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The ultimate checklist: Top 51 Things To Do In Lucknow

The ultimate checklist: Top 51 Things To Do In Lucknow

Lucknow is not just about Nawabs and Kebabs, it is a beautiful city that has a glorious past. It is also the city of frolic, full of fun things to do and explore, places to be and events to attend.

Go for a spin on the giant wheel at the annual Lucknow Mahotsav

Happening at the end of November, Lucknow Mahotsav is the biggest agglomeration of lifestyle, home requirements, cultural, handicraft, food and entertainment places in Lucknow. A must visit for Lucknowites and tourists alike.

Location - Kanshiram Smriti Upwan, Aishbagh

Shake a leg to viral tunes with Amit Trivedi

Amit Trivedi will be coming to Lucknow on December 22nd and it will be the biggest crowd-puller of December 2018. So if you are a Amit Trivedi fan like most people, you have to be at the Sahara States Ground and experience his live performance.

Date: December 22

Tickets: Give a missed call on 18001214545

Location: Sahara States Ground

Learn life lessons from the master himself at Signature masterclass by Shahrukh

Signature Masterclass is an initiative started to get successful names and aspiring people together under the same roof, so that people could learn from the lives and hardships of their role models.

Date: December 15

Location: Club Regal (Shalimar Paradise, NH - 28, Faizabad Road, Safedabad, Near Golden Blossom Imperial Resort)

Price: ₹ 700 onwards (Tickets available on bookmyshow)

Go for a perfect 'drinks with friends' experience at Skyhilton

Skyhilton, a rooftop restro-bar in Lucknow is known for its beautiful location, the view and all the cocktails they serve. If what you’re looking for, is an evening full of drinks with your pals, you’ve got to be at Skyhilton.

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Facebook | Location - 5th Floor 1212 SA, Sector B, Bargawan, LDA Colony, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226012

Have a warm cup of Coffee or an electrifying tray of Tequila shots at Mocha

Mocha at Patrakarpuram, Gomti Nagar in Lucknow is a coffee institution, it is a heaven for foodies, coffee lovers and boozeheads alike. With a beautiful decor and lucrative limited time offers such as a pint of beer @ 49 and flat 50% off on food, Mocha is every Lucknowite’s favourite hangout spot.

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Facebook | Location- 1/09, Shaheed Path, Viram Khand 1, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

Surf in Hawaiian awesomeness at the Cafe-Lounge, The Big Island

Big Island is a Hawaiian themed restaurant/cafe/lounge at Aashiyana, with a special menu, designed around the beach and surf theme of Hawaii. It is open round the clock, so if you happen to be in the area, be it day or night, give their Island Special Black Currant a try. Read more

Facebook | Location: The Big Island, Power House Chauraha, Ashiyana

Have a perfect evening at Witty Bro Witz with Appurv Gupta

Witty Bro Witz is not just another Standup Comedy Special, it is an experience. An evening filled with easy laughter, memorable puns and great music to shake a leg to. Witty Bro Witz is where you’ll find your perfect evening.

Date: December 16

Location: The Flying Saucer (Opposite Hyatt Regency, Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar)

Price: ₹399 onwards (Tickets available on bookmyshow)

Enjoy a reasonable meal at Petoo

A famous Bangalore restaurant chain, Petoo serves regional food from over 4 states and gives each dish a unique and modern twist that is sure to hit your gastronomical sweet spot. Especially known for its delicious "On-the-go Rice Bowls" that are sumptuous, flavorful and easy to carry, Petoo is a favorite of foodies. Read more

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Facebook | Location - A1/4, Vivek khand, Near Mithai Waala Chauraha, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

Laugh with Karunesh Talwar at Pata Nahi Par Bolna Hai

In the comedy special ‘Pata Nahi Par Bolna Hai’, Karunesh Talwar talks about his life, wanting to be smarter, and having this irrelevant fear of turning into a typical Indian ‘uncle.’

Date: December 15 | 6 PM onwards

Location: Cafe by Default (11, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Hazratganj)

Price: ₹499 onwards (Tickets available on bookmyshow)

Have a healthy Chinese meal at Wok to Remember

WOK to Remember is an Asian cuisine restaurant that serves scrumptious, flavourful , healthy and easy to customize food. The ingredients are locally sourced and organically grown, making the food fresh and free of color, preservatives or MSG. Read more

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Facebook | Location - 27/1A, Gokhle Marg, Gokhale Marg, Block I, Gokhale Vihar, Butler Colony, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001

Have a sizzling sizzler at Smoked- The Sizzler Cafe

Among the abundance of stylish cafes, one that sticks out is Smoked. Smoked is a cafe specialising in a plethora of sizzlers to sizzle your taste buds. Add to that some sensational beverages and a classy decor, and you’ve got a great outing ahead of you.

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Facebook | Location- 21, Gokhale Vihar Marg, Gokhale Marg, Gokhale Vihar, Butler Colony, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001.

Eat the Baahubali Thali at Urban Dhaba

This is coolest place in the city, the one that serves giant thalis that will want to make you scream AMAZING!! When we talk about how to explore Lucknow, visiting Urban Dhaba is mandatory! Do not stop till until you have tasted all the thali variants at the Urban Dhaba, and that means you are going to have to make more than just one visit. Time to get started! Read more

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Facebook | Location - 3/187 Vivek Khand 2, Above Spencer's, Vivek Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010

Go for a romantic candle light date at Spice Caves

We don't need a particular day to show our love to our partner. An unplanned candle night dinner is a great idea to spend time with your bae, anyday. And you won't find a better place than Spice Caves in Patrakarpuram, for a well organised candle light dinner. They don't just take care of your taste and mood, but at Spice Caves, they respect your privacy too. So what are you waiting for, head to Lucknow's Candle Light dinner destination soon, for a beautiful dinner date! Read more

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Facebook | Location- 1st Floor, 4/293, Patrakarpuram Rd, Above Samsung Showroom, Vivek khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010

Have an All American Breakfast at Café Infinity

Bacon, pancakes, coffee and hash, breakfast doesn’t get better than the one served at Café Infinity in Gomti Nagar. You can choose from a plethora of dishes and have an amazing time at this cute and peaceful café.

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Facebook | Location - B- 3/178 , LGF, Vibhav Khand -3, Vibhav Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010

Buy an eccentric and funky T-shirt at Phun Unlimited

Shopping is an essential part of our lives and we all desperately need places that we can bank upon, because seriously finding new favourites all the time is a big task. Phun Unlimited is a brand new design studio by Tarun Mishra, where you will find exclusive designs perfect for youngsters! Trendy T-shirts are a saviour and a must have in every wardrobe, and this brand is going to give you innovative and thoughtful designs, a style statement that you can rock during winters as well as summer.

Facebook | Location- 1/94 Viram Khand, Gomti Nagar near Patrakarpuram crossing, Lucknow.

Get the quintessential kebab experience at Tunday Kababi

Take yourself on a gastronomic trip at Lucknow's most famous kebab spot. The restaurant is located deep in the galis of old Lucknow and while you're here, you can also soak in the rich heritage and culture of this Nawabon Ka Shaher. Serving all Mughali classics and not just kebabs, Tunday Kebabi will keep bringing you back for more.

Location- No.168/6, Old Nazirabad Rd, Beside St.Marry Inter College, Khayali Ganj, Aminabad, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226018

Have an Indo-Italian Buffet at Terrace for ₹399

One must not miss out on the best experiences in their city, and when we say best in Lucknow, we definitely mean dining at The Terrace, at the Hotel Charan’s Plaza. Hazratganj is great for shopping and has great restaurants too, amongst which The Terrace is a must visit. With unmatched prices, taste, variety and quality, the place offers more than your expectations. For a lavish buffet, checkout- The Terrace. Read more

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Facebook | Location- 4th Floor, Hotel Charans Plaza, 11 Habibulah Estate, Hazratganj, Lucknow

Dineout like Germans at Munick Bistro

One of the few Bavarian themed bistro and bars in India, it will transport you from the Awadhi vibe to a tastefully done up European setting. With variety of food options to choose from, you'll find yourself craving for something new every time you visit. With regular live performances, get ready to redefine what you thought was a fun packed night out. Read more

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Facebook | Location- 27 & 31, Rohtas Presidential Arcade, Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010

Enjoy the local speciality Kulcha Nihari at Raheem

Chowk in Lucknow has a lot that needs to be seen and enjoyed. Kulcha Nihari at Rahim is one such thing. The best part is - you don’t have to spend a fortune at Rahim’s for the taste that not even luxurious hotels can’t match.

Location- 29, Phool Wali Gali, Chowk, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226003

Learn about the Awadhi history at the State Museum Lucknow

One of the largest and oldest multipurpose museums in Uttar Pradesh, this four storey building packs in more culture and heritage arts than you can imagine. Initially starting out with classic Awadhi art pieces from where the Buddha grew up, it has expanded to become host to a number of important articles not limited to bronze, sculptures, manuscripts and paintings but also including Egyptian mummies and sarcophagi which are the central attraction.

Location- Narhi, Hazratganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001

Have a deliciously delectable chocolate cake at Pat-a-Cake Bakery

Nothing sounds more sinful than eating a delicious, soft chocolate cake topped with the smoothest chocolate icing. Get transported to a Chocolate Paradise at Pat-a-cake bakery.

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Facebook | Location - Present in three locations- Gokhle Marg, Indira Nagar and Gomti Nagar

Attend the unlimited food festival at Asante Cafe

The beautifully decorated cafe with spectacular food available at unbelievable prices is ready to host you a great festive week. On 3rd and 4th November, Asante is offering unlimited food for just Rs 350. You are free to order any number of dishes from their menu, and can have whatever you wish to, only at Rs 350 per head. Read more

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Facebook | Location- New Dana Pani, Block D, Indira Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226016

Indulge in the tasty Alamgir Bandh Gosht

If we talk about Awadhi or Mughlai cuisine, Alamgir is an institution in Lucknow. It is a one-stop-shop for all your food cravings especially if they are non-vegetarian.  Alamgir has an exceptional track record of serving the best quality, most flavourful food that is impossible to dislike.

Location - Naaz Cinema Road, Lucknow

Grab the Kaju Barfi & Jaleba at Chappan Bhog

This 26 year old sweet shop located in Sadar Bazar is sure to make the child in you bounce with glee. With a variety of many well known sweets of India, their specialties - the Kaju Barfi and the Jaleba are not to be missed. With their own unique melt in your mouth texture and just the right amount of sugar, you'll pack it in bunches to take back home with you.

Location- No. 311, Prabhu Dayal Marg, Sadar Bazaar, Cantonment, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226002

Attend the epic Knocksense New Year Party

Have the time of your life at this epic event organized by Knocksense Lucknow, where you’ll get a unique mix of laughter and music blended together to make a perfect blast for the New Year.

Date: 31st Night 10 pm

Location and Entry: Stay tuned to the Knocksense website

Spend a day shopping authentic Chikankari items

The two things that Lucknow is famous for are its tehzeeb and its intricate art of chikankari. Unique to the city, chikankari is an intricate form of embroidery. So take a little time out and shop authentic chikankari pieces from Sewa Chikan or many shops in Chowk.

Location - Chowk

Have succulent Biryani at Idrees Biryani

If you come to Lucknow or live here, the one thing that you cannot miss is Idrees ki Biryani. It is something that you necessarily have to have if you are a true foodie and a Lucknowi.

Location - Chowk

Roll in the Rollarappaa Magic

Favourite Roll place for the Lucknowites, Rollarappa serves some of the most amazing rolls (wraps) out there. From Chicken Shwarma, Chicken Fajita and American Chicken Roll to Melted Cheese, Soya-Boti and Paneer Shashlik they have a wide range of rolls that are sure to satisfy your food and hunger qualms.

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Relish the mouth-watering Mutton Stew at Hotel Charminar

This innocuous old hotel located in Lalbagh does not look like much. But one taste of the excellent mutton stew here will make you realize that looks can often be deceptive. As you discover more and more about the history of the hotel, the stew just gets more flavorful. Apart from that, this hotel excels at Awadhi cuisine so go ahead and try any dish that takes your fancy.

Location- 22, BN Road, Lalbagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001

Watch a daringly original play at SNA

Sangeet Natyakala Academy or SNA is known for its absolutely awe-inspiring plays. Stories that touch the most gentle and the most taboo subjects with such beauty that it gets difficult to just watch one.

Location- Gomti Nagar, opposite FUN mall near RBI

Have an Instagram worthy experience at Cappuccino Blast

It is a place that youngsters can call their own. Host to Ultraviolet- a fine dining restaurant, Buttercup Bungalow- a small bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth and Dreams- a store with an assortment of items for people of all ages, it has come a long way since it's inception. The warm and welcoming decor and an outdoor setting make it a great place to visit at any time of the day.

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Facebook | Location- 12, Mall Avenue, Lucknow

Get the melt-in-your-mouth Makkhan Malai at Chowk

The best part of winters in Lucknow is the delicious delicacy, Makkhan Malai. Winter is incomplete without the sweetness of makkhan malai. This light, frothy, sweet and creamy wonder melts in your mouth in seconds and the best part is, you can have loads without feeling stuffed. The vendors have already set their shop in Chowk and you must visit the place soon.

Location- Chowk

Sip refreshing tea at Sharma ki Chai

Chai lovers can be found everywhere, and Lucknowites are grateful to have the world famous Sharma ki chai in their city. Luckily Sharma Tea now also home delivers, so a cup of this magical stress buster potion can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere in the city. Sharma ki chai, along with its distinct buns and gol samosa, is something you need to try in the city to beat the chills during the upcoming months.

Location- Lalbagh

Grab a luxury breakfast at Sahib Café in Vivanta by Taj

‘Taj’ the name itself exudes luxury and class. Vivanta by Taj in Lucknow is one of the most iconic places to be at, where the multi cuisine restaurant Sahib Café’s breakfast buffet is one of the most phenomenal buffets available.

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Price - Rs 1000 per person

Location: Marine Drive, Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010

Chill with Raja ki Thandai in Chowk

If you come to/live in Lucknow and have yet not tried the Thandai from Raja ki Thandai, you have not truly lived. Be it a hot summer’s day or a warm winter morning, the rich and flavourful thandai is the one thing you’ll never be able to say no to.

Location - Chowk

Stock up at Universal Book Stores

In an era when book stores are a decaying institution, the oldest book store in Lucknow, Universal book store sticks out. It is home to the largest  number of books in the city. You can count on this store to have your favourite book even if its not readily available online. The haven of bookworms in Lucknow!

Location- Hazratganj

Take a morning stroll at Janeshwar Mishra

Janeshwar Mishra Park, is a great location to view the sunrise and sunset, both. It is the biggest park in Asia and modelled after the Hyde Park of London. The park is well connected to the city and has all the amenities. You can take a walk in the huge sprawling area or can also peddle your way to fitness, at Janeshwar Mishra Park. In-case you do not own a bicycle, you can use the ones available outside the park at a very basic price.

Go for palatable street food evening at 1090

The bend near 1090 headquarters hascome to be known as THE street-food market in Lucknow. From grilled momos and soya chaaps to tandoori chai, this street food market has the most amazing and innovative selection of food that you can dig in.

Location- Gomti Nagar

Get yourself with a crispy Kachori from Bajpai Kachori Bhandar

Though the name would have you believe that their kachoris are a specialty, that is not the case. What this joint is famous for is their special aloo puri, chole puri and chole bhature. They have a distinctive flavour and give a unique spin to the classic North Indian dishes.

Location -  4, Shahnajaf Rd, 2nd Floor, Hazratganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001

Shop till you drop at Bhoothnath market

We might have got malls that house multiple brands under the same roof, or huge retail stores that have everything we aspire, but nothing can match the charm and utility of our old markets. Bhoothnath market is one of the oldest, and you must definitely visit it in the Diwali week, and enjoy the festivities!

Cool down with a delicious Kulfi at Prakash ki Kulfi

The famous Kulfi falooda at Prakash in Aminabad, is a part of the ‘to do’ list, for those travelling to Lucknow. The earthy taste of the kulfi has remained unchanged for years and the change of season from summers to winters, doesn’t make a difference when you consider treating your taste-buds with this refreshing specialty.

Location- 2, 13, 1st Ln, Mohan Market, Khayali Ganj, Aminabad, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226018

Enjoy a fun-filled day at Nilansh theme resort

This is a one-stop, non-stop entertainment and leisure destination in Lucknow that offers gaming thrills, world-class entertainment and unique events, which basically means, it is a great place to enjoy time with family.

Bask in natural warmth at the Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

Whether a Lucknowite or not, a visit to this sanctuary should be in everyone’s checklist. This is a haven for bird watchers who can spot many species of birds. And for the novice, you can definitely make your Instagram popular.. The best time to visit the place begins next month and will extend till March. So, if you feel like it’s time to get close to nature, Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is not far!

Go for a refined fine dining experience at Azrak, Lebua

On the more expensive side, this four star restaurant is known for its open air pool side ambience. Serving the most exotic food you can think of, Azrak has many great drink options as well to make your evening memorable with great food and libations. Visit here for a lazy Sunday brunch or a fine dining experience.

Location-19, Sarva Palli, Saraca Estate, The Mall Avenue, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001

Witness the essence of Awadh at Dewa Mela

This mela takes place once every year in a town near Lucknow. People come from all across the nation to throng this mela. If you're in town during this time, be sure to pay this event a visit. Replete with musical performances, dances, traditional heritage representations, debates, firework shows, Dewa mela encapsulates all that is Awadhi culture.

Date - October 25 - November 3

Venue - Dewa Shareef, Dewa Town, Barabanki (UP)

Spend an informative day at Regional Science City

Lucknow’s Science City is the best interactive science and technology museum in the region. With 3D and Scimax shows and an amusement park like Vibe, the Science City is not only for the geeks.

Savor the monumental architecture piece that is La Martiniere College

The beautiful and intricate architecture of Constantia makes it a landmark of Lucknow. The Constantia stands on a landscaped terrace overlooking what was once a lake, from the centre of which rises a solid column known as 'the Laat'. The monument is thought either to be a lighthouse or a marker for the grave of Claude Martin's horse. Be sure to visit this building and remark at the beauty which will make you wish you studied in such a staggeringly beautiful school.

Location - La Martiniere Rd, Martin Purva, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001

Kiss the sky at Sky Bar

Located on the rooftop of Renaissance Hotel, this bar is exactly what it sounds like. Perched atop a tall building in the best area of Lucknow, you will be mesmerized at the view from here. The drinks menu is vast, and always has room for some food to accompany it. With a couple of friends to hang out with, a trip here will surely be one to remember.

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Facebook | Location- 16th Floor Renaissance Lucknow Hotel, Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010

Have the time of your life at Punch Liners with Kishore Dayani

A Bihari and a cynic, Kishore Dayani is a famous comedian who’ll be here at Lucknow to steal your hearts and make you go crazy with his relatable everyday anecdotes. With a pinch of sarcasm and a dash of satire, everything he says will make you roll on the floor laughing.

Date: December 16

Location: Hotel Novotel (CP 74 Viraj Khand, Gomti Nagar)

Price: ₹499 onwards (Tickets available on bookmyshow)

Have a chat marathon at Royal Cafe

Royal Cafe, which is located at Hazratganj, is one of the most hygienic place in Lucknow for all chat lovers. Basket chat is delicious, you just can’t afford to miss this place.

Have an indulgent bite of momo with Wow! Momo

Momos are the favourite street-fast food of Lucknowites. And momo stalls and restaurants have mushroomed all over the city. Yet, to have the authentic, fresh, juicy and flavourful momo experience you really need to visit Wow! Momo.

Location- Pheonix Mall, Alambagh

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