First day first show at DU

As 54,000 freshers descend on Delhi University today, here is a quick lowdown on what not to miss around campus.

entertainment Updated: Jul 21, 2011 01:14 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

South Campus


If you're in the South Campus area, then do visit the canteen at Kamla Nehru college (KNC) , which is like a mini food court with various cuisines. Some of the Indian specialties here include Chhole Bhature for Rs 18 a plate and Rajma Chawal for Rs 17. They even have a chaat corner that sells Papri Chaat, Dahi Bhalla and Gol Gappe.

Other hot-selling items at the canteen are cheese macaroni (Rs 14), Kala Katha (Rs 20), momos.

Out of all the canteens in South Campus, it's the Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) canteen that is popular. The menu includes pastries, tarts, choco pie, cold coffee, Rajma Chawal, Masala Dosa and cheese macaroni. Some of the favourite dishes here are Keema Dosa (Rs 30), Chicken Tikka Roll (Rs 35) and Shahi Paneer with Laccha Parantha (Rs 30).

At the canteen of Dyal Singh college you can have a full meal under Rs 30. Since girls love to eat chaat, the canteen at Gargi serves delicious chaat along with other Indian delights. Don't miss out on the idli sambhar served at Sri Venkateswara College (Venky) canteen.

Must haves
Rajma chawal at KNC
Chaat at Gargi College
Keema dosa at LSR
Idli sambhar at Venky

Just like the markets in South Campus, there are some famous eateries in the area that are a must.

Chowringee Lane, which is right opposite Sri Venkateswara College in Satya Niketan, is one such place. It is famous for its rolls - aloo, paneer, egg, chicken and mutton, which would cost you between Rs 30 to Rs 45. You can also try the momos here.

Another place famous with college-goers is Mithas, which is opposite Kamala Nehru and Gargi College. This eating joint has a lot to offer. Stop by the Mithas restaurant to enjoy a pure vegetarian meal. There is also a chana kulcha wala who usually sits there during the college hours. Other places to go are Cafe Coffee Day and an ice cream parlour nearby.

Students at Lady Shri Ram College should head to East of Kailash, to savour the delicious fare at eateries like Maxims, Anupama Sweets, Saleem's and Big Chill. While Maxims is famous for its cakes, pastries, patties and sandwiches, Anupama Sweets offers some of Delhi's most popular fast food delights like Gol Gappe, chaat and Chole Bhature.

But if you don't particularly relish such stuff, you can head to the Defence Colony market where you can have the famous Kesar Pista Kulfi just outside the Moet's restaurant. It is available for Rs 60. Prepared with milk and dry fruits such as cashew nuts, saffron and raisin, the Kulfi is served with Falooda and essence.

Hot joints
Chowringhee Lane
Mithas resturant
Big Chill
Defence colony Kulfi

Hang Outs

While you are in South Campus, there are certain markets that you just can't miss. Do visit the M Block market, GK1. This place is famous for its branded shops and small flea stalls. If you are looking for a cheap deal, check out the stalls selling funky and trendy clothes like hot pants, ganjis, jump suits, T-shirts and hand bags. You can also shop for some funky accessories and cosmetics ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500.

For silver jewellry and piercings, try out Silofer and Art Jewels. Prince Paan Corner is another famous joint that is a must visit when you are here.

Another place to have a fun time with your friends is Dilli Haat. This place serves food and handicrafts from all the 26 states of India. Students usually hang out at this place for food, traditional footwear, cotton skirts, kurta and junk jewellry.

But if buying some cheap and trendy clothes is what's on you mind, then you should head to Sarojini Nagar market. The small shops on either side of the streets here are more popular than the showrooms. Here, you can find exact copies of high street brands. When here, carry cash and lots of change, as most of these shops don't accept credit cards.

Hot joints
M Block market, GK 1
Dilli Haat
Sarojini Nagar Market
Central Market, Lajpat Nagar

North Campus

Hang Outs

North Campus offers a variety of options where you can hangout. An all time favourite with students is the Kamala Nagar market.
With over 1,000 shops in this market, you can shop for silver and fake jewellry, clothes and accessories here.

Some of the most popular shops here are CJ's Cosmetics and Jewellry Souk (Tel: 011-23849211), K Lounge (Tel: 011-23853057) among others. Also, do check out the book shops here that even sell second hand books. Some of them are: Bookland (Tel: 41530938), and Gyan Deep (Tel: 23843891).

When here, don't forget to try the chhole bhature from Chache di Hatti and the momos from Momo Point. The market is closed on Mondays.

Another place where you can head to is the Tibetan or the monastery market near ISBT. You can buy denims, T-shirts and lingerie here. Do try the momos and thupkas here.

Hot joints
Kamala Nagar market
Monastery market, ISBT
Cafe at Delhi School of Economics
Majnu Ka Tila


From momos, dosas, banta to bhel puri, North Campus offers many options for lip-smacking snacks.
If you are at the Kamla Nagar market, try the Rawalpindi ke chhole bhature at Chache Di Hatti. Priced at Rs 30 per plate, the stock finishes by 3pm daily.

You can head to QD's for trying the delectable tandoori momos, which are priced at Rs 65 for vegetarian and Rs 75 for chicken. For a heavy breakfast, head to Bille di Hati for a wholesome plate of poori and chhole (Rs 30) with a glass of lassi (Rs 30).

You can even try Momos Point for its Chinese food.

The campus area also has good eating options like Tom Uncle's Maggi Point near Khalsa College, where you can get a plate of Maggi noodles for Rs 15.

If you want a beverage to cool things off, go for the lemony banta at the Edwin James banta seller, who sits outside Hindu College.

Bhel puri is another campus favourite here, and you can relish it at either Mohanlal bhelpuri wala outside Hindu College or Sunil Sethi bhelpuri wala outside Patel Chest.
If you're visiting Majnu Ka Tila, then do try the delicacies at the Wongdhen restaurant.

Hot joints
Chacha Di Hatti
Edwin James Banta
Tom Uncle's Maggi
Momos Point
Bille Di Hatti


The college canteen is probably the perfect place for gossip sessions and breaks between classes.
The most popular canteen in North Campus is the Delhi School of Economics (DSE) cafeteria. The deep-fried mutton cutlet (Rs 18) and the mutton dosa (Rs 26) served here are a hit with the 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 summers. Popular for its South Indian food is the canteen of the Faculty of Management Studies.

The canteen at Hindu College is one of the few canteens that serves non-vegetarian food. Shahi Paneer and Naan (Rs 35) is the hottest selling item here. Also try the mince meat cutlets (Rs 10 per piece) served with chutney at St. Stephen's College cafeteria. Other favourites here are the cheese scrambled egg (Rs 20), chicken momos (Rs 40), maggi with mince meat (Rs 37).

If you want to try something unique, head to the Spic Macay Canteen, which is popular for its sprouts laddoo. For those of you who like their traditional lunch fix, go for the Rajma Chawal and Kadhi Chawal at the canteen of Ramjas College, which was revamped in 2007.

If you are a Maggi fan, try the kiosk at Shri Ram College for Commerce, which is famous for Masala Maggi (Rs 20), tea (Rs 5) and Bread Pakoda (Rs 7). The canteen of the college offers the sumptuous cheese cutlets with mince sauce (Rs 20 for two pieces).

Must haves
Strawberry jelly cream at DSE
Maggi with mince meat at St Stephen's College
Naan and shahi paneer at Hindu College

First Published: Jul 20, 2011 17:23 IST