6 Oldest Restaurants Of Delhi And Their History
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Being in Delhi makes you feel alive. Such is the charm of the city and the legacy that it carries. Delhi is undoubtedly the cultural capital of India. There are parts of Delhi that make you meet with the modern part of India and there are parts that remind you of the cultural heritage of our country. Many people also call it the food paradise. From small cafes to luxurious restaurants, Delhi has it all. There are so many restaurants in Delhi that have been serving for almost a century now. These restaurants have carried secret recipes, ancestral lineage and memorable stories across generations. Let us look at the six oldest restaurants in Delhi and their history.

Indian Coffee House

Indian Coffee House is one of the most legendary places in Delhi. The vibe is simple and the food is very affordable. It is a great place for someone who wants to eat good food on a budget. The branch of Delhi was established in the Connaught Place locality of New Delhi in 1957. Over the years it became a popular social place for famous leaders and political activists. Indian Coffee House has now multiple branches all across the country. One of the most prominent branches of the Indian Coffee House is in Connaught Place. You can have great South Indian Food along with the most authentic-tasting coffee at the place.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/PEkDkix5ovcFCfgX9

Phone Number: 011-23342994

USP: Coffee, Sandwich

Available cuisines: Indian

Type: Veg and Non-veg

Meals served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 9 am to 9 pm

Address: Babakharak Singh Marg Mohansingh Place 2nt floor, Baba Kharak Singh Rd, near P V R rivoli, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Cost for Two: Rs. 500 (Budget-friendly)


If you want to have a luxurious dining experience and a decadent meal, then there is nothing better than Kwality. This restaurant was established back in the 1940s and has been one of the biggest names among the restaurants in Delhi. The interior of the place has been set up in a way that gives it a very vintage feel. With more than 80 years of seamless service, the restaurant has evolved with time and introduced multiple dishes to keep up with the changing tastes of people. Bhaturas, Prawn Cocktails, Paneer shashlik and mulligatawny soup are the most famous delicacies that you can try at this place.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/1xDYg1xKbPKqAiYr6

Phone Number: 011-23742310

USP: Kwality Special Pudding

Available Cuisines: North Indian, Mughlai, Asian

Type: Veg and Non-veg

Meals Served: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm

Address: No.7, Regal Building, Sansad Marg, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 

Cost for two: INR 2000 (Mid-range)

Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal is as old as the independent India and it is often said to be the first restaurant of independent India. It is a place that has been successful in treasuring the authentic Tandoori and Peshawari Cuisine in India despite the partition. The place is lavishly decorated and is a must-try for people who have a thing for north Indian food. Also, it is not expensive unlike many other old restaurants in Delhi dedicated to north Indian and Peshawari cuisine. It is the perfect place to have a good dinner with your family.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/34E2XTxGmgdysSd7A

Phone Number: 9013525539

USP: Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Garlic Chicken Tikka

Available Cuisines: North Indian, Chinese, Mughlai

Type: Veg and Non-veg

Meals Served: Lunch and Breakfast

Timings: 11.30 pm to 12 am

Address: Moti Mahal Daryaganj, New Delhi

Cost for Two: INR 1300 (Mid-range)


Wenger’s is one of the oldest bakeries in Delhi and was established in 1924. Next year, Wenger’s will complete a hundred years of serving waffles, burgers, pastries and hotdogs to the people of Delhi. It is also one of the few bakeries in Delhi that introduced the concept of salads and Portuguese desserts. It was in 1926 that Wingers was properly established as a cafe and confectionery. Currently, you can find all sorts of contemporary desserts, including waffles, pies, tiramisus, pancakes, and many other things. The place is also very budget-friendly, and you do not have to pay extravagant money to enjoy delicious desserts.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/MNDmRZbwX3skvt2FA

Phone Number: 011-23324373

USP: Almond Bomb, Nut Cake

Available Cuisines: Portuguese, Swiss

Type: Veg and Non-veg

Meals Served: Breakfast and Lunch

Timings: 10:45 am to 7:30 pm

Address: Shop No: A/16 Near, Road, Rajiv Chowk, Block A, Connaught Place, New Delhi

Cost for Two: INR 400 (Budget-friendly)

United Coffee House

United Coffee House opened in 1942 and is a cult classic restaurant with a history of more than 80 years. The best part about the United Coffee House is that it shows all types of food, whether it's Mediterranean, North Indian, European, or some other off-beat types of dishes. The United Group was started by Lala Hansraj Kalra, who was the son of a liquor baron and had a flourishing business in Sialkot. After the partition, the family decided to open a restaurant in the area of New Delhi. Initially, it was a 24 Aranu restaurant and was called ‘Esplanade’. Currently, it is being run by the third Kalra generation.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/UGqrghZBXem6T1B69

Phone Number: 011-23416075

USP: Lamb Kebab Platter, Badshahi Kofta, Chicken Ala Keiv

Available Cuisines: Mughlai, Chinese, Indian, Continental

Type: Veg and Non-veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 10 am to 11.45 pm

Address: E-15, Rajiv Chowk, Block E, Connaught Place, New Delhi

Cost for Two: INR 2500 (Mid-range)


This is ‘the place’ for people who would like to try the most authentic Mughalai food. Haji Karimuddin opened the first branch of Karim’s in the Jama Masjid area of Purani Delhi. Initially, the place was opened as a dhaba and only served two dishes: daal and rumali roti. Over time it started serving various Mughalai dishes and became a big hit among the people of Delhi. Many people opened restaurants serving biryani after being inspired by Karim’s.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/FFkkAfxPAHAjTL1D8

Phone Number: 011-23269880

USP: Chicken Jahangir, Mutton Qurma, Reshmi Seekh Kebab

Available Cuisines: North Indian, Mughlai

Type: Veg and Non-veg

Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Timings: 9 am to 1 am

Address: 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, Delhi,

Cost for Two: 1700 (Mid-range)