We are here with the list of top 15 Delhi colleges with the best mess food in the city. Choosing the best college is extremely necessary when it comes to food, right?
When we look back at our college days, the fondest of the memories are of the canteens. Sitting around with friends doing nothing in the canteens but hogging on all the cheap and scrumptious food.
Be it bunking classes, completing lab records, celebrating little victories, or giving birthday treats to friends there is no better place than the college canteen.
List of Top 15 Delhi Colleges With The Best Mess Food
- National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
The students of NIFT, Delhi have repeatedly boasted of their college canteen on every occasion. Their canteen offers great food at a pocket-friendly price.
Another star in the badge constitutes for the ambiance. The ambiance of the canteen is quite lush. There are a number of vendors operating in the canteen.
All of them provide a wide variety of delicious food at a very cheap price. The best include Paneer Dhokla at just 20 rupees for a serving. And it is so juicy and yummy, you will definitely long for another.
Another plus point is its lush location. The NIFT, Delhi is located in Hauz Khas locality. It is filled with posh cafes and pubs to party in style.
Where: NIFT, Near Gulmohar Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
- Jawarharlal Nehru University (JNU)
JNU is one of the most prestigious universities in the country. It is an active hub of novice politics and has great names to list as its alumni.
Another peculiarity of the university is its food. It has many loved food joints each offering a scrumptious and delicious meal. Among the many, some to name would be 24/7, Mughar Darbar, and Ganga Dhaba.
Apart from these food joints, the university campus also has two canteens. Yes! You read it right, the campus has TWO canteens namely, Secular House Canteen and the Libary Canteen.
Isn’t it awesome? To have a canteen inside your library! JNU gives birth to future leaders and it is necessary to have your bellies full in order to work hard.
JNU has the best of all be it momos, thukpa, kebabs, rolls, tikkas, or even lucchiand aloo bhaja. It offers rare treats that are hard to find in the city and that too at such an inexpensive one!
Where: New Mehrauli Road, JNU Ring Rd, Delhi 110067
- Jamia Millia Islamia College
Jamia Millia is another of the famed universities of the country. Children from all over the world seek to gain admission here. The campus is a treat for anyone who gets to stroll around.
The university houses 3 canteens, Dastarkhwan, Central Canteen, and Castro Cafe. The canteen, Dastarkhwan, is run exclusively by women. Its prime attraction is chicken biryani and kebab parathas.
Central Canteen is the main canteen of the college. It is always buzzing with students. And it’s not just the students that can be spotted her but also faculty members, visitors, and other dignitaries. Every dish served here is just as delicious as it is cheap.
Castro Cafe is an open-air space and is named after the modern anti-imperialist leader Fidel Castro. This cafe is the evening star on the campus. Enjoying a cup of coffee here with the sunset and birds chirping is the favorite time of the day for many.
Where: Jamia Nagar, Okhla, New Delhi, Delhi 110025
- Delhi Technical University (DTU)
The Delhi Technical University is a dream college for many students across the country. It has a great campus and a greater canteen.
The food is just yummy especially the piping hot samosas with green chutney. Also, the chole bhature here is something that you cannot find anywhere else.
About the ambiance, you can always find the drama society children practicing about or the arts society working nearby. There is never a dull day around the canteen.
Where: Delhi Technological University, Shahbad Daulatpur Village, Rohini, Delhi, 110042
- Delhi School of Economics (DSE)
Delhi School of Economics has been the favorite spot of students for the longest time now. It has a decent canteen and a quaint little cafe just outside the college.
Both the cafe and the canteen are always abuzz with students entering ad leaving the place, all the while savoring the delectable treats.
The best of the place include mutton dosa, muton cutlet, masala coke, and the egg curry. Also, iced tea is the most refreshing drink you will taste. One cup after a hectic lecture can make you upbeat about another hour of the same.
Where: University Enclave, Delhi, 110007
- Hindu College, Delhi University
Hindu college is a renowned college of the famed Delhi University. Besides being known for its meritorious alumni, it is also known for its low-cost high-quality delicious food.
The college serves a wide variety of vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food. Yes, it is one of the few colleges in the city that do serve non-vegetarian dishes.
But the best of the place include the North and South Indian cuisine like paranthas, rajma chawal, dosa, and idli. It also serves the best street food around, be it gol gappe or chaat.
Where: Sudhir Bose Marg, Hindu College, University Enclave, Delhi, 110007
- St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University
St. Stephen’s is the elitist college of the city. Getting admission is very difficult but it is worth the effort. The canteen of St. Stephen’s is not at all the regular canteen, for a first, it is called ‘Cafeteria’ by the stephanians.
It has an old-world charm to it. Sitting in the cafeteria, you can almost feel the vintage old colonial vibes brushing through you. And the food also emanates the elite feels.
When in the vicinity, you should surely try mince cutlets, chicken curry rice dishes, and dill pickle sandwiches. And also, you cannot miss out on the scrambled eggs with toast too.
Where: Sudhir Bose Marg, University Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110007
- Hansraj College, Delhi University
Hansraj College is that one college that you have actually seen a lot but never known. The place has been captured in many movies. It has a large canteen with a seating space of about 150 people.
It has a self-service counter that is decorated very beautifully by the committee on every occasion. The cost of every food item is very light on the pocket.
The children are usually seen gulping down loads of cold-coffees and hot spring rolls. It also serves some of the best appetizers in the vicinity that you cannot find elsewhere by spending the same amount of money.
Where: Mahatma Hans Raj Marg, Hansraj College, Malka Ganj, Delhi, 110007
- Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University
Lady Shri Ram College is another of the best Delhi University colleges. Apart from serving a variety of cuisines, this one also serves non-vegetarian food and it is actually famous for it.
From mutton dosas, pizzas, and hot dogs to cheese macaroni, and vada pav you are bound to be confused as to what to eat first. The most mind-boggling thing is the inexpensiveness of the dishes.
You can actually have a fully satisfied stomach in just 50 rupees here. The specialty, though, is the dessert. Every day something different is made. This something can range all the way from cheesecakes to fudge brownies.
Another plus point is its location. It is situated close to the main Lajpat Nagar Market. This market is one of the busiest and liveliest street markets for shopaholics.
Where: Lala Lajpat Rai Rd, Opposite Bluebells School, Lajpat Nagar IV, Lajpat Nagar 4, New Delhi, Delhi 110024
- Lady Irwin College, Delhi University
Lady Irwin College is a famous Delhi University college and also has the best location of all. It is quite literally situated at the heart of the city.
The canteen serves as the meeting spot for all the college friends here. They love the cutting chai with the bread pakoras. That too served at a very reasonable price.
A five-minute walk from the campus will take you to Connaught Place. CP is the destination for anyone who wants to shop, eat, stroll, linger, work, or perhaps do anything.
Another plus point is the fact that it is situated in Central Delhi. You can go anywhere in the city and it would take approximately equal amounts of time.
Where: University Of Delhi, Sikandra Rd, Mandi House, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
- Shivaji College, Delhi University
Another Delhi University college famous for its canteen is the Shivaji College. It has a main canteen that serves the best rajma chawal and chole chawal. That too oh-so-cheap!
Apart from the regular canteen the campus also has a Bru Canteen and a Mother Dairy booth to help the students with their other needs.
Bru Canteen generally sees a crowd of faculties and visitors more than that of the regular students. The students tend to go to the regular canteen as it gives them more of an informal vibe.
Where: Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Shivaji Enclave, Raja Garden, New Delhi, Delhi 110027
- Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, Delhi University
Shyama Prasad Mukherji College is a girls-only college and is quite popular among the students. They have a regular canteen and outsiders are not allowed in there.
Like every Delhi University college, this one is also very cheap and preferred by the students. The main dishes to look out for are its grilled sandwiches, uttapam, and hot coffee.
Another attraction is that there are many posh but affordable eateries and cafes around the college. Punjabi Bagh is a hub for such ventures.
Where: West Punjabi Bagh, Punjabi Bagh, Delhi, 110026
- Janaki Devi Memorial College, Delhi University
Janaki Devi Memorial College is also a women’s college of the Delhi University. The canteen here is decent but serves a lot of variety of cuisines.
You can always find students looming over the counter waiting on their orders. There is everything from dosa, idlis to noodles and chili potatoes, from samosas to cheese maggi, and also a great cup of cold coffee.
The food is very cheap and affordable. It is freshly made and is regularly inspected by a committee comprising of faculty and students.
Where: Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Marg, Old Rajinder Nagar, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110060
- Venkateshwara College, Delhi University
Venkateshwara College or ‘Venky’ as popularly called by the millennial generation is a packed social hub. It always the first choice of students while choosing their colleges.
Venky has a strict vegetarian canteen with low-cost delicious South Indian food. Among the rich variety are idlis, vadas, dosas, samosas, and even jalebis. Also, the chai is known to take away all the tiredness.
But the main USP remains its location. Venky is situated in the midst of the ‘hangout destination’ of the city. Venky is just opposite Satya Niketan, a hub of cafes.
The place has an outlet of every famed cafe-chain and many other gorgeous places that match the vibe of the new generation. At any time of the day, you will find it hard to spot an empty booth for yourself.
Where: Dhaula Kuan Enclave I, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
- Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University
Indraprastha College for Women is known to have one of the best college campuses among all the DU Colleges. It also manages to have a very decent canteen as well.
The canteen offers a wide range of appetizing snacks like cheese maggi, bread paneer pakoda, chole bhature, and spring rolls. The lunch menu includes South Indian food, North Indian thali, and more.
They also provide packaged food for hygiene conscious people. However, the cherry on the cake remains the popular ‘Chaat ka Thela’ right outside the college gate.
Being a girls’ college, the stall is always packed with hoards of girls crunching up papdi chaat, bhelpuri, aloo tikki, kulcha roll, or bun-tikki. That too all at just 20 bucks!
Where: 31, Sham Nath Marg, Civil Lines, Delhi, 110054
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