig a hole in your pocket. Burger Singh is non-veg lovers paradise. They've got Achari Mutton burger, White Guy Chicken burger, and more. Vegetarians need not worry because Burger Singh has got you covered too. Go beyond the burgers and try their fries and chicken wings with Tandoori and Hot Bihari Sauce on the side.

Location: H-45, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 11:00 AM to 01:00 AM
Average Cost: INR 500 for two people (approx.) 

8. Openhouse Cafe

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With its varied menu and Pan Asian fare, Openhouse is amongst the most happening places in CP. It is a classic contemporary restaurant with interiors furnished with leather seating. With a beautiful view of Central Delhi, the place is also filled with images of old CP for you to get to know some history. Open House is also for those who love sushi as it has a live sushi counter with a whole variety of it. In addition, they also serve Cantonese food. Open House promises a great time with your loved ones. The red, black and chrome theme creates an ambience perfect for dinner with the family.

Location: C-37, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Timings: 12:00 PM - 01:00 AM
Average Cost: 1200 for two people (approx.)

9. Tamasha

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Tamasha is one stop you have got to stop at the Delhi-nightlife-train. Enjoy 2+2 on drinks, if you're a Zomato Gold member and open-air seating in the heart of CP. Boasting of a full bar and cuisine ranging from Italian to good ol’ North Indian food, Tamasha is a hip lounge and bar and a favourite amongst Delhiites. This is the best cafe in cp for couples. 

Location: Anand House, A28, KG Marg, CP.
Cost: INR 2000 for 2 with alcohol
Timings: 12 PM to 1 AM  

10. FLYP Cafe

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This pocket-friendly MTV cafe in CP is a great place to just hang out or work with good music and ample spacing. Offering a 1+1 offer on Zomato Gold, the upbeat and lively ambience make Flyp a must to check out on your visit to the national capital.
Location: N/57- N/60, 1st Floor, Outer Circle, CP.
Cost: INR 1600 for two with alcohol.
Timings: 11.30 AM to 12 AM

11. Cafe MRP

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This C-block cafe is super pocket-friendly and an easy hang-out place. Their cocktails are known to be on-point, and they offer a pint of beer just for INR 75! They offer standard cafe/bar food to be tried out along with your MRP-priced drink. A great place for the tight-fisted!
Location: 1st floor, C-39, Opposite Odeon cinema, CP.
Timings: 11 AM to 12 midnight.
Cost: INR 1000 for two.

12. Unplugged Courtyard

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Looking for a place with outdoor seating, indoor seating, live music, valet parking, brunches, live sports screening, and great cocktails? Unplugged Courtyard is your answer! This beautiful and cosy cafe transforms into a hip pub by night, of course with a 2+2 on drinks on Zomato Gold! Unplugged Courtyard is sure to guarantee a surreal experience. A must check-out if in CP!
Location: 23/7 L block, middle circle, CP, New Delhi.
Cost: INR 1600 for two.
Timings: 12 PM to 1 AM.

13. Bunta Bar Live

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Bunta Bar a lively, upbeat joint in Janpath, serving cocktails with a twist. They offer 2+2 on drinks from a wide and quirky bar. Boasting of an Indo-global menu, the place is also famous for a variety of “buntas”, ranging from kala khatta to good ol’ mint.
Location: 76, Floor 2, Janpath, New Delhi.
Cost: INR 1300 for two.
Timings: 12 PM to 12.30 AM

14. Cha Bar, Connaught Place

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Who says books and food can't be your best friends never visited Cha Bar in Connaught Place. Part of the Oxford book store, the place is ideal to catch up on a novel while sipping on a tea and snacking on something flavourful. The aroma of fresh tea and fresh pages of the books would linger in your head long after you have left the place (one reason to revisit the place I guess). They present you with several options of tea to choose from. Namely, Nilgiri, Darjeeling, Assamese, and even herbal, Ayurvedic, and organic. Have a sandwich or dessert for the ultimate book reading pleasure. They don't just help you with your food order, the kind staff over at the cafe would also help you pick up your next read. So what's next? Spend hours and hours with your nose buried in the book while you disconnect with the real world, hog on the delicacies and drink warm and comforting tea. Keep in mind that there are other book lovers who are dying to get a good reading spot in the bustling city. Make sure to grab a table as early as you can or wait for a few minutes before one gets empty. This is among the pocket-friendly cafes in cp.
Cost for two: INR 500
Location: N-81, Near Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place, New Delhi. They have other outlets in Gurgaon and Kamla Nagar too.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Things to do nearby: After you are done with your book spend your evening shopping at the gorgeous CP.
Must Try: Variety of tea

15. United Coffee House

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One Delhi’s most lavish and grand restaurants that has been serving patrons for over 80 years. It’s charming vintage decor and courteous staff simply add to the lovely ambience of the place. They serve everything from Asian, South-Indian, North-Indian and Mediterranean. The Dal Makhani, Risotto and Chilli Chicken are a must-try. They also serve up some delicious shakes and cocktails.
Location: E-15, Connaught Place
Average Cost: INR 2500
Timings: 9:30am – 11:30pm

16. Cafe Delhi Heights

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Their Rajasthani Lal Maas, Tandoori Lamb Chops and Rogan Josh are an absolute delight for your taste buds. Cafe Delhi Heights is famous for the eclectic mix of cuisines from around the world.
Location: 68/1, Janpath Rd, Atul Grove Road, Janpath, Connaught Place
Average Cost: INR 2000
Timings: 10:30 am – 12midnight

17. Smoke House Deli

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Their succulent steaks paired with a lovely red wine will make for the perfect evening. They specialize in continental cuisines such as burgers, pasta, salads and desserts. It’s the best place for a boozy brunch or a nice hearty breakfast of buttermilk pancakes and sausages.
Location: 23, Ground Floor, Odeon Building, Radial Road 5, D Block, Connaught Place
Average Cost: INR 1600
Timings: 9 am – 1 am

18. Prime Street Cafe

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Tucked away in Connaught Place, this quirky cafe serves great sides to go along with your beer. It is one of those bars where you can eat and drink to your heart’s content without leaving a dent in your finances. This cafe is an absolute delight for non-vegetarians as their signature dishes are the murgh malai tikka, nachos and honey chilli potato.
Timings: 12 noon – 1 am
Average Cost: INR 1000
Location: 12/13, 1st Floor, F- Block, Inner Circle, Opposite Rajiv Chowk Metro Gate 5, Connaught Place

19. The Immigrant Cafe

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Immigrant Cafe is a chic cafe that serves up delicious platters and Italian delicacies. A full belly and a happy face are what you’ll leave with. They’re sliders and desserts are big favourites as well as they’re plum banana smoothie and a range of delicious teas to wash down all that food.
Timings: 12pm-12am
Average Cost: INR 1600
Location: B-45, First Floor, Inner Circle, Connaught Place

20. 38 Barracks

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This bustling bar really lights up on the weekends. The energy here is really electric and people come here to have a good time with the great music, strobe lights and awesome food. A night here is a night well spent. Knock a few shots with your friends and indulge in some great food at this pub. If you’re looking for some good grub then try their cheesy tacos, paneer tikka and Dahi ke kebab.
Timings: Mon-Thur: 12-11:30pm, Fri- Sun: 11am-11:30pm
Average Cost: INR 2000
Location: M-38, Connaught Cir, Opp. Shanker Market, Shankar Market, Block M, Connaught Place

21. Warehouse Cafe

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It’s stunning interiors and perfect mellow lighting makes warehouse cafe the ideal place for a quiet evening with your friends or for a date. They specialise in contemporary Indian and Asian cuisine. You have to try their tangy whiskey sour, warehouse murgh tikka and their mouth-watering grilled fish lemon caper sauce.
Timings: 12noon- 1am
Average Cost: INR 2100
Location: 19/20, Rajiv Chowk, D Block, Connaught Place

22. Life Caffe

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The interiors are painted in lovely blue hues which create a very calm and relaxing atmosphere. There is seating available outside as well. Their mozzarella chicken breast, Goa Grilled Pomfret, malai tikka and Pork Chop with Apple Cider Sauce. Their drinks and smoothies are also absolutely delicious and are a must-try.
Timings: 11am-12pm
Average Cost: INR 1400
Location: B-49, The Corus, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi

23. Parikrama - The Revolving Restaurant

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One of Delhi’s most iconic restaurants that is the only revolving restaurant that is perched at a height of 240 ft and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the city.  This restaurant is famous for its blend of Asian and Indian food. Their Dal Makhani, Paneer Lababdar and chicken satay are some of the all-time favourites. 
Timings: 12:30-11:30pm
Average Cost: INR 2600
Location: 22, Antriksh Bhavan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi

24. Cottage Cafe by Smoothie Valley

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Meticulously crafted fruit smoothies in every colour of the rainbow for all those fruit lovers. The Dallas cowboy, apple pie and waffles are the Cottage Cafe classics. Great ambience and attractive interiors make Cottage Cafe a charming and warm place for a hearty breakfast. Their courteous staff are polite and prompt.
Timings: 9am-9pm
Average Cost: INR 650
Location: Cottage Emporium, Janpath, New Delhi

25. The Big Chill Cafe

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One of the favourite Italian restaurants, known for it’s amazing ‘Penne Vodka’ in the Big Chill Cafe.  Step into this cafe for delicious pasta, delectable cheesecakes and tasty milkshakes. It is one of the all-time favourite joints in Connaught Place and pools in a huge crowd on the weekends.
Timings: 12noon-11:30pm
Average Cost: INR 1500
Location: First Floor, B 40, The Colonnade, Opposite Gate 2 Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, Connaught Place

26.  Xero Degrees

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Serving not only cakes in a jar but now pizzas in a jar and cheesy fries in a jar. This cafe is pushing the boundaries when it comes to food. Their friendly and hospitable staff are always ready to help you out. Their mouth-watering pizzas, pasta and desserts will leave you coming back for more.
Timings: 12:30pm-11pm
Average Cost: INR 750
Location: L-23/9, Middle Circle, Connaught Place

27. Brioche Dorée

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This French bakery has become very popular amongst the residents of Delhi. Their sugar-dusted desserts, great coffee and sandwiches. Great decor and ambience which makes Brioche Doree a great place for your afternoon tea. Their delectable pastries and cakes are wonderfully presented and taste just as good as they look.
Timings: 8:30am-10:30pm
Average Cost: INR 600
Location: M 48, Outer Circle, Connaught Lane, Opposite, Shankar Market, Block M, Connaught Place

28. Theobroma

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This patisserie has turned into a household name in India. They are famous for their fluffy pastries and fudgy brownies. They also bake fresh bread, cupcakes and decadent chocolate cookies. Overload Brownie, Butter Croissant, Tiered Temptation, Devil's Mousse Cake and Dipped Chocolate Truffles are a must-try.
Timings: 8 am-12midnight
Average Cost: INR Rs 750
Location: D-28, Ground Floor, Rajiv Chowk, Near Vodafone Store, Connaught Place

29. Indian Coffee House

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With a fresh rooftop ambience and rustic interiors, Indian Coffee House is a favourite for all Delhites. It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere has been attracting patrons for over 50 years. Their iced coffee, dosa and omelettes are an absolute treat. It is very popular amongst students as everything on the menu is very modestly priced.If you’re looking for a quick and cheap bite in CP, then Indian Coffee House is the place.
Timings: 9am-9pm
Average Cost: INR 250 for two people(approx)
Location: 2nd Floor, Mohan Singh Place, Connaught Place

So its time you hit up your friends and plan a visit to CP. Shop till you can't hold the shopping bags and then unwind at these cafes. Play games, chat for endless hours, have a hearty meal and make a day out of it.

This post was published by Yash Saboo

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