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During these troubled times of global recession, les get back to the very basics. So, I thought discussing and dissecting our very own college canteens would be a decent idea. Here’s a selection of some great and not-so-great canteen picks in DU.


1. St.Stephen’s College


You would be ostracized in true stephanian tradition if you called it a “canteen”, for “cafeteria” is what it is called and so shall it remain till eternity! With a very regal, old coffee house charm to it, the cafeteria offers a fair mix of non-veg and vegetarian dishes.

Must tryscrambled eggs with toast and mince cutlets. Wash it down with a glass of refreshing nimbu paani from the bhaiyya sitting just outside the cafeteria.

Also try the subtle fried rice with chole, it does wonders for people with poor digestive systems!

Verdict-worth a visit, although a little overpriced.


2. Sri Venkateswara College


The open air feel of this canteen is probably the best thing about it. There is quite an array of south Indian fare here, with the assortment of dosas being most popular.

Must trymasala dosa

Verdict-Decent food, though they can improve on the hygiene conditions. They could also do with a little more variety in their north Indian section.


3. Hans Raj College


The variety of food might leave one zapped, but what is even better here is the value for money. One can safely say that one has had his/her fill for a mere Rs 6! A samosa costs just Rs 3 and a cup of tea only Rs 3.

Must tryChowmein, samosa, fruit juice.

Verdict-The amount of food served is inversely proportional to its price, this canteen is student friendly and has agreeable variety. They need to work on their hygiene and service though.


4. Lady Shri Ram College


The cafeteria as it is known, offers an assortment of snacks as well as meals. This one scores well on hygiene and ambience.

Must tryseekh rumali roll

Verdict– high quality food, with the prices slightly on the upper side.


5. Hindu College


This reminds one of the typical college canteens as seen in the movies, representing organized chaos and energy. It is well lit, spacious and orderly.

Must tryRajma chawal, chole bhature, ice cream shakes.

Verdict- Value for money stuff. Also, the diversity of food to choose from makes this canteen a definite stop over.


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