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9 Of The Oldest Eateries In Purani Dilli That Are Upto 104 Yrs. Old (WOAH)

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Old Delhi is that magical place which is very much like an old box of treasures. There is something new to discover in every narrow lane and something unexpected at every turn. Apart from the thousands of little titbits that are sold here, Purani Dilli is famous for that one special thing - khana! So here are some of the eateries that offer the most unique and delicious food items in Purani Dilli and have been going strong for the longest time!

1. Ameer Sweet House, Estd. 1915

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Located near Haveli Azam Khan is this sweet shop which is more than 100 years old and is locally known as Ameero. If you’re a samosa fanatic, this is a must-visit as they’re famous for their Keema Samosa as well as Paneer Jalebi. This is also one of the few places here which opens early, so you can head here for breakfast too! 

Meal For Two | Rs 200
Where | Ameer Sweet House - 958, Haveli Azam Khan, Chitli Qabar, Jama Masjid
Timings | 6 AM - 12 Noon
Call Them | +91 9810 849 592

2. Kallan Sweets, Estd. 1939

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Located near one of Jama Masjid’s gates, it looks humble yet so alive! Numerous newspaper clippings with celebrities adorn the walls and people are seen hoarding their sweets. Their famous Paneer Jalebi is unfortunately only available during Ramadan. But for the best indulgences, dig into their Rabri, Kheer and Shahi Tukda. Everything is made with the best quality ingredients and dipped in love!

Meal For Two | Rs 100
Where | Kallan Sweets - Shop No.4-5, Matia Mahal Road, Opposite Jama Masjid Gate No.1, Matia Mahal
Timings | 7 AM - 12 Midnight
Call Them | +91 9811 417 432

3. Gur Ka Sharbat At Pahadi Imli, Estd. 1947

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This is definitely that one thing you would have never tried anywhere else and that is the Gur Ka Sharbat or Jaggery Sharbat at Pahadi Imli In Old Delhi. With the perfect kick of sweetness, it packs a punch on the palate and fills you with happiness. An absolutely refreshing drink to sip on, you cannot miss this when in Old Delhi!

Price | Rs 20
Where | Corner Of Pahadi Imli, Chitli Qabar, Bazar Matia Mahal
Timings | 8 AM Onwards

4. Qureshi Kebab Corner, Estd. 1970

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You haven’t discovered the zaikedaar food of Old Delhi if you haven’t had the kebabs here and you’ll find the best Seekh and Boti Kebab at Qureshi Kebab Corner! Located right opposite Gate Number 1 of Jama Masjid, the kebabs here are made fresh with onions and very spicy chutney. This place is thronged by loyal patrons throughout the year. We recommend paying them a visit during winters for that perfect taste of desi BBQ!

Meal For Two | Rs 200
Where | Qureshi Kebab Corner - Opposite Gate 1, Jama Masjid
Timings | 10 AM - 12 Midnight
Call Them | +91 9711 693 200
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Qureshi-Kabab-Corner-564754206927445/

5. Haji Mohd. Hussain Fried Chicken, Estd. 1975

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This oldie serves only two classic dishes, Fried Chicken and Fried Fish along with roti. The chicken is coated with a blend of spices and quickly fried, and tastes thoroughly divine - you will NOT be able to stop at one! Served with tangy chutney and sliced onions, it’s quite popular with visitors, so expect a crowd and some waiting time during the evenings.  

Meal For Two | Rs 300
Where | Haji Mohd. Hussain Fried Chicken - No.113, Matia Mahal Road, Jama Masjid, Bazar Matia Mahal, Chandni Chowk
Timings | 3 PM - 12 Midnight

6. Lalu Kababee, Estd. 1980

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Another gem of a place for kebabs in Old Delhi is Lalu Kebab. Their Seekh Kebab is totally drool-worthy and juicy AF! Located right opposite Gate Number 1 of Jama Masjid, their secret recipes have been charming their patrons for generations. People head here throughout the day to grab a bite of their Mughlai delicacies, ‘cause they make it just right!

Meal For Two | Rs 200
Where | Lalu Kababee - Opposite Gate 1, Jama Masjid
Timings | 10 AM - 12 Midnight
Call Them | +91 9990 908 010

7. Changezi Chicken, Estd. 1986

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Changezi Chicken is a must-visit for every meat lover. Named after their signature dish, grilled Changezi Chicken coated in lemon juice and spices, it tastes superb with sour and spicy notes.They also serve some of the best and juiciest Seekh Kebabs. Like most Old Delhi eateries, it lacks comfortable leg space but the food makes it all worth it!

Meal For Two | Rs 500
Where | Changezi Chicken - 3614, N.S.Marg, Daryaganj
Timings | 12 Noon - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 11 2327 5275
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/CHANGEZICHICKEN/

8. Cool Point, Estd. 1990

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After all the spicy kebabs, we’re sure you’d go looking for something cold & sweet and for that, you can head to Cool Point, who has the perfect desserts for you. Their Shahi Tukda is to die for as it’s served with a generous dollop of delicious Rabri. You must also definitely try their Kesar Milk and Badam Milk for a nutty and flavourful respite - come on by!

Meal For Two | Rs 100
Where | Cool Point - 972, Bazaar Matia Mahal, Opposite Jama Masjid Gate 1
Timings | 12 Noon - 11 PM
Check Out Their FB page | https://www.facebook.com/zuhaibkhan661/

9. Laung Churey Kebab, Estd. 2000

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Vegetarians, we know you’ve been disappointed so far but fear not, we promised that Old Delhi has something for everyone and vegetarian food is one of those things. The kebabs at Laung Churey Kebab are fried and made of besan, onions, and herbs. Available in multiple varieties, they are served with a very fiery and spicy sauce. It’s also extremely affordable so your pocket won’t take a blow!

Price | Rs 50
Where | Outside The Hamdard Shop In Chitli Qabar, Jama Masjid
Timings | 4 - 11 PM

This was only a glimpse of the amazing foodie world residing in Old Delhi but it’s something to start you off and your taste buds will have a good time exploring, so head on over! 

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