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Top Choice Indian in Lucknow

Moti Mahal Restaurant

If Mughlai meat country has got you down, seek refuge in this popular veg hideaway on MG Rd. It's perfect for a late breakfast (best poori sabji – deep fried bread rounds served with potato curry – we had in UP!) or…
Top Choice North Indian in Lucknow

Tunday Kababi

This is the cleaner, more hospitable outlet of Lucknow's renowned, 100-year-old impossible-to-find kebab shop in Chowk, where buffalo beef kebabs go for ₹2!. Here the prices are higher, but the boys put on a quite a…
Top Choice Historic Site in Lucknow


The large collection of gardens and ruins that makes up the Residency offers a fascinating historical glimpse of the beginning of the end for the British Raj. Built in 1800, the Residency became the stage for the mo…
Top Choice Islamic Tomb in Lucknow

Bara Imambara

This colossal imambara (tomb dedicated to a Shiite holy man) is worth seeing in its own right, but the highly unusual labyrinth of corridors inside its upper floors make a visit here particularly special. The ticket…
Top Choice Mughlai in Lucknow


If you want to savor the flavours of the Nawabs performing at their culinary best, look no further than Oudhyana, where Chef Nagendra Singh gives Lucknow's famous Awadh cuisine its royal due at this signature restau…
Mughlai in Lucknow


The stylish rooftop dining room at Clarks Avadh Hotel has fabulous bird’s-eye views and serves up sumptuous Nawab cuisine, including the famous kebabs and an outstanding list of rich, vibrant curries. There’s a smal…
Bar in Lucknow

Strokes Sports Bar

With metallic decor, zebra-print chairs, ultraviolet lights and a backlit bar, this must be one of the strangest places in India to come to watch the latest cricket match on TV. Set it all to an international, pop-h…
Zoologic in Lucknow


The large, shady zoo is somewhat depressing, with animals pacing up and down in their small enclosures, but you must enter it if you want to visit Lucknow’s fine State Museum.
Museum in Lucknow

State Museum

Enter through the zoo. Lucknow’s fine State Museum houses sculptural masterpieces dating back to the 3rd century AD, including intricately carved Mathura sculptures ranging from dancing girls to scenes from the life…
Books in Lucknow

Ram Advani Bookshop

This Lucknow institution is worth visiting just to meet the fantastically friendly and exceedingly knowledgeable owner, Mr Advani (in his 90s!). Be aware, though, that he takes his siestas very seriously and is rare…