If there is anything on this planet which we Dilliwalas totally swear by, it is our street food. You know it’s true, peeps! And when it comes to Old Delhi, the street food there is as historic and legendary as the city itself. So, we dug out all the deets about the most iconic and legendary spots n Old Delhi where you can taste iconic street food. Bookmark them RN!
1. Natraj Dahi Bhalla
More than 70 years old, Natraj Dahi Bhalla serves the best dahi bhalle in the city. Their bhallas are so soft, they simply melt in your mouth! They are accompanied with sweet yoghurt and saunth chutney which adds flavour to every single bite.
Where: 1396, Main Road Beside Central Bank, Kucha Mahajani, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
2. Old Famous Jalebi Wala
Serving jalebi for more than 100 years now, this place is located right in the centre of Chandni Chowk. Watching hot jalebis being made right in front of you is an experience in itself! All those with a sweet tooth, these crunchy, sugary loops are served with the rich & thick rabri.
Where: 1795, Dariba Kalan Rd, Opp Central Baptist Church, Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
3. Daulat Ki Chaat
Daulat ki Chaat requires a lot of time and patience, a round of mixing and churning of raw buffalo milk, milk cream, and kewra. But trust us, its the best sugary delight to have once you are in Old Delhi.
Where: Naughara Jain Temple Kinari Bazar Gali Paranthe wali Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
Karim’s has been serving their best dishes with the same essence for more than 100 years. Serving the best non-vegetarian dishes, do have their Mutton Korma and Nalli Nihari! Although there are multiple outlets of Karim’s across the city, a meal here is an experience in itself.
Where: 16 Urdu Bazar Road Infront of Jama Masjid Gate No.1, Gali Bhairo Wali, Kababiyan, New Delhi
5. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
Serving kachoris for 45 years now, Jung Bahadur is quite popular among all food lovers! The crispy kachoris are served with delicious aloo sabzi sprinkled with fresh onions and chillies, which will make your belly a happy belly, so make sure you drop by.
Where: 1104, Gali Bhojpura Rd, Maliwara, Katra Lehswan, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
6. Al Jawahar
Al Jawahar s a paradise for meat-eaters! It is famous for its mutton curries, Kebabs, and butter chicken. It is also claimed that it was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. We totally recommend you to try their chicken korma once you are here.
Where: 8, Near, Matia Mahal Rd, Bazar Matia Mahal, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
7. Lotan Chole Kulche
Since 1920, Lotan Chole Kulche has been winning our hearts. And those who love spicy food, this place is as good as it gets! Topped with coriander, white radish, and grated ginger, chole are prepared in butter which makes it yummier. So the next time you drop by Chawri Bazaar, don’t forget to eat here!
Where: 2368, Chatta Shahji Rd, Manohar Market, Nai Wala, Old Delhi
8. Nawab Qureshi Watermelon Shake
You just can’t miss out the famous Mohabbat Ka Sharbat while strolling down the streets of Chandni Chowk! Made with rooh afza, milk, watermelon, sugar, this drink is a must-have! The freshly cut watermelon just adds wonders to the drink.
Where: Matia Mahal, Near Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk
9. Babu Ram Paranthe Wale
Paranthe Wali Gali is something is one of the most iconic spots in Old Delhi! Babu Ram Paranthe Wale serves delicious paranthe like Papad Parantha, Meva Parantha, and Rabri Parantha. Trust us, peeps, these paranthas are crispy and finger-licking which will leave you wanting for more.
Where: 1984 -1985, Gali Parnthewali, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
10. Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale
Whenever dessert pangs strike, you should make your way to Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfi Wale to devour refreshing kulfis. Serving since 1906, they have it all. From Paan Kulfi to Jamun Falsa Kulfi, they have all the fruity flavours to tickle your sweet buds.
Where: Metro Station, Near, Shop No. 526, Kucha Pati Ram, Sitaram Bazar Rd, Chawri Bazar
11. Ashok Chaat Corner
Serving delicious chaat for more than four decades now, Ashok Chaat Corner serves the yummiest chaat in the entire city! Gol Gappe, Papdi Chaat, Dahi Bhalle, Bhalla Papdi, Panipuri, Delhi Chaat, Kalmi Vada, name the dish and you will get it here. This is probably the place where your parents chilled at after their college classes!
Where: 3488, Chawri Bazar Rd, Bazar Sirkiwalan, Khush Dil, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
12. Sita Ram Diwan Chand
This iconic place is popular for dishing out amazing Chole Bhature which is perfectly balanced with spices. You even get fresh onions, carrots, and chilli as a salad. Their spicy green chutney, pickle and aloo sabzi on the sides are cherries on top!
Where: 2243, Rajguru Marg, Chuna Mandi, Paharganj, New Delhi
13. Chaina Ram Sindhi Confectioners
No other sweet shop in the city can beat the mithai of Chaina Ram Sindhi Confectioners. Pista Barfi to Patisa, Pinni to Kesar Bhog to Imatri to Badam Halwa and many others, you’ll find it all here! All the mithai is made in pure ghee.
Where: 6499, Ground Floor, Fateh Puri Chowk, Chandni Chowk, Near Axis Bank, Delhi
14. Giani’s Di Hatti
Giani’s Di Hatti has been ruling the hearts of Delhi people since 1965! Known for their divine Rabri Faluda, which is thick and sprinkled with nuts and crushed ice, this place is a food lover’s paradise! Also, try their chole bature once you are here.
Where: Church Mission Rd, Bagh Deewar, Katra Ghel, Khari Baoli, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
15. Kake Di Hatti
If you’re a Delhiite, you’d have eaten at this place at least once! This eatery has been the daily haunt for Delhi peeps since the past 70 years. Their Aloo Pyaaz Naan and Paneer Naan is the top pick and will make you crave to order another plate for sure!
Where: Church Mission Rd, Cloth Market, Katra Ghel, Khari Baoli, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
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