Beyond Biryani – A foodie’s guide to Hyderabad

Sitting at a neighborhood eatery on a rainy afternoon, I overheard three people on adjoining table, discussing what they will cook for dinner tonight. They had just ordered a plate of Chicken 65, onion Samosas, Gheepodi dosa and four cups of filter coffee. For a laid back city, Hyderabad takes its food quite seriously. Famous for its Biryani, which is undoubtedly the best I’ve ever had in India, the city has much more to offer when it comes to food.

Here are 5 major areas where you can relish some mouth watering delicacies:

  1. Banjara hills & Jubilee hills
    The most expensive suburbs of the city, one after the other, these two areas surely live up to the hype. Bustled with heavy traffic most of the times, these are famous for shopping malls, classy restaurants, hotels, along with huge luxurious bungalows of politicians and celebrities. Go there for fine-dining, roof-top lounges, and nightlife. The Karachi Bakery on Road no. 1 is one of the best in country at affordable prices.
  1. Secunderabad
    The twin town, divided from Hyderabad by Hussain Sagar Lake, this is where most of the locals live. Largely a residential area, the food-joints here are recommended, because they offer good quality at reasonable price. From Chinese cuisine of Nanking to ice-creams at Frozen dessert, there’s something for everyone. You will see a lot of school/college students, and middle-aged aunties drooling over Idli-sambhar or a plate of Golgappas.
    Local bakery in Hyderabad
    Local Bakery | Image source: Rajesh_India, Flickr CC
  1. Charminar
    Surrounded with one of the oldest markets for bangles and pearls, the area around Charminar is always over-crowded. The narrow lanes where everyone is making way for everyone else, you will find street food stalls all along the way. The meat eaters can treat themselves to all kinds of kebabs and Hyderabadi Haleem – a dish that’s available only during the month of Ramzaan. If you are a vegetarian, get some biscuits and sponge cake from Nimrah café & bakery.
  1. Nampally
    Known for the Deccan railway station, the Hyderabadi locals visit Nampally’s Mozamjahi market specially for the street food. Be it the Butter cheese dosa of Ram ki bandi, Osmania biscuits of Subhan Bakery or Famous Ice creams who still sells one scoop at Rs.20, this area is one of the oldest and everyone’s favorite for quick bites.
    Baking breadMaster chef baking bread | Image source: Rajesh_India, Flickr CC
  1. Hitec city
    This place has completely transformed itself in last 10-15 years, from a barren land to the corporate hub. This is where you will see tons of budget eateries, street stalls, fast-food joints along with high-end pubs, theme restaurants and luxury-dining options. My personal favorite include Dialogue in the dark and Heart cup coffee.
    Hyderabadi Biryani

    Hyderabadi Biryani | Image source: Alpha, Flickr CC

But, if I had just one day in Hyderabad, I would have breakfast at Taamaram, lunch at Paradise, dinner at Chutneys and midnight desserts at Cream Stone.

When I first arrived, I did not like anything about this city. The indifference turned to love and now it keeps calling me back. There is some level of uniqueness to all of it. Only here is the word ‘Baingan’, used more as a slang than its actually meaning of eggplant.

Have you lived in or been to Hyderabad? What’s your favorite place to treat those taste buds?

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This article was originally written and published on TravelKhana

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  1. First thing we think about when we hear about Hyderabad is its world famous Biryanis! You have pointed out really good places where a foodie like us can relish and enjoy the local delicacies! Thank you sharing this post Swati! 🙂

  2. Yes I agree with 2travellingsisters. The first thing we thought about Hydrabaad is its language and Biryani yummy and tasty, And Chaar Minar :). Whats this Ram ki bandi i heard it first time.

  3. The moment someone talks about Biriyani, the first thing that comes to mind is Hyderabadi Biriyani.. And it was a good stay in Hyderabad.. We took help of heybnb to book our stay and the stay was amazing one… it’s a best place for foodies like me.. our room owner helped us explore different places there.. we stayed there for 3days, couldn’t explore more… looking forward for another visit…

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