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The Most Quintessentially Enigmatic Cafes in Bandra

What comes to your mind when someone tells you a very “quaint” café has opened up at a particular place in the city? Aroma of strong espresso? Beautifully done up interiors and people whiling away time talking to each other, gazing out of massive window panes? The café culture in Mumbai has seen a phenomenal change in the last 5 years. With a new café cropping up on every street in the city, cafes have replaced the udipi and successfully so! The food offered being quick, tasty and instagrammable, it not only becomes a favourite among most millennials, but also proves to be a great meeting joint for people from all age groups.

There is almost something poetic about sitting in a café with strong coffee, a good portion of delicious food and a relaxed atmosphere that allows you to work alone or socialise, and truly unwind for a couple of hours that you spend soaking in the ambience, the culture and the people. What we have here is a list of the few must-visit, unmissable cafes in the by lanes of Bandra, a suburb in Mumbai. From providing astonishing solace to offering some great food, music and a sense of the city, these cafes have it all.

  • The Nutcracker, Bandra Reclamation

A café located right around the corner of the street, this place serves up some excellent breakfast with fresh in-house baked bread and pancakes that are worth breaking your diet for! The tiny place makes the vibe cosy, homely and the warm colours, dimly lit ambience gives it a touch of romanticism. The menu is made of options that would satisfy the palette of a health freak as well as those who decide to binge.

Recommendations:  Emmental truffle scrambled eggs, Classic French Toast, Mac & Cheese, 7 layered cookie

  • Birdsong the organic café, Hill Road (Waroda Road)

Tucked in one of the by lanes of Bandra, this café is one that is not easily noticeable. Lamps are hung from a ceiling that is considerably higher than most cafes around this area, rustic wooden tables are strewn across the space without much adornment, creating more space. The menu is filled with Vegan food options and organic choices with a special dessert menu to satiate your sweet tooth.

Recommendations: Kheema Pav, Roasted Veggie Pizza, Hot Chocolate, Vegan Chocolate Cake

  • Poetry by Love & Cheesecake, Linking Road

With over 20 types of cheesecakes (slice and full cakes included) being served, this café is one that speaks volumes through its theme and interiors. With pastel coloured walls, marble top tables, chandeliers, and books about poetry kept alongside tiny plants and quirky, colourful objects; the café has decent portions of food and simple ingredients that make for a flavourful meal. The in-house bakery serves up breads, an extensive breakfast menu will leave you baffled and satisfied.

Recommendations: Breakfast Smoothie, Skinny Omlette, Portobello Panino, Nutella Layered Cheesecake

  • The Yoga House, Pali Hill

A unique concept where a home is transformed into a café, this place has no chairs and seats people on the floor with pretty mattresses and pillows surrounded by low tables. One floor is completely dedicated to Yoga classes and the menu is built around this theme. With numerous raw, organic and gluten free options, this café will induce you to make healthier choices and reconsider your daily diet.

Reccomendations: Poha with Sprouts, I am Detoxifying Signature Quinoa Burger, The signature smoothie, The very healthy Oatmeal & Raisin Cookie

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  • La Folie Lab, Hill Road

An open air seating welcomes you as you step into this café. With two tables facing the dainty street of Bandra, this is one the few cafes with an outdoor seating area. With bar stools aligned against the kitchen top and a dessert counter opposite, the space is limited. Known for their delicately handcrafted desserts, they also serve some wonderful European dishes and strong coffee that tends to pack a punch.

Recommendations: Avo Bowl, Caprese Croissant, Single Origin Venezuelan 70% Hot Chocolate, Pecan Tart

  • The Village Shop, Hill Road, Chimbai Road

As you head towards the sea, very close to the ocean stands a breezy, earthy and chic café that is tucked away inside a small lane and painted in green and white. Unpretentious, clean and focussed on delivering good quality food with a selective qualitative choice of ingredients that go in every dish, this place also sells vegan cheese by the bottle.

Recommendations: Shiitake Mushroom Burger, Pesto Pizza, The Village Plate, Almond Cake

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  • Taj Mahal Tea House, Bandra Reclamation

With the amount of places serving great coffee, the city was lacking a place that serves authentic, traditional chai. The classical music that plays at the background, Indian musical instruments and traditional ornaments forming a part of the décor, the place hosts a menu with food and desserts that are also infused with tea. The wide array of teas to choose from and a calming, soothing aura that surrounds the place means all you need is a book for companionship and you are sorted for hours on end!

Recommendations: Kashmiri Saffron Tea, Gulkand Paan Chai, Kulfi Dessert Chai, Chai Millefeuille

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  • Sequel Bistro, Pali Hill

At the centre of Bandra, lies this organic café that is often frequented by most celebrities with regards to their menu and food options. Nutrient dense foods and specifically high protein food items are a huge hit at this place and with a range of natural smoothies and cold pressed juices, your meal is most likely to be a very appropriately healthy one. The local and imported produce that goes into the making of every dish makes this place a slightly more expensive option.

Recommendations: The Immunity Booster Acai Bowl, Protein Bowl, The Perfect Poach Avocado Toast, The Decadence Mexican Chocolate Brownie


– Revati Nargund for Food of Mumbai

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