The Golden Temple is not only the holiest place in Sikh religion, but a symbol of love and equality for Amritsar’s citizens – and what better expression of love is there than sharing a huge table of food? Guru Ka Langar is a massive community feast cooked up in the Temple’s own kitchens, prepared to serve at least 40,000 people. Everybody is welcome, and no one is ever turned away. Here you’ll sit together on the floor in rows with folks from all walks of life, where you’ll be served an unlimited helping of dal, a seasonal vegetable, roti, rice, and water. The food is simple, like an everyday homestyle meal, but is quite well prepared and satisfying. The feast is free of cost and served by volunteers who are devotees of the Temple, but there’s no element of religion here; it’s pure, selfless humanity. If you want to give back after enjoying your meal, you can visit the kitchen premises and volunteer yourself, if you like!
Golden Temple Rd, Amritsar, Punjab +91 183 255 3957
This nondescript joint is a foodie’s paradise. Make sure you come to Beera Chicken on an empty stomach, so you can get the full effect of their heaping portions of rich, flavorful Tandoori chicken. Many locals and travelers will attest that this is the best Tandoori chicken in India – try it yourself and see if you agree. If Tandoori’s not the flavor you’re after, order a plate of their heavenly butter chicken, paired with a couple buttery slices of naan.
Majitha Rd, Sehaj Avenue, Amritsar, Punjab 143008 +91 8566914747
Gurmit Singh has been running this small tea stall successfully for the last 58 years. It’s still visited by Amritsar locals every morning for its famous tea, kachauris, and bread butter toasts. Though it may look like a humble spot, this tiny establishment is frequented by a number of big names, including several politicians and Indian film stars.
Cooper Rd, Company Bagh, Amritsar, Punjab +91 99144 44416
While butter chicken and naan is a delicious dinner choice, it won’t satisfy a pizza craving. Luckily, La Roma Pizzeria has got you covered in Amristar. Their pies are tasty, crisp, and affordable, and they serve a few delicious side snacks and sandwiches as well. Go for the chicken nuggets or the tandoori veg nuggets to start, and if you’re really ravenous, their gigantic club sandwich will not let you down. Off the pizza menu, your best bets are either the chicken mortadela, or the Napoli for vegetarians. With friendly service and a fun, rowdy atmosphere, La Roma is a great place for a fun, casual night with friends.
Kulcha Land is in the posh part of Amritsar, drawing mixed crowds from suave junta posses to unassuming flocks of tourists. Though their customer base is diverse, everyone is here for one reason – the amazing kulcha chole, a traditional Punjabi food. Grab a hot, fresh amritsari kulcha along with a cool, creamy lassi for a winning combination.
Circular Road, Medical Enclave, Amritsar, Punjab +91 98143 20652
Makhan Fish and Chicken Corner is low-key establishment serving wildly delicious chicken and fish dishes. It’s quite popular and has a quite a number of loyal customers. Try their famous fish dishes and you’ll understand why. As the name promises, their chicken menu is just as strong; the butter chicken and chicken tikka are especially tasty. Another surprise highlight is the mutton tikka, especially when paired with naan. This is a great stop for out of this world flavor at low price.
# 21A, Near Madan Hospital, Majitha Road, Amritsar, Punjab +91 98151 93241
One of Amritsar’s most beloved restaurants, Kanha Sweets is the best place to begin your day in the city. A large number of regulars gather here daily to have their morning meal of aloo and puri, along with a refreshing glass of lassi. This traditional breakfast combination is not only filling, but also extremely delicious. There’s no better way to start your exploration of Amritsar than breakfasting like a local.
Dayanand Nagar, Amritsar, Punjab 143001 +91 183 2211518