Sunday, June 3, 2018

5 Best Food Places In Shimla You Must Visit


Breathtaking landscapes, colossal mountains, luxurious valleys, quirky, fun, eccentric cafés and restaurants, Shimla has everything to charm you with it's timeless beauty and delightful culinary experience.

The famous Mall Road is the local hangout spot for everyone coming to Shimla. It is filled with delicious dining options, where residents and tourists can enjoy a vast array of diverse cuisines. Chic ambiance, cosy interiors, gorgeous views, scrumptious food and a well stocked bar - these places have it all. Highlighting the best of these lively eateries, here is our take on the Shimla's 5 best food places!

Cafe Simla Times


Enjoy the perfect weather with good food, chilled beer, live music and outdoor garden lounge seating at Café Simla Times.



Enjoy the perfect weather with good food, chilled beer, live music and outdoor garden lounge seating at Café Simla Times. Known for it's Indian, Italian, Mexican, Chinese and Thai cuisines, the place is relatively new but has gathered lots of positive reviews. This beautiful cafe has classy and visual appealing decors, with plenty of hanging lanterns. The restaurant serves some of the best wine in Shimla and have music nights to make your trip more fun. There is also an outdoor seating arrangement where you can take in the breathtaking view of the beautiful townIt's mostly crowded during peak dinner hours, still, the wait time isn't usually more than 15 minutes. I'd recommend a reservation if going with more than just a couple people.

We tried their famous woodfried pizzas, smoothies and cocktails.




Cafe Sol


Cafe Sol serves some of the exquisite Mexican, Thai and Italian dishes. Make sure to try this place for a quick bite.



Located amidst the busy street, Café Sol is certainly one of the best places to eat in Shimla. Offering the exquisite variety of Mexican, Thai and Italian dishes, it's a beautiful restaurant with well decorated interiors. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, it's a perfect spot to sit back, relax, and converse over food and drinks. part of Hotel Combermere, it provides an incredible sight of the beautiful landscapes of Himachal.

Greek salad and lemon cheesecakes are a must try at Cafe Sol.






Embassy


Cafes in Shimla are endless but Embassy is our top pick. Run by an old couple, this quirky cafe has got something for every foodie. It's one of the oldest cafe in town, and serves some of the best coffee and delightful munchies on Mall Road. This place has prominent and beautiful wooden interiors. The vibe is very warm, cosy and upscale rustic, perfect for relaxing with a good book or chilling with a good company. It has hundreds of handwritten messages and posters, stuck all over the walls.  The open balcony gives you a view of whole town and looks mesmerizing at night when the town lit up.

The most sought items have to be their carrot cake and walnut pie.




 Eighteen 71 Cookhouse & Bar


With options of Indian, Continental, a live food counter and fresh in house bakery products, Eighteen 71 serve guests with lip smacking food and cocktails.



The Eighteen 71 welcomes you with classy interiors, an extensive menu complimented with cheerful smiles on the staff's face. It's among my favorite dining option in Shimla with good food, live music and drinks. Portion sizes are good and so is the quality of food. For people who want to have a drink with their friends, this top notch restaurant also has a well stocked bar. With options of Indian, Continental, a live food counter and fresh in house bakery products, they serve guests with lip smacking food and cocktails. 

Their tantalizing variety of vegetable focaccia, mushroom galouti kebab, and interesting cocktails cannot be missed.



Cecil


Rich with history, the Oberoi Cecil embodies old-world elegance with its opulent ambiance and rich decor. The beautiful ambiance complimented by chandeliers, bay-windows, wood paneling, floral arrangement will remind you of the British era. With comfortable seating, a glass wall gives you a stunning view of the entire city outside. Besides serving the exquisite range of international, pan-Indian and local Himachali cuisines, the chefs are always willing to prepare the other dishes on request. Each dish is creative, producing bold and complex flavors. You can make a prior reservation or just walk in, if you are a house guest at the Cecil.

We had a taste of falafel and pita in addition to dham and madra, the traditional Himachali cuisines and recommend it to all.

The list of best 5 food places doesn't end here. These were just my personal favorites which I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Shimla.


35 comments:

  1. First of all Shimla is a lovely place to be in. I loved cafe Shimla Times. I used to visit that place a lot. People are also great there. Embassy's food used to be love for me..

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    1. Me too! Apart from the beautiful hill station Shimla is, it boasts various range of delicious food cuisines! 😋

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  2. I have visited Cafe Simla Times. I fell in love with its unique ambience. Pizzas and wine are a must try there.

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  3. Cozy cafes in Shimla! I love spending leisure time with my family visiting cozy and exotic cafes, accompanied by a cup of coffee or a glass of whipped frappe.

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  4. I have never been to Shimla but seems like somewhere i definitely need to check ouy.

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  5. Very interesting to see the different types of restaurants to visit and eat in. If I am ever in Shima I will know where to go! Thank you for this.

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  6. I've never visited Shimla, but you're making me want to! Colossal mountains? I'm so in! Have you hiked there before? I didn't know they were big on Italian and Mexican food either - thanks so much for sharing about this beautiful place, I'm definitely intrigued!

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    1. Thank you Laura! Shimla is indeed a very beautiful place in India. It’s a small hill station, covered with mountains and valleys in Himachal Pradesh. Yes, I did hiked and enjoyed it so much. I truly believe that hiking is a great way to explore nature and if you have to explore the beauty of Shimla, it’s a must! It has some beautiful places in store for day hikes. Oh yes, these food places boasts various range of cuisines. This was my best food tour in Shimla. I totally loved it!

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  7. Sounds like some great spots to check out!

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  8. These all look like great places! If I ever visit Shimla I'll have to stop by. Do you have any photos of the food too? :)

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    1. Thank you so much Valerie! I am definitely going to share the food pictures in my other blog post.

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  9. So many different food places to visit and have lunch or dinner. I didn't know where Shimla is so I googled it and I saw that it's a wonderful place as well.

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    1. Thank you so much Helene! Shimla is a small hill station in India, covered with mountains and valleys. It’s a capital of the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Before independence, it was known as the summer capital of British India, today it’s one of the most eminent tourist destination in the country. As an avid traveller and foodie I just listed some of the best food places in this post. Thank you for giving it a read and do visit India! ❤️🙏🏻

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  10. So many amazing options! This has made me want to plan a trip to shimla just for the food! :)

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  11. I hadn't heard of this town before, but it sounds amazing! I love restaurants with a view, and being able to sit outside and take in the culture of another country sounds wonderful. Embassy sounds cool with all the notes all over the walls!

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  12. These look like awesome places to check out. I love finding hidden food gems too!

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  13. Cafe Simla Times looks so adorable. I can certainly have some photo shoots here. Thank for sharing.

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  14. Ah the atmosphere in this cafe is so awesome! I love going to places like this :)

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  15. they all look like such fun and interesting places to visit. I can just imagine how fun they would be

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  16. I think it's amazing that you can travel to one area and have such a variety in the types of food offered!! I'm a little biased right now (towards all food) as I'm very pregnant at the moment, but I'd particularly like to experience Embassy!

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  17. I haven't visited Shimla but these places look nice! The decoration of Cafe Simla Times is lovely and live music is a big bonus.

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  18. A must read for anyone travelling to Shimla. Lovely share and a great work.

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  19. Wow!!! I have never been to Shimla, but if I do some day; your tips, especially food joints will help a lot! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I have never been to Shimla but your photos and review wants me to go asasp!

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  21. WOW !!! such a lovely information for foodies those are travelling to Shimla :)Bang on really ......

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  22. So many amazing share! I will defiantly plan Shimla trip in my next India Visit just for the food! :)

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  23. Such a beautiful and informative share. I should plan a trip to Shimla soon.

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  24. My visit to Shimla few years back was a memorable trip. I will make sure to visit these places next time.

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  25. Amazing share...nice to know for my future itinerary

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  26. We have been wanting to visit Shimla for long time..Definitely taking notes from you when we go there

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  27. This is very informative. Bookmarked it as of now. very handy when I visit Shimla, great compiling list.

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  28. Bookmarking this post and would share it with my family and friends. Very informative share for all those who are planing to visit the beautiful hill station.

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  29. What a timely share.I'm planning to visit Shimla next week so this info is certainly going to help me to hang out at some good places

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  30. Shimla is beautiful and I am waiting to visit it someday. A wonderful list to enjoy this quaint town. :)

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  31. So how is the mexican food in Shimla? That's one food I could never go without. It was so terrible in South Korea, I may never go back. lol

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