When you step into Delhi University’s North Campus, you will have many hangout options to choose from. From shopping for trendy accessories and clothes, to eating out, the area offers a variety of hangout addas that students usually frequent. These fun places are mostly known for the delicious food items they offer, such as tandoori momos, bhelpuri and banta. We take a look at some popular hangout addas in North Campus that are a must visit for the students there.
Kamala Nagar Market
An all-time favourite with students is the Kamala Nagar market, which is popularly known as K Nags. With over 1,000 shops here, you can shop for silver and fake jewellery, clothes and accessories. Some of the most popular shops here are CJ’s Cosmetics, Jewellery Souk and K Lounge, among others. When here, do check out the book shops that even sell second hand books.The market also houses a number of beauty parlours and footwear shops. The street side market has a lot to offer at reasonable prices. The market is closed on Mondays.
Opened in 2008, this place is best known for its tandoori momos, which are an innovation by Akhil Malik, the co-owner of the restaurant. A meal for two costs around R300 here. Other popular items here include mocktails, chowmein, thukpa, manchurian and fried rice.
Chache Di Hatti
If you are a chhole bhature fan, then this is the place to head to. Even though there is no seating arrangement here, students flock the place for a plate of chhole bhature, which is priced at R30.
Bille Di Hatti
For a heavy breakfast, head to Bille Di Hatti for a plate of poori and chhole (R30) with a glass of sweet lassi (R30).
Vaishnav Chaat Bhandaar
From tikkis, golgappe, papdi chaat to tawa aloo, the place has a wide variety to offer.
Majnu ka Tila
A popular hangout zone here is the Tibetan or the monastery market near the ISBT. You can buy denims, T-shirts and lingerie here. A pair of jeans can be purchased for R600, and T-shirts can be bought for as low as R100, though not all the shops have an option of a trial room. There are many vendors that sell accessories here as well. Most of the stuff you will get here is made in Bangkok. While shopping here, don’t miss out on the various eateries selling traditional Tibetan delights such as momos and thupkas. Here is a look at some favourites.
Tee Dee’s Restaurant
If you pay a visit to the Tibetan Colony in New Aruna Nagar, then do try the food items at this restaurant, which offers Tibetan and Chinese food. Go for the special fried rice when here. While a meal for two may range between R200-R250, the ambience sets the right mood for a chat with friends.
If it’s a wholesome cup of coffee that makes your day, then this is the place for you. Along with the coffees, the place specialises in dry cakes, especially fruit cakes. Try the dry fruit cake, which costs around R40. You can also try the breakfast menu at this place, which also has wi-fi connectivity.
When it comes to eating areas, the campus area is not far behind. With knick-knacks and more to offer, some eating out places here have an iconic identity. Here are few such places.
Tom Uncle’s Maggi point
Almost synonymous to the place is Tom Uncle’s Maggi Point near Khalsa College. You can get a plate of Maggi noodles here for R25. Try the various variants such as vegetable and egg Maggi. The popularity of the eatery has also fetched it a Facebook page.
Edwin James banta
One thing you can’t miss here is the banta. Edwin James, a banta seller, who sits outside Hindu College, is one of the most popular banta sellers in the area. Try the lemony drink that comes for R15 with chunks of ice. Don’t forget to see how he mixes masala, soda and ice in two huge jugs.
Bhelpuri is another campus favourite here. Mohanlal Bhelpuri Wala outside Hindu College and Sunil Sethi Bhelpuri Wala outside Patel Chest are the most popular vendors of the snack. While Mohanlal’s bhelpuri is for R20, Sethi’s bhelpuri costs R25.
College canteens make the perfect place for gossip sessions and breaks between classes. While each canteen is popular with the particular college’s students, there are two of them that are frequented by outsiders as well.
Delhi School of Economics
The most popular canteen here is the Delhi School of Economics cafeteria. The deep-fried mutton cutlet (R20) and the mutton dosa (Rs 30) served here are a hit with students. A must try here is the strawberry jelly cream. The JP Tea Stall in the same college campus is known for its ginger tea in winters and ice tea and Masala Coke in the summer.
Called the The Spic Macay Canteen, it is popular for the sprouts laddoo (laddoo made using condensed milk, sprouts, and sugar). When here, also go for the samosa (R7). The canteen is usually flocked by students of various colleges and is a popular hangout adda.