Best of the best cafés, restaurants and bars in Delhi

Year-end festivities call for something special. Ring in 2022 with loads of food, drinks and beautiful views at the best spots in town. 

From cool new restaurants, hip bars to casual cafés and luxury patisseries, Delhi saw a host of new eateries throw open their doors in 2021. As an eventful year closes and a new one begins, we pick some of the places that you should head out to.  

Best Cafés in Delhi

Petite pie shop

Petite Pie Shop

One of its kind in the city, this quaint café serves a range of sweet and savoury pies. The brainchild of Chef Vanshika Bhatia, you can tuck into some unusual ones like Wild Mushroom, Pulled Jackfruit, Spanish Chorizo, Bacon Maple Whiskey Galette and much more. They even have pizzas, croissants, and sandwiches but the pies steal the show. Sweet lovers will also enjoy the variety on offer.
+91-8130112234; Shop 23, Ground Floor, Worldmark – Sector 65, Gurgaon 

Di Ghent

For long a perfect place for book lovers, coffee addicts and foodies in Gurgaon, this café now offers the same ambience at its new outlet in Khan Market. For those with a hearty appetite in Delhi’s crisp winter, their massive all-day brunch plates are loaded with staples like sausages, bacon and eggs. There are handmade pastas, cheese board, waffles, croissants, pancakes and a range of mains. Work from here or find a quiet corner to read a book.  
+91-11-46091916; 23 Khan Market

Colocal

After winning hearts by being the city’s first chocolate factory and café at Dhan Mill, they have opened in the heart of Delhi. All the favourites such as barbecue chicken wings, hand-rolled pastas or pizzas, the Colocal Sangria and hot chocolate are on offer. But if you are a chocolate lover, go for the chocolate tasting platter that has chocolates ranging from 55% to 82% hot chocolate. 
+91-9310524620; 45 Khan Market

Café Staywoke

Overlooking a water body in Gurgaon’s Worldmark, this café is perfect for lazy brunches. There is an all-day breakfast which includes Indian selections such as Keema Pav and Appam. Else order their flat breads, burgers and sandwiches or the bar nibbles to go along with the wine, beer or coffee.
+91 7669913881; Ground Floor, Worldmark – Sector 65, Gurgaon

Roastery Coffee House

After spreading happiness in Kolkata and Hyderabad, Roastery Coffee House has opened doors in Noida. Apart from an excellent selection of coffee, their menu, running into several pages, goes all the way from sandwiches and burgers to breakfast platters, pastas, pizzas and main courses.  
Sector 135, Noida

Harajuku tokyo cafe

Harajuku Tokyo Cafe

Skip the fine-dining Japanese restaurants for this cute and happy café that has neon signs, pastel pink walls, cloud shaped lights and street murals. Their desserts and bakes is something you cannot skip. When it comes to the main course, there is a choice of bowls, sandwiches, bento and sushi.
+91 11 45102253; First Floor, Select City Walk Mall, Saket 

Overeasy

Some things in life are very comforting — such as toasties. Go to Overeasy when you are remembering your school days or missing your home breakfast. While they have a tempting range, the Old School Toastie with honey Glazed Ham, Cheese, Mustard, and Pickles is a must-have. They even have sweet ones such as Apple Pie toastie and brioche breakfast buns.
+91 7678383239; The Commons, DLF Avenue, Saket

Best Restaurants in Delhi

The Tangra Project

Chef Vikramjit Roy’s dream project is this happy place that defines the food of Kolkata. And this is not restricted to Bengali cuisine — it is, in fact, the food that the people of this city love eating, be it Hakka Chinese, Mughlai, street food like kathi rolls, jhal muri, cutlets, chops and more. Offering a mind-boggling choice of 200 dishes, he has given a modern twist to some classics. We recommend the Parwal Guacamole Chips and Chaat, Gondhoraj fish dumplings, Haleem and Rabibarer Mutton.
+91-8929925253; The Commons, DLF Avenue, Saket

Ladurée delhi

Ladurée

Think macarons and this luxury patisserie springs to mind, so it is good news that with overseas travel restricted, it has arrived in the city. Done up in vibrant mint green and pink shades, this famous French icon has opened their first outlet in Khan Market. Apart from their famed macarons, they also have a wide selection of bites that includes classic French toasts, eggs Benedict on brioche bun, club sandwiches, organic egg omelettes, salmon avocado toasts and more. Till the winter chill lasts, don’t forget to taste their hot chocolate.  
+91-8988888811; 17 Khan Market 

Café Mez

When Ashish Kapur and Chef Megha Kohli join hands, you know it is going to be a winner. This new Middle Eastern and Mediterranean café serves all-day breakfast, a range of mezze such as Lamb Kibbeh, Hummus, Muhammara, Turkish pizzas, pide, kebabs, shawarma and more. Do go for their Sunday brunch when you are in the mood for a long, lazy afternoon with family or friends.
+91-7827256556; DLF CyberHub; Gurgaon

Miss Margarita

In a city with a dearth of Mexican restaurants, this one is welcome news for lovers of this cuisine. From quesadilla, tacos, sizzling fajitas, enchiladas to churros, you will get everything with a Mexican flavour that you have been craving. Do try the diablo prawn and pork carnitas tacos and wrap the meal with churros that come with chilli chocolate sauce. Did we tell you how good their margaritas are?
+91-8920331591; M-31 First Floor, M Block Market, Greater Kailash II

Saga for list

Saga

Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar’s first restaurant in the city is a swish dining space with progressive Indian food. The food is from regions across the country with each dish having a story behind it. The innovative cocktails flow from bar that is almost 40 feet high, making it one of the tallest bar displays in the world. On the weekends there are live music performances by bands.
+91-7428922300 Ground Floor, B-Block, Vatika Atrium, Sector 53, Golf Course Road, Gurugram 

KLAP

Chef Gurmehar Sethi’s new venture is a sprawling space in Khan Market where the menu spans Southeast Asian, Indian and European — so whether you are craving pasta, sushi, burger, dimsums or something closer home like Chicken Chettinad, it is all there. Do order one of their cocktails and make it a meal to remember.
+91-9919918323; 2 &3 Khan Market

Cho

CHÔ

As the city develops a taste for Vietnamese food, the latest one to offer a range varying from street food to regional specialties is CHÔ in Mehrauli. On the menu are pho, dumplings, summer rolls, Vietnamese pizza and many other dishes that you can savour with some really good cocktails and Vietnamese coffee. Overlooking the Qutub Minar, the view of course is stunning.
+91-9311902818; Ambawatta One, H5/1, Kalkadass Marg, Mehrauli

tbsp. Tablespoon

Coming from the house of Yum Yum Cha, tbsp stands for Tossed, Baked, Smoked, Plated. The range goes from pastas, pizzas, grills to smoked barbeque. Create your own pastas, order half and half pizzas and watch the action in the live kitchen relaxing in a lively and vibrant vibe.
+91-9821002551; The Commons, DLF Avenue Saket

Green Mantis

The city’s first vegetarian restaurant serving plant-based food from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Tibet. There are baos, dimsums, sushi, curries and small plates — all so delicious. The dishes are made from locally sourced ingredients and taste really good. 
+91-8448815375; 19, First Floor, Middle Lane, Khan Market

Best Bars in Delhi

Khubani, Andaz Delhi

Opened in place of the Hong Kong Club at Andaz Hotel, this swish royal bar — that has a royal Persian touch — has launched after Christmas. With great cocktails and music, it promises to be one of the most happening bars and places to party in town. 
+91-11-49031234; Asset No. 1, Aerocity

Bougie

When an award-winning chef like Priyam Chatterjee is behind the menu, you know the food will be seriously good. He brings the food of Europe, especially Greece, France, Spain and Italy to your plate in one of the trendiest locations in town — overlooking the Qutub Minar. Come evening and it turns into one of the sexiest places to party. This is Priyank Sukhija’s latest venture.
+91-9289676888; Ambawatta One, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli 

Classics

Indian Accent

Nobody thought that a small Indian restaurant that opened in 2009 in an upmarket Delhi neighbourhood would go on to become not just one of the top restaurants in the country, but also make a mark globally. Needless to say, Chef Manish Mehrotra’s take on modern Indian food is still widely appreciated. A few dishes on the menu change seasonally.
+91-11-66175151; The Lodhi, Lodhi Road

Orient express restaurant

Orient Express, Taj Palace, New Delhi

This is not just a restaurant, it is part of Delhi’s legacy. Celebrating 38 years, the Orient Express, named after the luxury train in Europe, serves some of the best European food in the city. Think caviar and signatures like Cognac flambéed lobster, Camembert cheese soufflé and that classic warm chocolate pudding with a liquid chocolate centre. If you go before 2021 ends, then you must try their special anniversary menu.
+91-11-261102022; Taj Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave

Bukhara, ITC Maurya

In the four decades since it opened, this iconic restaurant has not tampered with its menu. The legendary Dal Bukhara which is cooked overnight and Naan Bukhara has fed everyone from Bollywood and Hollywood stars to presidents of countries. It continues to be counted among the top Indian restaurants in the city where by the way the delicious food from the sikandari raan and barrah kebabs to the tandoori aloo is meant to be eaten with your hands. 
+91-11-26112233; Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg

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