Most South Indians in Delhi reminisce about their filter coffee down South - strong & well brewed, the very aroma of which sends the salivary glands into overdrive. If you’re craving such a coffee, head over to one of these places for some authentic filter kaapi. You’ll be able to sniff them out from miles away and don’t forget to drink it the traditional way!  

1. Carnatic Café

Tucked away into cosy corners of the city, the typical Kannadiga names on the menu at Carnatic Café will make anybody from Karnataka dizzy with joy. From Obattu to Majjige, here you can enjoy a meal in true Kannadiga style. The Malleswaram 18th Cross Dosa is their speciality. The place is equally popular for their perfectly blended filter coffee, brimming with foam which would cost about Rs 90!

Price | Rs 90
Where | Carnatic Cafe - NFC, GK II & Sector 15, Gurgaon
Call Them | +91 11 4100 8630 & +91 11 4100 8629
Timings | 9 AM - 10:30 PM
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2. Udupi Cafe

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This seasoned place opens early, so its the perfect place to grab your mandatory caffeine dose first thing in the morning. What’s more, you can ask them to make it to your liking - as strong as you like it to be. Some good conversation or a perfect book and you’re in for a great day. A cup of their filter coffee would cost approximately Rs 38.

Price | Rs 38
Where | Udupi Cafe - Pratap Bhawan, 5 Bahadur Shah Zafer Marg, ITO
Call Them | +91 8800 927 601
Timings | 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM

3. Karnataka Food Centre

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Fondly abbreviated as KFC, the Karnataka Food Centre is the perfect no-frills,

pocket-friendly South Indian eatery. And, you can judge the quality of a South Indian restaurant by its coffee and its coconut chutney. Both do not disappoint here! Once you have braved the long queues for a seat, you must try the Mysore Masala Dosa and wash it down with a perfectly brewed filter coffee which would cost approximately Rs 30.

Price | Rs 30
Where | Karnataka Food Centre - Karnataka Sangh Building, Sector 12, RK Puram
Call Them | +91 11 2618 7357 & +91 11 3296 1674
Timings | 8 AM - 10:30 PM

4. Hotel Saravana Bhavan

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Chennai’s most well-known South Indian eatery, Saravana Bhavan needs no introduction in Delhi. The go-to place to devour the most authentic, delicious South Indian delicacies, Saravana Bhavan is a foodie haven. The queues snaking up to the door on weekends are evidence enough of the average Dilliwala’s love for South Indian food. A meal here would be incomplete without a cup of aromatic filter coffee which would cost approximately Rs 65.

Price | Rs 65
Where | Hotel Saravana Bhawan - Janpath, CP & Select CITYWALK, Saket
Call Them | +91 11 2331 7755
Timings | 8 AM - 10:45 PM
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5. Chidambaram’s New Madras Hotel

Serving authentic South Indian food for over 70 years now, Chidambaram’s is the place to head to for soft idlis, crispy vadas, piping hot rasam and some legendary filter coffee to wash it all down with. Their food is well flavoured and cooked and their chutneys are also quite flavorful. A small eatery tucked into Lodhi Colony, a cup of aromatic filter coffee would cost you Rs 40.

Price | Rs 40
Where | Chidambaram’s New Madras Hotel - 7, Khanna Market, Lodhi Road, Lodhi Colony
Call Them | +91 11 2461 1726
Timings | 8 AM - 11 PM
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6. Sagar Ratna

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Delhi’s favourite South Indian restaurant chain, Sagar Ratna, is also quite popular for its filter coffee. You can find a Sagar Ratna tucked into pretty much every major market in the city, and even some not-so-major markets! The frothy, drip brew is prepared here with a lot of passion and is definitely the perfect way to polish off a good, filling meal. A cup of filter coffee would cost approximately Rs 90.

Price | Rs 90
Where | Sagar Ratna - Def Col, CP, Malviya Nagar & Other Outlets
Call Them | +91 11 2433 3658 & +91 11 24333 440
TImings | 8 AM - 11 PM
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7. Andhra Bhavan

Known for their lip-smacking biryanis and tear-inducing spicy curries and thalis, Andhra Bhavan is also popular for its filter coffee. Yet another authentic, zesty eatery that will keep you coming back for more, head over for some perfectly concocted filter coffee. The place can be extremely crowded on weekends, but their service is quick. A cup of filter coffee would cost a mere Rs 20.

Price | Rs 20
Where | Andhra Bhawan - 1, Ashoka Road, CP
Call Them | +91 11 2338 2031
TImings | 8 AM - 10 PM

So head to all these places for your cup of leisurely filter coffee in the city!