If Delhi is a food haven, central Delhi is the crux of it all. While there’s no denying that each part of Delhi is beautiful in its own way and is packed with unique and drool-worthy food spots, there is something about the heart of Delhi that charms like nothing else. Be it the architectural marvels that makes up for Lutyens Delhi or the charming white pillars of Connaught Place that hold so many memories, central Delhi has our heart. But besides all of that, it is also a foodie’s paradise! With several eateries dotting the area, both old and new, one can easily spend an entire day just exploring some of them.  

So if you are someone who hasn’t yet discovered central Delhi like a local or if you are new to the city, here’s a complete food guide for you to begin with: 

1. Saravana Bhavan /Naivedyam /Padmanbham 

Start your day early with a light south Indian meal at Saravana Bhawan, Naivedyam or Padmanabham. All three are located in Connaught PLace and offers a lovely variety of south Indian staples with authenticity at its best. 

2. Keventers 

Take a stroll around the inner circle and indulge in the classics, starting from the good old Keventers! Chocolate, vanilla or strawberry, Keventers is the best for shakes and the crowd which is there at all times will prove you the same. 

3. Wenger’s  

Right next to Keventers is the age-old Wenger’s and Wenger’s Deli! With the same old taste of its chicken patty, mutton kebab and pastries, Wenger’s never fail to impress us even today. Wenger’s Deli on the other side of Keventers dishes out some yummy waffles which are hard to reisist! 

4. Depauls Coffee 

Take a stroll around Janpath market and halt at another classic gem. No one really does cold coffee like Depauls, do they? You can also choose from a nuber of snacks here and if nothing else, the aroma of freshly steamed momos right next to it is sure to make you go weak kin the knees! 

5. Rustoms 

If you are a fan of authentic Parsi food or just want to deviate from the usual, Rustoms Parsi Bhonu near ITO is the best place to be. With its expansive menu and warm, old-world interiors, Rustoms is sure to charm your heart. 

6. Bengali Sweet House 

In mood for the regular chole bhature or kadai paneer for lunch? Bengali Sweet House in Bengali Market is definitely a winner here. And not since now but since years! From chatpati chaat to noodles and pulao and decadent mithai, this place has it all! 

7. Triveni Terrace Café 

As you move towards the evening hours, head straight to Triveni Terrace Café. At a walking distance from Bengali Market near Mandi House, Triveni is a hub of art and culture. But above that it houses this quaint little café right besides an ampitheatre, creating a serene ambiance perfect for your shaam ki chai overlooking clear blue sky, setting sun and lush greenery. And the menu compliments just that.  while it offers lunch too, it is the palak patta chaat, chicken idli and shami kebabs that has our heart.  

8. UPSC Chaat 

Chaat and Shaam go hand-in-hand and if you are around India gate to enjoy an evening walk, head straight to UPSC building, opposite which is Prabhu Chaat Bhandar. Popularly known as UPSC ki chaat due to the iconic UPSC office, this chaat stall dates back to over 82 years and yet never fails to impress us with its number of delicacies. While gol gappa and papdi chaat is a staple, do not miss its tantalizing aloo chaat! 

9. Havemore

Heading to dinner and if you are at UPSC already, Pandara Road has to be your next stop for dinner. A small market packed with fine-dine eateries; Pandara Road market is most famous for Havemore. A place known for serving one of the best butter chickens in town and we cannot disagree. While butter chicken is drool-worthy to say the least, one must try their creamy, lip-smacking dal makhani too! 

10. Parikrama

A trip to Connaught Place must include a meal at Parikrama- the revolving restaurant. Yes, situated at the 24th floor of Antariksh Bhawan in CP, a meal at Parikrama would give you a 360-degree view of the city’s most iconic places including Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, India Gate and so on. The restaurant keeps revolving slowly while you nosh upon eclectic north-Indian delicacies!