Shimla

Wake & Bake Cafe
34/2, The mall
Look for the yellow windows near the fire station

Inviting place on the 1st and 2nd floor with international cuisine, which is freshly cooked. Good ambience, great food and great coffee make this place a must visit.

Baljees
26 The Mall
+91 177 265-2313
Mains Rs 100-150, Desserts Rs 50
9AM-11PM

Among the town's oldest eateries, Baljees offers delicious Western and Indian fare. Their desserts, appearances and reputation to the contrary notwithstanding, are atrocious, laced with chemicals, and best avoided.

Sher E Punjab
Ridge Sanjauli Road
INR 30-150
10 AM to 10 PM
take road to Lakkar Bazar, Just 100 M from Ridge point.

If you are looking for a local Indian food which people of India have at home, then you should try this place. A good place to eat tava chappati Indian breadat reasonable rates. Ask for mixed vegetable dish with butter chappati.

New Plaza Restaurant
60/61, Middle Bazar
0177-2655438
Qilaa
The Mall Rd; below Syndicate Bank, near Scandal Point
+91 9736691209
up to $10
11AM-11PM
On the way from Scandal Point to DC Office

A favourite among frequent visitors and the locals. The interiors have been built keeping in mind the cold weather outside. There’s an instant feel of warmth and coziness as you enter the place. The food has a homely flavor to it as it’s cooked under the constant supervision of the friendly young couple who owns it. Their best items are the mezze platter and banoffee pie. You can sit here all day without being irked by anybody to leave.

Indian Coffee House
The Mall
Rs 20 - 80
On Mall Rd, just down from the post office on the left

Probably the cheapest food in Shimla, especially during peak season. They serve good south Indian food as well as surprisingly good western breakfast fare - try the Rs 40 French toast.

Ashiana & Goofa
The Band Stand, The Ridge
Rs 50-150
Open for lunch and dinner

Whatever little can be had of Himachali cuisine can be found at these twin-restaurants run by Himachal Tourism, the one located above the other. The food is neither cheap nor the best in town, but it is safe and they otherwise do their best. A good spot for people-watching, the location within a circular elevated glass building has attracted comment in guidebooks: it lies in fact on the site of a historical structure, known as the Band Stand, which was a gift to the city made in 1907 by the ruler of one of the innumerable princely states of the pre-independence India Jabalpur in what is today the state of Madhya Pradesh. Sit-in or takeaway.

The restaurant at Hotel Pinewood, Barog tel:+91 1792 238-825 & 238-387 serves cheap Punjabi fare. There's also a Cafe Coffee Day (http://www.cafecoffeeday.com) outlet at Solan, which sells pastries, coffee and sandwiches and a Mc Donalds on the way.

The Devicos
5 The Mall
+91 177 280-6335
Rs 50~150
10:00AM~10:00PM
one storey beneath street level, directly below the Café Coffee Day outlet in the vicinity of the BSNL Building

Serves good Indian food of every description one of the most extensive Indian-cuisine menus in town, complemented by some Chinese and Continental dishes; one of the very few restaurants in town with food appealing both to Indian and to Western palates. Good decor with what appears to be original art rather than reproductions. This is one of the most expensive places to eat in town apart from 5-star hotels, but seems worth it as far as Indian dishes are concerned owing to the lack of real competition. Its twin Bar, located two storeys directly above one storey above street level, is a hangout popular with the locals but not a match for the restaurant as far as decor and atmosphere are concerned. Adverse comment regarding food poisoning cases in the restaurant on the Lonely Planet website.

Most of the restaurants in Shimla are cheap, comfortable, atmospheric and offer good multi-cuisine food. However, if you are looking for local cuisine, the options are surprisingly limited.

The restaurant at Holiday Hotel Home
Rs 500 - 2000

Famed for its Himalchali cuisine including Sepu Vadi, which is steamed buns in curry, this restaurant offers authentic fare at affordable prices. The service is good. It also serves other types of Indian cuisine.

Embassy restaurant and cafe

Inside the cafe is a beautiful view as well as interesting quotations from all sorts of literature, decorated by the owner. A good place to chill out with a cup of tea and homecooked cakes. The cafe sells ice-cream to go which is popular among passer-bys.

The Oberoi Cecil Restaurant
Chaura Maidan
+91 177 2804848
Rs 500~1,500
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (with closing breaks in between)
in The Oberoi Cecil Hotel

A good selection of European and Asian dishes, complemented by best European and non-European vintages. Chandeliers and wood-paneling add to the old-world elegance, a perfect setting for a quiet dinner unless you have the misfortune to be seated next to an extended Punjabi family with unruly children. Unarguably the best and unarguably the most expensive place to eat in town. Nevertheless, buffet breakfasts somewhat disappointing no cheese selection, for example, though provided if one specifically asks. Standards have slipped here in the recent years, since the majority of the guests are now Indian rather than foreign as before.

Silver Oak
Circular Road
+91 177 225-7588
Rs 150
7-11PM

Serves Mughlai and Chinese. The food is not great, but passable. Nice decor and a comfortable atmosphere.

The Lutyens Room
Springfields, Chhota Shimla
+91 177 222-1297, 222-1298
Rs 150 and above
11AM-10:30PM
opposite Tibetan School

Continental and Indian food.

Loveena Restaurant
The Ridge

below rain shelter, restaurant with view.indian,chinese,continental.thali @Rs.110/-