18 Cafes Perfect For Winter Chilling

    We love Delhi winters. To soak in this good weather in all its glory, we’re suggesting some nice hideouts where you can tuck into comfort food, wrap your hands around a hot cuppa joe, and make the most of this season. 

    Note: This is a list of winter-perfect cafes, and not restaurants/bars. For the best outdoor restaurants in Delhi NCR, stay tuned. 

    Triveni Terrace Cafe

    The fact that it’s centrally located makes it a promising bet. Whether you’re hankering after calorie bigwigs like pakoras and aloo tikki, or looking at keeping it healthy with upma and green tea, there’s lots to feast your eyes (and taste buds) on.

    If you have more time to kill, you can check if there’s an exhibition happening at the centre, and then pretend to make sense of the artwork over filter coffee.

    Recommended For: Shammi Kebab, Palak Patta Chaat, filter coffee.

    Coast Cafe

    Coast Cafe

    Hauz Khas, Delhi

    The big, French windows and a ladder full of potted plants add a touch of whimsy to this place that does great coastal fare. So, here’s an offer you can’t refuse: Sukha Mutton Fry and Masala Chai Toddy (alcohol FTW!).

    Recommended For: Eat It With Your Hands Kerala Grilled Chicken, Mustard Fries and Sangria. 

    Music & Mountains

    Music & Mountains Cafe

    Greater Kailash - 1, Delhi

    A bit of a cultural misfit in GK, at this cafe you can even pretend to be in the hills. The cosy ambience, complete with log tables, and a chimney will make you want to make this your retirement house this winter.

    Recommended For: Penny Lane Hot Chocolate, Wolf Mountain Juicy Chicken Sizzler, Bacon Cheese Fries.

    Sixteen Grams Coffee

    Sixteen Grams Coffee

    DLF Phase - 4, Gurgaon

    Let's just agree upon the fact that coffee cravings go up as the temperature goes down. Sixteen Grams Coffee is a safe winter haven for those who want their baristas to know the exact measurements and temperatures that make for the perfect cup of coffee. It's a friendly little place perfect for conversations, or finding a friendly corner to read. Added bonus: you can bring your furry friends here for a winter outing too!

    Recommended for: Winter Night Spiced Pour Over, Cinnamon Turmeric Latte, Pesto and Bocconcini Waffle, and Carrot Walnut Muffin.

    Cafe Soul Garden

    Cafe Soul Garden

    DLF Phase - 4, Gurgaon

    Soul Garden in Gurgaon is a beautiful garden (winter sun, here we come!) that’s a co-working space, a brekkie spot, and an organic haven. It's a space that lets people chill with music, pups, and authentic, wood-fired pizzas.

    Recommended For: Bruschetta, Verdure Pizza, Hot Chocolate. 

    Caara At Ogaan

    Caara At Ogaan

    Chanakyapuri, Delhi

    Caara At Ogaan by the folks at Caara Cafe is their sit-down restaurant on Malcha Marg that does European food, and has a beautiful and cosy outdoor seating. The space is perfect for winter brunches and candlelit dinners.

    Recommended For: Classic Broken Eggs, Chocolate Hazelnut Torte, and Grandma’s Carrot Cake.

    Cafe Di Milano

    Pretty outdoors, good food and hospitable staff, Cafe Di Milano has it all. It has a stunning outdoor area with teal and white decor that's perfect for soaking up the winter sun. 

    Recommended For: Hot Chocolate, Butter Chicken Pizza, and Penne Alfredo Mushroom Pasta.

    Cafe Lota

    Cafe Lota

    Pragati Maidan, Delhi

    Cafe Lota is a great place for winter chilling with a book and epic regional Indian food. While you're there, be sure to drop by the Crafts Museum, too. 

    Recommended For: Palak Patta Chaat, Apple Jalebi with Coconut Rabri, Assamese Black Chicken. 

    CCD Near The Taj (AKA Taj CCD)

    On a good weather day, this is the place to be with an ample amount of coffee and your friends. While a CCD is not the first place you'd head to for chilling with friends, those who've been to Taj CCD will tell you that it's unlike any CCD you'll find in Delhi. Lots of green cover and a chill, open space is what you can expect here. 

    Recommended For: Sriracha Chicken Sandwhich, Vanilla Mocchachino. 

    Diggin

    Diggin

    Chanakyapuri, Delhi

    Pink flowers, a green canopy, romantic vibes, and a ton of sunlight make this Santushti Complex cafe a must-visit this winters. You'll get a ton of photos, good food, and an overall happy vibe at Diggin. Be prepared to wait your turn though! They're always full.

    Recommended for: Chicken leg confit, Spaghetti Aglio Olio, and Tiramisu.

    Cafe Inside Stories

    Cafe Inside Stories is a fairly new entrant on Delhi's cafe scene with lilac and pistachio coloured seating where you can laze around all day with a cup of hot chocolate and your favourite book or board game. 

    Recommended for: Margherita Pizza, Potato Wedges, and Hot Chocolate.

    Guftagu Cafe

    Guftagu Cafe

    DLF Phase - 2, Gurgaon

    With greenery and trees central to their decor, Guftagu cafe is perfect for a daytime date when you're in and around Gurgaon. They also host live events over the weekend, so be on the lookout for those.

    Recommended for: Smoked Chicken Crostini and White Sauce Pasta.

    Olly

    Olly's family picnic brunch on Sundays is an almost perfect way to spend a winter day. Expect live music, a special all-you-can-eat-menu, unlimited cocktails, a special picnic basket, and fun games. It'll happen every Sunday from 12 PM - 4 PM and the brunch starts at INR 1,495.

    Recommended for: Penne Arabiata, Bangers & Mash, and Bourbon Orange Sweet Tea.

    Rustique

    Rustique

    Adchini, Delhi

    Winter dates and Rustique is a combination you can't go wrong with. The wooden furniture and interiors looks charming and as the day turns into the night (a sign of a good date? yep), the lights come on and the space looks absolutely beautiful.

    Recommended for: Artisan Breads, Chocolate Chunk Brownies, and a cup or two of their Cappuccino.

    Roots - Cafe In The Park

    It's a cafe. It's in a park. We feel that's enough to head out to this Gurgaon eatery this winter. Feelings aside, the food at roots is pretty amazing too and going there is always kind of a calming experience for us.

    Recommended for: Poha, Bun Omelette, and Masala Chai.

    The Courtyard Cafe

    The Courtyard Cafe is one of the most popular hangout spots for Amity University folks and with good reason. Winter days at this cafe are beautiful, the food is delicious, and there's Jenga and board games to keep you glued at the cafe all day long.

    Recommended for: Wok Fried Idli, Chicken Pesto Sandwich, and Fruit Beer.

    Nukkad Cafe & Bar

    Nukkad Cafe & Bar's village-style setup, rustic furniture, and an open courtyard area is a great recipe for a chill winter day. They regularly host cool music gigs as well which makes the dining experience even better.

    Recommended for: Pav Bhaji, Palak Patta Chaat, and Paan Mojito.

    The Potbelly Rooftop Cafe

    Bihari cuisine is a turnaround story with this eatery. What takes the cake is that Potbelly also offers a lot of good views while you’re well-covered—both food and shelter wise. Think cheery vibes and savour the heavenly meat pakoras at this rooftop.

    Recommended For: Litti Chokha, Phataka French Fries, Mutton Champaran.