Prasaad at the Temple
While the Gurudwara visit was obviously not food-centric at all, I cannot help but mention the kara prasaad here. It's one of the best suji halwas you will ever have, and even though we were not able to join the Langar, I am glad I could have this famous prasaad and be blessed.
Different from the Ram Lubhaya shop, this is a small kiosk under a tree near the Girls' College on Lawrence Road. We tried out a range of delicious aam papad, choorans and interesting mouth fresheners before settling on a few to buy. Worth a visit if you're there. Chef Vikas Khanna's list of food recos for Amritsar includes this little cart.
I realise the list is way too short given the scores (hundreds?) of amazing food joints in Amritsar. Unfortunately we barely had 24 hours, and of course being vegetarian means that I did not try any of the fish and meat dishes that I've heard people rave about. A second visit (soon, I hope) would be needed in order to scratch the surface further.
What are your favourite places to eat in Amritsar?
Most airlines now fly to Amritsar; there are also multiple convenient Shatabdi trains at different times of the day.
We stayed on Ranjit Avenue - good restaurants around, calm and quiet, and only a short Ola ride away from the bustle of the old town. If you would prefer to stay closer to the Golden Temple, you could opt for any of the hotels in the older part of town