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Top ChoiceBar in New Delhi

1911

The Imperial, built in the 1930s, resonates with bygone splendour. This bar is a more recent addition, but still riffs on the Raj. Here you can sip the perfect cocktail (₹1000) amid designer-clad clientele,...

Top ChoiceClub in South Delhi

Piano Man Jazz Club

The real thing, this popular, atmospheric place with proper musos is a dim-lit speakeasy with some excellent live jazz performances.

Top ChoiceTeahouse in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

Jugmug Thela

Another hidden surprise in Champa Gali – the mini art enclave down Lane 3 behind the fake Dilli Haat store – this tea specialist has more than 180 herbs and spices to work with. It serves delicious ayurvedic teas...

Top ChoiceBar in New Delhi

Unplugged

There's nowhere else like this in Connaught Place. You could forget you were in CP, in fact, with the big courtyard garden, wrought-iron chairs and tables, and swing seats, all under the shade of a banyan tree...

Top ChoiceCafe in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

Blue Tokai

Found in a magically unexpected art enclave called Champa Gali, down a lane beside the fake Dilli Haat shopping centre ('Delhi Haat'), Blue Tokai is one of a few cool cafes here – but it's the one the coffee...

Top ChoiceBar in South Delhi

Hauz Khas Social

This chilled-out restaurant-bar-club is a Hauz Khas hub, and has an urban warehouse-like interior with stone walls, high ceilings and huge plate-glass windows overlooking lush greenery and the Hauz Khas lake....

Top ChoiceCafe in New Delhi

Atrium, Imperial

Is there anything more genteel than high tea at the Imperial? Sip tea from bone-china cups and pluck dainty sandwiches and cakes from tiered stands, while discussing the latest goings-on in Shimla and Dalhousie....

Top ChoiceBar in South Delhi

Ek Bar

On the upper floors of a building in the exclusive area of the Defence Colony, this place has stylish, kooky decor in deep, earth-jewel colours, serious mixology (cocktails from ₹475) showcasing Indian flavours...

Top ChoiceJuice Bar in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

PT Ved Prakash Lemon Wale

Quenching Chandni Chowk’s thirst for over a century now, this stalwart has a menu comprising just one item: homegrown fizzy lemonade that comes from a glass bottle sealed with a marble. Summer days find this...

Cafe in New Delhi

Indian Coffee House

Up on the 2nd floor of Mohan Singh Place, Indian Coffee House has faded-to-the-point-of-dilapidated charm, with the waiters' plummage-like hats and uniforms giving them a rakish swagger. You can feast on finger...

Cafe in New Delhi

Chai Point

This buzzing, split-level cafe specialises in healthy chai infusions (masala, ginger, cardamom, lemongrass; ₹75 to ₹100) but also serves good lassis (₹119 to ₹129) and fresh coffee alongside banana cake and other...

Bar in South Delhi

Summer House Cafe

Close to Hauz Khas, this roomy, rustic 1st-floor bar has a spacious terrace and is a popular, lively evening haunt for a mixed crowd of men and women. There's frequent live music or DJs (from 9pm), a wide-ranging...

Cafe in New Delhi

Cha Bar

Connaught Place’s Oxford Bookstore contains the hugely popular cafe Cha Bar, with more than 150 types of tea to choose from, as well as a good-value food menu including a range of tasty biryanis (₹170). At...

Cafe in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

Ama

This is the most comfortable and most popular of the many cafes in the Tibetan enclave and does good strong coffee plus a range of set breakfasts (until noon) as well as sandwiches, decent pizza and a tempting...

Cafe in New Delhi

Keventer’s Milkshakes

Keventer’s has a cult following for its legendary creamy milkshakes (₹80), slurped out of milk bottles on the pavement in front of the stand.

Cocktail Bar in Greater Delhi & Gurgaon (Gurugram)

Cocktails & Dreams Speakeasy

A small neighbourhood bar built along the lines of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, Cocktails & Dreams (called simply 'Speakeasy' by regulars) is a local favourite, and serves a full menu of classic cocktails...

Cafe in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

Café Turtle

Allied to the Full Circle Bookstore, this brightly painted boho cafe gets busy with chattering bookish types, and is ideal when you're in the mood for coffee and cake in cosy surroundings, with a leafy outdoor...

Bar in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

Sam’s Bar

If you can nab one of the two tables by the big window overlooking Main Bazaar this is a fine place to chill with a couple of beers (from ₹115). Sam’s Bar is more laid-back than most Paharganj bars, with a mixed...

Bar in New Delhi

Aqua

If you feel the need for some five-star style after visiting Jantar Mantar or shopping in Connaught Place, Aqua is an ideal place to flop, forget the world outside, and sip cocktails by the pool. Accessed from a...

Cafe in Sunder Nagar, Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony

Big Chill

Popular, film-poster-lined cafe at Khan Market, packed with chattering Delhiites. The menu is a telephone directory of Continental and Indian dishes (₹290 to ₹625). Nearby is its spin-off cakery (for cakes and...