Ok, so here is the thing about restaurants in South Delhi, they mostly tend to exist in flocks. Surprisingly, this tends to work to their advantage, as most of the stand-alone restaurants usually don’t stand the test of time (with a few exceptions of course).

For obvious reasons, these flocks exist in the market areas of the posh residential locations:


  • Khan Market:

The back lanes of this market tend to take you a little back in time with its redbrick flooring and rugged look and feel. Also the most expensive market (in terms of property prices) in all of Asia, it is known for a variety of eating out options from Chinese to Italian to Continental to Indian. It even has various pubs/ bars to offer for your drinking pleasures.

 Recommended: The big chill café, Side Wok, Mamagoto, Khan Chacha, Route04.

  • Hauzkhas village:

Although, this one has always been part of the South Delhi food map, over the recent years this place has seen the maximum amount of new eating joints open up and offers a variety of new cuisines that have invaded the eating arena, including Tibetan, Mediterranean, European, Indonesian, Tex-Mex, Japanese and the likes.  Even though it is like an adventure trip to find most of these restaurants, the amazing rooftop views, innovative ambience and décor concepts make it totally worth it.

 Recommended: Imperfecto, Fat Ninja, Yeti, Raasta, Amour. 

  • Defence Colony Market:

One of the erstwhile flocks to emerge in South Delhi, def. col. market (as it is popularly referred to) offers over 40 eating out options to choose from. Most of these are your run of the mill fast food joints or the typical Indian/ south Indian restaurants (Sagar Ratna, Swagath, Moti Mahal, Moets and the likes) that have been there since forever. Defence colony is your go-to location for a family meal.

Recommended: Shack, Stone, Amici, Sagar Ratna, Swagath, Flavours, Diva Kitsch.

  • Meherchand Market and Lodhi Market:

Till a few years ago, this was one of the typical local Delhi markets consisting of Kirana stores and a few other utility shops, however, over time this market has turned into a creative hub of sorts, with all kinds of interesting stores selling clothes, furniture, luggage, bags, shoes, you name it! The creativity is reflected in the restaurants as well, most of them offer a different and more authentic dining experience as compared to what the Delhi population is used to.

Recommended: Guppi by AI (a true Japanese delight), Tres (a French restaurant) and everyone’s bakery from HKV, Elma’s Brasserie!

  • The Malls:

Not exactly located in the heart of South Delhi, the malls at Saket and Vasant Kunj are crowded with restaurants. Apart from the food courts, dine-in restaurants are increasingly opening up their outlets at the malls.

The Ambience mall in Vasant Kunj is now also home to the Michelin star restaurant “Yauatcha”.

Also part of this bandwagon, are various sports clubs such as Underdogs and Striker, rock cafes such as The Hard Rock Café and 100% Rock and clubs (Buddha Bar and Keya).

Recommended: Mamagoto, The big chill café, Amici, Nandos, Chili’s, Set’z, Kylin Premier.


Few smaller hubs also exist in South Delhi such as GK2: once at the top of the list, this place still boasts of few of the best Chinese restaurants in the city (Read China Garden and Mainland China) and few great bakeries (Read Whipped and Angels in my kitchen) and Khel gaon marg, the restaurants here have been there since forever and offer a consistent and affordable food experience!



The South Delhi Divide

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