What to eat in Shimla? 5 Food recommendations that you cannot miss.

Shimla is no culinary destination like its sister towns of Manali and McLeodganj – both of which offer much wider variety and choices however the city does offer some decent options to keep you kicking for all those hikes and walks that you would take on the mall road.

Shimla besides being capital of Himalayan state – Himachal Pradesh, also happens to be one of the most famous tourist places in India. The mountain city has a Victorian charm like none other and despite urbanization related problems, remains one of the most pleasant places that you can visit.  Proximity from Delhi along with good road conditions make it an extremely popular weekend destination for residents of Delhi / NCR.
Talking about food have visited the place a few times, though have never had food experiences that I can call ‘exhilarating’. Shimla is no culinary destination like it sister towns of Manali and McLeodganj – both of which offer wider variety and choices however the city does offer some decent options to keep you kicking for all those hikes and walks that you would take on the mall road.  Here are few comments and conversations from our Food communities that would help you understand the food scene a bit while helping you decides where you want to spend your precious appetite.
Kamal Vijhani At the mall road of Shimla prominently… Domino’s, CCD and Sagar Ratna then good old famous Gufaa Restaurant, tried and tested Indian Coffee House for South Indian and Continental Snacks, Gupta ji’s Vaishno Bhojnalya near Gaiety Theatre, near Timber Market Delhi’s famous Sita Ram Bhatoore wala is also there…. There are 2-3 Bakeries too Krishna near Domino’s and Devicos near Telephone Exchange. Have Fun. 
Shashank Shekhar Have breqkfast in Chail palace…it offers gud food and served with class
Also make sure you are visiting that river where u can sit brtween water and have food..i am not rememberingname of place but its qyite famous. It is about 30 mins drive from Chail central. Any taxi vala will take you there.
Sekhar Banerjee Sadhupul is the name of the spot, it is on the way to Chail via Kandaghat
Shashank Shekhar Right..Saadhupul..thanks for tellinh…Aman – Have your lunch at Sadhupul only smile emoticon
Some ppl might sy there that its not very clean water..dont listen to them smile emoticon

Kamal Vijhani Don’t miss to have your refreshments/lunch/dinner or breakfast on the way to Shimla or back home at Giani da Dhaba, Dharampur on Solan-Shimla Road.
Food is impeccable…!!! Even celebs vouch for their food. There can be a huge waiting on weekends here. It also has famous Haveli restaurant bang opposite it.

Sekhar Banerjee The water at Sadhupul is flowing water, it is cleaner in the day but advisable to be avoided after 5 pm
Aastha Kulshrestha In shimla Laxmi hotel mall road mast yummi food
Gonny Kapoor dimsums not to miss near dominos
Sumit Bahl Trishool bakery for pastries (spoonie is awesome) and baljees for gulab jamun and veg food at mall road shimla.
Good Italian food at Cafe sol, combermere. Again at mall road shimla.
Tanya Malhotra Gulab jamun from Baljee’s;
Biscuits and english desserts from tripti bakery;
Breakfast at Cafe wake n bake

Gunjan Mahani Pizzas n tacos r also good at la-pinzo @shimla
Jaskaran Singh Try kurkej! It sounds like a non vegie dish but its an amazing veg snack! Ask anyone on the lower market road about it! Thodi fight maarni padegi to locate the shop as i dont remember the name! But its on the lower market road for sure’
Gunjan MahaniKukrejii…:)i got it jaskaran..yes it’s right there at mall road and shope name is Krishna Baker:)
Anuradha Gupta Wake And Bake Cafe

Akash Mehta Thanks Anuradha 🙂 … Any specific dishes to try there?

Ritasha Kapur Shimla mall road…awesome sandwiches and desserts 🙂

Komal Kaur Yeh puchne ki zarurat bhi ni.. Wo jo mall se stairs niche ja ri hai. Waha corner pe samne and right mrin 2 shops hai.. Ek.mote se uncle waha paranthe banate hai along with other delicacy.. Enjoy there.. Explore yourself 

Amit Saxena Lakkar bazaar ke famous lucchi puri with chhole khaa lo…world famous in shimla hai by gawd !

Jaidev Sanpal Mall road church k paas ek chole bhature waala hai bohot famous .. Pooch Lena .. Nahi khaane to Indian coffee house is the best option ..

Sapna Pundir Do try gulabjamun from baaljees after your meal on mall road.
Amit Saxena After noon snacks should be mom’s (mutton or veg) from krishna bakers, mall road
Ankit Agrawal Wake and bake cafe
Tanuj Malik Indian Coffee House
Amit Saxena Lunch from sher-e-punjab, mall road for some lip smacking Indian cuisine.
Amit Saxena Evening sambhar vada, idli sambhar and filter coffee at Indian coffee house, mall road !
Kshitij Rastogi There is a bakery shop near hotel clarks, awesome pie n cakes to try homemade by elderly couple
Amit Saxena 8 pm drinks @ himani’s or devicos at the mall
Arjun Arora Coffee house….mutton cutlet and coffee
Aman Chowdhry Indian Coffee House
अर्पित गुप्ता Honey hut, bacpkacker’s cafe

Kiranpreet Kaur Wake and bake

Prerna Chawla When u go from rhe lift to mall road there is a cafe which store writings in it will gv u an effect of vintage charm.Warning pls don’t go there .its a big NO

Gonny Kapoor sita ram bhature near skating rink

Prashant Chawla Indian coffee House. …

Akash Mehta Thank you dosto.. Aap logo kä pyaar Dekh Kar aankho me aansu aa gaye..

Akash Mehta Waise mujhe shimla se kalpa k raaste me bhi options Chahiye for lunch and dinner
Akash Mehta Waise mujhe shimla aur kalpa ke beech me lunch and dinner options Chahiye… Uske liye bhi aisa hi kuchh karna padega.? 😉

Kruti Shah Cafe sol.. hotel combermere

Ashish Raghav Indian cafe naam se famous hai mall road pe best breakfast option

Balvinder Singh You should try the Sitaram Chole Bhaturey at Lakkar Bazaar, Mall Road

Binny Babbar sher-e-punjab mall road

Anju Kohli Must visit Woodville Palace- excellent kitchen.

Amit Saxena Ande zaroor khaa Lena mall pe…baarish main accha feel hoga…available at lower bazaar as well as in front of shimla club

ManSi Bajaj Malik How is shimla at present.. the crowd n the weather? I ll be going there next week

Akash Mehta Weather is okay.. Gets cold in the evening..

Akash Mehta The days are hot.. Rains forecasted tomorrow.. Might improve the weather..

ManSi Bajaj Malik N is it too crowded.. ?

Akash Mehta Not really ManSi

Shuchi Sethi Thnks for all the tips guys….me also going to shimla tomorrow

Gurdeep Singh Gyani’s Dhaba at Dharampur.This is between Kalka & Shimla.

hawna SapkaareJust saw the post – Go for hide out cafe its at mall road its just amazing
There seems to be a lot of recommendations in the comments above, and for the convenience sake I will sum up top 5 recommendations here, these are combined from comments above and my own experiences. The list is in no particular order, numbering is just for convenience.
  1. Indian Coffee House : Seems like cooperative restaurant chain’s outlet is one of the most popular joints in Shimla and like every where else in India they would have their standard menu and standard style as well. Mutton Dosa, Cutlets, Coffee etc – almost everything is very reasonably priced and food can range from average to bad – however I am sure Shimla’s weather does the trick and people end up enjoying one of its kind food that you get there.
  2. Giani Da Dhaba, Dharampur : This is not exactly Shimla however it is a super popular Dhaba on the way to Shimla. Have had pleasure of having several meals here – Butter Chicken, Lemon Chicken, Egg Bhurjee etc – honestly speaking not extraordinary stuff, however hot, decent & fresh food which does the trick when you are hungry. If you have not tried it before then do give it a shot, even if it is just to tick of the place for your list.
  3. Wake and Bake Cafe : A new entrant to the scene, this is a beautiful and cozy café located right outside Townhall. You can take the window seat, read a book while having a look at life go by on the iconic Mall road of Shimla. They do serve decent food and the coffee is served from imported machines making it at par with any modern coffee shop. Just a bit cuter.
  4. Momos on mall : There are several vendors on the mall road, some of them do get mentions in comments above. My 2 cents say that you can try almost any of them as long as you see other people eating there. The whole weather and ambiance of mall would make sure that they would taste good.
  5. Gulab Jamuns at Baljees and Kukrej : Though have not tried either personally, however these two items are not on top of my list. Gulab Jamuns because they are Gulab Jamuns and Kukrej because its something that I have not heard or tried before. Which also makes me think that not many of you would have heard or tried this item. Its getting recommended by other food lovers, so must be taken for a spin.

Other notable mentions : Chhole Bhature from Sita Ram near Church – have never had them, don’t think the Super famous Sita Ram Dewan Chand of Delhi has anything to do with this guy in Shimla, however few people have recommended it so you might want to try them. Also Bun or kulcha Chhole do not get a mention here – it is an item you will get on the roads leading to Shimla, they have a unique style and taste, something tourists appreciate and has their own fan following. Another item I remember enjoying was Vegetable Pakodas you get in the lower bazaar. Shimla weather and pakode are made for each other, do take them for a spin.

This is no way is a comprehensive list, and we are keen to hear from you – Please do share your food recommendations for Shimla for benefit of fellow food lovers.

Author: Shashank

CFE – Cheap Food Enthusiast Entrepreneur by birth, hippie by heart he is here just because he loves to eat. This adventurous biker is constantly looking for new avenues to satisfy his insatiable hunger for food & life. Though he loves sugar dense food, there is nothing sugar coated about him- brutally honest with his words, he often ruffles feathers with his stark naked opinions about food, fancy restaurants & orthodox ideas.

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