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14 Awesome All-Time Fave Cafes In Delhi Every DU Kid Has Been To At Least Once

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Karan Johar might have given us unrealistic college expectations, but DU didn’t disappoint us, either - it just redefined the meaning of college life. The ‘DU Dream’ is real for many of us and these cafés are a big part of it. They are where we bunked classes at, tried new things, learned to manage our money, and, most importantly, had the best time and ate the tastiest food at! If you are looking forward to the DU life, you SHOULD know about these cafés. In case you’re missing college and campus, let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?!

1. Judge And Jury

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It is one of the first cafés that you see as you enter Hudson Lane. A rooftop dinner, live music, and crazily delicious Lasagne? Yes, please. Judge And Jury indeed does justice when it comes to the food and the pocket. This themed café is a great hangout spot by the day and the perfect place for a date at night with brownie points for their huge portion sizes!

Where | Judge And Jury - H-8, Hudson Lane, Vijay Nagar
Meal For Two | Rs 800
Timings | 12 Noon - 12 Midnight
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/judgeandjurydelhi/

2. Off Campus

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They serve Butter Chicken Samosas and that’s enough to get on our good books any day! Off Campus is a great option when the weather is good as you can sit at the rooftop and chill with the gang for hours. The decor here is classy and formal, making it the go-to option for parties. Their pizzas have Insta-perfect cheese-pulls, and the Spring Rolls are crunchy and YUM AF, so come drop by soon!

Where | Off Campus -  284, Opposite Sri Venkateshwara College, Satya Niketan
Meal For Two | Rs 800
Timings | 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/OFFCAMPUSBISTRO/  

3. Cafeteria & Co.

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From the décor to the playlist, Cafeteria & Co. is the vibe all college students need! You can always chill here and grab a pitcher with your buddies. It’s also great for a fun date with delicious food. There is no way you can miss out on their Three-Way Chicken Fries and if death is sweet as their Death By Chocolate, we don’t mind dying *wink wink*. So when are you popping over with your BFF?

Where | Cafeteria & Co. -  G 14, Hudson Lane, Vijay Nagar
Meal For Two | Rs 800
Timings | 11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/cafeterianco/

4. Echoes

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A unique feature of this place is that it employs differently-abled staff, which is seriously awesome! It has an extremely welcoming and soothing environment and their menu offers a wide variety to choose from such as yummy shakes and pizzas to momos and even Rajma Chawal. They serve delicious North Indian food, rich and full of flavours, just like it ought to be, so come park your wagons right here!

Where | Echoes - 17, 1st Floor, Opposite Sri Venkateshwara College, Satya Niketan
Meal For Two | Rs 750
Timings | 11:30 AM - 11 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/echoessatyaniketan/

5. Cake Bake Shake

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Here’s a POV: you have an important exam the day after, the stress level is peaking, and you’ve run out of midnight snacks. What do you do? You guessed it right, Cake Bake Shake is your knight in shining armour! Their heavenly cakes throw the blues right out of the window and who wouldn’t love a pizza at 2 AM for a late-night snack? Cake Bake Shake is like Crocin for DU students, so make sure you have this place on speed dial!

Where | Cake Bake Shake -  G 22 A, Vijay Nagar
Meal For Two | Rs 500
Timings | 10 - 5 AM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/CakeBakeShake/ 

6. Young Wild Free

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With jazzy Tibetan décor, dim yellow lights and soothing music, this café gives the vibe of that college trip that our parents didn’t allow us to go for! It’s a lovely place to spend time with friends over good food, so Young Wild Free gets our vote for being a cool AF DU cafe that you should totally check out!

Where | Young Wild Free - 13, 1st Floor, Opposite Venkateswara College, Satya Niketan
Meal For Two | Rs 850
Timings | 11 AM - 11 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/youngwildfreecafe/

7. Big Yellow Door

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Going to BYD is a rite of passage for every fresher! Be it for bunking lectures or having birthday parties, it serves well for every single occasion you can think of. Its cosy and beautiful interiors make you feel rich while the prices here are super light on your pocket. Everyone swears by their Cheese-Bomb Burgers and shakes, so defo order those up when you pop over here next!

Where | Big Yellow Door -  2521, 2nd Floor, Kingsway Camp, Hudson Lane
Meal For Two | Rs 600
Timings | 11 AM - 11 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/BigYellowDoor/

8. QD’s 

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If you’re a momo lover (well, who isn’t?), QD’s serve the best momos! No kidding. While they do serve a variety of delicious dishes, their Tandoori Momos take the momo crown in Delhi and for good reason. It’s a comfortable and spacious place to chill with your buddies and tuck into delicious food, so make a plan to head here soon!

Where | QD’s - 294, Near Venkateshwara College, Satya Niketan
Meal For Two | Rs 1,100
Timings | 11:30 AM - 11PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/QDsRestaurant/

9. Xero Degrees

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Hot, crunchy fries loaded with cheese - even we were speechless when we tried the cray loaded fries at Xero Degrees! Their fries are what happy dreams look like and keep us students coming back for more again and again. When here, pair your share of their insane fries with their yummy and thick shakes - their Popcorn Caramel Shake is seriously delish AF and is not to be missed!

Where | Xero Degrees - G-18B, Hudson Lane, Vijay Nagar
Meal For Two | Rs 750
Timings | 12:30 - 11 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/xerodegreesco/

10. Rico’s

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This place echoes with laughter and banter at all times! The long queue outside Rico’s is a clear indicator of it being a student favourite, and why wouldn’t it be? The best pizzas plus the best playlist equals fun time with BFFs. Their Mozzarella Cheese Sticks and Texas Poppers are the perfect appetisers and if you love waffles, it doesn’t get any better than their Waffle Sundae - so make sure you plan a BFF gossip sesh date here!

Where | Rico’s - 2526, First Floor, Hudson Lane, Above CCD, Kingsway Camp
Meal For Two | Rs 800
Timings | 11 AM - 11 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/RicosIndia/

11. AMA Cafe 

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If a DU kid hasn’t raved about this places’ pancakes, then are they really a DU-ite? AMA Cafe, snuggled in the lanes of MKT gives off those chilled out mountain cafe vibes and 
is a sure-shot place to visit if you’re looking for a fulfilling and coma-inducingly good breakfast or brunch. Give their Double Chocolate Pancakes, American Breakfast Non-Veg and 4 Cheese Pizza a try and then thank us later!

Where | AMA Cafe - House No. 6, New Colony, MKT
Meal For Two | Rs 550
Timings | 8 AM - 10 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/AmaCafeMT

12. Big Yellow Door

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Big Yellow Door is another fave of the DU fam and obviously recognizable by their signature yellow door that oozes comfort and cheery vibes. Beautifully decorated and serving dishes that are absolutely heavenly, BYD has made a space in the hearts of all DU folks. Chicken Mushroom Sauce Pasta, Super Cali Fragilistic Expialidocious Pizza and Grilled Vegetables and Cheese Panini Sandwich are just a few of their dishes that’ll make you fall in love with their food! 

Where | Big Yellow Door - 2521, Second Floor, Kingsway Camp, Hudson Lane, GTB Nagar
Meal For Two | Rs 800
Timings | 9 AM - 11 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/BigYellowDoor 

13. Woodbox Cafe 

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Woodbox Cafe is another hangout spot where you’ll spot the entire DU gang chilling after classes or *shh* bunking those boring lectures and wolfing down incredible treats. The pretty cafe also makes for a great date night in the evening, but you’ll mostly find college students chilling with their friends and devouring tasty dishes like Carnivorous Plate, Chicken Momos Platter and Picante Pizza! If you’re tempted, go ahead and check out the place with your friends! 

Where | WoodBox Cafe - 2521, Hudson Lane, Near Vijay Nagar Chowk 
Meal For Two | Rs 750
Timings | 11 AM - 11 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/woodboxcafe 

14. Diggin 

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Not only is Diggin so aesthetically pleasing that you’ll feel like you’re in wonderland, but the food here takes the cake as well. You’ll find flocks of DU-ites swarming the area looking to chill with their friends gang or come evening, go out on a romantic dinner date amidst loads of fairy lights. Their Smoked Cheese & Grilled Zucchini Pizza and Grilled Pork Chop & Coury Suasagues are worth tasting and we’d definitely recommend their Plum Pudding served with Brandy Sauce for a foodie treat like none other! 

Where | Diggin - Anand Lok & Chanakyapuri 
Meal For Two | Rs 1,400
Timings | 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/diggincafe 
Sorry for making you miss campus, but we didn’t want to suffer alone! Happy hogging and cafe-exploring, folks!

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