It would not be too far-fetched to say that a Delhi University student’s days are as much about food adventures as they are about anything else. For its large population of outstation students, Delhi restaurateurs have been a boon, with their varied cuisines and ideas, and most importantly, impeccably convenient locations and affordable prices. Here’s a list of a few such eateries.
Let’s start with the aesthetics. This is one beautiful hangout place embellished with cool graffiti and a bookshelf! For a little restaurant, it offers quite a varied menu, ranging from the basic continental, Italian and American to a bit of Mexican and Lebanese in addition to mouth-watering desserts! Being a favourite of the college crowd, it’s constantly buzzing with students and you might have to wait for a while to get a seat.
Must try: Waffles, Nachos
Big Yellow Door:
Situated in both north (Vijay Nagar) and south (Satyaniketan) Delhi, the first quirky thing about BYD is the big yellow tilted door welcoming you into its cosy interior; expect some waiting here, too. This café has all kinds of fast food along with good assortment of beverages; very limited options for desserts, though. Lastly, be assured of good food and good music!
Must try: BYD cheese bomb burger, Cheesy fries and Baked Nachos
Oh where do I start? This place isn’t just loved for its good food and technology based service but has more to offer. Even though it’s already light on the pockets, there’s plenty of discount schemes for students and two kinds of menus – one for students and one for families. When you’re tired of the pizzas and burgers, head to Indus Flavours to hog on some good old north Indian and Chinese food, albeit the menu is pure veg. Also, home delivery!
Must try: Dal Indus
A gem of Majnu ka Tila, Rigo is a place where you can enjoy a full proper meal to your heart’s content! It’s a simple restaurant with good ambience, and offers Tibetan, Chinese and North Indian cusine (the menu doesn’t seem to end). Famous for its Tibetan food, it’s a paradise for non-vegetarians. A bit hard to find, but it’s worth the food you get.
Must try: Devil momo
Chache di hatti:
The chacha of all food joints, Chache di hatti is one of the oldest food haunts of students. Its chhole bhature and kulche come as a saviour when frequent visits to cafés start digging a hole in our pockets. It’s a small shop with no seating arrangement but be prepared to wait in a queue when you visit!
Must try: Chhole bhature
Tom Uncle’s Maggi Point:
Sadly for Tom uncle, Maggi has been banned. Nevertheless, this little shop is another old go-to place for DUites. The menu is all about maggi, pastas, soft drinks and a bit of north Indian. The food isn’t to die for (because the beloved Tom uncle is no more) but it’s good for the cost. Not to mention, Tom uncle’s Maggi point is holding its own among the big guns of North campus, since 1978!
Must try: Cheese masala maggi
Situated in Kamla Nagar, Momo’s point offers more than just momos at a very affordable price. It’s a small eatery with no extravagant ambience and for all you lazy kids, home delivery is available, too.
Must try: Masala momos
Hunger Strike, Amar Colony:
The Amar Colony Market is a very convenient one stop destination to satiate street food cravings, and trips to the place are incomplete without Hunger Strike and its diverse offerings of momos and shawarma. Do not expect much seating, let alone an ambience, but with students constantly pouring in, one cannot deny the place’s repute
Must try- -Tandoori Chicken Momos
QD’s – Satyaniketan and Hudson Lane:
QD’s is a pleasant mix of good ambience and food and is also polite to your pocket. The place offers Chinese and north Indian Dishes. With its two crucial locations, QD’s caters to the students of both North and South campuses, and if you were to go by their words, there is no match to the generously stuffed tandoori momos served here.
Must try- -Tandoori Momos
Woodbox Cafe, Satyaniketan:
A place quirkily designed with reused material and cosy seating, Woodbox Cafe is on the students’ bucket list for matters more than just its menu. Look out for their interesting glasses and other serving ideas. And while you are waiting for your very reputed Ferrero Rocher shake, you might as well get some inspiration to decorate your space at home.
Must try- Like mentioned above, their shakes.
South Delhi has a beautiful substitute for Paranthe vali Gali. It’s called Moolchand Parantha. It’s typical street food restaurant that offers a very diverse range of paranthas with creative and generous fillings. Health and hygiene freaks may not be fans of the place, but with a matka-chhatch to finish off your meal, you will not have much to complain about.