What’s your last memory of visiting a bookstore? Amazon and Flipkart have made our lives easier, alas, at a cost. We’ve exchanged the charm and excitement of discovering new books in a bookstore for convenience. Thankfully, there’s a way to bring back the joy of finding new books. In fact, there are 11. You have to visit each of the following book cafes in Delhi to find out what we are not putting into words. Here’s a glimpse into each of them.
1. Café May Day | Shadipur
Tucked away deep inside Shadipur, Café May Day is a small, intimate book café. The café has an esoteric collection of books. The bookshelves bend towards the left. You can easily spot socialism influencing the titles that find their place on the bookshelves. You can also prepare your own coffee/tea if you’re not feeling lazy. Pro tip: Check their Facebook page before visiting. They organize events, plays, and workshops throughout the year!
2. Kunzum Travel Café | Hauz Khas Village
Who hasn’t heard of Kunzum? It’s one of Delhi’s favourite travel café. It isn’t tough to spot people who visit the place to enjoy good books and coffee. The vibrant café will let you sit for hours, have as much coffee as you’d want and pay as much as you like. Looking for a calm place to unwind? Go to Kunzum!
3. Ivy & Bean | Shahpur Jat
Step into the white and brown wooden interiors of Ivy & Bean and you’ll feel wrapped in comfort. The simple, cozy ambiance will please your eyes and your soul. For the curious reader in you, they have a huge collection of classics and books you’ll rarely find elsewhere. Moreover, The staff will make you feel at home. Also, you can order Italian and continental dishes from a wide menu. Lastly, if you’re a coffee lover, don’t forget to order the Mocha-Hazelnut Coffee.
4. Cha Bar | Connaught Place
On a good day, Cha Bar resembles a beautiful French café in the midst of a Goan fish market. While the white, black and blue interiors seem inviting, the cacophony of the constant chatter will bounce off the walls and pinch your eardrums. Despite all the noise, you’ll find pleasure munching on Fish and Chips and sipping fine tea. You can choose from about hundred teas to calm your nerves to help you cope with the noise while you try to enjoy a good read.
5. Café Turtle | Khan Market
Walk into Café Turtle and you get to see how classic book cafes used to be. Minimalistic, colorful, charming and peaceful. The menu is large, although the food is as simple as the ambiance. You cannot afford to miss out on the desserts. I remember having the Lemon Cheese Cake and ordering it twice thereafter.
6. Serendipity | Chattarpur
Not a book café per se. But Serendipity offers bibliophiles a quaint picturesque environment to indulge in. Made around a courtyard, the rooftop café is best enjoyed from October till March.
7. Rico’s | Hudson Lane
If you’re running on a thin budget, Rico’s is the place to go. The food is inexpensive, so much so that you can have a fulfilling meal under Rs 300. Also, the feel gets a little noisy at times when the place is packed with students from north campus. Other than that, it is the best place to go to for an end of the month trip.
8. Crackpot Cafe |East of Kailash
Crackpot Cafe offers an amazing old music collection, books to read and an excuse to spend good self-time. You can have an American pool table, board games to have fun with your folks. It is a proper place to distract yourself from daily routine and have some me-time.
9. Café Wanderlust | DLF Phase 4, Gurugram
Quirky furniture, hammocks, cushioned swings, and a breakfast menu that you can order from throughout the day. What else do you need to catch up with your novella?
10. Another Fine Day | Gurugram
Gurgaon (Sorry, Gurugram!) has a knack for delivering tiny surprises. Surrounded by the extravagance of Gurugram is this small and simple looking café. The book collection isn’t huge, so I’d recommend you take your own. What sets this book café apart is that you can read while sipping on a cold beer, or while savouring wine. Also, the small food menu will make sure you don’t waste time mulling over what to eat.
11. Sakley’s the Mountain Café | Greater Kailash-1
A lush green hill, cool wind blowing in your hair, a warm coffee, and a perfect plot. We northerners love the Himalayas and how it makes us feel. Sakley’s brings the Himalayas to you. Tall green trees surround the place, canopies of which make for a perfect view outside the window. The old books smell of oak and take you to the laps of Himalayas. This one’s my pick of the lot.
12. Little Yodakin | Hauz Khas Village
Book clad walls sit waiting for you to undress them. The smell of old books will help you adapt to the new environment. Once you settle in, sift through the titles and choose a book. Before you get lost in the pages, make sure you order from a tiny menu of organic dishes.
13. Maison Des Desserts | HKV
Yes, our evergreen favorite is back at it again. With its soft chocolate cake, lights decor, and a charming stock of books, this place is a perfect nook to settle yourself for reading.
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