Must-see restaurants in Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)

  • K
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    Down a narrow alley off a lane leading south from Jama Masjid, Karim’s has been delighting carnivores since 1913. Expect meaty Mughlai treats such as…

  • S
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    Sita Ram Dewan Chand

    A family-run hole-in-the-wall serving inexpensive portions of just one dish – chhole bhature (spicy chickpeas, accompanied by delicious, freshly made,…

  • D
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    Considering its gritty Paharganj location and its street-food roots, the interior of this locals' favourite is surprisingly elegant (there's even a…

  • S
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    Shim Tur

    The Korean food is fresh and authentic here; try the bibimbap (rice bowl with vegetables, egg and pickles; ₹270). But it takes determination to find this…

  • P
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    PT Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan

    This winding lane off Chandni Chowk has been dishing up its namesake paratha fresh off the tawa (hotplate) for generations, originally serving pilgrims at…

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    Natraj Dahi Balle Corner

    This tiny place on the corner of a narrow gali (lane) is famous for its dahi bhalle (fried lentil balls served with yoghurt and garnished with chutney)…

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    Named for everyone’s favourite dhal, Tadka's no-frills interior and relatively low prices belie its fabulously tasty menu, which includes delicious dhal …

  • L

    This beautifully restored haveli is a labour of love by politician Vijay Goel, and it's good to see one of Old Delhi's grand havelis finally get some TLC…

  • B
    Brown Bread Bakery

    Transported to Delhi from its mother ship in Varanasi, this German-owned bakery-cum-cafe-cum-restaurant does standout, largely organic, health-conscious…

  • B
    Bikaner Sweet Corner

    This popular local sweet shop is the place in Paharganj to come for your evening treats; try the kaju barfi (cashew-milk sweet wrapped in silver leaf) or…

  • E
    Exotic Rooftop Restaurant

    Currently the most popular of the numerous rooftop restaurants and cafes overlooking frenetic Tooti Chowk, Exotic is a small laid-back place with a breezy…

  • A

    Although overshadowed by its famous neighbour, Karim's, Al-Jawahar is also fantastic, serving up tasty Mughlai cuisine at Formica tables in an orderly…

  • M
    Moti Mahal

    There's only one true Moti Mahal, and its been open for six generations – it's full of charm, with a stuck-in-time atmosphere, though it's dead during the…

  • R
    Roshan di Kulfi

    A Karol Bagh institution for its scrumptious special pista badam kulfi (frozen milk dessert with pistachio, almond and cardamom). Unless you're a kulfi…

  • K
    Kuremal Mohan Lal

    The Kuremal family have been making kulfi (traditional Indian ice cream) since 1906, and serve up delicious options including pomegranate and rose from…

  • S
    Satguru Dhaba

    Eat like a local rather than a tourist at this popular Paharganj dhaba (simple roadside eatery). It's no frills, for sure, but the food is tasty, as are…

  • C
    Chor Bizarre

    Hotel Broadway's excellent, if quirky, restaurant has wood-panelling, traditional wooden furniture and fascinating bits of bric-a-brac, including a…

  • B
    Bade Mia Ki Kheer

    Established in 1880 and still run by the Siddique family, this friendly place makes nothing but superdelicious, creamy, cardamon-scented kheer (rice…

  • J
    Jalebi Wala

    Century-old Jalebi Wala does Delhi’s – if not India’s – finest jalebis (deep-fried, syrupy dough), so eat up and worry about the calories tomorrow. It's…

  • S
    Sri Murugan Cafe

    This is a great little restaurant to rest up in and recharge if you're on a shopping mission in Karol Bagh. Its 32 varieties of dosa are a big hit with…