10 Heritage Restaurants In Kashmir Offering Traditional Cuisine

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
10 Heritage Restaurants In Kashmir Offering Traditional Cuisine

Have you been to Kashmir? Once you do, you will surely know why it is called Heaven on Earth. The snow capped mountains, the lovely dal lake, the houseboats and the traditional cuisine, everything about Kashmir  is beautiful. No matter which place you visit, your visit will always be incomplete without tasting the traditional cuisine there. So to make your work easy, here is a list of heritage restaurants in Kashmir offering traditional Kashmiri cuisine. 

1. Ahdoo’s

Ahdoo’s is one of the oldest restaurants and a heritage restaurant in Kashmir. It is more than 100 years old. The iconic restaurant is known for authentic Kashmiri cuisine. The timeless ambience of the place adds to the flavourful dishes it serves. The must try dishes here are Kahwa, Chicken Rogan Josh and chicken kebabs. 

Where: Residency road, Regal Chowk, Raj Bagh, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 

Time: 10am – 9:30pm

Contact: +911942472593

Cost: ₹1,500 for two

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2. Linz Cafe

This restaurant was opened in 1975 in order to provide employment to people while serving authentic food. The delicious traditional dishes offered here will fill both your stomach and heart. Make sure to not miss their tabak maaz, Kashmiri pulao, goshtaba, and rogan josh. The sweet old school ambience and soothing music add to the experience. 

Where: Srinagar, Residency Road, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 

Time: 12:30pm – 9:30pm

Contact:  094190 17351

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3. Lhasa Restaurant

Lhasa Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Kashmir and initially served only Tibetan and Chinese cuisine. It then began serving Kashmiri fare as well and it is now known for it as well. It is a garden restaurant and also serves a good variety of vegetarian food as well. The ambience of the restaurant is very welcoming. 

Where:  Lane No 3, Boulevard Road, Near Shah Abbas Hotel, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 

Time: 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Contact: 099065 46181

Cost: ₹750 for two

4. Alka Salka

Be it for lunch or dinner, Alka Salka is the right choice. Alka Salka serves you the most lip smacking traditional Kashmiri food in Srinagar. The locals when asked talk about its authenticity in food and also variety. Galouti kebab, murgh malai tikka, gulkand zafrani kahwa, mutton kanti, chicken pudina, and more delights are available on the menu. 

Where: 3RCC+QQW, The Bund Road, Munshi Bagh, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Time: 09:30pm – 10:30pm

Contact: 099066 89955

Cost: ₹750 for two

5. Mughal Darbar

Mughal Darbar is one of the most renowned restaurants in Srinagar. The restaurant is loved for its wazwan. Kashmiri cuisine’s multi-course feast is called wazwan. The place serves the most traditional chicken and mutton dishes.you can for sure try the korma and rogan. This family run restaurant is the perfect spot to go with your family. 

Where: Ground Floor, Residency Road, opp. polo ground, Rajbagh, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Time: 09:30pm – 10:30pm

Contact: 0194 356 9621

Cost: ₹400 for two


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6. The Chinar

The Chinar is the perfect choice if you want to experience fine dining in Kashmir. The place offers traditional Kashmiri flavours and spice mix. The interiors are way sophisticated and elite but the flavours are rooted in heritage. The ambience is quite vibrant and the taste of the food is beyond magical. 

Where: The Lalit Grand Palace, Gupkar Road, Srinagar

Time: 7:00am to 10:00pm

Contact:  0194 250 1001

Cost: ₹2000 for two

7. Stream Restaurant

Stream Restaurant is that one place which offers you traditional Kashmiri cuisine with a beautiful view. Stream restaurant is known for serving continental, Chinese and Kashmiri cuisine. The restaurant offers stunning views of the Dal lake and lip smacking Rogan josh. The ambience is very peaceful with soothing music. 

Where: Boulevard Road, Opp.Ghat No. 2, Dalgate Bridge, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Time: 12:00pm to 11:00pm

Contact: 0194 250 0244

Cost: ₹1000 for two

8. Shamyana Restaurant

Shamyana Restaurant is located near Dal lake and is known for its quick service and lovely ambience. Reshmi kebab, Trout Fry, Kashmiri kebab, and Galouti kebabs are a few of the Shamyana specialties. This place is perfect for a family dinner near the lake with the most delectable dishes. 

Where:Ghat No.2, boulevard, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Time: 10:00am to 10:00pm

Contact: 0194 250 1629

Cost: ₹900 for two


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9. Kareema Restaurant

Kareema restaurant is an old restaurant in Kashmir. The interior of the place is very simple with checker boxed tiles. The locals here love having their local feast wazwan at this restaurant. The rates are very much affordable and the service is very quick. They serve Kashmiri wazwan thali and is a must try. 

Where:Residency Road, Regal Chowk, Munshi Bagh, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 

Time: 12:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Contact: 0194 250 1629

Cost: ₹900 for two

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10. Earthen Oven Restaurant

This restaurant is another option for fine dining in Kashmir. The interiors of the restaurant are very vibrant, luxurious and sophisticated. The place offers you a pure Mughal experience from food to interior and even service. The place is widely known for North Indian and Kashmiri cuisine. 

Where: Ishber Nishat, Srinagar, India, 

Time: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Contact: 91 94195 74261

Cost: ₹2000 for two

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So the next time you are in Kashmir and want to visit a Heritage restaurant to enjoy Kashmiri cuisine, you have the list ready!

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