Sri Murugan Cafe, in Karol Bagh, serves delightful South Indian cuisine and punchy filter coffee for customers who step in after shopping to their heart's content. The 32 variety of dosas offered here see a daily demand alongside other popular staples such as idli, uttapam.
Offering a fine dining experience inside the Select City Walk Mall, Punjab Grill specialises in exquisite Punjabi and Mughlai cuisine while maintaining heartwarming and homely Punjabi hospitality. The chef recommendations never disappoint, and you are sure to leave with a hearty and filled stomach each time.
Serving only chole bhature as a meal, Sita Ram Dewan Chand have markedly cemented their place among the best places of availing this iconic Indian breakfast. Their cushiony soft bhatures and earthy aromatic chole are sure to leave you content. Be sure to try their sweet lassi as well to wash down your hearty meal.
Tucked inside the National Craft's Museum at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Cafe Lota is an art-themed cafe which specialises in serving regional delicacies from across India. From Sattu Parathas, piping hot filter coffee and even fish curry from Assam, expect to find a taste from every corner of the country.
Look no further than Natraj Dahi Bhalla Corner for the best dahi bhalla if you happen to be in Chandi Chowk. Service is quick, and you can be assured that it will be crowded at most times. Both their dahi bhalla and crispy aloo tikki at INR 50 apiece are well worth a quick snack while braving the long queues.
Apart from selling iconic Indian sweets such as kaju barfi or gajar ka halwa, Bikaner Sweet Corner also helps satiate your evening hunger pangs with tasty treats like hot kachoris, samosas and a variety of chaats. Apart from traditional sweets, a variety of namkeen (salty) snacks are sold here as well.
All pretty in pale blue and pink, Rose Cafe in Saket, New Delhi is a Mediterranean themed cafe serving delicious cakes, desserts and comfort continental dishes. Health fanatics and vegans also feel at home with an extensive organic and vegan menu on offer. We recommend ordering trying their pastas and skinny pizzas while entertaining yourself with the many board games they store inhouse.
Renovated by the government of Delhi, Coffee Home is a canteen type coffee house where you can grab a quick bite to eat along with some tea or coffee. Snacks offered here include south Indian staples such as masala dosas, idlis and even north Indian street food such as chaats, vada pavs. The prices are reasonable, and there is even a courtyard seating area under the shade of an old and tall banyan tree.
Run by the Siddique family who started it in 1880, Bade Miyan Ki Kheer Old Kheer Shop sell only one item on their menu, kheer. This sweet shop can be challenging to find, but their cardamom-scented kheer is well worth the effort. The kheer can be bought in single small portions or by weight in larger quantity.
Started by Kasturi Lal Wadhwa in 1954, Pindi named after the city of Rawalpindi is famed for its Mughlai cuisine. Dishes such as butter chicken and mutton rogan josh carry the soul of the street food from Rawalpindi and attract customers from far and wide.
A modern Punjabi restaurant with even outdoor seating to emulate a dhaba-esque feel, Curry Singh Kitchen ticks all the right boxes when to authentic Punjabi cuisine and hospitality. While the menu is not very large, every dish is prepared fresh daily. Unlike a lot of other Punjabi restaurants, where the use of butter or cream is substantial, the vegetables and lentils themselves are allowed to shine as part of the food.
The star culinary destination of the Le Meridien, Eau de Monsoon takes pride in bringing the best out of contemporary Indian cuisine through ingredients sourced from around the world. The service is prompt and never less than ideal with the ever attentive staff, always making sure your dining experience is wholesome. Be sure to try the Brocolli Kofta with Dal Makhani and New Zealand Salmond prepared with Indian spices.
Nizam's Kathi Kabab is a small cafe catering to those looking to satiate their hunger pangs with some wholesome Kathi rolls and grilled delights. While this eatery is primarily for non-vegetarian lovers, those who shy away from meat will find plenty of options as well.
With comfortable and spacious seating, Leo's Restaurant Lounge caters to those looking for some ice cold beers with their north Indian meals. For those who fancy something oriental, a small range of Chinese dishes are also served here.
Open from 7 Am till 11 Pm, the Malhotra restaurant in Paharganj, serves a variety of north Indian, Chinese, continental and fast food dishes. Their breakfast offerings such as the Israeli and American breakfasts are quite popular.
Although their seating is a bit tight, Havemore manages to attract a large number of customers by serving authentic and wholesome North Indian and Mughlai cuisine. Their portions are very generous and their vegetarian dishes as hearty as their non-vegetarian counterparts. They claim to have the best butter chicken in Delhi, so be sure to try that out the next time you visit!
A classic hole-in-the-wall styled Indian sweet shop, Krishna di Kulfi has been serving sweets such as phirni, gulab jamuns and kulfi since 1959. We highly recommend trying the Roasted Rabri kulfi with hot milk.
Every Indian non-vegetarian lover's dream eatery, Great Kabab Factory true to its name specialises in kababs ranging over a variety of meat including seafood. Vegetarians will feel equally at home with their wide range of vegetarian kabab platters. If you are looking a complete wholesome meal, do try their biryani and dal tadka alongside your kababs of choice.
Breaking every barrier in the culinary world is what Indian Accent has been known for with acclaimed chef Manish Mehrotra at its helm. This fine-dining restaurant at The Lodhi Hotel serves some of the best contemporary Indian cuisine made from the freshest of local ingredients. Their tasting menu, paired with the finest wine from across the world, has earned accolades from food critiques and customers alike.
Started in 1913, Karim's in Old Delhi near Jama Masjid is the city's most iconic culinary institution famed for their non-vegetarian delights. Mughlai cuisine seldom gets any better anywhere else than here, with the likes of the chicken curry and mutton seekh kebab being the top favourites. The prices are reasonable, and the service is simple but prompt, guaranteeing you leave with a big smile every time you visit.
Although now it houses air-conditioned seating for its customers, Darbar in Paharganj has lost none of its street food charm. Hearty Mughlai cuisine and street favourites such as papdi chaats are equally loved. While it is whole-heartedly a vegetarian restaurant, meat lovers swear by the wholesome dishes served here. If you are feeling adventurous, be sure to try the mega 10 piece Shahi Thali!
The Triveni Terrace Cafe, part of the Triveni Art Gallery, is a small open-air cafe which serves easy-going and comfort snacks along with tea or coffee. The many potted plants lend a natural and refreshing vibe, making the cafe ideal for work, couples, friends and even family. The amphitheatre to the side sometimes hosts plays or dance rehearsals which you can catch.
Established in 1872, PT Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan is an age-old icon of the famed Paranthe Wali Gali at Chandni Chowk. Pudina parathas and rabri parathas are some of the hot favourites among customers.
Bringing authentic Bihari cuisine to the capital, Potbelly is a chic dining destination with one of the best-rated hospitality offered. Numerous chandeliers warmly light the interiors as tall glass windows provide a view to the outdoor garden area. On days with good weather, one can enjoy quiet al fresco meals at the seating outdoors.
With Asian themed wallpapers, posters, paintings and a decor to match, Mamagoto brings you a funky themed oriental cuisine dining experience. Expect to find dishes from Japanese and Korean cuisines all the way down to Thailand. Be sure to try the drinks made by their inhouse Bartender who seems to a favourite among the regulars.
The Kerala House Canteen brings the simple but iconic staples of Kerala at reasonable rates to Delhi. The dishes served here as part of the everyday meals are made with authentic Keralian spices. Chicken, fish and buffalo curries are served alongside unlimited servings of lentil side dishes. Be sure to visit for breakfasts when they serve piping hot appams.
Lakhori in Old Delhi brings you classic Mughlai cuisine in a modern-day setting. Set inside a restored old haveli in Old Delhi, this restaurant with its food and ethnic ambience offers guests an experience into the yesteryear of the age-old and close relationship of Delhi and its cuisines.
With its origins in Varanasi, the Brown Bread Bakery in Paharganj, Delhi and has pulled in customers looking to gorge on their sumptuous breakfasts and freshly baked bread. Serving wholly organic food is their mantra and vegans too, will find plenty to choose from here. While their ambience is a bit dull, their hearty dishes genuinely make up for it.
Farzi Cafe in Connaught Place offers not only an exquisite culinary experience but also a treat for your eyes with their quirky dishes. The dishes served here are a perfect marriage between traditional Indian recipes and modern-day gastronomy, culminating in the contemporary Indian cuisine we love today. Some of the top recommendations include the butter chicken bao, murgh kebab with meringue and achari fish kebab with pomegranate cream.
While its laid back and hostel styled interior is far from exquisite, Exotic's pocket-friendly food and lovely open-air terrace seating is a treat for many looking to dine on a budget. Many students and backpackers frequent this tiny cafe, looking to down some quick, tasty dishes and some cold beers.
Boasting fresh catch from the sea flown in daily from Mangaluru, Sana-Di-Ge takes pride in serving the most exquisite seafood dishes to their customers. Located in the commercial centre of Chanakyapuri, their interior design is highlighted by warmly lit wooden motifs representing the Malabar coast. Apart from their Mangalorean cuisine, this restaurant also serves hearty north Indian cuisine and the finest wine and cocktails.
Serving ice cream the traditional Indian way, Roshan di Kulfi's famed sweet treats help beat the capital's harsh summer woes. One serving of each of their kulfis is just about right for two people. Apart from kulfis they also serve a variety of tandoors and snacks such as chole bhatures and a variety of chaats.
Since 1906, the Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi shop run by the Kuremal family have offered some of the most varied and delicious flavours of Kulfi. Apart from the regular milk-based flavours of badam-pista and coconut, the fruit based kulfis on offer are also a crowd favourite.
A budget-oriented and no fuss dhaba at its heart, Satguru Dhaba serves homely vegetarian north Indian cuisine. The taste is usually a hit or a miss, but the quantity is definitely generous considering such low prices.
With funky lights, paper trail hangings and creative seating to match a millennial's tastes, Cyber Hub Social is a trendy place for friends or couples to hang out. The excellent food offered ranges from American, continental to even Indian dishes which are served on traditional bronze or brass plates.
A fast-paced styled dhaba cum snack joint, Kake-da-Hotel trades in the ambience for no-nonsense hearty food served piping hot to guests. Specialising in Mughlai and Punjabi cuisine, expect to see it crowded at most times with small queues of hungry customers outside on weekends.
Perch in Khan Market is a bar cum cafe which serves continental comfort food paired with their variety of wines on offer. The soft decor remains classy whilst being minimalistic and is naturally lit during the day and warmly lit during the night. Dishes like roasted garlic gnocchi and grilled tiger prawns are highly recommended.
With a spacious and well-lit dining hall and a minimalist ambience, acclaimed chef Ritu Dalmia's Diva Spiced impresses with classic Asian dishes reimagined with a modern twist. Other favourites include Indian inspired dishes such as Calcutta malai curry and Malayali prawns with mango curry and rice.
A tiny little cafe, Altitude Cafe and Deli, with an earthy decor, brings you an entirely organic menu including gluten-free options. Enjoy delightful pizzas and sandwiches along with their Turkish and Blue Tokai coffee which is roasted in-house. There are many takeaways options too, including their in-house jams, cakes and pastries.
Staying true to the roots of its name, Sodabottleopenerwala is an Iranian themed cafe serving exquisite Persian food. Some of the hot favourites off their menu include chicken berry pulao and Parsi prawn curry. Be sure also to try their Parsi dairy kulfi to get a taste of olden Bombay.
Swagath is a family restaurant famed for serving seafood in a variety of southern India cuisines including Andhra, Malabari and Konkani. We highly recommend the Garlic butter and pepper crab and the Koliwada prawns.
With a comfy interior accented by intriguing chandeliers and traditional wall art, Burma Burma specialises in serving vegetarian Burmese, Chinese and Thai cuisine along with the finest selection of tea flavours. This restaurant is popular among all age groups with the staff making sure that the food served is tasty, wholesome and presented beautifully.
Caara Cafe, situated within the premises of the British Council, serves tea, coffee and light snacks. The entire cafe is decorated with British art on their walls emulating a mini-museum. The food and drinks, while simple are wholly organic and wholesome.
Located inside the Jaypee Vasant Continental, Eggspectation specialises using the egg as it's star ingredient and serving many classic egg dishes such as egg's benedict, egg frittata and stuff omelettes. Customers are also treated to a variety of other healthy treats such as salads and sandwiches and guilty gorges such as burgers and waffles. It is open throughout the day, and you can expect a quality and wholesome experience whenever you drop in.
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Everest Bakery is a small restaurant overlooking the main market area in Paharganj, serving you delicious Nepali, Tibetan and Chinese cuisine. Fan favourites here include their fluffy momos and their hearty thukpas.
Offering an escape from the busy market street down below, Metropolis Restaurant & Bar serves a wide range of north Indian cuisine, along with a potpourri of dishes from Chinese, Continental and American cuisine. To alongside your meals, ice-cold beer and good quality wine are available at reasonable rates.
Popular among students and young working professionals, Big Chill Cafe overlooking the Kailash Colony market offers a variety of Italian and American dishes. The pasta and burgers are good while their dessert offerings being more popular over their savoury counterparts. Alcohol is served here too, which is another plus point!
The Gujarat Bhawan canteen, part of the official state guesthouse, serves affordable Gujarati staples. The thalis served here are wholly vegetarian and wholesome.
Bringing the flavours of Jordan and Turkey to Delhi's doorstep, Kunafa, run by a Jordanian native is a sweet shop selling middle eastern sweetmeats. The variety of sweets are made from rich middle eastern staple ingredients such as honey, figs and dates. Equally popular here are the authentic and spiced Turkish and Jordanian coffee.
Specialising in Tibetan and Chinese cuisine, Tee Dee is known for their flavourful momos and filling Thukpas. We highly recommend trying their fruit beer alongside your meals.
With a pan-Asian menu ranging from Japanese, Chinese and even Thai cuisine, Sidewok ticks all the right boxes in bringing the best of traditional oriental cuisine. Alongside their food, you can choose from an excellent collection of wine, champagne and cocktails. Sidewok has branches in Connaught Place, Chanakyapuri, Gurgaon and GKI.
A laid back eatery down an alleyway, Cafe Red is a nice place to relax and enjoy a quick bite. Their menu includes sandwiches, rice bowls, french fries, risottos and wraps, among others. If you're lucky, you might be able to grab the patio seating to enjoy your comfort meals and coffee.
One of the best places to find authentic tasting momos, Dolma House specialises in Chinese and Tibetan cuisine. The ambience is simple, with the staff being warm and courteous. Be sure to try their Tibetan butter tea!
A bakery where you can have your perfectly designed cake for any occasion, Narula Bakery has been winning hearts with their colourful and artsy cakes. If you aren't looking for a cake, you can step in to enjoy light eats such as sandwiches, burgers and pastries.
With branches across Delhi, L'Opera is a French style pattiserie serving delighttful flavours of pastries, macarons and other sweetmeats such as croissants, brioches and eclairs. They also serve vegan pastries and macarons as well. We highly recommend their salty caramel and raspberry macaron.
A distinct household name across India, this Haldiram's outlet, like many others, serves a variety of Indian sweets and snacks. Popular street eats such as chole bhature, dahi bhalla and papdi chaats are crowd favourites here.
With a lighthearted and peppy vibe, Yum Yum Cha, emulates the rich and colourful Asian cuisines of Japan, China and Thailand both visually and in taste. Their Sushi is some of the best you can try in the city.
Running under the Fab India clothing banner, Fab Cafe brings an experience of flavours from across India just as Fab India does with its clothing line. The traditionally themed decor lends to an ambience well suited to dine on exquisite Indian cuisine. Fab Cafe focuses not just on their taste but also for their dishes to be healthy.
Kofuku, specialising in Japanese cuisine, aims to provide a wholesome experience by offering not only some of the best tasting Japenese staples but also an environment to eat them the traditional way. They house small Japanese styled rooms with tatami mats, where you can sit the way traditional Japanese do during their meals. Be sure to try the dumplings and Japanese styled chicken curry rice!
Joining the herd of other international cuisine outlets in Ansal Plaza Mall, Jom Jom Malay offers the best of Malaysian cuisine. The decor is spacious, artsy and colourful to match their aesthetic dishes made from the freshest ingredients. Guests are treated to an immersive experience where they are handed a mortar and pestle to make their own chilli paste.
Open 24 hours a day, the Kitchen Cafe Rooftop above the Shelton Hotel is a cafe where you can chill and dig into delectable continental and Indian fare. The outdoor open roof seating area offers a beautiful view out over the market area. A solitary pool table sits in the middle where you can enjoy a few games for INR 100 per game.
Merging perfectly baked thin crust pizzas with authentic Indian flavours is what Fat Lulu's is famed for in Delhi. Apart from their pizzas, they also offer a bunch of sides such as chicken wings, garlic bread and salads.
Sam's Cafe is a backpacker cum reader-friendly cafe where you can sit down to enjoy a quiet meal with friends or with a book. The seating capacity is large with the best seats in the house being at the rooftop with an open-air view of the city landscape. Their menu includes full-sized breakfasts, Indian curries, pizzas, Chinese dishes and even some speciality Israeli dishes.
With several branches in the capital, Nathu's is a famous franchise of sweet shops selling a variety of Indian sweets to customers. Apart from sweets, you can gorge on delicious chole bhatures, chaats, golgappes and other 'mini-meals' to your heart's content.
If you are looking for bite-sized grubs along with coffee or tea in Paharganj, then Cafe Festa is where you should head over. Their entire menu is strictly vegetarian but is decent and well priced.
Serving indo-chinese cuisine at affordable rates, 4S is popular among college students and working professionals alike for their fuss free food and service. Beer and other kinds of alcohol are also available here at reasonable rates which is why many prefer to dine out even though the quality of food may not be up to par for many.
A small takeaway kabab stall near the Chawri Bazaar metro station, Moinuddin's Kabab stall has been serving hearty sheesh kababs much to many a meat lover's delight. The rates per stick are pocket friendly, and you could easily feed 2-3 people for less than INR 100.
A casual restaurant with a warmly lit vibe, Ichiban offers dishes from Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine. You can step in to enjoy some light snacks or sit down for a full-fledged meal.
A Lebanese eatery in Vasant Vihar, Arabian Nites get their shawarmas absolutely right. While their seating is simplistic, service is quick and prompt. You can takeaway food over their counter.
Shim Tur in Paharganj, specialising in Korean Cuisine feels seemingly out of place. Finding this rooftop Korean diner can be quite a task, having to traverse alleyways and street signs, but the delectable Korean spread is well worth the effort. Their Korean rice pancakes and glass noodle soups are a must try and their warmly lit ambience ever so lovely.
Amaranta, at The Oberoi, Gurgaon with chef Tejas Sovani at its helm have delighted customers by bringing out the best of Indian cuisine with the aid of gastronomy. The seafood served is fresh and truly brings out the warmth of India's coastal flavours. To get a wholesome experience, try their seven or nine-course meal.
Presenting Southern India cuisine in a light-hearted fashion, Coast Cafe in Hauz Khas goes a step beyond to ensure your dining experience is no less than perfect. With a white themed interior and views overlooking the Hauz Khas parklands, few other places can match up to Coast Cafe for a lazy weekend lunch. The wine and cocktail on offer here are excellent too!
Located in the heart of the Main Bazaar in Paharganj, Madan Cafe is a backpacker-friendly eatery which serves quick and easy fast food. Their breakfast menu ranges from cereal, muesli, porridge to omelettes, sandwiches and french toasts. Hearty thalis such as the Agra Thali or the Varanasi Thali are also offered to those looking for a full-sized meal.
Acclaimed chef Ritu Dalmia's Diva, is an Italian fine dining restaurant which is famed for consistently providing a high level of Italian cuisine and impeccable hospitality. The warm lighting and minimalist but intricately picked decor perfectly set the mood for every meal paired along with a beautiful wine collection handpicked by Ms. Dalmia herself. We recommend the marinara pizza and the poached prawns with avocado cream pasta.
Heading around the back of the Qutub Minar's complex will lead you to Olive Bar and Kitchen, an exquisite Mediterranean themed restaurant. With lavish and tasteful interiors along with a courtyard dining area, Olive impresses you equally with its ambience as it does with its delicious and aesthetically presented food. We highly recommend their weekend brunch consisting of a gorgeous spread and their range of fine wine while live music is presented for your entertainment. Be sure to reserve well in advance!
A tiny cafe overlooking Tooti Chowk in Paharganj, Krishna Cafe is a budget-friendly eatery for those looking for fuss-free food. The menu is quite eclectic, ranging from breakfast options such as porridge, English breakfast to continental servings such as sizzlers. Another plus point of this cafe is that it is smoke friendly with the seats in the patio being the best in the house.
Wenger's Deli is the younger sibling of everybody's classic favourite Wenger's which happens to be just around the corner. At the cafe, their freshly baked pizzas, creamy pastas are among fan favourites while their bakery is renowned for a wide variety of flavoursome pastries, cookies and cakes.
Opened in 1926, Wenger's is a Swiss styled patisserie serving a variety of sweetmeats such as macaroons, pastries, tarts, biscuits and eclairs among others. If you are looking for something savoury, their pizzas, rolls and patties are what you need. While the prices are a tab bit on the higher side, their quality of service and food has kept customers coming back for many years.
An elegant continental themed restaurant, Basil & Thyme in Sunder Nagar, marries simplistic ambience with wholesome flavourful dishes. Their strict attention to fresh ingredients and perfectly plated food is what puts them a notch above their competitors.
A cafe cum sweet shop, Evergreen has customers coming in to enjoy their quick and easy snacks with tea or coffee. Over their sweet counter, a wide variety of Indian sweets can be bought by weight.