I spent one month in Rishikesh doing my 200 hours yoga teacher training, and while we had 3 meals at school every day, there was still some time left to explore cafes and restaurants in the city.
Note: this is not really the list of the best places to eat in Rishikesh. There are many good places that I didn’t have a chance to visit but heard some good reviews from classmates. Here I’m only listing a few cafes or restaurants that I visited and could personally recommend to try out in Rishikesh.
According to all the locals that I asked this is the best sweet shop and restaurant in Rishikesh. And I cannot disagree. We went to this place two times with my classmates and the food was just amazing. I think the only reason that kept us from going there more often is that it is a bit far from Tapovan, where our yoga school was located.
This place can seem overwhelming when you just enter. Depending on the time of the day it can be full of people and you might need to wait for the table. Locals love this place and it seems like tourists come here only if they get recommendations from someone local.
They have a huge many with North and South Indian food, so it might be difficult to choose what to order if you are not familiar with Indian cuisine, but you can google the names of the dishes or ask staff for help. Keep in mind that food is quite heavy here. I would recommend ordering a few dishes and sharing it if you come in a group, otherwise, it might be difficult to finish one dish on your own. If you are vegan, ask them not to add butter to your dish and if there is cream in the gravies, I can’t guarantee that it will work, but it did for my vegan classmates.
And if you love Indian sweets, definitely get something from their sweet shop for dessert.
This place was just next to my yoga school, so I went there many times for tea or coffee during the lunch break. The restaurant is quite new and they are still working on the menu and service. But the hospitality of the owners is something that makes this place unique and special. They always treat yoga students as their family. Also, an interesting thing about this restaurant is that they used waste material to build it and keep working on to extend it.
When it comes to food, pancakes, and all the desserts were my favorite. Because they are still working on the menu, they welcome guests to share their recipes with them. One of my classmates taught them how to make a vegan brownie with dates and peanut butter and it quickly became one of their most popular desserts. Like many other restaurants in Tapovan, yoga school students are their main clients, so they are familiar with vegan and gluten-free substitutes and can to accommodate all special requests.
This restaurant was also recommended to us by the locals. It has a similar menu to Rajasthani Mishthan Bhandar, but because it is located close to Laxman Jhula, it is more convenient if you stay in Tapovan. It’s a good place for authentic Indian food, I loved all the dishes that we tried there.
I only came here for tea, so I can’t say anything about the food. But this cafe has a nice view of Ganga, so I find it worth visiting at least for a drink with a view.
I only tried tea here, I don’t know what they add to chai, but it was super delicious, so I came back a few times and didn’t even want to try any other drinks. My classmates also tried food here and I regret not taking a picture, because it looked absolutely beautiful. You could see that owners put extra care into the presentation of the food.
This restaurant is located in a beautiful peaceful garden. I didn’t have a chance to try the food here, but chai was amazing.
There are a couple of restaurants in Rishikesh with “German bakery” in the title. Not sure why they call them like this because I didn’t see any typical German baked goods sold there. In Pumpernickel, however, there was Apfelstrudel. They have regular food which I didn’t try and also different cakes, vegan desserts, etc. But the best thing about this place is a terrace with Ganga view, so it’s nice to come here if not for a full meal, then at least for a drink and dessert.