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15 Ancient Eateries In Purani Dilli That Are Up To Shocking 104 Years Old And Are Still Operating!


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. Karim’s Hotel, Estd. 1913

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Karim's, a legendary Mughlai restaurant founded in 1913 near Jama Masjid is a spot particularly famed during Ramadan, as it offers a diverse selection of mouth-watering non-vegetarian dishes. Despite its simple setting, Karim's is known for its exquisite kebabs, juicy meats and aromatic biryanis, attracting food enthusiasts from all over the country and world. It's a place where history, tradition and culinary art converge for an unforgettable dining experience.

Meal For Two | Rs 1,700 Onwards
Where | Karim’s Hotel - 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid,
Timings | 9 AM - 1 AM
Call Them | +91 2326 9880
Check Out Their FB Page | 

2. Shyam Sweets, Estd. 1910

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A haven for authentic Delhi food with tasty dishes and friendly service has to be Shyam Sweets. They are well-known for their hearty and fiery cuisine, making it a favourite among those who want real desi flavours. You can not end your meal without enjoying their chilled sugary lassi be it winters or summers. 

Meal For Two | Rs 150 
Where |Shyam sweets- 112, Manohar Market, Chawri Bazar, Chandni Chowk
Timings | 8 AM - 9:30 PM
Call Them | +91 9711 008 900

3. Kurmela Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale, Estd. 1906

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Kuremal's Kulfi Mohanlal Kulfi Wale has been serving up their famous kulfi since 1906 in a laid-back setting. This beloved shop in Old Delhi is all about the delicious kulfi, offering a range of flavors in a casual environment. It's the perfect spot to satisfy your kulfi cravings with a side of nostalgia and escape the Delhi heat.

Meal For Two | Rs 200 Onwards
Where | Kurmela Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale, Estd. 1906- Shop No. 526 Kucha Pati Ram, Sitaram Bazar Rd, Chawri Bazar,
Timings | 11 AM - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 9810 540 106

4. Old Famous Jalebi Wala, Estd. 1884

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This place of nostalgia is a staple of the market, boasting a long-standing tradition of serving up juicy yet crispy jalebis. With its open-fronted sweet kiosk, this iconic establishment will delight you with its sweet syrupy treats and leave you wanting more. Whether you're a local or a visitor, a stop at the Old Famous Jalebi Wala promises a taste of authentic, traditional jalebis that will satisfy you for life!

Meal For Two | Rs 200
Where | Old Famous Jalebi Wala- 1795, Dariba Corner, opp. Bank of Maharashtra, Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk
Timings | 8 AM - 9:30 PM
Call Them | +91 9811 020 546

5. Old Kheer Shop, Estd. 1880s

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Born with a unique origin story, a family originally in the jewellery trade found themselves with cattle they didn't know what to do with. They turned their attention to making kheer, and the rest is history. Today, this establishment has become a beloved destination for those seeking creamy, flavorful rice pudding that's been perfected over time. So if you are craving some kheer and are in Old Delhi, surely check it out!
Meal For Two | Rs 150 

Where | Old Kheer Shop -Lalkuan Bazar Rd, Bazar Sirkiwalan, Kaccha Pandit Main Bazar
Timings | 10 AM - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 9899 315 773

6. Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthe Wale, Estd. in 1872

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Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthe Wale is a humble treasure that reflects the spirit of North Indian street cuisine culture. This renowned restaurant, which specialises in paranthas, has spent decades mastering the process of making these delicious packed Paranthas. The lively environment and the aroma of sizzling paranthas coming from the kitchen lure both residents and tourists to savour the true flavours of Indian street cuisine.

Meal For Two | Rs 350 Onwards
Where | PT. Gaya Prashad Shiv Charan - 34, Paranthe Wali Gali, Chandni Chowk
Timings | 7 AM - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 9873 682 978

7. 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 for their famous Keema Samosa and a sweet yet unique dessert- Paneer Jalebi. This is also one of the few places that opens early, so you can head here for breakfast too! 

Meal For Two | Rs 150 Onwards 
Where | Ameer Sweet House - Shop No 957, Jama Masjid Delhi 6
Timings | 11 AM - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 9910 354 969

8. Kallan Sweets, Estd. 1939

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Located near one of Jama Masjid’s gates, this sweet shop looks humble yet is so alive! With numerous newspaper clippings with celebrities adorning the walls, the 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 250 Onwards
Where | Kallan Sweets - Shop No.4-5, Matia Mahal Road, Opposite Jama Masjid Gate No.1, Matia Mahal
Timings | 7 AM - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 9811 417 432

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

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Picture Credits: Abhishek Khanna

The one thing you would have never tried anywhere else 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

10. 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 400 Onwards
Where | Qureshi Kebab Corner - Opposite Gate 1, Jama Masjid
Timings | 5 PM - 12:30 AM
Call Them | +91 9711 693 200
Check Out Their FB Page |

11. 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 that is then 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 450 Onwards
Where | Haji Mohd. Hussain Fried Chicken - No.113, Matia Mahal Road, Jama Masjid, Bazar Matia Mahal, Chandni Chowk
Timings | 8 AM - 12 AM
Call Them | +91 9810 098 736

12. 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 300 Onwards
Where | Lalu Kababee - Opposite Gate 1, Jama Masjid
Timings | 7 PM- 12 Midnight
Call Them | +91 9990 908 010

13. 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, tastes superb thanks to its 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 400 Onwards
Where | Changezi Chicken - 3614, N.S.Marg, Daryaganj
Timings | 12 Noon - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 11 2327 5275
Check Out Their FB Page |

14. 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, for they have the perfect desserts range for you. Their Shahi Tukda is to die for as it’s served with a generous dollop of delicious Rabri. You must also try their Kesar Milk and Badam Milk for a nutty and flavourful respite - come on by!

Meal For Two | Rs 150 Onwards
Where | Cool Point -  5, Matia Mahal Rd, Bazar Matia Mahal, Kalan Mehal
Timings | 1 PM - 1 AM
Call Them | +91 8287 781 286
Check Out Their FB page |

15. Laung Churey Kebab, Estd. 2000

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Vegetarians, we know you’ve been disappointed so far but fear not, we promise that Old Delhi has something for everyone and vegetarian food is one of those things. The veg 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 to keep you on your toes. It’s also extremely affordable so your pocket won’t take a blow!

Price | Rs 200
Where | Outside The Hamdard Shop In Chitli Qabar, Jama Masjid
Timings | 4 - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 7947 152 533

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!