The small market of Defence Colony has some great finds: Restaurants, bars, grocery stores, wine shops, florists, clothing stores and even an art gallery. It can get pretty packed on weekends, so if you’re looking to spend an evening here, we suggest you take a look at what’s on offer first. P.S: The nearest metro station is Lajpat Nagar.

FOOD AND DRINKS

Def Col Social

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What: A fun, young bar serving innovative cocktails and finger food. They also have a dedicated work space on the upper floor {just ask them for the WiFi password, they always have some good deals on offer}. Social is also where a lot of music gigs happen. Read more about it here.

Where: 28 A, Main Market

Contact: +91 7838520799

Price: INR 1,400 for two {approx.}

Moets Sizzlers

What: As the name suggests, this one’s a restaurant specialising in sizzlers {Chicken Shashlik, anyone?} The ambience is classy and crowd, mostly families.

Where: 27, Main Market

Contact: 011 41554269

Price: INR 1,600 for two

P.S: Moets also has two other outlets, Shack and Stone, which feature a more laid-back ambience and see younger crowds. There’s also a Moets Sushi if you fancy a Japanese meal.

Aka Saka

What: One of Defence Colony’s oldest residents, Aka Saka is a Chinese restaurant with typical Indian Chinese fare and great deals on beer.

Where: 28, Main Market

Contact: 011 24333821

Price: INR 1,200 for two

Sagar Ratna

What: Popular South Indian joint. You’ll know you’ve reached Sagar when you see the long line outside. However, it’s a fast-moving queue and the Masala Dosa makes it well worth your while.

Where: 18, Main Market

Contact: 011 24333658

Price: INR 400 for two {approx.}

28 Capri Italy

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What: Italian restaurant which serves delectable thin-crust pizza and well-made potent cocktails.

Where: 28 A, Main Market

Contact: 011 46543444

Price: INR 1,500 for two {approx.}

Barista Lavazza Espresso Bar

What: Coffee shop. We’re all been to a Barista but they now have a whole new look and a new menu. The next venue for your next business meet, perhaps?

Where: 15, Main Market

Contact: 011 41552472

Price: INR 500 for two

Swagath

What: North Indian restaurant, made famous by its seafood and Chettinad menu. LBB Tip: Order the fish biryani.

Where: 14, Main Market

Contact: 011 24330930

Price: INR 1,500 for two {approx.}

4S

What: This is your go-to place at the end of the month for a cheap booze fix. Indulge in some chatpata Chinese snacks while you’re at it. Don’t know where to start? We’re saying, chilli chicken.

Where: A 26, Main Market

Contact: 011 41664314

Price: INR 700 for two

Bonne Bouche

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What: Rooftop restaurant with a European and Mediterranean menu. P.S. There’s a lot of wine here!

Where: 16, First Floor, Main Market

Contact: 011 41044779

Price: INR 1,700 for two {approx.}

Au Bon Pain

What: Café serving coffee, croissants and a suprisingly yummy variety of soups. We’re loving the frozen hot chocolate.

Where: 7, Main Market

Contact: +91 9999107749

Price: INR 800 for two {approx.}

Raro

What: Bakery doing lots of cake art, macaroons and cookies.

Where: 19, Main Market

Contact: +91 9560810925

Price: INR 500 for two

Little Dragon

What: Chinese van serving your quick fix of momos, soup and chilli chicken. They have no seating, so we suggest you order for takeaway. We’re digging their hot and sour soup and the chilli potato.

Where: Main Market {near Mother Dairy}

Contact: +91 9818162700

Price: INR 300 for two

Kathputli

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What: Vegetarian Restaurant serving authentic Marhwari and Rajasthani food. Opt for their thali for a complete meal. Read more about it here.

Where: 35, Main Market

Contact: +91 9911729955

Price: INR 1,000 for two {approx.}

Whipped

What: Bakery boasting of cheesecakes, home-made ice cream and thick shakes. Read more about it here.

Where: 3, Main Market

Contact: +91 9560033396

Price: INR 450 for two {approx.}

Kent’s Fast Food

What: Fast food joint serving burgers and hot dogs. Go here for the King Mutton Burger.

Where: 29, Main Market

Contact: 011 41552666

Price: INR 400 for two

Baskin Robbins

What: Ice cream parlour

Where: A 1, Main Market

Contact: 011 66726146

Price: INR 300 for two

Amici Café

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What: Italian café serving thin crust pizza, pasta, soup and a stellar tiramisu.

Where: 8, Main Market

Contact: 011 45572003

Price: INR 1,200 for two {approx.}

Giani

What: Ice cream parlour. They also keep halwa and gulab jamun in winter.

Where: MCD Booth, Main Market {near Mother Dairy}

Contact: +91 9810044785

Price: INR 300 for two

Colonel’s Kababz

What: Your takeaway window for kathi rolls, kebabs, tikkas and gravies.

Where: 29, Main Market

Contact: 011 24333124

Price: INR 1,000 for two

Angels in my Kitchen

What: Bakery cum café

Where: 31, Main Market

Contact: 011 41551122

Price: INR 400 for two

Defence Bakery

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What: Bakery selling fresh cakes, breads, chocolate and dips.

Where: 34, Main Market

Contact: 011 24333178

Price: INR 300 for two

NYC Pie

What: Pizza joint serving pizza with a signature hot sauce.

Where: Main Market {next to Defence Bakery}

Contact: 011 41656505

Price: INR 1,000 for two

Café Brown Sugar

What: Café popular with the student crowd, known for its wheat momos and shakes {Kit Kat, Toblerone etc}

Where: 36 A, Main Markets

Contact: 011 46568950

Price: INR 1,000 for two {approx.}

The Pint Room

What: Beer joint with a large variety of brews. They’ve collaborated with pizza joint, Fat Lulu for food.

Where: 1st & 2nd floor, 31, Main Market

Contact: 011 41026729

Price: INR 1,600 for two {approx.}

MB’s

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What: Bar; famous for the student crowd and cheap alcohol.

Where: 37, Main Market

Contact: 011 41551351

Price: INR 1,200 for two {approx.}

Kulfiano

What: Kulfi stall

Where: 47, Main Market

Contact: +91 9711201601

Price: INR 350 for two {approx.}

SHOPPING

The Standard Store

What: Apparel store for both men and women {western wear}. They also keep a range of flip flops.

Where: 12, Main Market

Contact: +91 9811145682, 011 41051301

Price: INR 400 for a pair of flip flops

United Colors of Benetton

What: Branded apparel store.

Where: 43, Main Market

Contact: 011 41552329

Price: Starting at INR 1,000 for a shirt.

Rena Love

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What: Women’s apparel store; they keep plus size clothing too.

Where: 8, Main Market

Contact: 011 41019501

Bansal Stores

What: Stationery shop.

Where: 10, Main Market

Contact: 011 24333161

Yell

What: Apparel store for women and men.

Where: 35, Main Market

Contact: 011 41552026

Price: Starting at INR 1,000

Kidz Collective

What: Kids’ clothing store.

Where: Main Market {next to Amici}

Price: Starting at INR 400

LIFESTYLE

Dipin Florist

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What: Florist; they store teddy bears, vases and bamboo in addition to fresh flowers.

Where: 33 MCD Stall, Main Market

Contact: +91 8527103024

Sai Raunaq Florist

What: Florist; get flower decorations, vases and lucky bamboo here.

Where: 31 MCD Stall, Main Market

Contact: +91 9818133074, +91 8800853074

Sai Florist

What: Florist; get flower decorations, vases and lucky bamboo here.

Where: 30 MCD Stall, Main Market

Contact: +91 9818133074, +91 8800853074

Verma’s Beauty Parlour

What: Women’s beauty salon.

Where: 1st floor, 3 Main Market

Contact: 011 41551291

Pind Fruit Mart

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What: Fruit vendor who keeps exotic imported fruit like fresh blueberries.

Where: 28 A, Defence Colony

Contact: 011 24333593

The Taste

What: Grocery store cum liquor shop cum meat shop; they keep a lot of imported chocolates and grocery items.

Where: 33, Main Market

Contact: 011 24333733

Malik Bros

What: Grocery store which keeps a lot of organic fare. They deliver home too.

Where: 44, Main Market

Contact: 011 24333602

Gallery Defence

What: Art Gallery

Where: 23, Main Market {Next to Amici}

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