Hyderabad - Guide For Foodies

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Nalin Chaturvedi

Hyderabad - Guide For Foodies

Hyderabad is the South Indian city of Nawabs, and is famous today for its food culture (among other things), especially Hyderabadi Biryani. Here's a (non-exhaustive) list of must-visit eateries and bars when around.

Local Cuisine

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Nalin:No trip to Hyderabad is complete without a Paradise pit-stop. Avoid using cutlery to integrate with the Biryani way of life.
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Nalin:Difficult to find any other restaurant in town with a better authentic South Indian breakfast menu. Make it a point to try all the chutneys!
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Bawarchi Restaurant
Nalin:In recent years, Bawarchi has evolved as a brand that sells excellent Hyderabadi Biryanis - giving Paradise tough competition.
Image - Dakshin
Nalin:Great food, ambience and service for a traditional South Indian Thali restaurant! Plenty of vegetarian options too!
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Taj Falaknuma Palace
Nalin:A bit pricey but offers an authentic Hyderabadi experience with a fine-dining twist. Would recommend!
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Shah Ghouse
Nalin:No better place in town for kebabs. Depending on what month you're there, you might even get some of the best haleem in Hyd!
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Rayalaseema Ruchulu
Nalin:If you're looking for a spicy treat - this is your place!
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Street Food

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Gokul Chat
Nalin:Famous for its chaat and pani puri. Don't know what that is? Stop by to find out and you will not be disappointed! Very affordable too!
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Ram ki Bandi
Nalin:This is the epitome of street food. Ram offers a variety of South Indian delicacies at extremely affordable prices and is open all night!
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13 Dhaba
Nalin:No-frills outlet serving home-cooked North Indian vegetarian street food.
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Pragathi Tiffin Center
Nalin:Good place for quick on the go South Indian meals.
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Tibbs Frankie
Nalin:Great rolls with an Indian twist. My personal favourite is the Tangy Paneer Frankie.
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Sardarji's Dhaba
Nalin:Stop by for an authentic North Indian (vegetarian) meal with plenty of choices. Vegan options available too!


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Light Green Oven
Nalin:My favourite cafe in town by far. Offers organic artisan breads and other delicious bakery products. Brownies are an absolute must-try!
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Nalin:Cluttered cafe venue themed as the Irani cafes of old with a distinctive menu and relaxed vibe.
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Nimrah Cafe & Bakery(NCB)
Nalin:One of Hyd's oldest bakeries located in the historic Old City - famous for Irani chai and Osmania biscuits in an unfussy ambience.
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The Gallery Cafe
Nalin:Interesting concept where an art gallery is fused with a coffee shop with a world menu including sandwiches and pastas.
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Driven Cafe
Nalin:Unique cafe for automobile enthusiasts. Offers delicious bites, snacks and coffee with the option of renting luxury cars and bikes.
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The Coffee Cup
Nalin:Fun place with plenty of board games. Don't forget to try the chocolate milkshake and sandwiches!
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Cafe Graffiti
Nalin:Pocket-friendly cafe with great service and variety of food items. Also serves halal food.


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Free Flow Traffic Bar
Nalin:Offers an electric atmosphere with live sports options. Don't miss out on their Sunday afternoon deals!
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Fat Pigeon - Bar Hop
Nalin:This is where the party is at! Their Sunday brunch offers a delectable and unlimited spread of starters, drinks, main courses and desserts.
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Free Flow Junction Bar
Nalin:Fun Friday night place with a Indian railway station theme.
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Heart Cup Coffee
Nalin:Only good vibes! Very busy on Saturday nights, so call to check if they have tables beforehand.
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COCO'S Bar and Grill
Nalin:Offers some funky cocktails and grill food - all with a fun ambience.
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MOB - Belgium Beer House
Nalin:Great beers on tap with an international food menu - makes for an adventurous weekend.
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10 Downing Street
Nalin:Great karaoke with a very reasonably priced food menu!
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Nalin:Kismet boasts off a snazzy dance floor and amazing party ambience. A bit expensive but worth the money!
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Hard Rock Cafe
Nalin:Excellent burgers and live music. Can't really go wrong with Hard Rock Cafe, can you?

International Cuisine

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Olive Bistro
Nalin:High-end bungalow restaurant with spectacular views over a landmark lake, cobbles and a menu of international dishes.
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Ottimo Cucina Italiana
Nalin:Italian food with a view! Perched on the 22nd floor of the ITC Kohenur, it basically overlooks all of HITEC City from where it stands.
Image - Zega
Nalin:This exquisite resto-bar is your one-stop-shop for delicacies from South East Asia.
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Yi Jing
Nalin:Fancy trying some Chinese food? Here's your go-to place!