InOnIt Guides: Unique Cafes in Mumbai
Bored of those done-to-death CCDs and Baristas? Unique coffee shops are what you really need. How about a hint of cinnamon here and a dollop of cream there? We list down unique coffee shops in Mumbai that will take your caffeine addiction to the next level. Think breezy afternoons, soft music, board games, artworks, themes and lots of dark, flavoured coffee. Awake yet?
Food For Thought – Café at Kitab Khana
One of our favourite spaces in the city, which reader/writer/coffee lover wouldn’t like a cafe tucked in a vintage bookstore? With high ceilings and wooden flooring, the Café at Kitab Khana called Food For Thought is the underdog of coffee shops.
WE LIKE - That you don’t have to carry your own book. When you feel like immersing yourself in a great book, just browse through their huge selection and grab a cuppa joe. Bhel puri sandwich, Vada Pav sandwich, cutting chai are only some of the unique options in the menu here. We always go back for the Affogato (ice cream in a shot of hot espresso).
Address: Food For Thought, inside Kitab Khana, Somaiya Bhavan, 45/47 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Flora Fountain, Fort, Mumbai
Contact Number: 022 22844242
The Bagel Shop
A comfy café that has bagels ranging from grilled beef, goan sausages to natural cream cheese, The Bagel Shop has its fair share of loyal customers. From sandwiches and bagels, fresh fruit juices, coffees and smoothies to breakfast options, the menu is varied and the staff friendly.
WE LIKE – That no, we actually love it for the fact that it’s pet-friendly, has got wi-fi and makes great iced coffees! We also like the eccentric range of books it houses in the inside section, that you can browse through while listening to some old school music.
Address: Anand Villa, 30, Pali Mala Road, Bandra(W), Mumbai 400050
Contact Number: 022 26050178
If you like all things pretty, then this petite French patisserie will be a feast for your eyes. It’s nestled in a quiet Rizvi lane and can be missed easily, as the space is small with about 4 tables outside and 3 inside. Choose from different types of macarons, pastries, snacks like quiches and paninis, beverages and financiers (French pastry that is made out of almond powder).
WE LIKE – To sit on vintage chairs with intricate gold designs, eat out of pretty countryside cutlery and get welcomed by cute French owners. You don’t need a plus one to go to Marie Antoinette, it’s so peaceful and secluded from the main road that all you need is your financiers (French cake) and your thoughts. The only downside is that the coffee is not so good. Substitute it for a smoothie or give them exact specifications of how you like your coffee.
Address: White Roses Building, Sherly Rajan Road, Near Rizvi College, Bandra (W), Mumbai 400050
Contact Number: 9819435957
A quirky New York style cafe with bright purple walls and green leaves, Wich Latte’s vibe is nothing less than happy and positive. It’s open every day from 9 am till 11 pm.
WE LIKE – That here, they bake their breads and bagels in-house every day and make gourmet sandwiches out of fresh ingredients. The desserts and coffee too, are a refreshing delight. Great to catch up on your reading as the place is brightly lit.
Address: Shop No 64, EMP 56, Next to Rama’s, Thakur Village, Kandivali East, Mumbai 400101
Contact Number: 022 61371818
Another one of those cafes in a bookstore, Cha Bar is located inside Oxford Bookstore and is a regular haunt for college kids around. The décor is contemporary and minimalistic, and you can relax here with a cup of tea (after choosing from a wide range of herbal, flavoured and fruit ones).
WE LIKE – That there are books everywhere, inspiring ones at that, and their variety of teas, Green Tea Margarita being one of our favourites. Visit when it’s time for a tea-m party!
Address: Apeejay House, 3 Dinsha Vachha Road, Churchgate, Mumbai 400020
Contact Number: 02222029967, 02266364477, 02266364488
Situated off Yari Road, Leaping Windows will bring out your geeky side in a cool way. A relaxed café and comic library, the space offers home-style food that will comfort your soul whilst your browse through some light reads.
WE LIKE – The little futons placed inside their reading room, where you can just lounge around like you would in your homes (except here you’ll be surrounded by your favourite comic heroes). You can get lost in TinTin’s adventurous world or help Sherlock unravel new mysteries, as they update their book collection every month.
Address: 3 Corner View, Off Yari Road, Opposite Bianca Towers, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai
Contact Number: 9769998972, 022 26329133
Escape the hustle and bustle of citylife and enter the spacious café that is Chai Coffi. With teas and coffees sourced from across the globe, this brew house is all about mixing international standards with desi touches.
WE LIKE – The bun maskas and nan khatais that you can order with your chai.
Address: Shop No 1 and 2, Beach Queen CHSL, JP Road, Versova, Andheri (W), Mumbai
Contact: 022 66714141
Kala Ghoda Cafe
Kala Ghoda Café is located in Mumbai’s art inspired historic space, with wooden roofs and full-length skylights. This quaint café has a gallery with artworks that shine through the sunlight seeping in during the day. Enjoy a cup of organic coffees, teas and breakfast options such as waffles, eggs, fresh fruit yoghurt, fruit salads and more.
WE LIKE – The Artsy décor, friendly atmosphere and the free wifi zone (which is not available from 12:30 pm till 3:30 pm). We also like how the café supports alternative means of transport by having bicycle locking devices. So much so that they offer free coffee to customers who cycle their way to the café on Sundays.
Address: Kala Ghoda Café, 10 Ropewalk Lane, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai 400001
Contact Number: 022 22633866, 9833803418