India’s capital Delhi has very rich history and vibrant culture. It is one of oldest existing cities in India that has the blend of every cultural aspect of the country. It has all major institutes that are foundation of Indian democracy, stunning Mughal architecture, bustling markets and lip smacking street food to offer! For food lovers Delhi offers a large variety of food to satisfy your taste buds. In fact Delhi is known for its street food! Mentioned below are ten must eat places in Delhi.
1. Natraj Dahi Bhalle.
It is a legendry shop established in 1940 that is famous for Dahi Bhalla (a popular snack in India prepared by soaking vadas (fried flour) in thick dahi (yougurt)). Being a very small and crowded shop located in Chandini Chowk of Old Delhi you have to stand outside and eat.
The Bhalla at Natraj are soft, fluffy and have very less water. A magical black powder and Natraj special masala is added on the Bhallas that give them a different taste. Another option available at Natraj, worth eating is the Aloo Tikki. The aloo Tikki is crispy from outside and soft from inside. No wonder this is one of the most popular food joint in Delhi!!
Address: 1396, Main Road Near Central Bank, Opposite Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
2. Paranthe Wali Gali.
The famous Paranthe Wali Gali is one of the narrow street in Chandni Chowk of Old Delhi that has some legendary shops serving the famous north Indian parathas (an Indian flatbread). Paranthe wali Gali is one of the still serving relics of Mughal rule in India that has fed millions of people with its old fashioned, strictly vegetarian parathas. You can enjoy all sorts of parathas here right from Spicy Mirch, Kaju, Badam, Mint, Cheese roll, Banana, Bitter gourd, Papad, Chilies etc. at a very reasonable rate. Another unique experience of the place is having lassi served in earthen pot called kullars.
Address: 1984 Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Karim’s is an unmissable landmark restaurant in Purani Delhi hidden in a small lane just opposite the Jama Masjid. Despite of the crowded location many foodies come to Karim’s to have mouthwatering Nihari & Paya, Seekh kababs, Mutton Burra etc. No wonders Karim’s in Old Delhi is an excellent repast for foodies!!! Karims also offer Sheermal (a sweet and thick bread made from wheat flour and yeast) which is a good option for tandoori nans and roti.
Although this legendary restaurant was born in 1913 but it has links with the royal kitchen of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Jafar. Karim’s has continued its tradition of serving some amazing Mughlai food to its fans. Time Magazine has ranked Karim’s among top restaurants in Asia.
Address: 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, New Delhi
4. Fire and Chuski Paan at Odeon in Connaught Place
Paan is an inseparable part of Indian Culture. In India chewing Paan is not only a tradition but also considered as shaan and is offered to guest after meal. At Connaught Place this traditional Paan is seen taking the path of innovation. The fire and Chuski Paan at Connaught Place are perfect examples of such innovation.
Connaught place has four paanwallas each one with a lot of varieties in paan to pamper your taste buds. Out of all the available paans, the two most unique and interesting paan are fire paan and chuski paan. For fire paan, the vendor lits fire in the paan before stuffing it in your mouth. Whereas Chuski paan is exactly opposite, it chillingly cold as its loaded with ice. Having these paan is fun!!!
Address: D-1, Middle Cir, D Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Keventer’s is known for its delicious milkshakes. Keventers started in 1925 by Edward Keventer offers many refreshing and satisfying milkshakes. Strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, mango, pineapple, Butterscotch are among the famous shakes available here. The most amazing part is the milkshakes are served in the Keventers bottles. You can find many young and old couples, parents and children enjoying the yummy milkshake here.
Address: 1/90, P Block, Daulatram House, Opposite PVR Rivoli, Connaught Place, New Delhi
6. Gol Gappa at Nathu’s Sweet in Bengali Market
If you are a Gol Gappa lover then this place if for you. Close to Connaught place, Nathu’s Sweet offers Gol Gappa made up of Bisleri Water. One can have authentic Kolkata style Phuchkas (Gol Gappa) at Nathu’s Sweet House in Delhi. The filling inside the gol gappas is spicier, tastier and flavored water is tangy and thick. This is a very famous place among Delhiites for Gol Gappas.
Even former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was very fond of Bengali Market’s Gol Gappas.
Address: 23-25, Bengali Market, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
7. Chaat at Bengal Sweet House in Bengali Market
Well Bengal Sweet House is as big as Nathu’s Sweet House and both offer a wide variety of sweets. But the Chaat at Bengal Sweet House is very famous specially the raj kachori, alu tikkis, papri chaat, lassi ets. Sweet and tangy chutneys served either on the chat or given with the chart are remarkable. This place is always crowded but is a must visit if you want to have a taste of Delhi. The pan petha at both Bengal Sweet House and Nathu’s is worth a try.
Address: 30-33, Bengali Market, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
8. Roshan Di Kulfi
This is one of the most happening place in Karol bagh for food. As the name suggest they offer one of the most amazing Faluda kulfi in Delhi but the place is also known for its Raj Kachori and Chole Bhature. However it is a bit expensive.
The place originally sold only sweets and kulfis for many years. However now it also serves snacks and meals. The chole Bhature is delicious. The Aloo Tikki and Raj Kachori are served with fresh fruits and tamarind chutney.
Address: 2816, Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi
9. Dilli Haat
Dilli Haat in Delhi is known to serve authentic food from all over India. One gets to taste excellent regional food at Dilli Haat right from Maharashtrian puran poli to Gujrati dhokla. In all, you will find around 15 to 16 food stalls here which are overseen by respective state tourism authorities. Each food stall offers wide variety of food served in an eco-friendly manner. Dilli Haat is also known for its craft and cultural activists.
It is an amazing initiative by taken up jointly by Delhi tourism and NDMC, D.C (Handicrafs) & D.C (handlooms), Ministry of Textile, Minitry of tourism government of India.
Address: Dilli Haat (opposite INA Market), Sri Aurobindo Marg A Unit of Delhi Tourism
10. Andhra Bhavan
While in Delhi you want to eat the best south Indian food and that too unlimited then Andhra Bhavan is for you. This place is always crowded since it is known for its consistent quality of food at relatively low price. Once you are seated, someone will always server you authentic unlimited south Indian food like daal, sambar, rasam, kheer etc. Everything except the papad and the sweet is unlimited. At Andhra Bhavan the menu options are limited but the food is as always mouthwatering.
Address: 1, Ashoka Road, Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi
So what are you waiting for!!! Go and try this ten must eat places in Delhi!! Happy eating!!!.