Perfect ambience, good food, positive vibes and a man you can have a conversation with- what else do you need for a good date? For me, the restaurant or cafe is more important than what I wear! In an era when most of us have our lives displayed out there on social media, an Instagram-worthy cafe is a pre-requisite for a date or even a night out with friends. I've lived in Delhi for 7 years now and I can proudly say that I've explored every nook and corner of the city. So, for your weekend plans, I've shortlisted 11 restaurants that you can pick from.
This one will take you straight to Greece on an extremely (comparatively) low budget. In-keeping with the Greek theme, the interiors of the restaurant are all indigo and white. I visited this place in the month of November, which also happens to be the best time to sit outdoors in Delhi. The moment I stepped into Ladera, I felt like I've been transported to Europe. And let me tell you, there isn't just one particular part of this restaurant that is Instagram-worthy. You could click a picture anywhere and it'll be one for the gram!
Address: Clarens Hotel, Plot 363, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Cost for two: Rs 4,000
Must try: Fettuccine alfredo pasta and seafood
Having won multiple food and nightlife awards, Olive Bar & Kitchen is an all-time favourite amongst Delhi-ites. A colonial building and a white pebbled courtyard, this one's as charming in the day as it is in the night. They've used wine bottles as candle stands and bougainvillaeas add to the vibe. If a romantic date is on your mind, just take my advice and pick Olive.
Address: 6-8, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Website: Olive Bar & Kitchen
Cost for two: Rs 4,000
Must try: Valrhona Chocolate
What made me fall in love with this cafe was its European feel. The Rustique cafe has an extremely cute little bakery inside in case you wanna grab a cheesecake! And the best part? From the interiors to the food, it's all Instagram-worthy. The lush green and wooden interiors are perfect for the day and the pretty fairy lights will light up your late-night date!
Also, Rustique has full-length wallpapers with European landscapes. Who wouldn't want a picture with that?!
Address: Essex Farms, 4 Aurobindo Marg, Adchini, New Delhi
Instagram: Rustique on Instagram
Cost for two: Rs 1,000
Must try: Falafel platter with Spinach dip
This is one of my go-to places since it is located in the Greater Kailash M Block market. So, whenever I'm exhausted after all the shopping and I feel like unwinding over a drink, I head to Music and Mountains. Established in 1944 in Nainital by a Swiss Chef, the cafe has been designed as a rustic mountain lodge. The fireplace and the wooden interiors overlook the lush greens of Greater Kailash and make this cosy li'l cafe perfect for winters.
Address: M-23, M Block Market, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi
Cost for two: Rs 2,100
Must try: Last Waltz Spaghetti
A truly romantic fine-dining restaurant that must be reserved for a special date. The lit-up pathway, candle-lit cabanas and lush greens make this one look straight out of a fairytale. Serving Southern-European and Moroccon menu, this Spanish-themed restaurant is my latest fave. Dress up and get clicking 'cuz this one's definitely made for your Instagram feed.
Address: The Claridges, 12, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi
Cost for two: Rs 5,500
Must try: Cured meat platter and tiramisu
Who doesn't want to step into the Mughal era of romance? That is why I decided to visit the award-winning Bukhara for a late-night dinner. Now, what makes it Instagram worthy? Well, the restaurant’s stone-clad walls and rough-hewn furniture evoke the rustic origins of the cuisine. Do not forget to click a picture in the main lobby area of which I've attached an image above.
Address: ITC Maurya, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Instagram: Bukhara on Instagram
Cost for two: Rs 6,500
Must try: Butter chicken
You wouldn't have to wait to get to your table to click an Instagram worthy picture at DRAMZ and neither did I. The moment I stepped into this restaurant, I had found my spot. I chose to get a picture clicked right at the beautiful entrance and trust me, it was one for keeps. Not to forget, the rooftop view of the Qutub Minar that makes your date even more special. DRAMZ is a whiskey bar so expect the finest collection here.
Address: 1580/1, KD Marg, Near Qutub Minar, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Instagram: DRAMZ on Instagram
Cost for two: Rs 3,200
Must try: Greek salad
Want a magical view of the Qutub Minar at night? Definitely visit Thai High in Mehrauli for your next date. Not only do I relish the food here but I also love the multiple Instagram-worthy walls. My first favourite is the one with stringed golden cages and my second favourite is an indoor wall with frames and pictures from Thailand.
Address: 1091/1, Ambawatta Complex, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Instagram: Thai High on Instagram
Cost for two: Rs 2,200
Must try: Som Tom and Pad Thai
Just like the name suggests, Rose Cafe is a must-visit for everyone who likes floral backdrops. The home-style cafe serves global meals and homemade dessert that'll leave you coming back for more. Also, the pastel theme is perfect for your feed! I have visited this place twice and I am absolutely in love with the decor as well as the vegan menu.
Address: 2, Westend Marg, Saidulajab, Saket
Instagram: Rose Cafe on Instagram
Cost for two: Rs 1,400
Must try: Everything on the vegan menu
Who hasn't heard about Diggin? Whenever I am in the mood for Italian, this is where I head. A cosy li'l cafe, the entry to this place will have you clicking for the gram. The interiors are peppered with lanterns, vases, books and cute little nick-knacks. They also have an open kitchen so if you're into food photography, this is another plus! Diggin has two outlets in Delhi- one on Siri Fort Road and the other one in Chanakyapuri and both are equally stunning.
Address: Shop 1 & 2, Sri Fort Road, Opposite Gargi College, Anand Lok, New Delhi
Santushti Shopping Complex Shop No-10 Opp Samrat Hotel, New Delhi
Instagram: Diggin on Instagram
Cost for two: Rs. 1,200
Must try: Their pizzas are to-die-for!
This one is my favourite pick when its supper time and I am in the mood for some snacks or a drink. Just like the quote on the wall suggests, Pearl Boutique Bakery and Cafe does give the vibe of a slice of art with a touch of glamour. Of course, a pic by this sign is a must. The friendly staff is a major plus!
Address: M23, M Block Market, Greater Kailash 2 (GK 2), New Delhi
Instagram: Pearl Boutique Bakery Cafe on Instagram
Cost for two: Rs 1,300
Must try: Truffle and parmesan fries
So, which one are you trying first?
Featured Image: Author's Own
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