UPSC Chatwallah

The UPSC Chatwallah shot to fame when he disclosed his real income under the volutary disclosure scheme during the emergency. That was when the city woke up to his existence, although generations of young people taking the UPSC exams haven’t missed his chat. For the discerning palate, though, his Bhalle Papri Chat won’t taste any different from what’s available elsewhere, but the crispy Gol Gappas will definitely impress you.

Address: Shahjahan Road, Delhi, India-110069
Land Mark : In the lane beside UPSC building
Food Type : Vegetarian/Street Food
Food Items : Bhalla Papdi, Gol gappa, Aloo Tikki and Faluda Kulfi
Avg. Food Bill for 2 : Rs. 100/-
Timing : 1:00 PM-7:00 PM
Parking Facility : Easy.

Jugal Kishore Ramji Lal

Amidst the sights and sounds of Chandni Chowk, this place is renowned for its refreshing fruit chaat.

Address: 13, Dujana House, Chawri Bazaar, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.
Ph: 9811353076 (mobile).
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Around 60 rupees for two people.
What’s Good: The fruit chaat (fruit salad with a twist) is the specialty here.


Prince’s Paan Chaat Corner

This up-market place is perfect for those who want to sample Delhi’s delicious street food but aren’t keen on venturing into the depths of Chandni Chowk. It’s got a great following of expats owing to its posh residential and shopping location, and strict hygiene standards.

Address: 29, M Block Market, Greater Kailash I, New Delhi.
Ph: 29236364.
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Around 250 rupees for two people.
What’s Good: The gol gappas (fried crispy shells filled with a watery mixture of potato, chilli, and tamarind), also known elsewhere India as pani puri.


Bishan Swaroop

Bishan Swaroop can be challenging to find but is definitely worth the effort. It’s hidden away in one of Chandni Chowk’s unruly side streets, which helps it retain an old-world feel. There’s only a few items on the menu, but what this place makes, it makes well.

Address: 1421, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.
Ph: 9818364070 (mobile).
Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: Around 50 rupees for two people.
What’s Good: The aloo kulla (boiled potato that’s scooped out and filled with chickpeas and garnished with spices and lemon).


Shree Balaji Chaat Bhandar

If the sign of a good place to eat is its popularity with the locals, then this shop has to be one of the best places for chaat in Old Delhi. Its decor is average but it serves up an incredible variety of delicious snacks. Adventurous eaters must try it.

Address: 1462, Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.
Ph: 23280579
Opening Hours: Midday until 10 p.m.
Cost: Around 80 rupees for two people.
What’s Good: The papri chaat (crispy fried dough wafers, served with boiled potatoes, boiled chick peas, chilis, yoghurt and tamarind chutney).