Best places for breakfast in Delhi

From Sarvana Bhavan to Caara Café, we have you covered.

Breakfast is the most sacred of all the meals. Obviously, we take it as seriously as you do. Which is why we have rounded up the best places for breakfast in Delhi. Ready?

Sarvana Bhavan, Connaught Place
For the longest time Sarvana Bhavan was the only reliable place in New Delhi to grab a south Indian meal besides the state houses in the capital. Years later, little has changed. Sarvana is still the go-to place for south Indian breakfast and meals. Its menu covers all the usual suspects—from idli-sambar to ghee pongal—so don’t go looking for anything other than that. Even so, Saravana Bhavan understands the wisdom of not being uptight and has been experimenting with its dosas—think palak paneer dosa or corn cheese uttapam—so that it can reach out to newer clientele.
Opens at: 8 am
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Café Lota, Pragati Maidan
If Sarvana Bhavan is a purist’s paradise, Café Lota is its exact opposite. Good luck trying to pin down Lota to one cuisine, because what you get is a truly eclectic mix. So whether its poha, sabudana popcorn, aloo paratha, and ragi banana pancakes or Mumbai style egg bhurji, chances are you’ll likely find it at Café Lota.
Opens at: 8 am
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Café Tesu, Adchini
From tea blends to coffee concoctions, waffles to fruit bowls, Café Tetsu serves them all. But what it does the best are eggs. The sheer variety of eggs on the menu is bound to blow your mind; though we tend to also lean towards CT’s Benedict and French toast. You should too.
Opens at: 8 am
Photograph: Café Tesu

Di Ghent, Gurugram
Like Tetsu, Di Ghent does eggs rather well. Though if you’re here chances are you’ll be drawn to its wide variety of waffles, pancakes and bagels. Top them up with the sauce of your choice—they have everything from maple to chocolate— add on seasonal fruits and whipped cream and you’re good to go.
Opens at: 9 am
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The Blue Door Café, Khan Market
More eggs, more pancakes and more sausages—it’s easy to fall in love with the breakfast at The Blue Door Café. Sure it’s more of the same, but TBDC does them really well. It opens at 7.30 am, just in time to fulfil your post-drink carb cravings. Should you find yourself exceptionally hungry, hit up the Ultimate Omelette featuring three eggs, sausages, hams, onions, bell peppers and bacon. 
Opens at: 7.30 am
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Shyam Sweets, Chawri Bazar
There’s only that much of eggs and bacon you can really have for breakfast. Which is when you head over to that Chawri Bazar landmark called Shyam Sweets. Sink your teeth into the aloo puris, the potato curry and everything you’d associate with north Indian breakfast.
Opens at: 8 am
Photograph: shyam_sweets / Instagram

AMA Café, Majnu Ka Tila
AMA Café’s menu may not be as eclectic as Café Lota, but it comes fairly close. While on the one hand they serve pancakes, cereals and eggs as well as English and American breakfasts, they also serve traditional north Indian food. We’d recommend the Himalayan Breakfast featuring aloo khatsa, tomato chutney and Tibetan bread.
Opens at: 7 am
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Jain Chawal Wale, Connaught Place
What Saravana Bhavan is to south Indian snacks, Jain Chawal Wale is to north Indian food—think choley bhature, parathas, pakoras, lassi, you get the picture. The vibe of the two establishments, however, couldn’t be more different. While Saravana is a proper sit-down space, Jain Chawal Wale is a lot smaller and a lot less formal. Chances are you’ll be having you breakfast standing up. But enjoying it nonetheless.
Opens at: 5.30 am
Photograph: foody_romance / Instagram

The Breakfast Club, Gurugram
This all-day breakfast place is where e-v-e-r-y kind of breakfast comes together. Want dalia? You got it. Parathas? Of course! Eggs? Sure! The Breakfast Club takes its name seriously and also serves dishes as varied as kheema pai, burrito and crepes.
Opens at: 6 am
Photograph: The Breakfast Club

Bille Di Hatti, Kamla Nagar
Should you find yourself in Kamla Nagar at, say 7 am, after your after-after party, chances are you’ll be digging into bhatures, pooris, chole and samosas (because who in their right mind wouldn’t want a samosa for breakfast) before you hit the bed for the rest of the day. And of course there’s lassi!
Opens at: 7 am
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Caara Café, Janpath
We wind up our list of the best breakfasts in Delhi with Caara Café that’s nestled within the haloed corridors of the British Council. Unsurprisingly, Caara serves a range of baked goodies, salads and, their top-selling item, chilli cheese toasties. Try out their cinnamon roll or carrot cake; they both go well with the chai.
Opens at: 8 am
Photograph: caarafood / Instagram