The name Chandni Chowk is rooted in two Hindi words, 'Chandni' meaning 'moonlight' and 'Chowk' meaning 'an open market sector at the junction of two roads'. With the diverse religious, commercial and cultural ongoings, Chandni Chowk is as vibrant as it gets. Bustling with activity at every corner, Chandni Chowk has held a great deal of significance throughout Indian history and has also served as the capital of the Mughal empire till 1857, making it an essentially religious and cultural arena. Apart from the plethora of rich past that this tiny place is entrenched with, today it is the wholesale hub of our nation (along with Chawri Bazaar). You just have to name it, and it is there. From top-notch designer clothes and home décor to mouth-watering street food, it is all here! Head out with a Chandni Chowk shopping guide while you eat!
Shopping, eating and sightseeing at the Chandni Chowk market is amazing. Located in the heart of Old Delhi or as the natives call it, ‘Purani Dilli,' each food outlet has a tale to tell. In fact, many shops here can be dated back to the colonial era, representing Indian heritage. A variety of spicy snacks and chaats are available in every street of Chandni Chowk. Yet, the place is predominated by two cuisines, served in two distinct areas. The region in and around Chandni Chowk is predominated by Jain and Baniya Communities. The food served here is vegetarian and sometimes, without onion and garlic. The region in and around Jama Masjid is predominated by the Muslim communities. The food served here is mainly non-vegetarian and falls under the category of Mughlai Cuisine.
This article will briefly familiarize you with some of the best food joints at Chandni Chowk you must try! It is definitely a paradise for any foodie. Let’s have a glimpse of the best options available by taking you through some of the exceptional gastronomical places in and around Chandni Chowk.
The Dahi Bhalla is served with a vada soaked in yogurt and coated with Natraj signature chaat masala and red tamarind chutney. A single bite of that vada in your mouth will be an explosion of perfectly balanced sweet and sour flavors.
Natraj has been feeding food lovers for about 80 years now, and they never disappoint anyone! I assure you, it will be the best Dahi Bhalla you’ve had. Chandni Chowk is a top hit on every Delhi travel guide.
Price: 50 rupees
Location: 1396, Main Road Near Central Bank, Opposite ParantheWaliGali, Chandni Chowk
Operational Hours: 10:30am – 11pm
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then friend, you have to pay a visit to this legendary shop. Established in 1884, this Jalebi Wala is crucial to the very essence of Chandni Chowk. It serves hot, brittle and juicy jalebis, fried in homemade desi-ghee. When you sink your teeth into these jalebis, desi sugar (Khansari) oozes out and leaves you wanting more.
Price: 400 rupees per kg
Location: Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk
Operational Hours:8am – 10pm
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The JB kachoris are simply finger licking! These are kachoris stuffed with dal, mixed with spicy aloo sabzi, dipped in tamarind water and garnished with green chilies and are sure to tickle your taste buds. If you are a street food lover, you will crave more and more of these.
Price: 50 rupees
Location: 1104, Maliwara, Jogiwari, GaliParantheWali, Chandni Chowk
Operational Hours: 10:30am – 7:30pm
Established in 1901, Chaina Ram is an iconic shop renowned for selling confectionaries. Chaina Ram has won the Times Food Award for 'best mithai selling shop for five consecutive years'. It is most famous for the ‘karachi halwa,' which stands out from rest of the sweets or halwas due to its jelly like texture. It is also called the corn starch halwa, cooked in pure desi ghee and filled with cashew nuts; a delight for the sweet lovers.
Apart from the sweets, (if you can) do taste the puri-sabzi here, you’ll love it.
Price: Karachi Halwa – 280 rupees for 250gms
Location: 6499, Fathepuri Chowk, Chandni Chowk
Operational Hours:8am – 8pm
This place is sure to induce a North Indian streak in you, with its delicious food. Savor the dal makhani or paneer butter masala or shahi paneer here, with the special ‘kake sized’ naans. These naans, layered with butter are sure to give you a glimpse of heaven. A meal at this Hatti will probably be the most satisfying meal you’ve had in a long time. For all the foodies out there, this is also a good place to visit in Delhi for couples.
Price: 300 rupees for two people (approx.)
Location:654-666, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk
Operational Hours:8am – 1pm
One of the oldest shops in Chandni Chowk, it’s a small joint but is definitely known to a large number of people. A glass of creamy lassi from this shop quenches your thirst and rejuvenates you for the rest of the day. Kesar, mango and malai lassis are some of the many other tempting lassis, available here. Its taste is out of the world, give it a shot!
Price: Ranges from 40 to 60 rupees
Location: Shop 295, Fatehpuri Chowk, Chandni Chowk
Operational Hours:8am – 10pm
Your trip to Chandni Chowk as a food lover can never be complete if, you’ve not feasted at the world famous, Paranthe Wali Gali. Th parathas here are fried in desi ghee and served with mint chutney, banana-tamarind chutney, vegetable pickle and aloo sabzi. The variety of parathas cooked here, I’m sure, aren’t cooked anywhere else! Apart from the conventional aloo, gobi and matar parathas, they also serve – parathas with lentils, carrot, radish and so on. This street is famous from the 1870s. There has got to be a reason, right?
Price: 150 rupees for two people (approx.)
Operational Hours:9am – 11pm (approx.)
They have mastered the art of making rabri-faloodas. Their falooda is blended well with a thick layer of rabri, topped with sugary syrup and crushed ice. It simply appeases your soul, especially on a hot day. I would say it is happiness in a glass!
If you’re still doubtful, go try it yourself!
Also, do try the moong dal ka halwa and gajar ka halwa, if you land there during winters. They simply melt in your mouth.
Price: 80 rupees
Location: 651/52, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk
Operational hours: 12pm – 11pm
The Kuremal family has been in this business from 1908 and I must say that they are perfect in making kulfis. Today, they make over fifty varieties of kulfi's including flavors like tamarind rose and custard apple. Their mango and paan kulfis are to die for!
These kulfis are the best way to beat Delhi’s heat.
Price: Ranges from 60 to 200 rupees
Location: 526, Kucha Pati Ram, Bazar Sita Ram, Near Chawri Bazar Metro Station, Chawri Bazar
Operational Hours: 9am – 10:30pm
Though it is almost a century old yet, it has coped up with changing times and has never failed to satiate its customers. Grab a bite of the appetizing raan, burra kebab, and mutton nahari; it is heavenly.
Price: 800 rupees for two people (approx.)
Location:16, GaliKababian, Jama Masjid
Operational Hours: 11am- 4pm, 8pm – 11:30 pm
Saved the best for the last. One bite of the famous mutton barrah, gurdakaleji, biryani, korma and chicken changazi, is simply sinful. An interesting anecdote leads up to the name of this place. It is believed that Al-Jawahar is named after Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, who frequently visited this place.
Price: 600 rupees for two people (approx.)
Location: 8, Jama Masjid - Matia Mahal Road, Matia Mahal, Opposite Gate 1, Jama Masjid
Operational Hours: 7am –12am
Calling out to all spice lovers since 1977, the chholas served here with potato, aamchur chutney, coriander, ginger and green chillies, are too good to be true. Lotan is always crowded and though you may have to wait a little or struggle to get hold of your plate, it' surely worth it.
Price: 50-100 rupees for two (approx.)
Locations: 2363, Chatta Shahji, Chawri Bazar, Delhi 6 (near T point when you move towards Nayi Sadak from the metro station)
Operational Hours: 7:30am-10:30am
We have summed up the most delectable food options for you from Chandni Chowk and I personally wouldn't mind packing for Delhi to just enjoy these. On your next trip, dive into the sea of flavors and strike out some places from this list. Also, read about the Chandni Chowk Guide.
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Happy feasting and beware of tourist scams in India.