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Best eateries in Pahar Ganj, a backpackers paradise in the heart of the city!

If there’s one place in Delhi that’s hard to describe in words, it’s Pahar Ganj. Vivid colours, medley of people, a shopping hub and a backpacker’s paradise, Pahar Ganj is difficult to comprehend. The varied cuisines available in this area can be attributed to the fact that this market is a hub for travellers. They bring in a lot of their own flavours and the amalgamation between the local and foreign flavors gives Pahar Ganj, it’s whoopee vibe.

So I decided to walk down in the bizarre lanes of this popular haunt for people all across the world. To meet the backpackers, to the crazy sounds of the vendors and of course to eat variety of food.

Here’s a list of places, that I loved dining at.

Golden Café

Think Momos and this should be your go-to place. Undoubtedly, Delhi’s best momos are served here. Big, juicy with loads of chicken filling covered in a thin momo sheet. They have a huge variety of Chinese, Thai and a bit of Japanese food. Pork, Lamb, Chicken, they have food that’s delicious and comforting. Ever since I have discovered this place, I have ordered from them for almost all my house parties. They are quick to deliver and the portions are HUGE!

Address: 1, Nehru Bazaar, Panchkuian Road, Opposite Hanuman Temple, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi – 110055

Contact: +91 9810819377, 9810819367

Brown Bread Bakery

Started by Michael Schmid, this organic bakery is one of my finest finds of Pahar Ganj. Originally from Germany, Michael first started the bakery in Varanasi, to raise funds for the underprivileged children and to create work opportunities for the local farmers. Using only local produce, he and his workers produce the finest range of cheeses in Varanasi and Delhi. Have Baguette, Ciabatta, Focaccia, Sourdough, Muesli Bread or German sepcialities like Savoury Pretzel, Laugen bun or Vollkorn bread, you have so much to eat. For Desserts, go for Chocolate Cheese cake, Custard Roll and Apple Strudel among many other. Their Pastas and Pizzas have organic cheese and some of their fruits (for juices) are from their own organic farms.

Address: Ajay Guest House – 508- A, main Bazaar, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi 110055.

Contact: 9999673518

Shim Tur

Finding this Korean restaurant is quite a task, but once you reach there, the clean, fun and relaxed environs pleasantly surprise you. It’s a little eatery, where you can savour authentic South Korean delicacies. Way back in 2003, while backpacking in India, Chang (the owner) thought of opening a restaurant for only Korean backpackers. Today, however, his clientele comprises of travelers and locals alike. Do try Kim Bop, Bi Bim Bop, Kimchi Rice and Sam-Kyup Sal and enjoy the lovely Korean flavours, in an intimate set-up.

Address: 3 F, Navrang Guest House, Tooti Galli, Main Bazaar, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

Contact: +91 9810386717

Sitaram Diwan Chand

Chhole Bhature at Sitaram Diwan Chand needs no introduction – it’s a legend! And die-hard fans will vouch for the delicious taste and distinct quality of the Chhole Bhature served here. Bhaturas are filled with Paneer and masala, while Chhole are cooked in their in-house Chhole masala and served with green chutney, carrot pickle and green chili. The combination is definitely a treat for your taste buds. They also serve Aloo Masala along with the bhaturas, which is also quite popular amongst their patrons. They open as early as 8AM and only sell till their stock lasts for the day.

Address: 2246, Chuna Mandi, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

Contact: 011 – 23587380, 23586128

Chawla de Mashoor Amritsari Naan

Finding this little eatery in Pahar Ganj was a revelation. Manohar Gupta (the owner) was the first one to open a dhaba in this area and serve Amritsari Naan. Although loads of similar eateries have mushroomed in the same vicinity, but Mr. Gupta has maintained a loyal patronage. For the last 27 years, he has been using his own homemade masalas and makes chur chur naan himself. I fell in love with his Aloo-Pyaaz Chur Chur naan, which was served along with Daal, Chhole, Raita and chutney, just how they serve it in Amritsar.

Address: 8955, Chowk Multani Dhanda, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

Contact: +91 9540023223

Madan’s Café

Cool and casual with the perfect hippie vibe, Madan’s café is a melting pot for people from different cultures and ethnicities. Jitendar Uncle, has been running the café since 1984, along with his brother and is a pretty chilled out guy. He lets his patrons enjoy their leisurely time at the café, for as long as they want. The menu is diverse and you can order from anything like Macaroni, Mashed Potatoes, Daal-Rice to Pancake – whatever you like. As Jitendar Uncle puts it, “My food may not be the best, but I give them a place where they can always come back to.”

Address: 1601, Main Bazaar Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

Contact: +91 9873745560

Malhotra’s

If you’re looking to spend some quite time, in clean and comfortable surroundings, this is the place to be. From Indian Thalis, Israeli delicacies and Chinese specialties to Pizzas & Pastas, Malhotra’s menu covers almost everything. If you happen to eat there alone with no other table occupied, you may forget you’re sitting and dining somewhere in Pahar Ganj.

Address: 1833-34, Laxmi Narain Street, Chuna Mandi, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

Contact: +91 9810240023

Café Festa

Located right next to Malhotra’s, Café Festa’s uniqueness lies in being vegetarian and giving fresh food to its customers. As, I went there right after Malhotra’s, I ordered just a Corn, Spinach and Cheese Sandwich and a cup of tea. I am glad I had some space left in my stomach, as it was one of the tastiest sandwiches I have had in a long time. With the right amount of cheese, corn, spinach and butter the bread was toasted perfectly.

Address: 1832, Laxmi Narain Street, Chuna Mandi, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

Contact: +91 8588088000

Dhanyavad

This place also serves Korean food, albeit with Chinese influences. Visit Dhanyavad to savour Noodle with Jjajangsauce, Vegetables and Pork. Jjangsauce is a sauce made with Chajang, black bean paste and is considered Chinese by most Koreans. As I have tried Kimchi Rice and Pork Barbeque at Shim Tur, here, I decided to order Pajun, the Korean Pancake, made with eggs, flour, zucchini and green onion. Served with Green Papaya Kimchi and Soy Sauce with sesame, it was super delicious! J.W. Kang, the owner might have few issues while communicating with you, but she will always smile and show you photos to get her thoughts through. You can even order half portions of any dish and she will reduce the price by half. Also, it’s located bang on the main road, unlike Shim Tur, which is difficult to find.

Address: 4744, Main Bazaar, Near Citi Bank ATM, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

Contact: 011 – 23586821

Metropolis

It took me three visits to finally get a table to dine at Metropolis and thankfully, I had one of my most memorable evenings ever. During my past visits, I found the rooftop restaurant to be either closed or overbooked. However, my persistence paid off and the Manager (Mr. Roy) finally walked us up to the oldest retro-bar in Pahar Ganj. The lobby area and staff at Metropolis reminded me of bars in Kolkata. However, upon reaching the rooftop café, I found a place unlike any other place in Pahar Ganj. Unlike Paharganj, this place wasn’t crazy and hurried. The garden like feel and the easy vibes instantly put me at ease. The menu was continental and Indian. The staff was courteous and suggested we try their pizzas. So, we ordered for Verdure, a pizza with grilled mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, basil, cheese, olive oil and herbs. I also met Murray, a Canadian gentleman, settled in India since the 70s. From Sushi in Tokyo, Street food in Bangkok, Vegetarian food in Laos to Sambhar in Tiruvannamalai, we avidly spoke about food and culture and travel.

Address: 1634, Main Bazar, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

Contact: 011-23561782

Appetite German Bakery

Another café that serves everything – Schnitzel, Salads, Indian curries, Italian grills. Appetite German Bakery reminded me of Blue Sky Café in Kolkata. If you’re in the mood to have Pan Cakes with fresh cut fruits, Juices, Cheese loaded toasts or fresh Salads, head to this place. I ordered for Tomato and Cheese Toast, which I absolutely loved! Perfectly toasted bread, oodles of cheese and my favourite tomato, it made my day for sure.

Address: 1575/80, Main Bazar, Main Bazar Road, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

Contact: 011 4372 0554

Gulshan Namkeen

I can’t recall the number of times we’ve had Samosas from this shop. The samosas are served with Chhole, which everyone in my family, loves. They also serve Bedmi Puri and Aloo Sabzi, only during breakfast, till 12:30PM. They also serve Chhole and Puri (made with Maida and Daal). I loved the Bedmi Puris and Aloo Sabzi, heavily flavoured with heeng. Apparently Mr. Gulshan, the late owner, started his business 50 years back in London. When he moved back to India, he set up a humble namkeen shop and eatery in Pahar Ganj. 40 years old now, the place still serves to a vast number of loyal customers, who keep coming back for delicious Samosas, Paneer Pakoras and Bedmi Puris.

Address: Near Karnail Singh Stadium, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi

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