Best Places to Eat in Mussoorie

Hello food-loving buddies ! My apologies for having delayed writing this post by almost 2 months (better late than never though). This was meant to be a continuation of my Mussoorie Diaries series, about which you can read here and here for part II.

So my trip to the beautiful hill station perched at 6000 feet was planned in the midst of chilly winters and songs of the thrushes, making food experiences all the more memorable and satiating. Here is the list of places I loved and would strongly recommend all you future travelers to stop by ! PS: I could not try traditional Garhwali cuisine at Jabharkhet due to paucity of time, let me know if any of you have been there before 🙂

1) Doma’s Inn, Landour

Claim to Fame: Shares its boundary wall with my beloved author – Ruskin Bond’s home ! Yes, I did have my little “Room on the Roof , Rusty” moment, even though Mr. Bond was out of town that time..

Location: Ivy Cottage, Rajmandi,Landour (please prefer to walk up from Picture Palace end to build a good appetite for a delish brunch! ). The inn also provides accommodation facilities facing the beautiful Himalayan views. For more, visit Doma’s Inn official site.

It is vibrant, colorful and yet the most peaceful of all eateries . Have an eyeful of beautiful Thangka paintings before you plunge into savoring some authentic Tibetan cuisine. We loved and slurped the Thukpa, enjoyed the fluffy Tingmo bread with spicy Chicken Shaptak. A special mention for their chilli red sauce, it redefines the word “hot”!

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View from the restaurant

2) Chaar Dukaan, Landour

Unwinding at this iconic hot-spot after a soulful climb amidst the deodars, pines and spruces is a must for all nature aficionados ! Catch a glimpse of St. Paul’s Church , the place where tiger-man Jim Corbett’s parents got married. More info available here.

The four shops are famous for their pancakes, flavorful teas and quick bites, and of course breathtaking views. It was about to rain when we reached here, so good-old veggie Maggi with lemon-orange ginger tea at Tip Top shop provided us much delight to brave the chilly winds.

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St. Paul’s Church

3) Mussoorie Sweet Shop

Location: Heart of Mall Road

Have been a visitor to this landmark sweet shop since 1997 ! And I assure you guys that their “garam doodh” in kulhad is sheer divinity. Do ask for an extra dollop of malai “cream”, the guy will smilingly oblige. Gajar halwa and dry fruit samosas are other must-tries here.

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4) Lovely Omlette Center

Ask mountain loving Dilliwalahs , they too will swear by this place – it is THAT famous. The gentleman ( and owner) who makes those delicious cheesy omlettes wrapped with bread ensures a warm “namaste” each time one passes by, and we let that happen 6 times in the short 3 day visit of ours ! It was our go-to early morning grub spot. And totally worth it. Time check : 7.30 am – 7 pm

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5) Cafe De Tavern, Picture Palace end

For all those people looking for some good English brunches, bars and dinners, this is their destination in Mussoorie. Very elegant and old-world charm decor, smiling staff add to the glamor. Most importantly, all the dishes here are named after iconic personalities, schools and tourist spots – Picture this : Ruskin Bond’s Fish and Chips, Cloud’s End Lamb burger ! I was ecstatic to find my school also making it to the coveted list “Oak Grove Fried Chicken Burger” ! No prizes for guessing what all we ordered 😀

Really enjoyed all their preparations. Visit their page here.

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6) My Shop

Well, the democratic name actually is “My Shop”, no pun intended ! Provides the quintessential North Indian dhaba dose – kebabs, kormas and rolls. Never mind the excess dash of butter, for it does allow us to fight bravely the 2 degrees cold winter night  🙂

Personal favorites: Kali Mirch Tikka and Shahi Chicken Korma. Also, there is crazy rush and waiting queues for this place after 8, so try to grab a seat for an early dinner.20161224_213928.jpg20161224_213420.jpg20170127_114740.jpg

7) The Rice Bowl – Amitash

Another old-is-gold gem and one of the oldest existing restaurants of Mussoorie, running since a time much before its glamorous competitors like Kalsang came up. This is the reason why we skipped Kalsang, but you guys can try it too . Heard it is immensely popular among the young crowds.

We arrived at an odd 4 pm for lunch, but the owner happily let us in and opened the kitchens after I told him how I used to come here 20 years ago 🙂 And yes, the noodles, fried rice, Thukpas and Chilli Garlic Pork were still top-notch as they used to be back then. Tibetan prayer flags and wind chimes provided a soothing, musical ambience while we relished our meal. Check out their page here.

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The list doesn’t really end here. There is Cafe Ivy League & Rokeby Manor for continental cuisines, Green Restaurant for the pure vegans and many other hidden treasures. Chik Chocolate deserves a special mention for its wonderful shakes. Stopping by the mallside road for boiled eggs and pepper or fresh apple juices is yet another experience.  To cut the long story short, my list of places should just be the beginning contours for you to make your own list of awesome places to eat in Mussoorie 🙂 Bon Appetit in the lap of nature and hills !

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46 thoughts on “Best Places to Eat in Mussoorie

  1. Very awesome, AR you’re showing me these at this time😏
    Anyway, I wanted to compliment you on the way you express yourself, it’s quite professional like one is reading through the pages of a travel magazine! (Again pardon this unsolicited advice, but you can try Information service if it ever interests you because you’re awesome!)
    And I’ll refer to this article when I plan to visit this beautiful hill. I loved the Chinese one though I can’t eat spicy food and I’m a vegetarian too😂 but I loved the post very much
    Phew isn’t this comment an essay?!

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    1. I would confess V that now I eagerly await your elaborate and well-meaning comments and advice on all my posts, so thanks a lot for this. Infact that is a great option you suggested 🙂 My apologies for showing you food stuff at this time, but Maggi is technically just 2 minutes away na? (sorry :D) Try visiting the hills during an off season, summers would make you feel you are in Delhi there as well !
      PS: I love reading and writing essays 🙂

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      1. Seriously did I actually give you a great advice?! Oh wow, haha thanks!
        And that’s kind of you to say that, though I’m afraid it wasn’t much related to your post. But I promise I’ll try to keep up to your expectations😄
        Hahaha, don’t be sorry! It’s okay. Yeah two minutes away but I’m one lazy person😭😭😭😭
        I know what you mean, it’s way too crowded in peak season and even during Christmas, New Years.
        Haha essay toh pasand hone hi padenge (sorry! Bad joke😫😂)

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      2. Yes, that is exactly what I like about WordPress. It allows us to have our personal space and quality conversations without being too intrusive. And btw, 2 minutes is a hoax, my Maggi has never been ready in less than 8 10 minutes 😂😂😂 cheers for the essay-love🍻😃

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      3. Oh yeah, I hate FB, I’m not even active there, too intrusive. But I’m sorry if I seemed intrusive though I know you mean I’m not but still wanted to say that! All the best for future. Same here never in two minutes. 😏😂 Cheers!

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      4. Arey baba, intrusive as in the whole world reading and knowing everything without a care, in that sense 😀 Kindly do not take it in any other sense :P. Really cherish and look forward to the discussions like-minded people like us have here V 🙂 and I am one step beyond you in that case, my FB is deactivated since June :D:D

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      5. Oh! Yeah you’re so right. I am sort of feeling the same, that’s why I dare to write even the most personal pieces I’ve never shared out loud like my previous post. The freedom is actually nice and liberating❤
        Here’s to like minded people like us, may we have many more conversations with anyone we please!😄
        Hahahaha! You win this time!

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      6. Yayyy, freedom of speech , expression and liberty 😁 ok sorry bad one this was😁. All your posts are an absolute delight to read , but nothing beats the ones on humor – cows, expectation / reality..eagerly awaiting the next 😁😊

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      7. That’s why twinklingwords must remain as V here because it gives freedom of speech, intrusives try to reach every space! There you’ve got your mystery solved! And hahaha! Thank you, thank you. Same here. Keep posting, AR😁

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    1. Thank you very much Cornelia. I am happy you loved the pictures, they are all worth a try if you plan a visit to India someday 😊😊

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    1. Yes definitely 🙂 And having keen eyes and senses like you sir, I am sure some hidden treasures will be revealed when you visit the place 😁 I can already imagine a hearty conversation taking place between you and Mr. Bond with the Himalayan valleys completing the landscape 😁

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  2. If ever I go to Mussoorie, I am definitely taking your advice and going to all these places. A lovely post, with beautiful descriptions and mouthwatering pictures. I love food and I am glad I stumbled upon your blog. Do keep posting!
    Excuse me now, I have to eat.. I suddenly feel really hungry after looking at all these pictures.

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    1. Haha , thanks a bunch Animesh for visiting this blog and sharing your lovely views 🙂 Would be more than ecstatic if this food advice is of use to your future visit 😁 and apologies for letting you get hungry at 4.30 pm😂 Cheers , to the love for food😁

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  3. Great list. During my last visit to this hill station I walked up from picture palace to char dukkan and then to all tibba. Enjoyed the walk and waffle with chocolate at char dukkan.

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    1. Thanks a lot arv. That is exactly the trip I have been propagating to all my folks, instead of talking their cars up there ! Quite a soulful experience , the whole walk up to nag tibba.

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      1. I rem’ber walking at least 15-20 km on a single day, since I did two rounds one of which also involved camel back road. I enjoyed the lively atmosphere due to presence of kids from a local school there. There’s this walnut tree under which everyone sits and enjoy shakes or burgers!
        walking in my opinion is only for explorers and not for the tourists. So they are two different ends, which shall never meet.
        😉

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      2. So rightly said 😂the two ends would never meet ! But seriously it is annoying how the fat cars with dozens of passengers honk their way across even near Chaar Dukaan ! Logo ko kahi shaanti nae milpaati😂 and that’s great arv, you have a great walking capacity 😃

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      3. You said it well. For explorers and travelers, these popular hill stations within short driving distance from NCR should be discounted unless you’re visiting in off-season. It’s a shame though. Our country men need to grow up. I was on way to yamunotri side for a trek. So this walk just prepped me up. Where do you reside?

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      4. I know arv, seeing the utter disregard for environment hurts people like us . We need law enforcement that ensures nature has an upper hand over haphazard development agenda rather than the other way round ! Wow that would have been a nice practice then. I am put up in Delhi. When I was in Mussoorie, used to stay at a place called Jharipani.

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      5. It’s a beautiful quaint setup, much like Landour in a sense . I was there as a kid due to my father’s posting, but yes a part of me does belong to the town since then 😃😃

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