Let’s be honest: is there a better way to spend a lazy day than by sipping on a hot, delicious cuppa while being completely engrossed in a riveting read? The answer, of course, is no. However, if you’re a bibliophile from Mumbai, you’ll know that there’s a real dearth of a book cafes in the city. While they might not be sprinkled generously on the map, there are a handful hidden in plain sight that allow you to read, write, or simply muse to your heart’s content.
If you’re on the lookout for one such cafe, well, we’ve found five. Here are the best book cafes Mumbai has on offer:
1. Leaping Windows
Once nothing more than an online library, Leaping Windows has transformed into one of the most gorgeous books cafes in the city today. Grab some coffee or a full, delicious meal before heading down to the basement, where you can’t help but immerse yourself in their spectacular collection of superhero comics and graphic novels.
What To Order: The Aztec Cold Coffee with their Full House breakfast meal.
Reading Recommendation: A graphic novel from their incredibly vast collection is a no-brainer, really!
2. Cha Bar, Oxford Bookstore
Cha Bar is a quaint little cafe situated right in the Oxford Bookstore near HR College. One of Churchgate’s hidden gems, it’s known for serving over fifty types of teas, coffees, and other beverages, which you can enjoy after picking out an excellent paperback.
What To Order: Fish and Chips to go with their fantastic, elaborate range of teas which includes Darjeeling, Assamese, Nilgiri, and Herbal teas.
Reading Recommendation: A recent bestseller shouldn’t be hard to find at the Oxford Bookstore.
3. Cafe Moshe’s, Crossword Bookstore
Moshe’s is usually synonymous with freshly made bread, but the one at Kemps Corner is known by bibliophiles as the one that allows them to peacefully sit with their books for hours at a stretch. Located at the mezzanine floor of the bookstore, the cafe is slightly expensive, but given its tranquil ambience, is more than worth the money.
What To Order: The Chocoholic or the Flavoured Teas before you gobble down one of their many delicious dessert options.
Reading Recommendation: If you’re a quick reader, the ambience is perfect to grab and finish a fun, Young Adult novel.
4. Di Bella, Title Waves Bookstore
The city’s first large boutique bookstore, Title Waves is your best bet if you live around Bandra. So grab a book and head to Di Bella, where you can order a refreshing beverage or a freshly made Nutella Waffle. With free WiFi, indoor and outdoor seating, and most importantly, serenity on offer, it’s as close to perfect as it gets.
What To Order: DiBellaccino (cappuccino with marshmallows, mmm!) and freshly made waffles.
Reading Recommendation: You won’t really be disturbed if you find a quiet nook — so grab a gripping fiction novel and immerse yourself in it.
5. Food For Thought, Kitab Khana
Located in a 150-year-old structure, Kitab Khana houses Food For Thought — an aptly named cafe that serves a variety of delicious cuisines that cater to different tastes. The books, too, follow the same theme, making it a doddle to get your hands on the contemporaries, as well as tons of classics in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu languages.
What To Order: The pastas here are a hit, but if you’re looking for something a tad more traditional cafe-like, they have interesting sandwich options as well.
Reading Recommendation: Giving it’s situated in a historical structure, it’d be apt to read a nonfiction book — probably one that’ll help you brush up on your history?
Image Credit: Nikhil Mudaliar