Intentionally or not, I, a non-foodie often find myself scouring for the best of restaurants and cafes at a new place. Such food voyages often make me find interesting company on solo trips. Nevertheless,  I end up finding some great places to eat as well. This one, a quick post on the best food places in Shimla comes after what is probably my fourth trip to the place.

Here’s your quick food guide for Shimla if you, too, are looking for great food and great people.

 Embassy

One of the oldest coffee shops in Shimla, Embassy is a must for the quirky ones. Other than some very delicious homemade cakes, pastries, a very interesting and coffeelicious variety of coffee, Embassy has fascinating interiors. Once inside, you’ll find thousands of handwritten pamphlets and posters, stuck all over the walls.

The minimalistic, vintage era interiors at Embassy

The minimalistic, vintage era interiors at Embassy

Read, eat, sip and hit the snooze mode at Embassy. Or, just pore over the windows and take in a fascinating view of Shimla.

One of the thousand hand-written posters at Embassy

One of the thousand hand-written posters at Embassy

Run by a couple, this vintage era coffee-house is on one end of Shimla’s Mall Road, easily accessible if you climb down the stairs from the Christ Church.

PS – Carrot Cake from Embassy is my pick; do try :)

Baljees Fascination

Loved Harry Potter’s Honeydukes, the amazing confectionary shop in Hogsmeade?

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If yes, then Baljees is your place to eat at Shimla. Perfect for a quick snack, this café cum snack shop serves some of the freshest snacks, mostly Indian, including paneer pakodas, samosas, patties, French fries, cakes and more. And yes, the rightly famous G-Jams, short for the piping hot Gulab Jamuns. As they say in Shimla, every snowy winter deserves Baljees G-Jams.

Must try.

Wake & Bake Cafe 

Around 2 years back, Shimla had its first brush with urban eating with the start of Wake & Bake Cafe. A cosmo take on food, it’s Shimla’s answer to the very hip joints of Dharamkot or Old Manali.

The interestingly done art work at Wake & Bake Cafe. This gorgeous photo by Tarun Mazumdar.

Some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had, great hummus and pita platter, gorgeous sandwiches, great coffee and some great shakes, Wake & Bake has got something for every foodie. Add its superb location (right on the Mall Road, opposite the museum-like Municipal Office) to the menu, and you have a place worth spending a couple of hours at.

If lucky, you might be privy to a jamming or book reading session at Wake & Bake.

Dimsum 

Walk into Dimsum if you harbor a love for Chinese food (it does taste authentic). Slow service might be the only dampener here (or I walked in on an unusually busy day), for Dimsum has great soups, curries and Chinese on the menu.

Cooked on order and moderately priced, great food is Dimsum’s success secret. Never mind the un-glitzy look of the restaurant. Great food.

Café Sol, Hotel Combermere 

Open to visitors as well, Café Sol is another delight for the lovers of baked goods. Heavenly donuts, lemon cheesecakes, interestingly done pizzas, Mexican food and more await you at Café Sol. Great, simplistic interiors are an added attraction.

Cafe Sol, Shimla

PS – Greek Salad is a must try at Café Sol, Hotel Combermere, Shimla

Leaving you with my list of best places to eat in Shimla, I’ll be out, on a food voyage again. Till then, happy travelling.

For a more amazing food guide for Mcleodganj, read this too!

And yes, leave a comment with your feedback or a place’s name if you think I’ve missed one.

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