Foodie Alert: 5 Best Places To Eat In Darjeeling

Planning a trip to the quaint hill station? Here are some places to visit in Darjeeling for great food—from cafes to pubs and tea rooms. Bookmark these for a unique and unforgettable culinary experience
Glenary's is a famous cafe and bakery in Darjeeling
Glenary's is a famous cafe and bakery in DarjeelingMemories Over Mocha/Shutterstock

Located in West Bengal, Darjeeling is a former summer capital of the British Empire. Often referred to as the "Queen of the Hills," Darjeeling sits among tea estates at 2,050m above sea level, providing a cool climate all year round. The beautiful hill station is known for its picturesque sunrises, old-world charm and delicious food. The cool climate and stunning views of Mt Kanchenjunga make it an ideal destination for tourists. Darjeeling has something to offer for everyone, from paragliding and monasteries to tea plantation tours, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a must-visit destination. The town also has some amazing eateries offering delectable food. Here's a guide to some of the best places to visit in Darjeeling for great food.


It's the jewel in the crown of the Queen of Hills. We are talking about Glenary's, a heritage bakery and cafe which is among the most popular places to visit in Darjeeling. Running since pre-Independence days, the bakery is known for delectable cakes, breads, and pastries. If you are looking for a hearty meal, check out their classics like Fish and Chips and Pork Chops with French fries, Roast Chicken with Potato Salad, Mixed Grill, Beef Burger, Shepherd's Pie, and more.

Address: Nehru Rd, near Clock Tower, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101


The breakfast at Keventer's is famous
The breakfast at Keventer's is famous @titiscorner/Instagram

Situated in a corner, this famous restaurant was established by Edward Keventer's in the year 1911. Its reputation precedes it so much that it has featured in several books and films where Darjeeling plays a role. The open-air deck on the first floor offers a panoramic view of the landscape, including the snow peaks of the majestic Kanchenjunga on a clear day. One of the oldest restaurants in Darjeeling, Keventer's is renowned for its English breakfast spread. One of the most popular dishes is the meat platter, which includes sausages, meatloaf, salami, bacon, and eggs. When in Darjeeling, tea is the drink of choice, but at Kev's, you can start with a cup of their famed hot chocolate, a classic that was mentioned by the legendary director Satyajit Ray. Check here for more info.

Address: Shop No. 1, Club Side, Nehru Rd, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101


This restaurant is operated by a family and is situated in the same building as the famous Dekeling Hotel. Although the seating capacity is limited, it serves some of the most delicious Tibetan and Chinese cuisine in the town. It is conveniently located near a taxi stand, which makes it quite crowded. Therefore, timing your visit right is advisable if you want to secure a seat. The menu is extensive, featuring several dishes that are very popular such as chicken momo, wonton soups, pork waiwai noodles, and chilly pork served with steamed rice.

Address: 51, Gandhi Rd, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101

Nathmulls Sunset Lounge Tea Bar

Sample some of the best teas at Nathmulls
Sample some of the best teas at Nathmulls@mommytiviity/Instagram

A trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without trying the GI-tagged Darjeeling tea, which is also known as the "champagne of teas". While most restaurants and cafes offer a variety of teas, visiting Nathmulls can be a different experience altogether. Nathmulls is a company that has been around since 1931, and their outlet on Chowrasta, called The Sunset Lounge, has a tea bar. Here, you can sip on different types of teas and enjoy some snacks while observing people. If you are looking for souvenirs and gifts, you can buy some beautifully packaged teas and tea accessories from here.

Address: The Rink Mall, Laden la Rd, opp. GPO 19, Limbugaon, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101

Joey's Pub

Joey's Pub is a British-style bar located in the heart of Darjeeling town. The wood paneling gives it a warm ambiance, and it offers great views of the valley. With its atmospheric vibe, excellent music, and a wide range of drinks, this is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy classic cocktails with friends.

Address: 27Q8+Q35, Dr. SM Das Rd, opposite Big Bazaar, Limbugaon, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101

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Getting There

Bagdogra Airport is the closest airport and a taxi ride takes three hours to Darjeeling. The New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway Station is the nearest railhead and takes three hours to reach the city. If you prefer road travel, drive or hire a car from Siliguri or Bagdogra to reach Darjeeling in approximately two to three hours.

The best time to visit Darjeeling is from April to June but the months of October to December are equally popular with visitors. The city receives plenty of rainfall during the monsoon season from July to August so it’s probably best not to visit it during this time.

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