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Eat, Drink, & Shop: Here's Everything You Can Do At Lakdi Ka Pul

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Lakdi-ka-Pul is one of the most iconic, and oldest cultural centers of Hyderabad. Before the city’s focus shifted to the newer parts like Hitec City, Lakdi-ka-Pul, along with its neighbouring localities like Nampally, Khairatabad and Abids was a hot-spot. Which is why we've included iconic places that are less than ten minutes from Lakdi-ka-Pul in this guide as well. 

While the area currently hosts a lot of travel agencies leading to peak traffic during evening hours, you can still spot the state’s important offices and some of the most renowned hang-out spots through the decades. Head here for an authentic, chill yet culturally rich Hyderabadi experience. 

Restaurants and Cafes We Love

Hotel Indu Deluxe (Better Known As MLA Hotel)

With the state assembly at a stone’s throw away, Hotel Indu Deluxe got its famous ‘MLA Hotel’ tag as a lot of MLAs would come here to have their meals during their breaks from assembly sessions. The restaurant is known for its Telugu home-style thalis. Their mutton fry among other meat-based dishes is legendary. Don’t miss their thick-set home-style curds to finish off your meals. 

Price: Between INR 500-700 for two. 

Hotel Grand

While Hotel Grand isn’t in Lakdi-ka-Pul per se, we recommend taking a two-minute ride to Abids for their yummy biryani. Some locals swear over their taste and quality, and we agree!  

Price: Around INR 600 for two. 

Cafe Niloufer

Find legendary Irani Chai, Osmania biscuits and Bun Maska at this nearly fifty-year-old quintessentially Hyderabadi cafe. Always expect a crowd at this iconic spot! 

Must Order: Bun Maska

Price: INR 100 for two 

Timings: 6 AM - 12 AM

Where: V.P, 11-5-422/C/B, Red Hills Rd, Lakdikapul, Hyderabad, Telangana 500004; Contact: 084668 68670

Kamat Hotel

Kamat Hotel is the first restaurant that comes to people’s minds when they think of Lakdikapul. Their menu offers a host of South Indian breakfast and snack options, along with full meals. With consistent quality and service maintained over the years, Kamat Hotel continues to be a reliable go-to eatery for Hyderabadis. 

Price: INR 600 for two 

Poorna Hotel

South Indian tiffins are especially famous here, at the Poorna Hotel. People also love them for their curries, and lip-smacking pesarattu

Price: INR 150 for two 

Taiba Cafe

A quick ride to Masab Tank will get you super refreshing Irani chai and freshly-baked biscuits at this hidden, yet must-try Irani cafe. 

Price: INR 80 for two 

Pro Tip: They sell out super fast! So try to get there early. 

Ibrahim's Ice Cream Soda

This 80-year-old store is known for their unique range of sodas. Ibrahim’s has their own unique blend of masala sodas with flavours like vanilla and jeera

Price: INR 50 - 70 for two 

Pro Tip: Do not miss their refreshing Jeera Soda!

Things To Do

Birla Planetarium & Science Museum

Nuclear fission, illusion, magnetism, gravitational pull - all may be boring topics to study in a classroom, but not at Birla Science Museum! This place is a must-visit if you’d like to witness science in action. The several real-life models and games applying concepts of physics and optical illusion will leave you pleasantly surprised and amused. 

The Birla Planetarium is a dedicated centre to promote scientific temperament among students and young learners. For the past twenty nine years, the Planetarium has been producing cosmic sky shows on different themes. You can expect to learn about the solar system, black holes and other universal phenomena through these short, thirty minute-long shows that are rated better than the international shows screened in various countries. 

Catch A Play Or Concert At Ravindra Bharathi

Ravindra Bharathi is a 60-year-old iconic cultural centre that has hosted folk shows, classical dance shows, art exhibits, literary seminars, book launches, film festivals and world cinema screenings over the decades. With dedicated spaces to host events related to theater, books, film, dance, arts and music, what remains unique about Ravindra Bharathi is its commitment to safekeep various cultures of the world.

The iconic grounds have hosted several poets, artists, dancers, singers and authors of the world. On a typical day, you can expect to enjoy anything from traditional dance shows to international film screenings. There’s never a dull day at Ravindra Bharathi. We recommend checking out their weekly schedule before you pay a visit. 

Birla Mandir

Inaugurated in 1976, the Birla Mandir is built on the Naubat Pahad, offering a stunning view of the city, especially the Hussain Sagar lake. It is said that the Hindu temple was built over ten years, and is made entirely of white marble stone from Rajasthan. Birla Mandir is also meant to serve as a meditation annexe, which is why you won’t find any temple bells here, ensuring a peaceful time for visitors. 

Head here for a moment of peace amid the hustle and bustle of the city. Visit during sunset for a gorgeous view of Hyderabad. You can also shop for little knick-knacks like bangles and flowers from local vendors on your way up to the temple. 


Book Market Opposite BSNL Office

Do you have a book hoarding problem? The book market in Lakdikapul could be your next favourite destination! Find the latest titles here for a fraction of the original price! 

Price: Starting from INR 90

Chandram Khadi Emporium

While Lakdikapul is filled with Khadi stores, Chandram Khadi Emporium is especially known for their good quality fabrics. They stock handloom khadi, linen and silk fabrics in-store along with ready-made options. They also offer Custom tailoring.

Sri Dwaraka Cloth Stores

Snag some beautiful Handloom Sarees, trendy embroidered sarees, kurtis, fabrics and dupattas at both wholesale and retail prices here.