Among the major contributors to India tourism
is the great diversity in its food. Every part of the country you visit, there is something new for foodies. New Delhi is one of the best places to explore this culinary diversity as it is home to people from across India, who have brought their native flavours. Here is a guide on the best places in the city for gastronomes.
There is something in the air of Chandni Chowk that attracts local and tourists alike. You will spot a roadside eatery or a years-old shop at every corner of this Mughal-era market. If you are a hardcore foody and relishing finger-licking delicacies gives you the ultimate pleasure, then Chandni Chowk is a heaven for you.
Paranthe Wali Gali is home to some of the most popular eateries in Chandni Chowk. As the name of the street explains, you can taste an array of paranthes like nimbu parantha, hari mirch parantha or even the one-of-its-kind rabdi parantha here. You can walk a few steps from here to Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala, which is famous for dahi bhalle and aloo tikki. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala near Paranthe Wali Gali serves crispy kachoris with spicy aloo ki sabzi. As you pass Dariba Kalan Road, you would smell the desi ghee of jalebis dipped in sugar syrup, and you won’t be able to resist having them. Giani Di Hatti, situated near Fatehpuri Mosque, is a renowned for rabri faluda, kulfi and chole bhature.
Non-vegetarians can head to Karim’s and Al Jawahar Restaurant that serve chicken Jahangiri, mutton qorma, badam pasanda, paya and kebabs. Aslam Chicken Corner and Haji Mohd Hussain are two other popular places among chicken and fish lovers. While the former serves roasted chicken and fish tikkas dipped in an emulsion of butter and yoghurt, the latter serves deep fried dishes.
The melting pot for the people of New Delhi, Connaught Place can be visited to gorge on international fare. Apart from being a popular shopping centre, it is also known for its street food, high-profile restaurants and hip cafes. Offering enticing views of the city, Parikrama - The Revolving Restaurant offers everything from appetising barbequed delicacies and seafood dishes to typical Mughlai and global favourites. There are numerous cafes in both the Inner and Outer circles of Connaught Place like Warehouse Café, The Junkyard Café, Vault Café, FLYP@MTV Café and Farzi Café, where you can sip chilled beer along with a variety of light snacks.
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, you can also taste a wide range of dishes on the streets of Connaught Place. The shops behind the Janpath market are known for serving chicken and cheese momos. Just a few steps from these shops is Depaul’s, where you can have cheese balls, paneer korma sandwiches and keema kulcha. Opposite PVR Rivoli, Keventers is renowned for milkshakes like caramello shake, bubblegum shake and alphonso mango shake.
The area around Hauz Khas village is one of the favourite hangout destinations in New Delhi. The abundance of parks and monuments on one side and trendy cafes and eateries on the other makes it a perfect place for locals as well as tourists.
If you crave for Mughlai and Pakistani dishes, then Raas is there for you as it offers a wide selection of kebabs. Lahori tangri, galouti Kebabs and boti kebabs are a must try here. You can choose from a variety of kathi rolls at Welcome Point, a street-side eatery. Veg manchurian roll or keema roll with Oreo shake would give a treat to your taste buds. The Toddy Shop is acclaimed for its mouth-watering coastal cuisine; while here, you can try Malabar paranthas, prawn moilee and mutton curry. Those with a sweet tooth can visit ChocoVault to taste their choco nuke, waffle sticks and grand fondue.
Carrying the food culture of New Delhi forward, the bustling Khan Market needs no introduction. Apart from shopping, there many who specially come here to taste irresistible delicacies.
The Big Chill Café is an Italian restaurant, which offers amazing penne primavera, chicken pasta and Mississippi mud pie. Azam’s Mughlai is a roadside eatery, where you can treat your taste buds to spicy Kakori kebabs and chicken tikkas. A perfect place to relish chicken seekh roll, chicken peri peri roll, mutton kakori roll, veg hariyali roll, spicy tikka, Khan Chacha is one of the most visited eating outlets in Khan Market.
Apart from these localities, Noida and Gurgaon are other hubs around the city for food lovers.