A holiday becomes a holiday not just when you have exotic weather, beautiful landscapes and plenty of shopping options. There’s food that does have a dominating presence. Though unsaid and not apparent, holiday binging is a part of any travel plan. There’s something about eating well on a holiday that makes the whole experience of a traveller the best of many.
Like a large number of people in the world, we believe that travelling is synonymous with good food because, without a palate-tickling interaction, a holiday wouldn’t be satisfying at all. Unless you’re globetrotting on a large budget, food is always something travellers scale down on. In Nainital as well, food plays a dominant role and there are some famous foods of Nainital and street food in Nainital that are a must-try! and keep in mind our hungry budget traveller, we have curated a list of some of the best street food in Nainital or best food places in Nainital that serve up sumptuous hot meals over the cold, cold mountains of Nainital. Read on to figure out which restaurants suit your palette the best and we promise you, it won’t be a letdown!
The Happy Belly List:
1. Chandni Chowk
Savouring Delhi in Nainital may sound completely absurd but this is just what you need, especially on that budget. You get some of the most famous foods of Nainital here. Chandni Chowk serves up some of Delhi’s signature “garam jalebi” with warm butter cream, hot, hot lachha parathas and some fiery accompaniments best suited to go with the cold Nainital weather. Finish your meal with kulhad milk that has mouth-watering assortments of dry fruit and saffron to go with it! Yes, it indeed has some best food in Nainitalsynonymous with other joints selling good street food in Nainital!
2. The Boat House Club
One of the best food places in Nainital is home to plenty of Bollywood romance, the Boat House Club boasts of a luxury that has stood through the ages of time. With a remarkable view of stunning lakes and mountains surrounding the club, all you’ve got to do next is sip on some hot tea and bite into some sumptuous, warm cakes. The only catch is that you’ll have to pay for entry! To taste some of the best food in Nainital, paying entry is well worth it!
3. Sonam’s Momos
The true essence of the best street food in Nainital is captured by this place because it’s always packed with people eating a delicious helping of mouth-watering momos, enough to keep the fire in your belly going all day long. We’ve heard that the vegetarian momos are as good as the non-veg momos, but we personally prefer the shredded chicken Manchurian momos! Definitely one of the best food places in Nainital to try!
4. Embassy Restaurant
It’s very difficult to juggle cuisines and get it all right at the same time. Well, Embassy Restaurant makes it look like an easy task because anything you order off that menu is bound to keep you coming back, especially their pizzas and pastries. Since we’re especially talking about budget-friendly restaurants and street food in Nainital, a special shout-out goes to pizzas that start at about INR 180 and these are insane!
This place is unlike anything you’ll see in Nainital because of its ambience. Walking inside, you’ll be immediately transported to one of those quaint noodle bars of Tibet or Bhutan. The golden fried prawns here are to die for and it has a vast menu of both Indian and Chinese cuisine, though we strictly recommend the Chinese cuisine. After a good meal, the friendly waiter’s help you end with a good serving of steaming hot soup- perfect to go with Nainital’s chilly vibe! No wonder it’s one of the best food places in Nainital.
6. Cafe du Mall
Keeping in mind that tourists come to Nainital for the view (and coffee), Cafe du Mall has the neatest ambience overlooking the Naini Lake. The coffee here is to die for and the menu serves up anything and everything from fish to chicken to vegetables, from Indian to Chinese to Italian and even French at a menial rate of about INR 100 for two! Not only is it a place for the best street food in Nainital but it is also a place with a gorgeous view.
7. Bal Mithai
Uttarakhand’s pride lies in this sweetly packed brown chocolaty fudge coated with the most flavoursome sugar balls. These are a must-try because sweet beginnings and endings are what a trip is all about. You can find these sweets across the city and the richest it is, the more expensive it becomes, though generally, it is quite affordable! These also make wonderful gifts because it is relatively rare to find authentic Bal Mithai anywhere outside Utttarakhand and it definitely is a sweet lover’s delight! Sweets definitely hold a rightful place of being famous and are part of some good, famous food of Nainital.
8. Sakley’s Restaurant
Want to just delve into cozy comforts and sip on an endless supply of coffee and hot chocolate? This is just where you need to be to get the best food in Nainital or for refreshments. With welcoming white décor and soft cushions to accompany you, it is quite easy for you to forget about the menu completely, but let us tell you that it serves up some of the meanest non-vegetarian roasts and steaks, but it interestingly also has vegan and vegetarian options!
In any given part of India, there is a Punjabi dhaba serving up Punjab’s hottest delights. Punjabis are warm and enterprising with this desire to feed and you’ll find that in all the kebabs, makhnis and dals they serve up at Sher-e-Punjab. On really chilly days, the restaurant even gives you complimentary hot drinks to go with your dish! This is one of the best food places in Nainital!
So, if you’re on a trip to Nainital and you’re yearning to try out some of the best street food in Nainital and visiting some food places in Nainital is uppermost on your mind, you have a good, handy list to help you out! This ‘Food for thought’ will act as a ready reckoner anytime, every time!