Where to eat in Delhi’s Shahpurjat? Les Parisiennes, perhaps?

Nearly every time I go to Shahpurjat, which is usually to see my friend the designer Sonam Dubal, we end up at the charming cafe-boutique “Les Parisiennes”.

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A delightful space, elegantly and quirkily furnished, selling a mix of vintage and retro must-haves (think dresses, jewellery, accessories), and serving typical light French bistro style fare (think quiche, salad, gateaux – that kind of fare).

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I ask you what’s not to love?

I have been there with friends who went in for just for lunch and came out with a butter dish. Or stopped by for an afternoon cool drink and emerged with a glass cake stand they never knew they absolutely had to have.

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There is always retro style music playing, all vaguely Edith Piaf-y. The bathrooms are delightfully spotless.  The menu is written, bistro-style, on a blackboard.

I repeat, what’s not to love.

On a recent visit 2 days ago, on a broilingly hot Delhi summer afternoon, it was blissfully cool inside, and as I say every time I go there, “I could live here in Les Parisiennes”  – for it is a village house that had been beautifully transformed, but still feels like a welcoming home.

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I was very politely asked not to take photos on my last visit, so I didn’t, but on former visits I wasn’t stopped, so here is a quick look at a charming place that should be on everyone’s Shahpurjat To Do List.

 

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5-B, Dada Jungi House,

Shahpur Jat,

Delhi 110049

+91 88 26 51 89 43

+91 11 26 49 67 54

 

??? Personally recommended

I rate Les Parisiennes 10/10 for atmosphere.  8/10 for quality/portions/affordability of their food.  Have never shopped there, but friends have and love their crockery and glasses especially.

Open daily 10am-7pm

Les Parisiennes : a distinctly French accent in Delhi’s Shahpurjat

What a find !

Vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery, shoes, linen, decorative items and a café, all in one delightful ensemble in Shahpurjat.

You enter through a cute enclosed veranadah, and then wander ever deeper into a wonderful space, all elegantly done up in black and white.

The layout is such that you feel as though you are wandering through someone’s home, rather than through a shop.  There is a tiny corner kitchen and a menu offering classic café food –  salads, quiches, sandwiches, cakes.  Nothing fancy but perfect after a day of wandering.

And oh, the bathroom…Such is the nature of wandering around anywhere in Delhi (well, India really) & the deplorable state of loos, that one really is compelled to mention clean loos.  In this case, it is spotless.

Each time I visit Les Parisiennes, one of our party inevitably buys something, we always eat there, and everyone is very taken by the relaxed laid back feel to the place.  My latest visitor, a former old Delhi hand herself, was enchanted by the shop but rueful that it hadn’t been around during her time here.

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The kitchen corner (below)

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Browsing the racks of vintage clothes

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The charming little verandah entrance

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Charming and recommended.