Eating

  • Karim’s Hidden down a side alley, this is Old Delhi's most famous restaurant, with outstanding goat, lamb and flatbreads.
  • Darbar Great-value vegetarian restaurant that's upped the game in Paharganj's no-frills dining scene.
  • Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen Packed at lunchtimes, thanks to its authentic Andhran thalis at unbeatable prices.
  • Naivedyam Hauz Khas' best South Indian restaurant, with an exquisite temple-like interior.
  • Potbelly No-frills top-floor Bihari restaurant in arty Shahpur Jat Village.
  • Rajdhani Thalis fit for a king.
  • Chor Bizarre Quirky Kashmiri restaurant, full of fascinating bric-a-brac and attached to lost-in-time Hotel Broadway.
  • Indian Accent If money is no object, this is Delhi's best restaurant.

By Budget: $

  • Darbar Setting the bar for budget food in Paharganj, this all-veg restaurant isn't dirt cheap, but is fabulously good value.
  • Sita Ram Dewan Chand The capital's most famous supplier of Delhi's go-to breakfast choice: chole bhature.
  • Tadka An all-veg Indian restaurant that's a notch above its Main Bazaar competitors.
  • Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen Expect long queues and table-sharing; that's what you get when food is this good, and this cheap.
  • Kerala House Canteen South Indian thalis cooked with authentic Keralan spices.
  • Kake-da-Hotel Hugely popular, no-frills, hole-in-the-wall that’s famous for its butter chicken.
  • Nagaland House Thalis with a Northeast Indian twist; don't miss the pork.
  • Triveni Terrace Cafe Delightful al-fresco cafe overlooking an art gallery's small amphitheatre.

By Budget: $$

  • Karim’s Much loved by Delhi's Muslim population, legendary Karim's serves unrivalled goat, lamb and flatbreads.
  • Shim Tur Understated Korean restaurant on a bamboo-lined terrace.
  • Cafe Lota Contemporary take on regional Indian cuisine, by the entrance to the excellent Crafts Museum.
  • Hotel Saravana Bhavan The biggest and best of the Saravana Bhavan brood; full of South Indian deliciousness.
  • DLF Cyber Hub Food hall par excellence, with quality restaurants opening out onto a sunny plaza.
  • Naivedyam South Indian restaurant with an exquisite temple-like interior.
  • Potbelly A rare treat in Delhi; a quality yet affordable restaurant serving the humble delights of Bihari cuisine.

By Budget: $$$

  • Indian Accent Five-star restaurant serving contemporary Indian cuisine from the grounds of luxury Lodhi hotel.
  • Mamagoto Funky east-Asian restaurant with friendly staff, fabulous decor and contemporary Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine.
  • Sodabottleopenerwala Hugely popular, down-to-earth Persian restaurant in Khan Market.
  • Chor Bizarre Serving quality Kashmiri cuisine from Hotel Broadway's curio-filled restaurant .
  • Lakhori Mughlai delights in the courtyard restaurant of the magical Old Delhi hotel, Haveli Dharampura.
  • Rajdhani The best thali's in Delhi? Quite possibly.
  • Sana-di-ge Fresh fish flown in daily from Mangalore.
  • Olive Award-winning Mediterranean food served from a tree-shaded courtyard near Qutab Minar.

Mughlai

  • Karim’s Old Delhi's most famous restaurant, serving goat, lamb and flatbreads within earshot of Jama Masjid's call to prayer.
  • Al-Jawahar Overshadowed by its more-famous neighbour, Karim's, but similarly popular with the local Muslim population.
  • Lakhori Rich meaty Mughlai delights served from the courtyard restaurant of Old Delhi's luxury hotel, Haveli Dharampura.
  • Véda Fashionably dark boudoir with swirling chandeliers, shimmering mirror mosaics and rich Mughlai dishes.
  • Moti Mahal Charming, stuck-in-time Old-Delhi restaurant with live qawwali (Islamic devotional singing) most evenings.

Snacks & Street Food

  • Sita Ram Dewan Chand The gold standard for Delhi's favourite breakfast treat: chole bhature.
  • Natraj Dahi Balle Corner Tiny takeaway joint, famed for its dahi bhalle (fried lentil snack) and aloo tikki (spiced potato patties).
  • Bade Mia Ki Kheer Serving nothing but creamy, cardamon-scented kheer (rice pudding) for 140 years.
  • PT Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan One of many places on famous Gali Paranthe Wali, serving stuffed parathas (traditional flatbread) fresh off the tawa (hotplate).
  • Kuremal Mohan Lal Serving kulfi (traditional Indian ice cream) from this Old Delhi back alley since 1906.
  • Naturals Founded by a mango vendor from Mangalore, this place serves Connaught Place's best ice cream.

Thali

South Indian

  • Naivedyam Haus Khaz gem with a temple-like interior.
  • Hotel Saravana Bhavan Watch your dosa being flipped and folded at this, the most buzzing of the Saravana Bhavan brood.
  • Kerala House Canteen Authentic Keralan cuisine from the state government's staff canteen.
  • Andhra Pradesh Bhawan Canteen Join the hungry lunchtime crowds for top-value Telugu thalis.
  • Darbar Does excellent Mughlai dishes and chaat (street-food snacks), but half its menu is dedicated to dosa, idly and the like.

European

  • Olive Tree-shaded courtyard restaurant, walking distance from Qutab Minar.
  • Basil & Thyme Elegant Mediterranean restaurant in a quiet location in leafy Sundar Nagar.
  • L'Opera Chic, French-style patisserie in Khan Market.
  • Brown Bread Bakery The setting may be dark and dingy, but the fresh bread, cheese and hummus are unmatched in Paharganj.

Al-Fresco

  • Olive Eat pasta under a tree in a courtyard by Qutab Minar.
  • Triveni Terrace Cafe With tables overlooking Triveni Art Gallery's small amphitheatre.
  • Exotic Rooftop Restaurant The most popular of many rooftop, backpacker restaurants on Main Bazaar.
  • Shim Tur Tuck your chopsticks into authentic bibimbap at this modest Korean restaurant with a bamboo terrace.
  • Cafe Lota Village-style restaurant shack by the entrance to the open-air Crafts Museum.