Darjeeling's Culinary Experiences for the Soul
A trip to Darjeeling would remain incomplete without visiting some of the classy local eateries.
Darjeeling is a food lover's paradise.
For Himalayan delicacies and more, you have to visit the Kalden Cafe. It is a blink-and-you-miss-it place tucked away in a small alley on the mall road. The cafe is a tiny, three-table room that just about manages to seat ten guests. A Tibetan family runs this cafe, which has great interiors. Home-made sausages hang from the wooden beam of the kitchen, freshly baked loaves and buns lie piled on wooden shelves, kettles whistle, the wok sizzles and pots boil, as skilled hands create magic for the waiting customers. The food here is heavenly. Each dish is an incredible experience - from the steaming thukpa, to fried meats, from flaky pies to sausages, from dumplings & momos, to noodles cooked in a hundred different ways, and of course, burgers and sandwiches of every kind.
Glenary's Bakery & Cafe, also known as the Glenary's Cake Shop is located in a white colonial building, a prominent landmark of Darjeeling since the British colonial days. Glenary's is known for the breakfast that includes sandwiches, burgers, rolls, pies, pizzas, pastries, cakes and fresh bakes like muffins, fresh bread and loaves. They also serve great Darjeeling tea or coffee to go with the delicious breakfast. There is a seating area behind the pastry counter with several tables and chairs laid out that presents marvellous views of the mountains and the valley while you have your breakfast or snacks.
You must not leave Darjeeling without having a bite in these local eating joints. You can also sample some of these local delicacies at the Sterling Darjeeling resort.
Good to Know :
Kalden Cafe is located in a small alley near the Mall Road. Glenary's is located on Nehru Road that leads to the Chowrasta Mall. Our staff can help you with directions.
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