We know a thing or two about working out of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants. Which is why we want everyone to be able to have easy access to joints that are welcoming, quiet and work-friendly. And, some fabulous food on the side doesn’t hurt. LBB and Gurgaon Foodies asked you, and here’s what came out on top.

Starbucks

Photo source: Starbucks India

Photo source: Starbucks India

Famous for its you know, free Wi-Fi, we hear the coffee isn’t too bad either, especially the roasted coffee pot and the mocha frappuccino. For the more health-focussed, try the iced green tea, or the skinny vanilla latte. Hungry? We hear the double meat sandwich, and yoghurt parfait is really good.

PS: The mezzanine floor of Starbucks, Huda City Centre, gets extra points for being quiet. Big plus? No one hangs around your table, so you’re clear of the subtle you-need-to-leave-now manoeuvre.

Where: Find one nearest you, here

Recommended by Susmita Nag and Jasmine Vasudeva

Chaayos

So, we know you already know, but their specialty is chai and there’s 12,000 permutations of it available. Chaayos {especially the Galleria one} lies relatively undisturbed through the day, especially when everyone else is at their place of work. Wi-Fi, on the house; consider it a side to your tea.

Where: Find one nearest you here

Recommended by Arnab Bhattacharya

Turquoise Cottage

Photo source: Turquoise Cottage Gurgaon

Photo source: Turquoise Cottage Gurgaon

This is for those who need the dranks to do the work. Isn’t it a blessing to work for yourself? They have happy hours until 9pm, and free Wi-Fi, so knock yourself out. Also, we hear the Red and Green Thai curry are incredible.

Where: First Floor, JDM Regent Sqaure, DLF Phase 2, MG Road

Contact: 011 33106007

Follow them on Facebook here.

Recommended by Suhas Jotwani

Di Ghent

Relatively excellent for those seeking solitude, or some quiet time for meetings and quick work-related pop wows; Di Ghent serves some excellent food as well. Free Wi-Fi and an excellent cappuccino; ask for the bruschetta for lunch, and finish the day with waffles. It might fill up during lunch hours, but this is why we have earphones. {So, definitely not ideal if you’re thinking of having meetings}.

Also, breakfast selection – definitely a front runner for most expansive collection. You can find out if you make it on time.

Where: 208, Level 2, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon

Contact: 011 33106496

Follow them on Facebook here.

Recommended by Amrita Singh and Kanupriya Jain

Another Fine Day

Photo source: Another Fine Day

Photo source: Another Fine Day

Even if you have an hour’s worth of work, Another Fine Day will ask you to stay longer. And to entertain? A stocked bookshelf that you’re allowed to borrow from; this way they ensure you’re back to return it. Positioned as a reading room and cafe, it’s cosy, friendly, warm and near perfect if you’re looking to finish a blog post you’ve been struggling with. We see this as a perfect match for creative folk.

Where: Ground Floor, MPD Towers, opposite DLF Golf Course Road

 Contact: 0124 4386155

Follow them on Facebook here.

Recommended by Seema Sandhu

Sibang Bakery

Since it’s not very commercial, that inadvertently cuts down the noise level. With an amazing selection of food, authentic Korean desserts and great cuppa Joe, Sibang is a good pick to catch up with work in. You must know though, it is more of a cafe/bakery in its model, so don’t go expecting a fine-dining restaurant. Yes, free Wi-fi.

Where: 108, First Floor DLF South Point Mall, Golf Course Road

Contact: +91 9811268210

Follow them on Facebook here.

Recommended by Shefali Saxena

Tea Halt

Photo source: Tea Halt

Photo source: Tea Halt

Walk in and you’ll spot many the regular men and women on their phones/laptops/tablets/watches/some other hybrid on Skype calls that at least look like they’re work-related. As the name suggests, you have {paid} access to a wide variety of tea, a far cry from mass produced office chai, and some delish food you can feast on, if you need a distraction.

PS: Only one of their Gurgaon outlets offers free Wi-fi, the Good Earth one.

Where: 68, Ground Floor, Good Earth City Center, Pocket H, Nirvana, Sector 50

Contact: 011 64646441

Follow them on Facebook here.

Recommended by Sathyavageeswaran Ramaswamy

Sakley’s The Mountain Cafe

There’s all this talk of how snug and cosy Sakley’s is, as soon as you walk in. And that sounds like the order of the day, when you’re looking to sit with just your laptop all day. PS: They have a lot of live gigs, check ahead so you can skip the sound check noise etc. They do breakfast after 11am, and offer free Wi-Fi all day long.

Where: SF-93, Galleria, DLF Phase 4

Contact: 0124 4371983

Follow them on Facebook {for regular updates about those gigs}, here.

Recommended by Swati Puri

Au Bon Pain

Photo source: Kaye Annette Vogel Jacob

Photo source: Kaye Annette Vogel Jacob

Again more of a bakery than a left restaurant, they offer free Wi-Fi through the day. The only downside is, because of its location {Cyber Hub}, it sees a lot of activity, especially during lunch and evening snack hours. But that said, if you score a seat in the corner early in the day, you should be okay. And definitely come early, their breakfast is to die for.

Where: Kiosk K1, Ground Floor, Near Building 8, DLF Cyber Hub

Contact: 0124 4990194

Follow them on Facebook here.

Recommended by Arpita Bhattacharjya

Amici Cafe

Twirl some pasta onto your fork and plug in your laptop; your work will get done much faster with a plate of spaghetti. Located in Cyber City, Amici is good for a lunch hour meeting or to clear out your mailbox. Expect comfort food, free Wi-Fi and a slice of pizza that can ease all your work woes.

Where: Shop 15, Ground Floor, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City

Contact: 0124 4922266, +91 9818211201

Madison and Pike

Photo source: Madison & Pike

Photo source: Madison & Pike

Think of them as your neighbourhood Central Perk, or Pop Tate’s {depends on what your pop culture frame of reference is}. With free Wi-Fi, beautiful light cakes, and healthy sandwiches, you’ll have sustenance to keep the midday oil burning. Best news is, no one will be forcing you to leave.

For them healthy workers, they have a range of six summer fresh salads; just don’t look at the dessert counter or menu. PS: They’re currently hosting regular baking classes for children, so take junior with you so he/she is kept busy while you work.

Where: Nirvana Courtyard Market

Contact: +91 9971741763

Follow them on Facebook here.

Recommended by Saumil Kulkarni

Coffee and Chai Co.

A relatively undiscovered, quiet space, they offer free Wi-Fi and a good menu to accompany it. But, that you’ll have to pay for. Weekends tend to get crowded, so maybe get your work done through the week. As for what to order, try their Chilli Cheese Toast, wrap sandwiches, and a good old hot cup of tea or coffee. Always ask for their homemade eggless tea cakes.

PS: If you order breakfast between 10am and 12pm, you’re entitled to a free hot beverage. This offer will run out, so maybe you should start running.

Where: UG 8, DLF South Point Mall, DLF Phase 5, Golf Course Road

Contact: 011 33105232

Follow them on Facebook here.

Recommended by Adrika Shetty

Cafe Wanderlust

Photo source: Cafe Wanderlust

Photo source: Cafe Wanderlust

Cafe Wanderlust brings together two of the greatest joys ever – travel and good food. Coupled with free Wi-Fi, having to work isn’t such a bad thing here. They have a rather extensive menu, which means loads of nibbles to keep you going. Board games and books available, for when you need a break.

Where: SF-53- 54, First Floor, DLF Galleria, DLF Phase 4

Contact: 0124 4113371, +91 8447944345

Find out more about the cafe and their menu here.

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