The fabric of the Muslim city is full of shops, restaurants and street stalls. Join us on this walk through the essential delights of Old Delhi.

Tapas in Old Delhi

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When leaving at Chawri Bazar station, one of the busiest markets in Old Delhi appears. Established in 1840, it sells construction materials, paper crafts and brass products. One of the corners usually gathers quite a clientele, the Ashok Chaat Corner is a street stall known for its chaat preparations . Served in the traditional way on a plate of dried banana leaf. The papri chaat is their specialty. A fried white flour based pasta is served together with boiled potato, covered in yogurt and a chutney or tamarind sauce. The milk freshness mixes with the bittersweet notes and the light spicy chutney to fill your mouth with the flavors of India.

Tapas in Old Delhi

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Tapas in Old Delhi

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A walk to the Jama Masjid will bring you closer to Karim’s . It is accessed by a bocacalle where a small square concentrates all the activity. It is a pleasure to see how the breads are cooked and the chicken and lamb kebabs are prepared, cooked on charcoal in front of the public. Taking one is obligatory, but if you feel like a dish, the keema is exceptional: minced meat of lamb with peas and black pepper, accompanied by tandoori roti , a bread with a light aniseed perfume.

We continue through Old Delhi to the silver market, Dhariba Kalan. Already in Chandni Chowk towards the Red Fort, you will find a small market of flower garlands. Turn left to an old cinema in front of which is the Manohar Dhaba , a business famous for its  Japanese samosas.

The traditional samosa  is topped with a fan and both the stuffing of vegetables and the accompaniment of chickpeas are exceptional. The owner, always willing to tell the family story, will look for a place to accommodate you, since the position is a place frequented by local workers.

Tapas in Old Delhi

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To finish our tapas menu, you have to look for a dessert. Going back on your steps towards Chandni Chowk, you will find the Old Famous Jalebi Wala, a corner specialized in mixing syrup spices, but there is consensus in recognizing this jalebi as the best in the city.

The walk through Chandni Chowk to the spice market that surrounds the Fatehpuri Masjid can help us lower the food, and we should not rule out a second dessert. The Kulfi , the Indian ice cream made with cream complete with saffron or pistachio can be tasted in Giani’s , a store that despite its new look, has made ice cream and desserts for the neighborhood since 1956. From here, A short walk or a rickshaw ride will take you to the Old Delhi subway, and from there direct to the modern city, after this gastronomic expedition in search of the delights of Old Delhi.