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Manish Mehrotra is considered by many to be the best chef in India. And his modern and elegant restaurant, which has branches in London and New York, is a favourite address among affluent Delhi urbanites. Manish is a master at transforming Indian specialities and popular street food snacks into creative and delectable gourmet meals. His nine-course tasting menu offers a culinary tour of his seasonal best-sellers.

The Lodhi, Lodhi Road New Delhi 110003 India
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Latutude 28

This café, with its cool vintage style, is located on the third floor above the Good Earth shop. It offers not just the best cappuccino in town but also fresh fruit juices, lassis and fine wines. Plus a selection of Indian and Italian dishes, salads and VIP customers like bestselling author Arundhati Roy or fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh.

9 Khan Market New Delhi 110003 India
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Le Bistro du Parc

Anyone looking for a little Western cuisine after all those curries, kebabs and chicken tikkas will find fine French specialities such as goat cheese salad, coq au vin, lamb confit and crème brûlée here. The two-storey restaurant boasts a pleasant bistro ambience, a spacious roof terrace with greenery views, a popular Sunday brunch and live “Jazz by the Park” three times a week.

57, 58, 59, A Block Moolchand Market Defence Colony New Delhi 110024 India
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An elegantly appointed bar with red velvet sofas, vintage leather armchairs and marble tables. The young barkeepers here have specialised in their own gin infusions, which they serve as martinis or on the rocks. But they also offer prosecco-based creations, personalised cocktails and the best Old Fashioned in town. And it’s all excellently accompanied by a short snack menu that features pizzas, bruschettas, cheese toasts and more.

FM-8A, M Block Market, Greater Kailash-2 New Delhi 110048 India
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A lavishly spacious venue which, with its dark flooring, heavy wooden tables and expansive leather sofas, exudes the ambience of a cool English club. The first floor is members only, while the downstairs rooms and the terrace are accessible to all. The view from the tall windows covers Hauz Khas Park, and the menu offers intriguing drinks along with Indianinternational cuisine.

Shop 9A & 12, Hauz Khas Fort Road New Dehli 110016 India
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SodaBottleOpenerWala

The cult Irani cafés run by immigrants from Persia were previously limited to Mumbai. But now Delhi has one – or rather a younger and hipper version thereof. The look is vintage: red-and-white checked tablecloths, sea green leather benches and black-and-white tiled floor. The kitchen is a showcase of Parsi cuisine. Best-sellers: Berry Pulao, Chicken Farcha and home-made raspberry soda.

73B Khan Market Rabindra Nagar New Delhi 110003 India
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Viva o Viva

Every one of India’s states has an office in Delhi. And each of these has its own (low-profile) canteen, which is also open to outside guests. One of the best is the Goa canteen, with its excellent Goan fare. Patron Patrick Barretto is in the kitchen, and his daughters bring the creamy fish curries, spicy prawn peri peri and tender chicken vindaloo to the tables.

Goa Niwas 14 Bir Tikendrajit Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110021 India
Where to stay
Colonel's Retreat
Hotel founder Colonel Khanna is 94 now, and has entrusted the management of his stylish establishment to his son and his daughter-in-law. The whole family live on the premises, and are happy to chat and offer tips. And there’s still space for 16 bright and friendly rooms with elegant marble bathrooms. Further pluses: friendly staff, a cosy roof terrace … and the best banana bread in town!
D-418, Defence Colony New Delhi 110024 India
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Haveli Hauz Khas
A five-star refuge in a verdant residential quarter that is managed and run with a distinctly personal touch. Overnights here are in a modernist villa packed with antiques and colourful fabrics, while breakfast is served either in the atrium or the salon. Hauz Khas Lake, a wildlife park and fashionable Hauz Khas Village are all conveniently close by.
P5, Hauz Khas Enclave New Delhi 110016 India
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The Leela Palaces
If you’ve ever dreamt of residing in an Indian palace, this is the address for you. The 260 rooms and suites of this luxury hotel, located in the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave, are spread over eleven floors and are among the finest in the city. In addition: four elegant restaurants, a bar, a spa and a wonderful rooftop pool with great terrace views.
Africa Avenue, Diplomatic Enclave Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110023 India
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Vivanta Ambassador
Built in the mid-1940s to accommodate British military officers, this establishment oozes elegant colonial charm. The hotel, which numbers 88 rooms and suites, is now part of the reputed Taj Hotel Group. In furnishings and its services it truly leaves nothing to be desired. The edifice stands in nice gardens that are pleasantly quiet, despite the central location.
Sujan Singh Park Subramania Bharti Marg New Delhi 110003 India
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What to see
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
Art patron and collector Kiran Nadar founded this establishment, which is India’s fi rst private museum of modern and contemporary art. The monthly exhibitions showcase the works of such famed Indian artists as Bharti Kher, Nalini Ramani, SH Raza and Anju Dodiya. But foreign names are featured, too – as recently as last month, which saw a show of the Gandhi and Mao images by Swiss photographer Walter Bosshard.
145 DLF South Court Mall Saket District Centre New Delhi 110017 India
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Spice Market
Old Delhi … and the heart of Asia’s biggest spice market. Chillis, peppers, cinnamon, cumin and countless other spices have been traded here since the 17th century. Immerse yourself too deep in the maze of treets and alleys and you could end up with a coughing fit. The generally tiny stalls often of- fer nuts and dried fruits, too. And the whole bustling Old Town scene can be wonderfully observed from the market’s roofs.
Chandni Chowk Old Delhi 110006 India
Where to shop
Annapurna Sweets
Bengalis are famed through- out India for their truly ex- ceptional sweet delights. The Mukherjee family’s tiny and totally unspectacular little shop, which opened in 1985, is a top insider tip among the local connoisseurs. Most of its numerous exotic delights are made of thickly cooked milk and sugar flavoured with lemon, saffron or rose essence. Simply heavenly!
Shop 10 Yusuf Sarai-Green Park
Khan Market
Almost every district of Delhi has its own “market”, which usually consists of a dense huddle of shops, restaurants and cafés. Khan Market has always been one of Western shop- pers’ favourites. That’s thanks to its many friendly little stores catering to all wishes: Good Earth with its colourful household items, Anokhi with smart cot- ton-print tunics, Kama with ayurvedic skincare products, Amrapali with fabulous jewellery, Royal Enfield for motorcycle fans, and Full Circle with its books and welcoming café.
61A Khan Market Rabindra Nagar New Delhi 110003 India
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Ogaan
Fine, hip and exclusive Indian designer fashions! All the big names are here: Kavita Bhartia, Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi, Eka, Pero … The creations may not incorporate much in the way of traditional Indian attire; but their patterns and brilliant hues all quietly testify to their origins and inspirations. There are five Ogaan outlets in Delhi, the finest of which is the Hauz Khas flagship store.
H-2 Hauz Khas Village New Delhi 110016 India
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What to do
Indian Accent

Manish Mehrotra is considered by many to be the best chef in India. And his modern and elegant restaurant, which has branches in London and New York, is a favourite address among affluent Delhi urbanites. Manish is a master at transforming Indian specialities and popular street food snacks into creative and delectable gourmet meals. His nine-course tasting menu offers a culinary tour of his seasonal best-sellers.

The Lodhi, Lodhi Road New Delhi 110003 India
indianaccent.com
Latutude 28

This café, with its cool vintage style, is located on the third floor above the Good Earth shop. It offers not just the best cappuccino in town but also fresh fruit juices, lassis and fine wines. Plus a selection of Indian and Italian dishes, salads and VIP customers like bestselling author Arundhati Roy or fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh.

9 Khan Market New Delhi 110003 India
divarestaurants.com/latitude
Le Bistro du Parc

Anyone looking for a little Western cuisine after all those curries, kebabs and chicken tikkas will find fine French specialities such as goat cheese salad, coq au vin, lamb confit and crème brûlée here. The two-storey restaurant boasts a pleasant bistro ambience, a spacious roof terrace with greenery views, a popular Sunday brunch and live “Jazz by the Park” three times a week.

57, 58, 59, A Block Moolchand Market Defence Colony New Delhi 110024 India
lebistroduparc.com
PDA

An elegantly appointed bar with red velvet sofas, vintage leather armchairs and marble tables. The young barkeepers here have specialised in their own gin infusions, which they serve as martinis or on the rocks. But they also offer prosecco-based creations, personalised cocktails and the best Old Fashioned in town. And it’s all excellently accompanied by a short snack menu that features pizzas, bruschettas, cheese toasts and more.

FM-8A, M Block Market, Greater Kailash-2 New Delhi 110048 India
divarestaurants. com/pda
Social Offline

A lavishly spacious venue which, with its dark flooring, heavy wooden tables and expansive leather sofas, exudes the ambience of a cool English club. The first floor is members only, while the downstairs rooms and the terrace are accessible to all. The view from the tall windows covers Hauz Khas Park, and the menu offers intriguing drinks along with Indianinternational cuisine.

Shop 9A & 12, Hauz Khas Fort Road New Dehli 110016 India
socialoffline.in
SodaBottleOpenerWala

The cult Irani cafés run by immigrants from Persia were previously limited to Mumbai. But now Delhi has one – or rather a younger and hipper version thereof. The look is vintage: red-and-white checked tablecloths, sea green leather benches and black-and-white tiled floor. The kitchen is a showcase of Parsi cuisine. Best-sellers: Berry Pulao, Chicken Farcha and home-made raspberry soda.

73B Khan Market Rabindra Nagar New Delhi 110003 India
sodabottleopenerwala.in
Viva o Viva

Every one of India’s states has an office in Delhi. And each of these has its own (low-profile) canteen, which is also open to outside guests. One of the best is the Goa canteen, with its excellent Goan fare. Patron Patrick Barretto is in the kitchen, and his daughters bring the creamy fish curries, spicy prawn peri peri and tender chicken vindaloo to the tables.

Goa Niwas 14 Bir Tikendrajit Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110021 India
Colonel's Retreat

Hotel founder Colonel Khanna is 94 now, and has entrusted the management of his stylish establishment to his son and his daughter-in-law. The whole family live on the premises, and are happy to chat and offer tips. And there’s still space for 16 bright and friendly rooms with elegant marble bathrooms. Further pluses: friendly staff, a cosy roof terrace … and the best banana bread in town!

D-418, Defence Colony New Delhi 110024 India
colonelsretreat.com
Haveli Hauz Khas

A five-star refuge in a verdant residential quarter that is managed and run with a distinctly personal touch. Overnights here are in a modernist villa packed with antiques and colourful fabrics, while breakfast is served either in the atrium or the salon. Hauz Khas Lake, a wildlife park and fashionable Hauz Khas Village are all conveniently close by.

P5, Hauz Khas Enclave New Delhi 110016 India
havelihauzkhas.com
The Leela Palaces

If you’ve ever dreamt of residing in an Indian palace, this is the address for you. The 260 rooms and suites of this luxury hotel, located in the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave, are spread over eleven floors and are among the finest in the city. In addition: four elegant restaurants, a bar, a spa and a wonderful rooftop pool with great terrace views.

Africa Avenue, Diplomatic Enclave Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110023 India
theleela.com
Vivanta Ambassador

Built in the mid-1940s to accommodate British military officers, this establishment oozes elegant colonial charm. The hotel, which numbers 88 rooms and suites, is now part of the reputed Taj Hotel Group. In furnishings and its services it truly leaves nothing to be desired. The edifice stands in nice gardens that are pleasantly quiet, despite the central location.

Sujan Singh Park Subramania Bharti Marg New Delhi 110003 India
vivanta.tajhotels.com
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Art patron and collector Kiran Nadar founded this establishment, which is India’s fi rst private museum of modern and contemporary art. The monthly exhibitions showcase the works of such famed Indian artists as Bharti Kher, Nalini Ramani, SH Raza and Anju Dodiya. But foreign names are featured, too – as recently as last month, which saw a show of the Gandhi and Mao images by Swiss photographer Walter Bosshard.

145 DLF South Court Mall Saket District Centre New Delhi 110017 India
knma.in
Spice Market

Old Delhi … and the heart of Asia’s biggest spice market. Chillis, peppers, cinnamon, cumin and countless other spices have been traded here since the 17th century. Immerse yourself too deep in the maze of treets and alleys and you could end up with a coughing fit. The generally tiny stalls often of- fer nuts and dried fruits, too. And the whole bustling Old Town scene can be wonderfully observed from the market’s roofs.

Chandni Chowk Old Delhi 110006 India
Annapurna Sweets

Bengalis are famed through- out India for their truly ex- ceptional sweet delights. The Mukherjee family’s tiny and totally unspectacular little shop, which opened in 1985, is a top insider tip among the local connoisseurs. Most of its numerous exotic delights are made of thickly cooked milk and sugar flavoured with lemon, saffron or rose essence. Simply heavenly!

Shop 10 Yusuf Sarai-Green Park
Khan Market

Almost every district of Delhi has its own “market”, which usually consists of a dense huddle of shops, restaurants and cafés. Khan Market has always been one of Western shop- pers’ favourites. That’s thanks to its many friendly little stores catering to all wishes: Good Earth with its colourful household items, Anokhi with smart cot- ton-print tunics, Kama with ayurvedic skincare products, Amrapali with fabulous jewellery, Royal Enfield for motorcycle fans, and Full Circle with its books and welcoming café.

61A Khan Market Rabindra Nagar New Delhi 110003 India
delhitourism.gov.in
Ogaan

Fine, hip and exclusive Indian designer fashions! All the big names are here: Kavita Bhartia, Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi, Eka, Pero … The creations may not incorporate much in the way of traditional Indian attire; but their patterns and brilliant hues all quietly testify to their origins and inspirations. There are five Ogaan outlets in Delhi, the finest of which is the Hauz Khas flagship store.

H-2 Hauz Khas Village New Delhi 110016 India
ogaan.com
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