Nainital is a famous hill station located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It is in the foothills of the Himalayas and a tourist attraction that provides a perfect weekend spot for people living in the northern areas and has also been a tourist center for foreign tourists since the British period. Nainital is famous for its Naini Lake, surrounded by the mall road and Thandi Sadak. The mountains surrounding the hill station provide an astonishing view and offer several treks for travelers- China peak, tiffin top, Nainital Zoo, and Snow viewpoint are the major tourist spots in Nainital. The water of the lake adds up beauty to the town. Paragliding, boating, water ballooning, and water sports are some activities done in Nainital.
The mall road and the Bada Bazar markets contain many restaurants providing a perfect blend of Kumauni and Indian cuisine, enriching the experience of the tourists. The mall road being the busiest is a tourist attraction, plenty of café and restaurants are in mall road.
1. Machan Restaurant
It is situated in the heart of mall road, offering a beautiful lake view, a famous dine-in family restaurant providing Indian and Chinese Cuisine with good service and taste.
2. Embassy Restaurant
A decent restaurant with a great theme and an all-time favorite for all regulars to Nainital, they have maintained their food quality, service, ambiance, efficiency, and courtesy. With a wide range from south Indian to paneer dishes, Indian lentils, bread and sizzlers, Chinese and Continental dishes.
3. Zooby’s Kitchen
The ambiance of Zooby’s kitchen is very calming and lively, and the staff is also very humble and kind. The view from the café is breathtaking and worth a visit. The Open view of the lake makes this place more beautiful. It is one of the best places for romantic food with your loved ones.
4. Shiva Restaurant
It is one of the finest vegetarian restaurants in Nainital, located in Bada Bazar; it is known for its quality food among the locals and the tourists. A perfect place to fill up all your food cravings. Being an inexpensive pure veg restaurant, it is a hotspot for food lovers.
5. Anupam Restaurant
A dining restaurant with Indian and Chinese cuisine is located in Mallital, loved by tourists and locals. Good presentation and variety of food to offer are some qualities that make Anupam a must-try restaurant in Nainital.
It offers many dishes, including Thai curries, steak, Chinese dishes, pizzas, sizzlers, and more. It is particularly famous for its pastries and other delectable desserts in Nainital. Black forest cake of Sakley’s is most recommended and is worth a try.
7. Negi Restaurant
Established in 1961, it is a major attraction because of the variety of food it offers. Famous for its paneer dishes, veg kababs, lassi, and other vegetarian dishes, it provides a scenic view of Gurudwara Shri Singh Sabha.
8. Sher E Punjab
A Nice and clean restaurant just at the beginning of mall road, where you can sit both outside or Naini view. It offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods and serves one of the best Punjabi-style Indian food in Nainital.
9. Sonam Fast Food
Located in the Tibetan market, it is a busy restaurant filled with Momo lovers. Its Momos taste best with the hot and spicy sauce/chutney. The tasty and flavored red sauce complements the flavored momos. The next highly tempting dish at Sonam is their Dry Thupka.
Nanak’s holding a premium position in mall road is famous for its food that can satisfy all food cravings. To be able to cater to many diners, it occupies a favorable location at Nainital. It is always worth it to have some freshly prepared dishes here.
11. Chandni Chowk Restaurant
The restaurant gives a glimpse of old Delhi style. The Advisable dish here is jalebi and Kulhad Doodh (Milk). At this place, customers can drink delicious tea alongside the windy Naini lake.
12. Simz Café
It’s a small place offering a lake view from its windows. The food served here is reasonable and up to the mark. One can enjoy the lake view while reading books or playing different card games.
13. Boathouse Club
Located in Mallital, Boathouse club is also mentioned in the history of Nainital and thus can is under the category of ancient heritage. Although it is accessible for members, non-members can also visit by paying a small fee or a reference from a member-friend.
14. The Dhaba By Royal Kitchen
Themed as a fancy Dhaba, the decor of the place is quite irresistible. Offering good taste, presentation, adequate quantity, and decent behavior make it a must-visit restaurant when you are in Nainital.
15. Saraswati Restaurant
Saraswati restaurant has its Indian version of the burger, which uses an Indian style aloo Tikki (potato patty) stuffed in a bun to create Bun Tikki. The lavish taste of its bun has always been a favorite among the locals and tourists as well.
16. Café Chica
Located near High Court and housed in a 140-year-old mansion that looks right out of the British era. It is an outdoor restaurant far away from noise and chaos and provides a perfect spot to enjoy the natural surroundings. Thai Chicken Salad and Ham & Cheese Croissants are some must-try dishes.
17. Purohit Restaurant
In mall road, this eatery is offering food at reasonable rates without compromising food quality and taste. It has a wide range of food on the menu to cater to the varied requirements of its customers.
18. Spicy Affairs
Amidst the busy shops of Tallital, Spicy affairs provide variety in Chinese dishes. The variations found in momos make the restaurant unique and more preferred by locals and tourists. Tandoori momos, Chocolate momos are some of the momos offered here.
19. China Town
Just in front of the Naina Devi Mandir, one can enjoy a variety of dishes like Chinese along with North and South Indian dishes. Good service and reasonable rates are some pros which attract the tourists. It is one of the best points to try Thupka soup and fried momos.
20. Heart Rock
In the Tibetan Market, this restaurant holds a competition in the market and is a paradise for food lovers, especially famous for its mouthwatering momos. The café serves Chinese food along with a noticeable Indian tinge to every dish.