Going to a cafe is a fun and social experience. For some it could be just to grab a much-needed coffee or tea, while for the others it’s a social activity which gives them a chance and a place to meet people, network and share ideas. What better place than a cafe to hang out with a bunch of friends or family and have a nice quiet time.
On that note, here are some of the best cafes in India!
Tucked away in the lanes of Fort Kochi, Pepper House Cafe is a great café for book lovers. It offers a soothing ambiance next to a verdant garden. Expansive and airy, the place includes a library and a shop where you can buy clothes, art, and other knick-knacks. Try their passion fruit iced tea, creamy ravioli, and blueberry cheesecake while you enjoy reading your book in the lush green bungalow.
Another amazing cafe located in the heart of Fort Kochi area is Kashi Art Cafe (out personal favourite!). It is a humble abode to modern art in the city along with some tasty bread and masala chai. Try their omelette, fresh bread and duck roast that would definitely satiate your taste buds!
A perfect food spot in Bir Billing for food lovers is the Byron Bay Café. This place has a beautiful rooftop setting which looks especially beautiful at night and offers an amazing view of Bir and the mountains behind. A perfect place for vegans, Byron Bay Café does offer a large variety of dishes and is good for people who are looking out for a healthy meal!
Located off the main road near the Tungabhadra river in Virupapur Gaddi, Laughing Buddha Café is very well known among locals and tourists. With an amazing view of Hampi’s temples and the nearby river, it is the perfect place to lounge around while taking in the breath-taking views of the city. On the recommended list is the falafel that people just can’t stop raving about. They also have jewellery, and local art and crafts shop in the vicinity, so you can go crazy while shopping!
Wind View in Jaipur is a small and busy little rooftop café which is right opposite to the Hawa Mahal from where you can enjoy the view of the Pinkcity along with a deliciously cooked meal.
Right on Gokarna’s gorgeous Om Beach, Namaste Café is one of the best in India. Try their thin-as-air crepes, or their filling Spanish-style breakfast to start the day. Their Grilled Pomfret is a must try during dinner and pairs perfectly with a couple of cold beers.
Le Cafe in Pondicherry is a seafront café is located on the beach road and is open round the clock. Plop yourself on one of the chairs facing the Bay of Bengal and enjoy the cool breeze. The ambiance is very authentic and the building and its perimeters are amazingly clean and the best part, the food comes with reasonable price! Make sure you get a decent taste of their ice cream, topped with strawberries and fresh mint.
Jheel’s Ginger Coffee Bar & Bakery in Udaipur is hands down one of the most famous cafe in India. Its location is apt as it is situated right next to a ghat and you can literally touch the water if you are sitting in the outside space. Besides the coffee, the breakfast menu is worth trying if you are a morning person and the range of delicacies for the ones with sweet tooth is heavenly.
Located just a few steps away from the Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh, the Ganga View Café is a riverside café overlooking the Ganges which will make you feel at one with nature. It offers a range of delicacies which include organic pizzas, soups, pancakes, and waffles and their service is top notch with super friendly staff. Cozy interior, good music, and good food makes this beautiful and peaceful cafe one of the best cafes in the town.
Jim Morrison Café in Kasol is named after the American music legend and is one of the most popular café on the top of the hill. It offers everything from view to good music to excellent food and board games. Reaching the cafe requires a small climb but it is all worth it when you taste the food.
Food with a picturesque view! Cafe Ivy in Mussoorie is a nicely decorated minimalistic cafe which lets you enjoy the scenic pine forest with clouds on the way to Lal Tibba with their scrumptious food. You can also grab a book from shelf and enjoy reading for hours with a cup of hot coffee. They serve some delectable Pepperoni Pizza and pasta and the coffee here is next to perfect!
Darjeeling cafe is a must visit when in Varkala. The hippie vibe of the place and the breathtaking view from the café will definitely make your heart swoon. In the evenings, it’s the perfect spot to stare at the sun setting, taking its own sweet time. They have a wide variety of options in their menu ranging from Tibetan food to North Indian.It is the go-to for an evening date or even a quick snack!
Shiva Cafe in Dharamshala attracts a lot of people because of its hippy vibe. It is 10 minutes hike from the Bhagsunag waterfall with a nice outside seating area where you can enjoy your maggi, momos and a hot cup of tea. The café has a laidback vibe, and there is beautiful art on display. The hike to the café is quite scenic and this is definitely one of the must try cafes whenever you visit this Himachali town.
Another beautiful cafe in the Himachali town of Dharamshala is Cafe Illiterati, which is a bookshop plus café setup away from the hustle-bustle of the town. Illiterati is the most popular hangout spot in the area and has become quite famous over social media. You can meet solo travelers, local monks and many artists sipping a hot of coffee here. They have a good book collection making it the perfect place for the bookworms. You can see the mighty Dhauladhar range from the balcony, and if you happen to be here during winters, the entire range is covered with snow.
Eva Cafe is a slice of Greece on the coast of Anjuna Beach, Goa. It has a minimalistic white clean ambience with a breathtaking sea facing view of Anjuna so that you can take a walk to dip your toes in the sea. The cafe is the best place for those Instagrammable photos. Come here for a hearty breakfast or mesmerizing sunset views over drinks.
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