From parathas to waffles, the ten best breakfast spots in Chandigarh


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Be it doctors or dietitians, fitness trainers or even mothers, we've all heard them tell us that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day". I happen to be an ardent believer of the ideology. Not only is a healthy and wholesome breakfast important to keep you going through the day, it can even set the mood for the entire day—sure does for me! A breakfast can make or break the day for me, it's as simple as that!

The city of Chandigarh seems to have woken up to a similar realisation in recent times. Chandigarh's famous markets have seen a sudden upsurge in the number of cafes in the past few years which serve some authentic western-style breakfast. To add to that, there are the local paratha and chole bhature joints, making the city a paradise for people who like to start their day with a king-sized meal.

Here are my picks of the best breakfast spots in Chandigarh that make for some memorable early morning gastronomical adventures!

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There’s no denying that the people of Punjab take their parathas very seriously! A local legend which serves delectable North Indian dishes throughout the day, Nagpal Pure Veg. Foods also happens to be a great breakfast spot, serving some of the best parathas in town. The parathas here are soft and well-stuffed and in true Punjabi style, come with a generous chunk of butter on top. Pair them with a bowl of curd for an out-of-this-world experience. True 'breakfast of champions' I say!

Cost: ₹200 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: North Indian

Standout dishes: Aloo parantha, Puri chana, Mooli parantha, Lassi

Timings and location: 9AM onwards; SCO 1138, Sector 22 B, Sector 22, Chandigarh

Contact: 09914427019

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A local favourite, Backpackers Cafe is an absolute must-visit for every Continental breakfast lover. Backpackers Cafe is a popular hangout spot amongst college-goers who flock to the cafe early in the morning to dig into their sumptuous pancakes. The cafe also dishes out some great omelettes served with comfort sides like hash browns and potato wedges.

Cost: ₹750 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Continental

Standout dishes: The Pancake Stack, Bangers and Mash, Veggie Built, Spanish omelette

Timings and location: 8:30 AM onwards; SCF 16, Inner Market, Sector 9D, Sector 9, Chandigarh

Contact: 08437041459

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A recognised national bakery and cafe chain, Oven Fresh boasts of some super breakfast options. The Chandigarh branch is best known for its cheesy sandwiches that are grilled to perfection and stuffed generously. They come with chips and fresh coleslaw salad on the side. The simplistic decor and ambience only adds to the amazing food and makes you feel at home. Talk about comfort breakfasts!

Cost: ₹800 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Continental

Standout dishes: Mushroom and broccoli alfredo sandwich, Chicken and cheese sandwich, Chocolate pancakes, Corn enchiladas

Timings and location: 10:30 AM onwards; SCO 437 & 438, Sector 35 C, Sector 35, Chandigarh

Contact: 0172-6670950

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Another popular bakery chain in Chandigarh, Nik Baker’s has slowly emerged as one of the best breakfast joints in the city. Starting at as early as eight in the morning, the staff at Nik starts dishing out melt-in-your-mouth waffles and grilled sandwiches made with their very own special breakfast bread. The bakery also serves some sinful milkshakes and cake-shakes to complement the food. End your meal on a sweet note by indulging in one of their pies, pastries, Swiss rolls, croissants or puddings. That’s what you call the perfect breakfast!

Cost: ₹1,000 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Bakery, Continental

Standout dishes: Mushroom and onion omelette, Belgian chocolate and banana pancakes, Apple pie, Ferrero Rocher shake

Timings and location: 8 AM onwards; SCO 441 & 442, Sector 35 C, Sector 35, Chandigarh

Contact: 0172-5062250

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In the land of parathas and lassis, the age-old Indian Coffee House remains a legendary yet pocket-friendly hub for a traditional South Indian breakfast. Apart from the wide variety of dosas and uttapams here, the French toasts, cutlets and pakoras are to die for! Go on a trip down memory lane, soak in the charm of this institutional joint and watch time pass by while sipping their signature filter coffee!

Cost: ₹250 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: South Indian, Finger foods

Standout dishes: Filter coffee, Butter masala dosa, Mixed veg pakora, Mutton cutlet

Timings and location: 9 AM onwards; SCO 12, Sector 17 C, Sector 17, Chandigarh

Contact: 0172-2702804

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Identified as one of the very few restaurants serving authentic Mediterranean food in Chandigarh, Al Lazeezo also happens to be a hidden treasure when it comes to a sumptuous breakfast. The multi-cuisine restaurant starts business early in the morning, recreating classic English breakfast options to perfection. Choose from a range of teas to go with your meal and give your day a refreshing start. 

Cost: ₹500 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, English

Standout dishes: Chicken loaflette, Pancake with fried sunnies, French toast, Teas

Timings and location: 9:30 AM onwards; SCO 215, Sector 36 D, Sector 36, Chandigarh

Contact: 0172-5072925

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Caught in the middle of a conflict over cuisines with your breakfast partner? A quaint little cafe that looks like a traditional British style eatery, The Willow Cafe combines the best of both worlds and how! Located in Sector 10, the cafe serves authentic North Indian breakfast while offering a wide variety of western style omelettes. From Amritsari kulchas to French toasts, from Indian-style omelettes to a classic western omelette with ham and sautéed onions—it’s all here under one roof at The Willow Cafe!

Cost: ₹1,000 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Indian, Continental

Standout dishes: Amritsari kulcha, Dragster omelette (pepperoni with sautéed onions and mushrooms), Khumbi thumbi on toast (spicy mushrooms on butter toast), Tandoori parathas

Timings and location: 8:30 AM onwards; SCO 1, Sector 10 D, Sector 10, Chandigarh

Contact: 08437043234

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Nestled in the sunny courtyard of Chandigarh’s Elante Mall, Brooklyn Central draws inspiration from the streets of New York and brings its food into their contemporary, classic setting. While the skilled chefs always welcome inputs from the guests for a personalised meal, the warm and courteous staff makes sure that there are no shortcomings in the dining experience at Brooklyn Central.

Cost: ₹600 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: American

Standout dishes: Brooklyn’s fully loaded American breakfast, Cheesy quesadillas breakfast, Kit-Kat freak waffles, Hash brown potato pancakes

Timings and location: 11 AM onwards; 51A, Courtyard, Ground Floor, Elante Mall, Phase 1, Chandigarh Industrial Area, Chandigarh

Contact: 0172-4009927

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There just can’t be anything better than a plate of piping hot chole bhature on a winter morning! With more than five outlets in the city, Gopal’s has been serving the best chole bhature in the city for more than a decade now. A multi-cuisine vegetarian restaurant by the day, the quintessential Gopal’s experience has to be that of standing in long queues early in the morning to get your plate of this evergreen breakfast dish!

Cost: ₹400 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Indian

Standout dishes: Chole bhature, Bedmi puri, Matar kulcha, South Indian platter

Timings and location: 8 AM onwards; SCO 459 & 460, Sector 35 C, Sector 35, Chandigarh

Contact: 0172-5062424

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If you happen to be a health freak who always thinks twice before eating anything, Bon Nourriture is where you should be heading to right away! The eatery offers a wide range of healthy and nutritious breakfast options like oat pancakes and pesto egg scrambled, which are also high on taste. Team up your breakfast with a glass of freshly-squeezed fruit juice or a detoxifying drink for a wholesome breakfast experience. Bon Nourriture is the perfect place to hit with your gym buddies after a strenuous workout.

Cost: ₹600 for two (approx.)

Cuisine: Healthy food

Standout dishes: Smoked up, Power packed pancake, Tropical smoothie, Turbo booster detoxifier

Timings and location: 9 AM onwards; Booth 2 & 3, Sector 9 D, Sector 9, Chandigarh

Contact: 0172-4028008

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