5 Best Places to Eat in Shimla | The Orchid Hotel Shimla

5 Best Places to Eat in Shimla

Chicken grilled along with veggies on a skewer

The magnificent snow-capped mountains of Shimla are not only famous for their picturesque beauty and rustic colonial charm but also for their diverse culinary delights. With thousands of tourists visiting each year, the scenic landscape has gradually transformed into a beautiful haven of rich flavours. It is home to a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and street food stalls offering lip-smacking delicacies. From traditional Himachali cuisine to modern fusion dishes, you will find it all here. In this blog, we will take you through some of the best places to eat in Shimla that you must visit on your next trip.

So, without further ado, let's dive into the gastronomical journey and explore the food scene of Shimla!

1. Cafe Vindhyas

Imagine starting your day with a hot cup of coffee surrounded by the breathtaking view of the lofty Himalayan mountains. Visit Cafe Vindhyas, an in-house cafe in the Orchid Hotel, Shimla, serving delicious South Indian cuisine. Apart from that, the cafe also serves a range of wraps, sandwiches, snacks, and appetizers that are sure to satiate your hunger pangs. If you're dining with your little ones, you'll be delighted to know that Cafe Vindhyas has a special kids' menu that features their favourite delicacies. With a perfect blend of flavours and a serene ambience, Cafe Vindhyas is undoubtedly one of the places to eat in Shimla.

The simple and neat dining arrangements inside a dining venue - The Orchid Hotel Shimla
Harrington Bar, One of the best bars in Shimla. - The Orchid Hotel Shimla

2. Harrington Bar

Chilly weather and a glass brimming with exquisite spirit is a combo no one can beat. The best way to experience these excellent flavours is to head over to Harrington Bar, present at The Orchid Hotel in Shimla. This iconic bar and restaurant boast stunning panoramic views of the valley, making it the perfect spot to unwind with a drink in hand. Whether you prefer your martini shaken or stirred, the skilled bartenders at Harrington Bar will create a drink that suits your sophisticated taste buds. Enjoy live music as you sip on a wide range of brews, cocktails, and mouth-watering foods.

3. The House of Glass

The House of Glass is not just a restaurant in Shimla, it's an experience. This rooftop restaurant is enclosed with glass windows, creating a serene and tranquil atmosphere that's perfect for a romantic dinner. The menu is filled with succulent options, including live-cooked thin-crust pizzas, crystal dim sum, and delicious Tex-Mex nachos. Special mention goes to authentic Indian dishes like the Railway Mutton Curry, Paneer Methi Makhan, Bhune Saag ki Bhindi and Peshwari Naan. These are must-try dishes that will leave you coming back for more. Spend some quality time with your loved ones while relishing flavoursome dishes amidst the ethereal view of the Himalayas.

The seating arrangement in The House of Glass, a rooftop restaurant in Shimla - The Orchid Hotel Shimla
Bottle made of glass placed on a platform

4. Eighteen71 Cookhouse And Bar

If you're looking for a vibrant and trendy spot to dine in Shimla, then look no further than Eighteen71 Cookhouse and Bar. This chic and stylish restaurant offers a unique blend of modern and traditional cuisines, making it one of the top restaurants in Shimla. It serves delectable Pan-Indian and Oriental cuisines like Fried Fish with Sambal, Stir Fried Tofu and Pad Thai Noodles, cooked in fresh ingredients and flavours. To complement the food, Eighteen71 Cookhouse and Bar offers an extensive collection of handcrafted cocktails, beers, and wines. So, whether you're looking for a romantic evening or a night out with friends, Eighteen71 Cookhouse and Bar promises an unforgettable time.

5. Cafe Sol

Cafe Sol is a lovely cafe on Mall Road that has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. From hearty breakfasts to sumptuous sandwiches and salads, Cafe Sol serves up incredible Thai, Mexican, Italian and Continental specialities. And do not forget to try out the coffee! Cafe Sol's baristas are experts in brewing the perfect cup, so you can indulge in a rich and creamy cappuccino or a smooth and aromatic latte. The eatery is filled with the beautiful smell of freshly baked food, welcoming everyone to have a great time amid the serene nature.

Three people holding coffee mugs together

While you explore the scrumptious delicacies from these Shimla restaurants, stay at our boutique hotel, The Orchid Hotel Shimla. It is surrounded by the spectacular vista of the snow-covered mountain valley. Arrayed with excellent accommodations and fine dining options, it is a perfect place for you to rest and unwind. To ensure you have an amazing trip across the town, we have curated the ultimate 3-day Shimla Itinerary for you. Embark on a fun-filled journey and have an incredible time!