Hidden gems from old Hyderabad
Heading to the city of the Nizams? Add these stops in your must-visit list
If you are in Hyderabad, you shouldn’t miss sipping on the 22-year-old Nimrah Café’s Irani tea that is served with Osmania biscuits. These bicuits are of melt-in-the-mouth variety because they are baked every 30 minutes. The cafe is open from 4 am to 11 pm.
At: Beside Makkah Masjid, Charminar Road.
Sporting blingy bangles is a part of daily attire for Hyderabadi women, and Nayeem Bangles has been supplying the same for 40 years. Their most sought-after items are the lacquer bangles. Bangles are available in breakable and unbreakable styles.
At: 21-2-269, Lad Bazaar.
Afzal Miyan Karchobwale
Established in 1951, this store is a go-to place for laces, not just for Hyderabadis but even for fashion designers like Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who have sourced from them. Lace with zari work or mirror detailing; they stock it all.
At: 20-4-1154, Lad Bazaar.
Don’t leave Hyderabad without picking up Navrang’s Biryani masalas, made with 15 masalas. While the owner refrains from revealing the details of his magic potion, even a mere whiff of the masala is enough to whet the appetite.
At: 20-4-1102, Lad Bazaar.
If you wish to visit these places in Hyderabad:
Log on to: aptdc.gov.in or contact Taj Krishna that offers a Deccan Odyssey tour.
Text & photos/Ruchika Kher