Searching for a comfortable, friendly space to unwind with a good book and freshly brewed coffee? Here is a list of some of the best book cafes in India where you can leaf through books of your choice, enjoy a delicious meal or simply unwind with friends over a cup of tea.
Set in a quaint 100-year-old Portuguese-styled bungalow amidst a lush garden, Literati Bookshop & Cafe is a veritable temple to the written word. Sit back and immerse yourself in the piles of good reads, as you sip some strong Karnataka coffee and nibble on homemade sandwiches. Dine al fresco on delicious Italian fare on the pretty verandah, which also happens to be one of the coziest places to indulge in your choice of pages.
Book Cafe Ssong, Pune
Away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd, Book Cafe Ssong is an adorable little place where you can spend a quiet weekend afternoon reading your favourite books as you sip on creamy coffee. The tasteful beige ambiance, the soft relaxing music, the cute Korean artefacts and a comfy, wooden floor seating arrangement upstairs creates just the right ambiance for you to enjoy some quiet time by yourself.
The Coffee Cup, Hyderabad
With beautiful sheesham wood interiors and a charming sit-out terrace wreathed in potted greenery,The Coffee Cup is a cozy and informal hangout for book lovers, foodies and coffee addicts alike. Quirky knick-knacks, board games and retro posters of cartoon characters and movie stars add to the fun quotient of this appealing book cafe.
Pagdandi Chai Cafe, Pune
A tiny little book cafe with a unique concept, Pagdandi is a haven for book lovers in Pune. With a wide collection of books, a cute curio shop, a delectable food menu and warm hosts, this is a place you would want to visit over and over again. Don't forget to try out the awesome frozen yoghurt!
Kitab Khana, Mumbai
A bookstore that can dish out an immaculate cup of coffee, Kitab Khana is everything you would want in a book cafe. This boutique bookshop in the heart of Mumbai, with its array of delicious desserts, huge shelves full of books and comfy bean bags you can sink into, will invite you to to rediscover the wonderful world of books.
Cafe Story, Kolkata
Kolkata's first graphic novel- and comic-themed cafe, Cafe Story has a lot more than just books to match your taste and needs. Browse through the massive collection of books of all genres and choose from an interesting spread of pastas, salads, falafels and risottos as you sit down for a good read. Shop at the Art Street and Pen & Ink sections for some exquisite art material and unique writing instruments.
Cafe Fiction, Gangtok
Nestled in the scenic surroundings of gorgeous Gangtok, Cafe Fiction offers a homely ambiance with a touch of serenity. The books on Sikkimese and Tibetan History in the well-stocked Rachna Bookstore downstairs is totally worth browsing through before you dine on authentic Himalayan cuisine. Pen down your travel tales over cups of steaming Sikkimese Temi tea.
Books N Brew, Chandigarh
A concept cafe with a warm, friendly atmosphere, laid-back decor, free WiFi and a pocket-friendly menu, Books N Brew is a fun place to hang out with your buddies. A youth-oriented place, Maggi is the hot favourite on the menu amongst the young readers. Remember to get your book along, though, as they do not have a large collection.
Cafe Bookworm, Lucknow
A unique concept store, Cafe Bookworm brings together good food, great books and laughter to create a fun recreational place for book-lovers to hang out at in Lucknow. Stuff yourself with samosas and jalebis as you spend some time in the company of books and like-minded folks.
A humongous collection of all kinds of books, great food and a breathtaking view of the Dhauladhar mountains is what Illiterati offers you. Grab a book, order a cup of piping hot masala chai and lose track of time as you soak in the sublime beauty of the place!
Moon River Cafe, Delhi
Named for the lilting theme song from Breakfast at Tiffany's, Moon River is a delightful little cafe tucked within a gallery for all those bookworms who want a classy yet comfortable space to curl up with a book on a lazy afternoon. Try out the delicious double-chocolate chip cookies on the select but tasteful menu.