Like any town, Dehradun has its favourite eating joints and hang out places. Doonites love to drive down Rajpur Road in the evening. The best eating joints in town are located along the Rajpur Road. Astley Hall on Rajpur Road is a favourite hang out spot. In and around Astley Hall there are fast food joints, ice cream parlours, restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops. Here is a quick guide to Dehradun’s favourite joints. You are most welcome to write in with a review of your favourite joints in Dehradun which we may have missed out on.
The fast food chains have made inroads into the palates of Doonites both young and old. Dehradun which till five years back did not have a single fast food chain now boasts of almost all chains. The first entrant was Domino's Pizza followed by Nirula’s (which has now shut down). The latest entrants are KFC and Subway.
||Astley Hall, Rajpur Road
||Amity Complex, near R.T.O. Rajpur Road
||Opp. Radha Mohan Wedding Point, Rajpur Road
||Opp. Radha Mohan Wedding Point, Rajpur Road
||Abner Petrol Pump, near Clock Tower
THE MOST POPULAR RESTAURANTS
Prez offers a fine dining experience in an excellent ambience. The restaurant is elegantly done up in pinewood and has a bar also. It is located next to Hotel President in Astley Hall, Rajpur Road.
Pavillion, Hotel President Coffee Shop
Located in Astley Hall, Hotel President is a landmark of Dehradun and favourite of Doonites since decades. The hotel has few but well appointed rooms. It has a bar and coffee shop. The continental food here is excellent.
Black Pepper Bar and Restaurant
A fine multicuisine restaurant also in Astley Hall. It is very popular for its good quality preparations and excellent service. It has a bar also.
My Wife's Place
Located opposite Meedo's Grand Hotel on Rajpur Road, it is well known for its North Indian fare, kebabs and Mughlai dishes.
Also on Rajpur Road, near Hotel Great Value. Town Table is a new entrant among Dehradun’s restaurants. The ambience is great and the menu is not run of the mill. The dessert selection is excellent.
A well known joint on Rajpur Road. This multicuisine restaurant serves Chinese, Indian and Continental food.
Located near the Clock Tower on Rajpur Road. Famous for North Indian food.
EXCLUSIVE VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS
An excellent place to drop in for pure vegetarian fare. Anandam is well maintained and offers chaats, dosas, cholle bhaturas....you get the idea......at reasonable prices.
Located on Rajpur Road it is one of the oldest restaurants in town and serves only vegetarian food. The Lassi served here is good.
SOME PLACES ONLY A DOONITE CAN TELL YOU ABOUT
Orchard is tucked away in quiet lane of the Rajpur village very close to the MDDA Park near Pakodewale Sardarji. Inspite of its quiet location, which one thinks nobody knows, one invariably bumps into a familiar face while at the Orchard. The scenic view and the great music playing here have made this place very popular with Doonites. The renovated new look has added to the ambience of the place. Tibetan, Chinese and Thai dishes are served here.
Pakodewale Sardar Ji
Located in Rajpur village, Sardarji's is a favourite haunt of Doonites specially on Sundays. The charm lies both in the long drive upto Rajpur village and getting to eat Sardarji’s yummy pakoras with the delicious imli chutney along with a cup of garam Chai.
A non vegetarian takeaway joint located opposite Vishal Mega Mart on Rajpur Road. It serves lip smacking kababs. All tandoori items are worth trying specially the Chicken Seekh Kabab.
Chetan Poori Wala
When Doonites want to have a heavy Sunday brunch or when unexpected guests come and mom is not in the mood to cook, Chetan poori wallah near Hanuman Chowk is the place to head for to get pooris packed along with aloo and kaddu sabzi. A true blue Doonite has definitely had Chetan ki Pooris.
A small coffee and sandwich joint opposite Gandhi Park on Rajpur Road. Easy on the pocket, it is very popular with Doon’s youngsters. The sandwiches, bread pakora and burgers are tasty and very reasonably priced.
Dwarka Chowk Bun Tikki Wala
Doonites are very very fond of Bun Tikkis. Bun Tikkis are reasonable, filling and tasty. Many localities have their own favourite Bun Tikki Walla. Another well known one is the Bun Tikki Walla at Race Course. Can beat the McAloo Tikki any day!
K C SOUP BAR
This roadside joint on Rajpur Road is famous for its momos.
A series of small shacks dotting the road from Dehradun to Mussoorie. They serve Maggi noodles and chai. Somehow the Maggi served at these joints always tastes very delicious. Maybe, this is due to the wonderful view of Dehradun City from these joints.
A well known Chinese joint on Subhash Road near Pacific Hotel . It serves generous portions and is reasonably priced. Before the fast food chains opened up, it was a favourite joint with Doon youngsters to give their friends a birthday treat.
Dilli Chaat Wala
Located opposite NIVH on Rajpur Road just short of Jakhan, Dillii Chaat Walla serves tangy chaat having all the seasonal fresh fruits with pieces of fried potato. His claim to fame besides the delicious fruit chaat is that he was invited to put up his stall at Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wedding which took place in Dehradun.
Dehradun has some very good sweet shops. The most well known among them are
Kumar Sweets Clock Tower, GMS Road, Jakhan
Anandam Rajpur Road
Gupta Sweets Rajpur Road
Dehradun bakery products are very popular. Scrumptious cakes, a wide range of cookies and stick jaws are a must buy on every tourist’s list. If you are planning to visit the Doon Valley, do add a visit to the bakery to your itinerary. Some of the prominent Dehradun bakeries are
Ah! the heavenly smell of coffee beans and their brew. What could be more fun than meeting a friend over a cup of hot coffee and spending some time catching up on the details of life surrounded by the wonderful aroma of rich coffee. Dehradun has a number of coffee shops, some with branches in many parts of the town.