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What to Eat in Agra

India's cuisine is vast, to say the least. The country's cookbook is composed of national favorites heard around the world (think: curry, tikka masala and naan), as well as plenty of lesser-known regional favorites. To put things into perspective, India is composed of 29 states, each of which are equipped with their own cooking techniques and delicacies. Uttar Pradesh, Agra's state, is no different. In Agra though, the most notable dish isn't a dish at all. Petha is a regional candy that is famous to Agra and you can find it just about everywhere. Petha is made of sugar syrup and predominately flavored with pumpkin, though other spices and flavors are often added, including coconut, mango, or saffron, to name a few. Another popular dessert is jalebi, fried cake batter dipped into sugar syrup.

For a real meal, turn to kakori kebab, a famed dish of Uttar Pradesh. Kakori is made up of minced lamb meat mixed with spices and cooked over a charcoal fire. Kakori Kebabs are part of the larger Mughlai cuisine, which refers to dishes consumed by ancient royals, the same who commissioned monuments, such as the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Shami kebabs are another popular lamb kebab served in patty form and filled with red onion, chili and mint leaves. If you don't like lamb, there's still a kebab for you. Gulnaar kababs use chicken and are blended with tomatoes and spices. Paratha, a flatbread, is another delectable Mughlai dish that is pan fried, stuffed with veggies and accompanied with chutneys and other sauces. For breakfast, make sure to try bedai – fried, airy bread served with potato stew and a spoonful of curd.

Speaking of street food, it is possible to indulge and not get sick. But take heed: It's best to buy street food nearest top attractions, as those are used to catering to tourists. While scouting street vendors, watch where the crowds go. If you see tourists – and more importantly – locals pass up certain food stalls, follow their lead. Avoid buying fruits and vegetables on the street, as well as stalls selling drinks that aren't bottled. If you're looking for some lassi (a yogurt-based smoothie), it's best to get it in a restaurant. That goes for meat-based dishes as well. If you stick to meat-free dishes that you can see fully cooked in front of you (in a clean environment), you should be able to avoid any gastrointestinal discomfort.

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  • #1
    Tea'se Me
    #1 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1495 reviewsTripAdvisor (1495)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    Fatehabad Road near purani mandi crossing Rooftop of Hotel M House, Agra 282001 India
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  • #2
    Taj Terrace
    #2 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 649 reviewsTripAdvisor (649)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, International
    Hotel taj resorts , near shilpgram, eastern gate of tajmahal, tajganj Hotel Taj Resorts, Near Shilpgram, Agra 282001 India
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  • #3
    The Grand Gopika Thaal by GMB
    #3 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 170 reviewsTripAdvisor (170)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    Hig P-13,Fatehabad Road Opposite Shanti Manglik Hospital, Agra 282001 India
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  • #4
    Good Vibes Cafe
    #4 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2680 reviewsTripAdvisor (2680)
    $ | Indian, Asian
    Taj Nagari Phase 1, Agra 282001 India
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  • #5
    El Clasico
    #5 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 354 reviewsTripAdvisor (354)
    $ | Fast Food, International, Healthy
    Tajmahal Eastern Gate VIP Parking, Gate No:2, Shilpgram Rd, Agra 282001 India
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  • #6
    The Salt Cafe Kitchen & Bar
    #6 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 476 reviewsTripAdvisor (476)
    $$ | Indian, Bar, Asian
    3rd Floor, 1C Fatehabad Road Near Crystal Sarovar Premiere, Agra 282001 India
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  • #7
    Dostea Cafe
    #7 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 164 reviewsTripAdvisor (164)
    $ | Indian, Cafe
    Taj Mahal East Gate Road Near Hotel Oberoi Amar Vilas, Agra 282001 India
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  • #8
    Taj Bano
    #8 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 602 reviewsTripAdvisor (602)
    $$ | Indian, Asian
    Taj Ganj, Agra 282001 India
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  • #9
    Yes Restaurant
    #9 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 162 reviewsTripAdvisor (162)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    2/78 Western Gate Taj Mahal 2/78 Western Gate Taj Mahal, Agra 282001 India
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  • #10
    Bambino Cafe And Restaurant
    #10 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 227 reviewsTripAdvisor (227)
    $ | Chinese, Indian, Cafe, Asian
    Hotel Aashiyana Palace 29/30 Mmig Taj Nagari phase1 Shilpgram Road Agra, Agra 282001 India
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  • #11
    D'Delicia
    #11 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 280 reviewsTripAdvisor (280)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, Asian
    Fatehabad Road E-4/B, Taj Nagari Phase - 2,, Agra 282001 India
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  • #12
    Peshawri
    #12 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1410 reviewsTripAdvisor (1410)
    $$ | Afghani, Indian
    Tajganj ITC Mughal, Agra 282001 India
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  • #13
    Joney's Place
    #13 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 997 reviewsTripAdvisor (997)
    $ | Indian, Asian
    Taj Ganj, Agra 282001 India
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  • #14
    MoMo Cafe
    #14 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 422 reviewsTripAdvisor (422)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, International
    Fatehabad Road Courtyard by Marriott Agra Phase 2, Agra 282001 India
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  • #15
    Bamboo Cafe
    #15 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 493 reviewsTripAdvisor (493)
    $ | Indian, Asian
    30 M I G Taj Nagri Phase Near Shilpgram, Agra 282004 India
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  • #16
    Login Restaurant & Roof Top Cafe
    #16 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 236 reviewsTripAdvisor (236)
    $ - $$ |
    Shilpgram Rd, Phase 1, MIG -17, Agra 282001 India
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  • #17
    The Global Savour Restaurant
    #17 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 448 reviewsTripAdvisor (448)
    $ | Italian, Chinese, Indian, Arabic, Asian
    Shilp Gram Road Near Shilp Gram Parking, Taj Nagri 1, MIG Phase 1,MIG Colony, Beside Moustache Hostel, Basai Khurd, Agra 282001 India
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  • #18
    Golden Street Restaurant
    #18 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    Taj Nagari Opposite Hotel Pushp Villa Taj Nagari Road, Near Kalakriti, Agra 282001 India
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  • #19
    Cafe Sheroes Hangout
    #19 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 395 reviewsTripAdvisor (395)
    $ | Italian, Chinese, Indian, Fast Food, Cafe
    Fatehabad Road Near Madan Dairy, Shilpgram Road, Agra 282001 India
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  • #20
    Bob Marley Cafe & Restaurant
    #20 of 448 Places to Eat in Agra
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 843 reviewsTripAdvisor (843)
    $ | Indian, Asian
    P6 Taj Nagri Vip Road, Agra 282001 India
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