Delhi is commonly referred to as the food capital of India. This is because the city offers everything to foodies: from Chinese to North Indian and Continental to South Indian. Whether you are looking for affordable street food or a fancy restaurant, Delhi has it all! We have compiled a list of the best cafes in Delhi where you can have a delectable meal for under Rs. 500:
Big Yellow Door, Vijay Nagar: Due to its proximity to North Campus, areas like Vijay Nagar and Kamla Nagar have become a hub for college students which has led to the birth of many cafes and eating joints in these areas. One such place is Big Yellow Door, which is a favourite for many. We love everything about the cafe: from the decor to the menu and most of all, the food. We swear by their Cheese Fries, Hawaiian Pizza, BYD Cheese Bomb Burger and the Chocolate Oreo Shake. It is a perfect place to catch-up and talk with your friends while enjoying a hearty meal.
Cha Bar: This cosy cafe is set amidst the famous Oxford bookstore in Connaught place and is heaven for all bibliophiles. With its serene white decor, and aroma of tea and coffee; Cha Bar is the perfect brunch place. Head there and enjoy a tea from their list of more than 100 teas. The desserts, sandwiches and Vada Pav are delicious too!
QD’s: QD’s has the invention of Tandoori Momos in Delhi to its fame. If you are a dimsum lover, you have to head to their outlet in North Campus, South Campus or Lakshmi Nagar and try the vegetarian or non vegetarian tandoori momos. Apart from that, the dal makhani is amazeballs too!
Rico’s: Another hot favourite in North Campus, this is a super popular place amongst the college crowd. It serves lip smacking food at very reasonable prices. Order the Sangria or Virgin Mojito pitcher when you are there during the summers, and you will surely be refreshed. The Peri peri Chicken Pizza, Double Meat Burger and the Waffles are to die for!
Potbelly rooftop cafe: This is a jewel located in the Shahpur Jat Market. It serves eccentric Bihari cuisine, and dishes like “Litti Chokha” and “Dehati Fish” which will leave you wanting to come back for more. If you are an outdoorsy person, you can occupy the terrace seating area which is full of greenery and is perfect anytime of the day.
Ama Cafe: This high-flyer is located in the Majnu ka Tila market. If you have a low budget but want to go sit in a fancy place with great ambience and delicious food, head to Ama cafe. They serve amazing ice teas, coffees, shakes, pancakes, pizzas, sandwiches and desserts!
Triveni Terrace Cafe: Hidden inside the Triveni Art Complex, this beautiful terrace cafe is the place to go in winters for its lush green surroundings and serene atmosphere! There are some eccentric dishes served here such as Yoghurt & Cheese Croquettes, Kamal Kakdi Ke Kofte & Aam Papad Dark Chocolate Dense Cake. If you are one who loves to experiment with their food, you should definitely try this out.
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Wenger’s Deli: Located in the famous A Block of Connaught place between the legendary Wenger’s and Depaul’s, this place is fabulous with its minimal decor and tall chairs. It feels like a tiny French bakery in the paved streets of Paris. We don't know any waffle lover who has not tasted the nutella waffle here!
Crepe-Fe: For all the G-town peeps, this is a hidden gem located in a basement on Golf Course Road. They serve awesome shakes, waffles, crepes, bagels & ice creams. The varieties of crepes here are overwhelming: with their sweet crepes & masala crepes.
The Colony Bistro: It is located in the crowded and famous for food, Amar colony market. It is a quaint little cafe where one can chill with their friends or family. It has the feels of a European cafe with its decor and lighting. A pleasant ambience and delicious food at an affordable cost makes this cafe a must visit place in Delhi.