Shimla, a city of lovers, fun and intrigue is undoubtedly one of the most favorite cities of India. Every person who stays in Shimla finds something which he or she can enjoy during the vacation. Every corner of Shimla holds some history and heritage which is cherished even today. The history and heritage extend to the street food as well.
When the street food is mentioned, every Indian whether he is rich or poor have tasted and continue to enjoy the various types of food which have same delicious taste and aroma whether it is Mumbai or Shimla. As the temperature rises in Shimla, people begin to come outside on the streets leaving air-conditioned restaurants. They enjoy the delicious aroma and the taste of the street food in a bid to beat the rising heat.
Yummy Golgappas on the Ridge
The ridge is the central part of the city and the best time to visit the Ridge is in the morning or the evening at the time of sunset. Imagine that the sun is setting and the scenic panorama on the ridge is unfolding with the beautiful colors. You can enhance this mood with yummy golguppas of the Bhihari Lal Sharma’s stall at the Takka Bench. Started in 1948, this was the first stall of fruit Chat seller at the Ridge and city. This was the start of the famous chat street of Shimla above the Gandhi Statue at the Ridge.
Today, also it is very famous and the trekkers who climb Jakhoo Hill take a chat break at this place religiously. So, you can beat the heat of Shimla with the healthy fruits in the chutnis with a tang for only Rs. 30/-.
Butter Bun with the History
Your next stop is the tea stall which impressed the British Viceroy. The tea stall is nestled in the thick forests of the Chawda Maidan and known as the Verma Tea Stall. It is also famous as the Kewal ka Dhabba and is always crowded with the University students who live on the delicacy of the butter bun and the tea. Started in 1931, today the fifth generation of original owners is running the dhaba. The British Viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, who was Viceroy of India, was very impressed with the tea. He provided the permanent structure on the land and gave the same at the Bakshish to the owner of the shack. Today, this dhabha is busy from 7 in the morning to the 10 in the evening.
In this time, the Dhabha serves hundreds of cups of tea and butter buns to the regular and new customers. Today, you can have tea at Rs.6/- and butter bun at Rs.14.
Enjoy Delicious Chana with the Bhaturas
For lunch, you should enjoy the best chana with luchis and bhaturas in Lakhar Bazaar at Sita Ram and Sons. The Sitaram and Sons have been making and serving chana bhaturas since last 5 to 6 generations at one place. They are known as the best dhaba in the town and served 3 to 4 generations of the people and the visitors since its inception. Most of the celebrities, who were born and have been reared in Shimla such as Preity Zinta and Anupam Kher have continued their patronage to this dhaba.
Today, also whenever they are in the city they visit the place. For only Rs.30/-, you can enjoy Chana Bhatura which is out of this world.
Thanda Thanda Cool Cool Desserts
When it comes to the cold delicacies, no one can match the desserts and the ice creams of Embassy Ice creams. Whatever the weather, it may be summer or it may be winter, Embassy Ice creams is always busy with the shoppers and visitors. They throng the place awaiting their turn and make choices between the vast range of the flavored ice creams, softies, shakes and squashes. Some regular visitors purchase their preferred ice-cream which is a regular since lot of years and some prefer to experiment with the different flavor each time. This place is one of the most preferred haunts of the students and the college going students.
Most of love stories of Shimla has flowered between the bites of the ice creams and the desserts of the Embassy ice creams.
These are only some of the interesting street food stalls and shops at the Shimla. Shimla is full of such interesting snack food joints which are spread all over the place. So, don’t forget to treat yourself at these places when you visit Shimla.