Amritsar is a city in India located way up in the northern portion of the state of Punjab. It is only a few hours away from the Pakistan-Indian border and the nerve centre of Sikhism besides. Check out some of the top spots for starting the day in this holy, uber-cultural city.
In Punjab, dairy is found in almost every dish, partly because the region is the country’s second largest producer of dairy products. So, it is fair to say that trying their dairy specialties is a must! At Ahuja Sweets, customers can try any range of lassi drinks, which can be had with breakfast. A lassi is a yogurt-based drink that comes laden with sugar or salt, fruits or nuts.
Address & telephone number: Ahuja Sweets, B.K. Dutt Gate, Dhab Khatikan, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India, +91 183 254 2308
A famous dish of the North is the kulcha. A kulcha is a flaky pastry that comes in two varieties: a bread-like pastry and a stuffed pastry. Both are found around town and some of the best are found at All India Famous. Although the exterior might be unassuming, the food makes up for the mysteriousness. Some of the best kulchas are filled with potato, onion, and a ton of spices to amp up the flavor.
Address & telephone number: All India Famous, Purani Chungi Crossing, Maqbool Road, Near Commissioner’s Residence & Camp Office, Amritsar, Punjab, India, +91 981 567 2759
If there’s one thing that most Indians can’t go without, it is a good cup of chai. Chai tea is a special tea that is made with a variety of spices to bring out the flavor in the leaf and then combined with steamed milk. This drink is most commonly had early in the morning and there are tea shops and stalls scattered throughout the city. One of the best is Giani Tea Stall, where omelettes and breads accompany the steaming brews.
Address & telephone number: Giani Tea Stall, Cooper Rd, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Nagar, Company Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab 143001, India, +91 99144 44416
For all those carnivores out there who like something meaty and filling to get them fuelled up for the day, Friends Dhaba is the perfect street-side joint for that early morning meal. This shop brings in a heavy amount of foot traffic, so it’s always busy. Lamb and chicken are especially good here, cooked to go with a generous dousing of spice and masala.
Address & telephone number: Friends Dhaba, 219, Queens Rd, Crystal Chowk, Hasanpura Chowk, INA Colony, Amritsar, Punjab, India, +91 98886 10010
Kulcha Land is known for its kulcha chole, which is a traditional Punjabi dish. This typically desi restaurant provides many services besides the al la carte too, such as catering, hosting events and more. They have an extensive menu of Punjabi dishes that are sure to give customers’ taste buds a kick. The family-owned restaurant has been using recipes passed down for generations and is surely worth the morning stop-off.
Address & telephone number: Kulcha Land, Shop No.7, Near Sultanwind Gate, Dashamesh Market, Opposite Water Tank, Ajit Nagar, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India, +91 98880 80652
Jalebi is a sweet staple found throughout India; a deep-fried batter that is coated in a sugary syrup. It tastes just as good as it sounds and there is no wrong time in the day to indulge in one. This storefront can satisfy any early morning sweet craving with its fine creations, so be sure to drop by for a budget breakfast eat.