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Best Travel Cafes In India

Travel cafes are like ‘home away from home’ for travellers. It’s like a place for travellers which matches with their identity and speaks out for their passion for travel. The food and interior all speaks for travel. India is brimming with such astonishing travel cafes. Here are some of the best travel cafes in India.

Kunzum, Hauz Khas,New Delhi

Travel is not the only thing this café is famous for; it offers free food to everyone. Sounds insane, right!? But it is true. It’s your wish whether you want to pay or not, you can just come here, meet people and read books about travels. The owner Ajay Jain has opened this café because of his passionate love affair with travels and adventures. Add Kunzum café to your list when you visit Delhi next time.

Location –Hauz Khas village

New Delhi is every dreamers charm , it has best of both worlds: on one hand you can see the tombs and palaces built by Mughals and on the other hand you can see big cyber hubs and malls . If you are in India then visiting Delhi should be on your priority list. You can spend your entire day exploring food on the streets of old Delhi or shop your heart out at Sarojini Nagar, the biggest flea market of New Delhi, Dilli hat… Relive the Mughal era with Red fort and Feroz Shah Kotla Fort or enjoy luxury with some of the most extravagant malls in Delhi like The Select City Walk, Saket.


Sheroes Café, Agra

This café has a Nobel cause behind it, the café is run by acid attack survivors who are on journey to define their own identity in the world. The whole café is run by these strong ladies, Sheroes café is an initiative by Stop Acid Attacks campaign that was founded in New Delhi in 2013. Just 1 km from Taj Mahal, it is an inspiration to many women who visit this café. Staff here is very warm and welcoming; one can sit here for hours and talk to the staff about their journey and struggles. Pasta, Cutlet and shakes like butterscotch shake, Pineapple shake are some of the recommended food items here.

Location – Opposite The Gateway Hotel, Taj View Chowraha, Fatehabad Road.

Agra is situated in Uttar Pradesh state of India. In the Golden era it was the main capital city for the Mughal Empire. Rulers like Babur , Akbar , Shah Jehan and Sher Shah Shuri has all been associated with Agra. Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri (between Agra and Jaipur ). Taj Mahal is the main attraction which was built by Shah Jehan for his loving wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took almost 20 years to build Taj Mahal, and it is now standing tall as the ultimate symbol of love. Taj Mahal is made up of White marble and it is said that Shah Jehan wanted to build another Taj Mahal with black Marble but his son Aurangzeb prevented him from doing so. Apart from visiting Taj Mahal and other heritage sites one can also participate in the Taj Mahotsav the festival is held February/March every year at Shilpgram, near the Taj Mahal. The festival celebrates the art and culture of Agra.


The Nerdy beans, Jodhpur

As the name suggest this café is dedicated to all the nerdy people who want to make a difference in the world. It’s a cozy café with some very interesting artworks of some nerdy legends like Steve jobs and Mark Zukerberg. The menu is very unique; one of the popular items on the menu is the brownie burst which is a must try. The Nerdy beans is a place where you can hang out with your friends and family and enjoy a night of entertainment and food.

Location – 373, 1st Floor, Above wills Lifestyle, Opp. Police Station, 4th C Road, Sardarpu, Jodhpur

Jodhpur is situated on the edge of Thar dessert, hence the name Gateway to Thar given to Jodhpur. Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha and it soon replaced Mandore and become the new capital city. The city is also known as blue city as most of the houses here are painted in blue color which is a treat to look at . The art , culture , spices , handicrafts , havelis , tradition and people all make Jodhpur a place worth visiting .Some of the must visit places in Jodhpur are Umaid Bhawan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort which includes Moti mahal and Sheesh Mahal inside it’s complex.


Hook and Irons cafe in Udaipur

This café is all about sophistication and luxury with live music playing in the background it is sure to make your night memorable. The cocktails/mocktails and snacks like nachos, chilly chicken and sandwiches is sure to make you a fan of this place. It is one of the most popular cafes in Udaipur specially among the youngsters.

Location – Hotel Paras Mahal, NH 8, Sector 11, Hiran Magri, Udaipur

Udaipur – This colorful city was the setting of many movies, including the 13th James Bond film, Octopussy.Udaipur is famous for its lakes, forts, temples and gardens. The Mughal emperor Akbar captured Chittorgarh, and Udai Singh was forced to escape and establish the city of Udaipur. People of Udaipur are known to wear bright clothes which makes the city a happy and colorful place with smiling faces all around. Do not miss to visit places like Udaipur City Palace and Fateh Sagar Lake. Horseback riding is also a recommendation as Udaipur is situated in the middle of Araveli hills, it offers amazing scenic beauty. You can also enjoy Cultural shows like Dharohar Dance Show and Puppet Shows.


Café By The Way, Mussoorie

Your trip to Mussoorie will be incomplete if you don’t visit this place. Apart from being celebrated for its shakes and pastries, this café is also famous for its ambience which is dedicated to travel .The owner Ranjeet has given a quirky look to the café. This is a place for tourist for resting and enjoying after a heavy day of travelling.

Location: Opp. Baskin Robins, 1st Floor, The Mall, Mussoorie

Mussoorie is one of the most famous hill stations in India; it is specially popular as being the top honeymoon destination. Mussoorie has a busy social life with tourists flocking in from all over the world. The Himalayan ranges make the hill station very scenic and eye pleasing. There are many places in Mussoorie which are worth visiting : Kempty Falls, a man made pool is attached to the waterfalls, tibethan hill. You can see many shops which sell little souvenirs and street food. Happy valley is another tourist attraction, it is famous for its trekking track and scenic beauty.


Mcleodganj McLLo Cafe

This is my personal favorite on this list of travel cafes. Here you can just drink cold beer and have a gala time with your friends .The place caters to Indian , Tibetan and Chinese food, specially the fried chicken which is the most famous one on the menu. The interior is a mixed of old and new style of architecture and has hosted famous dignitaries like cricketers and actors.

Location: City center, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

Welcome Café

This café is very different from other cafes you have seen in India. The whole vibe of the cafe is hypnotizing and is sure to take you to Tibet. The moment you will enter the café you will be welcomed by wall paintings depicting the Tibetan culture, the UV coloured lights make the place even more enchanting and calming. The sitting arrangements of the café is very unique; it is not the usual tables and chairs. They have often organized music nights and great bands are seen entertaining people. If you want to have an out of the box experience then Welcome café is a must!!

Location – Bhagsu Nag, Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

McLeod Ganj

Apart from being famous for being residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, McLeod Ganj is famous for its food, music , night life and Natural beauty. It is very famous among youngsters and college students. Many people also come here to study Tibetan culture and heritage. McLeod Ganj is famous for Tibetan handicrafts and carpets. One of the major tourist attractions here include Triund hill- it is a one-day trek 10 kilometres (one way) from McLeod Ganj bus stand and under 6 kilometres (one way) from Galu temple near Dharamkot. St John in the Wilderness is another tourist attraction famous for its Gothic style architecture.


Mango Tree Cafe, Hampi

This laid back café is what you want after a hot day in Hampi. The best part about the café is the interior, they have used blanket, paintings to do up the tin roof and walls. The food is served on a leaf which is authentic in itself. With a happy atmosphere this place is a refuge for tired tourist.

Hampi in the Karnataka state of India was once famous for being the capital of Vijayanagar Empire- a 14th century empire is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are a history enthusiast then you don’t want to miss this place. It is said that before the fall of the empire, diamonds were sold on the streets and one of the main street where the diamonds were sold was named as Pan Supaari Street, you can still see the exact location of the Pan Supaari Street in Hampi.Apart from visiting the hertige monuments and temples you can get Ayurvedic treatment at very affordable price in Hampi.


Cafe Del Mar, Varkala

Varkala beach in itself so amazing and a travel café facing the beautiful beach no doubt will be extraordinary. This café is famous for its coffee and you can often see people sitting here for hours reading their novels and sipping coffee. Located on a cliff this restaurant offers great food and great view

Location: Near North Cliff, Varkala

Varkala can be described in three words affordable, less crowded and stunning. It is a budget friendly vacation spot and is surprisingly less crowded than other coastal areas in South India. Varkala host a variety of amazing places which include the famous beach Papanasam beach. If you want to avoid the crowd then off season is the best time to visit this place which is the period from March to November. So go ahead enjoy the peaceful and relaxed holiday in Varkala.


Y Cafe, Dehradun

If you are homesick and happen to be in Dehradun then this is a place to be. With its homely feel and great burgers and chips you wouldn’t want to miss it. With its rustic and sleek interiors this café is very different and unique. The walls are decorated with motivational and inspiring posters which gives it a very positive vibe

Location: Hotel White House, Behind St. Joseph’s Academy, Subhash Road, Karanpur, Dehradun

Dehradun is known as the oldest cities in India and Lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana. Dehradun is surrounded by Shivalik ranges in the north Yamuna river to east and Ganga to the west. Popular tourist attractions in the city include Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple and Malsi Deer Park.


Food and travel often go hand in hand. It is said that you often have to taste a local food to be able to understand the culture, so eat well and travel often with boutique tour organizer Nomaday travel!!!

-Priyanka Bhoj

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