Where to go in the capital to satisfy your sweet cravings.
The Big Chill, multiple locations
This café doesn’t just offer great meals, but also some lip-smacking desserts to round off those meals. Whether you’re craving a goey banoffee pie or a cheesecake or, really, just a large Belgian shake, The Big Chill has it all.
Wenger’s, Connaught Place
When you’re one of the oldest bakeries in the city, you probably have to work twice as hard to keep up those standards. Wenger’s has been doing that year after year, decade after decade. Go for their trusty coconut macaroons and lemon pastries or chocolate mouse and tarts—none of them will let you down.
Di Ghent Cafe, Gurugram
It may be tad bit on the expensive side, but Di Ghent Cafe does a good job with its main course dishes as well as desserts. Try their deliciously named Tarte Au Citron or Drabstaart if you don’t believe us.
Photograph: Di Ghent
The Bombaykery, multiple outlets
If you must skip a meal, do it. And simply dig into Bombaykery’s wide range of cakes, cookies (we recommend the Nutella sea salt version), cupcakes, and tarts. If you’ve already had your lunch, pack up their tea cakes because it’s never too late for a cuppa.
Theos, multiple outlets
This is another restaurant where desserts are the hero. Think thick shakes and cheesecakes, mousse shots, tiramisu, and yummy breads…Theos has it all. And with outlets all over Delhi, you’ll likely never be far from one.
Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale, Chawri Bazar, Bengali Market & Hauz Khas
You can never go wrong with a kulfi. Especially if you’ve been in the business since 1906. This is among the oldest kulfi shops in Old Delhi and has perfected the art ever since it opened for business at the turn of the previous century. At the moment, they serve a wide variety of flavours and are especially famous for their stuffed kulfis. Here, fruit pulp is used to make the flavourful kulfi mixture, which is then stuffed back into the fruit and set. Trust us and try one.
Old Famous Jalebi Wala, Chandni Chowk
The name sums up the reputation. Make you way to Old Famous Jalebi Wala for its crunchy-on-the-outside-but-moist-on-the-inside jalebis made with desi ghee; pair them with the creamy rabri, and you’ll likely not regret it.
Elma’s Bakery & Ktichen, Hauz Khas Village
We wind up this list with Elma’s Bakery & Kitchen, which stands up to its reputation, dishing out some amazing chocolate and red velvet cakes, berry fudge cheesecake, cheesecakes and carrot cake. Make sure you order a cup of tea, because, really what’s the fun otherwise?
Pearl Boutique Bakery Cafe, Greater Kailash 2
Step into this pretty bakery and cafe for some delicious cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches. We’re talking flavourful artisanal ice creams sandwiched between crunchy cookies that are a meal in themselves and simply irresistible.
Crème Borne, Connaught Place
This cosy dessert parlour is popular for its layered churros, overloaded waffles, and melt-in-your-mouth ice cream sundaes. The outlet is also famous for its ‘charcoal’ ice cream that tastes delicious and is very Instagram-friendly.
The Cake Company, DLF Phase 1
The extensive menu at this bakery means there’s something for everyone. We’re talking everything from classic cakes to crème cakes, deconstructed tubs (which are layered desserts), and gluten-free healthy options. Chocoholics can feast on the 10 layer chocolate cake that is legendary.