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Local Cuisine to try in Bhopal


Bhopal, a city rich in history and culture, also offers a delightful variety of food. The city is known for its modern metropolitan development, historic culture, exquisiteness and above all availability of a large variety of lip-smacking cuisine. Famous for its meat dishes – the curries and kebabs are the most acknowledged and preferred dishes here. Bhopal’s cuisine has a strong Muslim influence as well as adaptations from the Marwari culinary culture. While Bhopali cuisine has many vegetarian dishes, the highlight of the culinary culture here in the city is the wide variety of meat delicacies that have been mastered through the centuries.
A special mention here are the locals who exude warmth and that is what makes the city charming and appealing at all levels. Here’s presenting to you some of the best places in Bhopal where you can satisfy your hunger pangs not just with the street food but also some of the authentic cuisines that will delight your foodie soul.

Hakeems restaurant, Photo Courtesy-


For breakfast:

The entire old city area can offer you some amazing varieties of snacks and will not disappoint you to have a stomach filling breakfast.

Poha- Jalebi: You can start your day with tempting Poha-Jalebi combination. If you are someone who loves to gorge on something sweet, then you can even opt for Rabdi-Jalebi combination that will keep you going until your lunch time. Once you are done with having light snacks you can then head to sipping on ‘Sulemani Chai’, a tea which is sweet and salty served with dollops of cream!

Poha Jalebi
Poha-Jalebi, a famous breakfast delicacy in Bhopal, Photo Courtesy-

For Heavy meals (lunch and dinner):

For a fuller meal at lunch (or dinner) Hakeem’s, Bapu ki kutiya are places one can head to. Mecca for the non-vegetarians,
Hakeem hotel serves delicious non-vegetarian delicacies throughout its multiple outlets in Bhopal. The aromatic gravies, the tikkas and kebabs here are among the best in the city. Head to either Tatya Tope Nagar (TT Nagar) or Maharana Pratap Nagar (MP Nagar) for a hearty meal at Hakeem. If you’re looking for a more upmarket, ambience-laden experience Jehan Numah Palace or Noor us Sabah are popular restaurants for authentic Mughal, Italian and continental dishes.

We haven’t forgotten the vegeterians either! You can head to these places mentioned below:

Sagar Gaire:
An outlet to head for some vegetarian delights is at Sagar Gaire. If you crave for soup, sandwiches, cold coffee, pasta or even south Indian then this can turn out to be a one stop solution for you.

New Market:
This is the place where you can gorge on a plate full of Chole Bhature. Other than getting an amazing shopping experience this place is worth visiting for a yummylicious chole Bhature. The gravy served with Chole will leave you asking for more.

The entire stretch at Shahpura turns into foodie’s heaven during evening. At Shahpura you can have the street food experience with stalls offering some amazing snacks. You can also spot food trucks selling mouthwatering snacks to stratify your cravings for something spicy.

As evening falls, Manohar Dairy and Restaurant (Hamidia Road or MP Nagar) is a good choice for its chaats, light snacks and sweet dishes. With dusk an interesting part of Bhopal beckons. Among twinkling lights from street-side stalls and wafting aromas of sizzling kebabs, Bhopal’s nawabi cuisines come alive in old city.


To top it all, there is yet another famous Bhopali Paan which is relished by the locals and visitors alike. This special paan has wide ranging toppings which vary from distinct types of dry fruits to supari. The Paan is almost considered a must have for those who want to give a grand finishing touch to their meal.

Bhopali Paan
The famous Bhopali Paan, Photo Courtesy-

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