Whether you are a native or visitor to Delhi, you cannot avoid experiencing the hot and sweet aromas of Old Delhi if you are a foodie. This foodies' paradise has some of the best street food to offer, along with numerous stories of its traditional streets. Check out our listing of top 8 places in Old Delhi that let you experience amazing street food delicacies, ranging from steaming samosas to crispy jalebis.
1. Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk
There is no dearth of shops selling hot and crisp paranthas or Indian fried breads in paranthe wali gali. However, you will mostly have to stick to vegetarian paranthas that are available with mouthwatering fillings. This budget-friendly place can truly make you crave for more.
2. Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wale, Bhai Mati Das Chowk
This place has been famous for its dahi bhalle and aloo tikkis since 1940. By just spending around Rs. 80, you get to experience the divine taste of its street food. Dahi bhalle is prepared at this place by nicely soaking vadas in hung curd. They also have a copyrighted masala that is sprinkled to enhance the taste of Indian chaat. So, get ready to lick your fingers.
3. Kuremal Mohanlal Kulfiwale, Sitaram Bazaar
For foodies with a sweet tooth, this place is amazing to have the best kulfi ever. You will fall in love with their creamy concoctions and special fruit-flavored kulfis. However, there are several other innovative flavors to taste.
4. Old Famous Jalebi Wala, Chandni Chowk
The pure and syrupy jalebis at this old-time shop are prepared in homemade pure ghee and using local khandsari sugar. You might not get such soft jalebis elsewhere, as these are made over coal-fire.
5. Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar, Chandni Chowk
Located close to McDonald's in Chandni Chowk, this shop can offer the most authentic street food in the form of its savory chaats and samosas. Do not forget to try their special gobi-matar samosas for just Rs. 80 for two people.
6. Bishan Swaroop and Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar, Chandni Chowk
Both these shops are hidden gems of Old Delhi, famous for their special types of chaats. While Bishan Swaroop is popular for its aloo ke kulle and crispy fruit chaat, Shree Balaji offers chunky papri chaat with lime, yogurt, and interesting kachaalu chutney. You can also try golgappas and samosas at these places.
7. Haji Tea Point, Chandni Chowk
If you want to have a delectable yet cost-effective breakfast, then visit this place that serves poori, sabzi, omelet toast, halwa, and a nice dessert in just Rs. 50. You may enjoy it with some pure tea.
8. Karim's/Karim Hotel, Near Jama Masjid
Haji Karimuddin, the son of Mohammed Aziz who was a royal cook in the court of Mughal Emperor, opened this restaurant in 1913. This heaven for non-vegetarian foodies serves wonderful royal Mughal street foods like mutton nahari and kebabs of varied kinds.