51 Amazing Things To Do In Lucknow

51 Amazing 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.

Have a musical time at the NH7 Weekender Express Event

Featuring a versatile blend of artistes and genres, NH7 aims to provide one day of incredible live performances and a whole new vibe with the Weekender state in mind. With a line up of amazing artistes such as Parwaaz, Ankur & the Ghalat Family, Mali and Samar Mehdi, NH7 Weekender is sure to blow your mind. Book your tickets as soon as you can for this fun packed event!

Date - November 17

Venue -  Palms Golf Club & Resort

Price - ₹499

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

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

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.

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 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

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

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

Experience the Egyptian magic at The Cairo Tales

The Cairo Tales is Lucknow's first Egyptian themed resto-bar and the drinks and live events make it a must-visit. The Egyptian spin is noticeable as we move on to the food section of the resto-bar. One of the specialties here is the Egyptian Fattah, which is knopocket pita bread stuffed with a variety of exotic Egyptian herbs and minced chicken pieces.

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Facebook | Location- Vijaipur Colony, Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010

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

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.

BBC Beyond Fake News Conference

Attend BBC news event on 12th November from 9:30 to 5:00 in Lucknow university, Malviya hall. It’s an event on increasing menace of fake news and it will be followed by a workshop with google representatives.

Date- 12th November, 2018

Esteemed guests: Dinesh Sharma, Deputy CM, Akhilesh Yadav, Ed-CM, Ravish Kumar, NDTV and other experts on cyber crime and journalism.

Register for free here

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

Be mesmerized with the beautiful stories of "Kahaniyan" by Tape a Tale

Let out your innermost emotions, no one is here to judge. Or sit back and watch others do it. Whatever you choose, be sure to not miss this event. Tape a tale helps you tell your story in any way you want, and this time, to keep the action alive, Amandeep Gill and author Kopal Khanna will also be gracing the event.

Date- November 25

Venue- SOLD: Bar Exchange Cafe

Price- ₹299

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

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

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

Run for a cause with the Lucknow City Run

IIM Lucknow has organized the 10th edition of Lucknow City Run, where the city of Lucknow will run to promote a healthier and more active lifestyle. You can also win gifts worth ₹1 Lakh, free T-shirts and participation certificates.

Location- Lohia Park Main Gate, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
Timings- On-Spot registration: 5:00 AM; Marathon flag-off: 6:00 AM
Date- November 11

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

Have the time of your life at the Standup special by PunchLiners

Known as the 'resident funny guy', Manish Tyagi is an ex-Indian Navy commander who's inspirational story is the most hilarious and interesting story we've come across. So be sure to visit Novotel on 16th November to have your minds blown.

Location: Novotel, Lucknow
Date: 16th November

Attend the epic Knocksense Event

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 symphony for the soul.

Location- Urban Dhaba, Gomti Nagar
Date- 2nd week of November

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

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

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

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

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 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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Get your funny bones tickled at Talemen in Sholay

Lucknow is not just a city for the gourmets and gourmands. It is a literary and cultural hub as well. If you're feeling especially in the mood for a play, you should not miss this. In this fictional comedy, the artistes have redefined the way we look at Sholay, the iconic film, and given it a completely new and hilarious spin.

Date - November 1

Venue - Bharatendu Natya Academy, Captain Manoj Pandey Chauraha, Vikas Khand 1, Vikas Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226010

Price - ₹100

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

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.

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

Get yourself 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 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

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

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)

Get lost in the world of cinema at the FLO Film Festival

With this film festival, the FLO Film Forum aims to bring more women and girls into the professional film foray. This is the first time that FLO will be an organizing an event in Lucknow. The event will include master classes, workshops, competitions and interactive film screenings. The event will open your eyes to the harsh conditions faced by women in all spheres of work.

Date - November 14 - November 16

Venue - Indira Gandhi Pratishthan - IGP, Vibhuti Khand,in front of Tata Consultancy Services, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

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 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

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.