Shimla is so much more than the bustling, snow-capped capital of Himachal Pradesh. Along with scenic views of the beautiful mountain tiers, this picturesque city offers a melting pot of mouthwatering cuisines. From fish with an Asian flair to the colorful spice blends of authentic Himachali dishes, Shimla is a hidden gem for anyone seeking a truly unique Indo-Asian-Arab fusion experience.
Seventh Heaven is for the couple who want a lavishly romantic fine dining experience without spending a small fortune on a plate of appetizers. Located on the seventh floor of the highly-rated Hotel Combermere in the heart of Shimla, Seventh Heaven offers an enchanting view of the Shimla mountaintops that will leave you captivated before your meal even arrives. The extensive multi-cultural menu can be enjoyed on an outdoor terrace as well, which has a fire to keep you and your significant other warm throughout the night.
Address and telephone number: Hotel Combermere, Tourism Lift Street, Mall Road, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171001, India +91-177-2651246
When you’re craving a taste of true Himachali cuisine, look no further than Ashiana & Goofa, a beloved fixture in Shimla’s Lower Bazaar that hasn’t changed its menu in years. Himachali cuisine traditionally accompanies its luscious, creamy tomato-based gravy with soft, steam-filled breads. Ashiana & Goofa incredible dishes are favorites with locals and tourists alike, who especially love coming here for late lunch outings. At such affordable prices and with spectacular views of the mountain base, Ashiana & Goofa is the definition of culinary authenticity in Shimla.
Address and telephone number: The Ridge, Lower Bazaar, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001, India +91-177-2621572
The Wake & Bake Café is a cultural masterpiece in that, given its historically rich surroundings, seems anachronistically ahead of its time. With a distinctly laid back vibe caught somewhere between bohemian and upscale rustic, it’s the only restaurant in Shimla that offers bona fide French crêpes, Lebanese hummus, and South Indian pancakes. Hand-painted branches and vines cover the walls, contrasting with the charming oak tables and natural lighting. Wake & Bake is the preferred gathering place of Shimla’s youthful crowd, but you’re guaranteed to find folks of all ages enjoying breakfast here.
Spars Lodge is an escape from the ordinary. With round-the-clock service and talented executive chefs, Spars Lodge is the homely version of a five-star resort. Though it’s a few kilometers past Scandal Point, the State Museum is within driving distance and the hillside views are as lovely as ever. The star of the menu is the trout: locally caught and always fresh, the way it is served rotates so often that you’ll never eat it the same way twice.
Address and telephone number: Museum Road, Chaura Maidan, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, 171004, India +91-177-2657908