Sharma Tea Stall, Lalbagh, Hazratganj, near Novelty Cinema – Softest buns with creamy, homemade white butter and unique round samosas, besides the tea, of course.
Bajpai Pooriwala, Hazratganj – famous sabzi is made with unpeeled potatoes
Rahim Ke Kulche-Nihari, Chowk need no introduction
Netram Pooriwala, Aminabad
Oudhyana, Taj Residency
Falaknuma, Clarks Avadh Hotel – Offers an excellent Kebab platter
Chhote Nawab, Hotel Sagar International, Jopling Road – Besides the kebabs, go for their Shahi Tukda and Zafrani Phirni. The bread basket is unique, specially the Taftan (a leavened rice flour bread)
Kebabs from legendary Tundey Kebabi – Chowk & Aminabad Market
Vahid Biryani, Aminabad
Idris Biryaniwala, Chowk
Narayan Veg, near Gurudwara – vegetarian kebabs made with dal, soyabean and mushrooms come quite close to the real thing
Guptaji ke thande dahi-bhalle – Used to be outside GPO, Hazratganj, now relocated to Saket, behind the zoo. Worth every bit of the hunt
Shukla Chaat Bhandaar, Hazratganj – Matar Ki Chaat is delicious
Capoor's Hotel, Hazratganj – The huge and heavy Basket Chaat is the speciality
Dixit Chaat, Chowk
Prakash Kulfi, Aminabaad Market – thick and creamy indigenous ice cream
Also Moti Mahal, Hazratganj for kulfi
Thandai from Raja Thandai, Chowk
Aam Ka Panna off the roadside in summers
Biscuits from Burma Bakery and Sundar Bakery
Malai-Makkhan or Namash from stalls in Chowk
Kashmiri chai off the roads in winters
Ram Asrey, Chowk
Ram Asrey, Chowk—Malai Paan is unique
Sri Ram Sweets, Main Market, Canttn -- Doodh ki barfi is special
Chhappan Bhog – Chhena Kheer and Aam Kheer and Aam Kulfi in summers are must-haves
Tea at Pappu Tea Stall, Assi Ghat. Written about in Kashinath Singh’s Kashi Ka Assi
Malaiyyo – over 10,000 shops all over during winters
Kachori-Jalebi at Vishwanath in Visheswar Ganj, Chachi ki Kachori at Lanka or the innumerable stalls in Kachori Gali
Lassi at Pahalwan Lassiwala, Lanka. Also his kadahi doodh in the evening and the sweet laung-lata
Kashi Chaat Bhandar, Gowdolia
Bati-chokha at the stalls in Sigri
Kashi Chaat Bhandar, Gowdolia – try local specialities chooda-matar and tamatar ki chaat
Kesari Chaat Bhandaar, Neechi baag.
Thandai at Mishrambu, Gowdolia or Baba, Gowdolia – with bhang mixed on demand
Sri Ram Bhandar is regarded as the oldest in Varanasi
Ksheer Sagar, Sonarpura for sweets like chhena pulao, chuhara (dry dates) ke laddoo and mugdal (made with ground moong dal)
Shri Basant Bahar, Lahura Beer for chooda-matar and mugdal
Vatika Pizzeria, Assighat – delicious vegetarian, wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas and an apple pie to die for
Keshav Tambool Bhandar near the Banaras Hindu University gate is the pick of the lot
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