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Top Choice Cafe in Indore

Mr Beans

With sophisticated French-style interiors throughout it’s seven rooms, this excellent cafe is one of India’s nicest. Besides the Indorean in-crowd and excellent coffee (₹50 to ₹130) and tea, the menu specialises in …
Top Choice Sweets in Ujjain

Shree Ganga

Since 1949 this epic sweet shop has been satiating Ujjaini sugar cravings. There’s no English sign or menu, but the friendly owner can steer you in the right direction, albeit staunchly democratically: What do you r…
Historic Building in Ujjain

Vedh Shala

Ujjain has been India’s Greenwich since the 4th century BC, and this simple but interesting observatory was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in about 1730. He also built observatories in Jaipur, Delhi, Varanasi and Mathu…
Indian in Ujjain

Shivam Restaurant

This popular veg restaurant in the basement below Hotel Satyam has an extensive menu with detailed descriptions of every dish. Choose from tandoori kebabs, a selection of paneer dishes, koftas and a variety of stuff…
Museum in Indore

Lal Bagh Palace

Built between 1886 and 1921, Lal Bagh Palace is the finest building left by the Holkar dynasty. Replicas of the Buckingham Palace gates creak at the entrance to the 28-hectare garden, where, close to the palace, the…
Museum in Indore

Central Museum

Housed in a fine Holkar building, this museum has one of Madhya Pradesh’s best collections of medieval and premedieval Hindu sculptures, along with tools, weaponry and copper-engraved land titles. Skirmishes took pl…
South Indian in Indore

Indian Coffee House

Drink coffee with Indore’s judiciary at this branch of the excellent Indian Coffee House set inside the grounds of the commissioner’s office and near the district court. A top spot for breakfast, with dosas and part…
Cafe in Indore

Shreemaya Celebration

This modern bakery next to Hotel Shreemaya sells pastries, sandwiches and cakes, as well as South Indian, Chinese and pizza. Also has juices, shakes and coffee, making this a good pick for breakfast. The cookies are…
Indian in Mandu

Shivani Restaurant

The subtle canteen-style interior of this no-nonsense diner with plastic tables and chairs is appreciatively understated compared with the gaudy exterior but it’s the good, honest and cheap food that overshadows bot…
Religious in Ujjain

Magh Mela

Huge annual religious fair held on the banks of the Shipra River at Ujjain; pilgrim numbers increase dramatically every 12th year for the massive Kumbh Mela.