Hyderabad and Secunderabad happen to be twin cities. But there is a lot of cultural difference between both the cities. While Hyderabad is always on the speed dial, Secunderabad has a more laid-back and relaxed culture, where people like to meet and socialize in a peaceful setting. To cater to this trait of people in Secunderabad, many foodpreneurs have started quaint food joints and cafes that provide interesting fare.
There was a time when those in Secunderabad had to come to HITEC city looking for variety. But today, Sainikpuri has emerged as a foodie paradise where an entire stretch of about 1.9km is sprinkled with eateries and cafes. However, not very long ago, the scene was very different. It was not until the owners of The Fifth Avenue bakery decided to provide a cozy place for people in Sainikpuri. Incidentally, the bakery faces the plush Fifth Avenue road, and one can safely say it kick-started the food revolution in Sainikpuri.
Now, there are about 20 different eateries and cafes in the area. Another concept cafe is The Vegan Cafe – Ewoke. The three owners of Ewoke were in the real estate business before they jumped into the food industry. Their idea is to break the misconception that vegan food is costly. And they feel Sainikpuri was just the right place to try their idea. Since the people there love to eat good food at reasonable prices, Ewoke ended up being a hit. The guests can also buy seeds of melon, cashew, almonds, and other dry fruits as the restaurant runs on a zero-waste philosophy. They can carry their own paper bags and take the quantity they desire.
Then there is Kebabwala & Co, which as the name suggests, has a delectable selection of kebabs. Another popular place with the locals in Sainikpuri is Coffee Cup, which has cool interiors and a library that shot to fame when a scene from Vijay Devarakonda-Ritu Verma film Pelli Choopulu was shot there.
There are other places such as Coco Cafe, which has a macaw that greets the guests, and Cafe Bunker, which has a military theme. And last but not least is the Hyjack drive-in, where one can get different cuisines and has two themes – Greek and rustic.