Food, friends and fun defines college life. More than classrooms, students spend their time in their favourite ‘addas’, or hangouts with their friends. Occasion or not, everyone’s always up for a treat. Students are always on the lookout to burn a hole in a friend’s pocket. Laughing, crying, celebrating, as students, we make special memories in these places. Some of the famous places favourite among the students of Aligarh are:
- Bobby’s Restaurant:
It’s a kind of tradition in my family to send the children to study in Aligarh after school. When my elder sibling came to Aligarh back in 2002 to study here, I heard about Bobby’s restaurant for the first time. It has been a favorite joint for students for a long time. Good service with lip smacking food is a part of the package. They give you a nice experience at an affordable price, especially for students who have to plan their budget because of their life in the hostel. It is a savior from the boring and dull hostel food. Besides students, civilians too love the place. Situated in a market, it is a perfect place to relax after long hours of shopping.
- Kwality’s restaurant:
This is also one of the oldest restaurants in Aligarh. Although new food joints and international food chains are being established here, old restaurants haven’t lost their charm. People are loyal to them. It has a serene ambience and perfect interiors. From birthday parties to kitty parties, it serves as a perfect place for all.
This is an eatery chain with a separate section for confectionery. It was established in 1973, and since then it has been loved by students and people alike. It serves north Indian snacks as well as south Indian foods such as dosa, idli, upma etc.. It has also one of the city’s best collection of different mocktails at a reasonable price. Owing to the many branches across the city, the chain has a wide reach.
It isn’t a specific food joint but Dhabas are like second home to students. One can find a crowd of students at any dhaba almost any time of the day. Dhabas are usually crowded with men. Women aren’t too far behind. They also go to dhabas for a tea or a meal. There are various popular dhabas here but one of the most iconic ones is the one near Tasveer Mahal, a cinema hall.
- Natural Snack shop:
This is also another one of those most visited places, by the students in the city. The place offers a variety of food option within a budget. Students are mostly seen here for small treats and weekend outings.
Fatima Hasan is a non-conformist and free thinker. She likes writing and listening to songs. She is also an amateur singer.