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Consistently dishing out a mind-boggling range of fresh and tantalizing traditional sweets since 1968, the family-run Ksheer Sagar uses 100% natural ingredients in all its preparations. Literally translating into Ocean of Milk, this shop does roaring business no matter what time of the day or year. Locals flock here to pick up delicacies such as gulab jamun, jalebi and shrikhand (a sweetened yogurt served with cardamom, pistachios and saffron). If the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, Ksheer Sagar wins in a heartbeat!
Located at New Hotel Broadway, Aman Restaurant welcomes diners to savor traditional Chinese, Mughlai and Continental preparations in a charming setting. The hotel restaurant features elegant interiors, complete with soothing lights and plush dining booths. Stop in for a hearty early morning breakfast or walk in for a late lunch of some appetizing Chinese and North Indian grub like chicken chowmein, cheese chopsuey, Chicken Handi and Chicken Kadhai, among other all-time favorites.
The Bread of Life Bakery is undeniably a haven for home-sick Western tourists who crave their hearty breakfasts consisting muffins, warm pancakes with syrup, steaming hot chocolate, croissants and fresh omelets. Not just this, Chinese dishes are also served at this relaxed cafe where one can lounge around writing postcards or letters for hours on end. An art gallery and silk shop upstairs stocks some interesting things that can be taken home as souvenirs. A good idea would be to drop in after a sunrise boat ride. Only cash accepted.
Experience the authentic flavors of Middle East with a quick stop at Grills. Situated on Ravindrapuri Road, this no-frills Lebanese joint serves up some of the most appetizing shwarmas, falafels, burgers and wraps. Grab your favorite chicken shawarma or a wholesome sandwich, along with your choice of beverage like an iced tea or probably a fresh fruit juice.
Serving delicious Chinese dishes, Ming Garden is a popular eatery in the area. Located right next to the delightful Chrystal Bowl, this restaurant has a fan following in the city for the sheer quality of the food, reasonable pricing and the vibrant atmosphere. The choices in the menu are quite elaborate with 14 different kinds of soups and 26 different starters. There is a facility for private gatherings upstairs.
In-house restaurant at the Haifa Hotel, Haifa Restaurant welcomes casual passersby also to come in and partake the culinary feast dished out by the prodigious chef. Indian, Chinese, Israeli and Continental dishes are on the menu, and though the dining area is not very spacious or clean, it has somehow become a hot bet for long-term travelers living in Varanasi. Cheap and tasty food goes a long way in bringing in repeat customers.