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Paharganj café trial

entertainment Updated: Jul 18, 2011 01:14 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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The congested main bazaar of Paharganj never fails to fascinate even those who have been frequenting the market for decades. This dusty and chaotic area of Delhi is popular with backpackers, foreigners, hippies, and students looking for cheap accommodation. But for those looking to relish delicious continental food and not spend a fortune on it, this is the perfect place to head to. Most of the eateries here serve global cuisine like French, Israeli, Spanish, English and even Korean. We take you through some of them.

All in a straight line

As you come inside the main bazaar from the entry located opposite to New Delhi Railway station (Paharganj side) and move ahead, a huge board pointing towards the Everest Bakery and Café can be seen. The café is divided into two parts, with the outer part being the smaller one that can only accommodate five people. The other part of the café is more lively, with low lying tables, couches, divans and paintings of mythical Goddesses adorning the walls. While the restaurant serves continental cuisine, the Nepali thali (R80 for veg and R100 for non-veg) is the specialty here. Don’t miss out on the Yak milk cheese available here. “We get this cheese all the way from Nepal. The cost depends on the demand, but on an average, we sell it for Rs 600 a kilo,” says Jai Krishna Giri of Everest Café.

As you come out of the alley in the main market and move ahead, you will come across the Nirvana Café. The exteriors, done with bright orange boards and the first floor sans any windows but just opening into a balcony, will pull you into this café. Filled with backpacking tourists, soothing spiritual music is a constant factor here. “I love the music they play, as well as the great view from the balcony,” says Thomas Roger, a tourist from Australia.

Eat on the roof

Most of the eateries here also have a rooftop garden, where one can enjoy the weather and a sumptuous meal. One such rooftop restaurant is the Everest Kitchen Sunny Garden located in Lord Krishna Inn. Most of the customers come here for the Everest Healthy Salad that is served with brown rice, avocado, and garden vegetables.

Move ahead and you will reach Sam’s Café located in Vivek Hotel. Here, you can buy bakery delights like croissants, cheese bagels, and doughnuts. There is a rooftop garden restaurant on the 5th floor of the hotel as well. Just across the road is the New Diamond Restaurant and Café. This eatery boasts of a menu with the largest number of dishes in it. A souvenir shop selling agarbattis, spiritual CDs, and T-shirts with mantras on them is also located inside this café.

Bakery time

There are some good bakeries in the area, like the Appetite Restaurant (German Bakery), which has a variety of cakes like the chocolate cake, cheese cake, and banana cake (Rs 35 for a big slice). There are numerous options for bakeries, cafes and restaurants in the area. One just has to travel through the narrow alleys and look for the boards of these cafes and get a taste of global food in the city. But make sure you don’t travel alone in the night here.

Did you know?

Paharganj, which means ‘hilly neighbourhood’, gets its name from the area’s proximity to the Raisina Hills, where the Rashtrapati Bhavan stands today. The Old Imperial theatre here was built in the year 1930.

Nearest Metro Station: New Delhi on the Yellow Line

More eateries

Metropolis
Address: 1634, Main Bazaar, Paharganj

Malhotra restaurant
Address: 1833-34, Laxmi Narayan Street, Raj Guru Road, Chuna Mandi, Paharganj

Club india cafe
Address: 4797, Main Bazaar, Paharganj

Ajay cafe german bakery
Address: 5084-A, Main Bazaar, Paharganj

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