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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

Image - Paradise
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No trip to Hyderabad is complete without a Paradise pit-stop. Avoid using cutlery to integrate with the Biryani way of life.

Image - Chutneys
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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!

Image - Bawarchi Restaurant
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In recent years, Bawarchi has evolved as a brand that sells excellent Hyderabadi Biryanis - giving Paradise tough competition.

Image - Dakshin
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Dakshin
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Great food, ambience and service for a traditional South Indian Thali restaurant! Plenty of vegetarian options too!

Image - Taj Falaknuma Palace
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A bit pricey but offers an authentic Hyderabadi experience with a fine-dining twist. Would recommend!

Image - Shah Ghouse
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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!

Image - Rayalaseema Ruchulu
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If you're looking for a spicy treat - this is your place!

Street Food

Image - Gokul Chat
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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!

Image - Ram ki Bandi
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This is the epitome of street food. Ram offers a variety of South Indian delicacies at extremely affordable prices and is open all night!

Image - Govind Ki Bandi
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Gives you a great taste of South Indian street food. Make sure to mention your tolerance for spice!

Image - 13 Dhaba
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No-frills outlet serving home-cooked North Indian vegetarian street food.

Image - Pragathi Tiffin Center
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Good place for quick on the go South Indian meals.

Image - Tibbs Frankie
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Great rolls with an Indian twist. My personal favourite is the Tangy Paneer Frankie.

Image - Sardarji's Dhaba
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Stop by for an authentic North Indian (vegetarian) meal with plenty of choices. Vegan options available too!

Cafes

Image - Light Green Oven
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My favourite cafe in town by far. Offers organic artisan breads and other delicious bakery products. Brownies are an absolute must-try!

Image - SodaBottleOpenerWala
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Cluttered cafe venue themed as the Irani cafes of old with a distinctive menu and relaxed vibe.

Image - Nimrah Cafe & Bakery(NCB)
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One of Hyd's oldest bakeries located in the historic Old City - famous for Irani chai and Osmania biscuits in an unfussy ambience.

Image - The Gallery Cafe
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Interesting concept where an art gallery is fused with a coffee shop with a world menu including sandwiches and pastas.

Image - Driven Cafe
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Unique cafe for automobile enthusiasts. Offers delicious bites, snacks and coffee with the option of renting luxury cars and bikes.

Image - The Coffee Cup
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Fun place with plenty of board games. Don't forget to try the chocolate milkshake and sandwiches!

Image - Cafe Graffiti
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Pocket-friendly cafe with great service and variety of food items. Also serves halal food.

Bars

Image - Free Flow Traffic Bar
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Offers an electric atmosphere with live sports options. Don't miss out on their Sunday afternoon deals!

Image - Fat Pigeon - Bar Hop
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This is where the party is at! Their Sunday brunch offers a delectable and unlimited spread of starters, drinks, main courses and desserts.

Image - Free Flow Junction Bar
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Fun Friday night place with a Indian railway station theme.

Image - Heart Cup Coffee
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Only good vibes! Very busy on Saturday nights, so call to check if they have tables beforehand.

Image - COCO'S Bar and Grill
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Offers some funky cocktails and grill food - all with a fun ambience.

Image - MOB - Belgium Beer House
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Great beers on tap with an international food menu - makes for an adventurous weekend.

Image - 10 Downing Street
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Great karaoke with a very reasonably priced food menu!

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Kismet
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Kismet boasts off a snazzy dance floor and amazing party ambience. A bit expensive but worth the money!

Image - Hard Rock Cafe
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Excellent burgers and live music. Can't really go wrong with Hard Rock Cafe, can you?

International Cuisine

Image - Olive Bistro
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High-end bungalow restaurant with spectacular views over a landmark lake, cobbles and a menu of international dishes.

Image - Ottimo Cucina Italiana
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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
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Zega
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This exquisite resto-bar is your one-stop-shop for delicacies from South East Asia.

Image - Yi Jing
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Yi Jing
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Fancy trying some Chinese food? Here's your go-to place!

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