Old Delhi’s jammed pack with history and stories and some super sweethouses. Here’s five that should be on your hit list in the walled city
Kanwarji, Chandni Chowk
Since the middle of the 19th century Kanwar ji has been keeping Chandni Chowk sweet and doing so with a particularly fine line in gulab jamun.
1972 Chandni Chowk, on the way into Parantha Wali Gali (opposite the State Bank of India). Google maps is here
Famous Old Jalebi Walla, Chandni Chowk
Founded in 1884 by Nem Chand Jain, the Old Famous Jalebi Wala continues to be run by the Jain Family who hold their Jalebi secrets close to their chest.
Old Famous Jalebi Wala, Chandni Chowk, on the corner of Dariba Kalan. Look out for the crowds and the flashing sign and you’ll soon be smiling.
Shyam sweet house, Chawri Bazaar
Founded at the turn of the 20th century, Shyam sweet house is a much loved Old Delhi institution. Shyam says that they have the widest selection of sweets in Old city, but you’ll have to count and eat them all to decide whether that is true or not.
112, Chawri Bazar, Chowk Barshahbulla. A second outlet has opened in Darya-Ganj. Here’s the website that gives you all you need to know. Shyam Sweets, Chawri Bizaar, opposite the turning for Nai Sarak. Here’s a map.
Giani Di Hatti, Church Mission Road, Fatephur.
Giani Di Hatti, a post independence sweet house has a reputation for serving the best Rabri Faludu in the city during the summer months and the best gajar halwa at winter time. It’s a reputation that’s well deserved.
Giani’s can be found at Church Mission Road, Khari Baoli, Chandni Chowk, 110006
Sultan ji’s, Jama Masjid
A new sweet house in Old Delhi is showing established traders a thing or two when it comes to making seriously good sweets. If you love jalebi and gulab jamun, get yourself down to Sultan ji’s where they’re given a magical MP mawa makeover.
Find Sultan ji on Matia Mahal Rd, Jama Masjid, Bazar Matia Mahal,