Few Indian drinks come close to competing with Lassi, {except maybe Rooh Afza}, but milk is thicker than water. So, we did what we do best – went on an expedition, and here we present the best of what we found, in places we’ve never been before {so don’t be shocked at the exclusion of regular favourites Halidram’s and Bikanervala; we know you’re awesome}. A moment on the lips, forever on our lists.

PS: If you have an awesome recommendation, drop us a line at editors@lbbd.in

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Amritsari Lassi Wala for that old-school, iconic flavour

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Made in Punjab, for a modern dining version of the drink

Amritsari Lassi Wala

You can find a vast variety of really thick and delicious Lassis in this old part of town. This is a super popular haunt that brings patrons back for more. Try their kesar, malai, mango and the savoury namkeen jeera Lassis, all retailing under INR 50. The unusual flavours include strawberry, banana and almond. This is what we call a sweet meal {and deal}.

Price: INR 30 – INR 45

Where: 295, Fatehpuri Chowk, Chandni Chowk

Timings: 10am – 9pm

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

Contact: +91 9810095621

Sagar Ratna

If you’re looking for a creamy beverage to go with your Set Dosa, we totally recommend their salted Lassi. They have a really great menu with fresh and healthy dairy products and the Lassi is terrific. Alternatively, if you want something light and frothy, the buttermilk is a solid option.

Price: INR 75 plus taxes

Where: Find a restaurant and contact here.

Timingss: 7am – 2.30pm

Cafe Lota

While their aam panna or Cold Kaapi is to die for, the Kesari Lassi is just the correct pairing with their mindbendingly yum appams. The thick Indian shake also goes well with their sabudana vadas. Also try their lighter Masala Chaas.

Price: INR 85 plus taxes

Where: National Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan

Timings: 8am – 8.30pm

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan

Contact: +91 7838960787

Bille di Hatti

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Image courtesy Food Enthusiasts Of Delhi (FED) and Shashank Aggarwal

They have a fantastic sweet Lassi that is best enjoyed ice-cold. The massive glass of drink has lots of malai on top and should be reserved for that cheat day. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t forget their halwa. Calling all DU students to the Punjabi Restro near you.

Price: INR 45

Where: 72D, Kamla Nagar

Timings: 7am – 2.30pm

Nearest Metro Station: Vishwavidyalaya

Contact: 011 65808227

Mahabelly

We recommend that you book your table first and then read what it’s about. Mahabelly is the south Indian restaurant that does Kerala-style food to perfection. Their Sambharam is a spiced buttermilk that is truly spicy with its curry patta and crushed pepper. But then again, we never give up on our Horlicks, so do try their Sharjah Shake {fruit and nut milkshake}.

Price: INR 100 plus taxes

Where: MA – A05, Ground Floor, Restaurant Block, DLF Place Mall, Saket

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar

Contact: +91 9911462757, +91 9650339524

Carnatic Cafe

Under the cold beverages section, Carnatic Cafe has a gem. This is the Majjige, that is, the buttermilk. The minty aftertaste is something that a lot of places try for but fail to deliver. So if you’re looking for something refreshing and supremely nutritional, then this Mint Buttermilk is what we suggest.

Price: INR 65 plus taxes

Where: Ground Floor, India Mall, Community Centre, New Friends Colony

Timings: 9am – 10.30pm

Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji

Contact: 011 41008630, +91 8802222889

Gupta Ji ki Lassi

Served in tiny clay kulhars, the Lassi here is a delight to have. Open during the summer months, the Lassi is a classic item that drives away heat and refreshes the body and mind. People mainly come here to eat at the dhabas nearby and thus, this joint is a must for some who need a side of something milky and fresh. {The drink is made by churning a wooden stick in the milk right in front of you}.

Price: INR 15

Where: Near ITO, Opposite National Bal Bhawan, Kotla Road

Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House

Timings: 8am – 8pm {Only during summers}

Kaake di Hatti

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Open since before India saw independence {1942}, Kaake di Hatti is famous for its Lassi and {giant} stuffed naans; we warn you, one is enough for two people.

Price: Starts at INR 60

Where: 654 and 655, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk

Timings: 8am – 1am

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Contact: +91 9810909754

Meghraj and Sons

Family run, iconic, operational from the 1900’s {thats over a hundred years ago}, and still running out of their Fatehpuri Store, this spot is equipped with only four tables. They’re most famous for their Kaju Barfi, just as an FYI. But, coming back to their Lassi, they have three kinds – Kesar, Rose and Malai. LBB is LOVING the malai. 

Price: INR 35 {malai}, INR 40 {rose} and INR 45 {kesar}

Where: 292 and 293, Fatehpuri Chowk, Opposite IDBI Bank, Chandni Chowk

Timings: 7.30am – 9pm {Monday-Saturday}, 7.30am – 6pm {Sunday}

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

Contact: 011 653578760

Baba Nagpal Corner

To have a fill of the quintessential Punjabi breakfast, Baba Nagpal’s Chhole Bhature and Lassi are the two things you must pick. The chhole can be a tad spicy, but it can be balanced by the chilled, sweet Lassi.

Price: INR 35

Where: 7/25, Old Double Storey, Gupta Market, Lajpat Nagar 4

Timings: 7.30am – 7pm

Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar

Contact: +91 9871786680

Raj Bhature Wale

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You might remember them from their bygone Chandni Chowk days, but they’ve upped the ante with a swanky new spot, and the addition of food. With a rich history in the business {goes back two generations, and originates in Karachi}, their speciality still remains the classic Lassi, with added flavours of namkeen, jeera, masalas, mango and chaach. All lassis are served in kulhads, so as to ensure they retain their taste.

Price: Starts at INR 40

Where: G-40, Aggarwal Millennium Tower, Netaji Subhash Place

Timings: 10am-11pm

Nearest Metro Station: Netaji Subhash Place

Contact: +91 9250272528

Janta Special Lassi Corner

An outlet dedicated to Lassi and other dairy goods, they use a scoop of butter, Rooh Afza and a secret ingredient {they refuse to tell us}, to really complete the drink. It’s churned in-house, in a big steel canister; when the time comes to serve, watch out for the generous helpings that come from a jar of white butter.

Price: Starts at INR 30

Where: Main Market, Palam Colony, Palam Vihar

Timings: 9.30am – 10pm

Nearest Metro Station:

Contact: N/A

Makhan Lal Tika Ram

As you can understand from the name itself, this heavyweight street eatery does some very rich desserts and Lassis. Doodh-Jalebi and Lassis here are so famous that this sweet shop attracts people from all over Delhi {since 1928, no less}. Prepared for four hours until the milk is a reddish colour, the Lassi is a full meal in itself.

Price: INR 20

Where: 1259-60, Lothian Road, Kashmere Gate

Timings: 7am

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmere Gate