There was a time when getting into GK’s M Block Market used to be a Herculean task and the fear of getting run over was real. Those days may well be on their way back, for our latest trip to the market led to some yummy finds. Here’s where to go when you stop here for a bite next.

The Secret Garden

Photo courtesy: The Secret Garden

Photo courtesy: The Secret Garden

Sakley’s always had a terrace but they’ve only recently converted this into a rooftop bar called The Secret Garden. With a lovely outdoor space, this place woos you with its wide range of cocktails {the bartender’s more than willing to customise drinks for you} and finger foods like wings and lamb skewers.

Cafe Culture

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Photo: Sarang Gupta/LBB

Strategically {ok, not really} placed right next to Starbucks, Cafe Culture gives out typical Instagram vibes- white brick walls, little plants in white pots and grungy pendant lamps.

Dining here doesn’t disappoint at all. We recommend sticking to the coffee {Blue Tokai FTW} and maybe a sandwich {the Croque Monsieur’s our jam}.

Stop My Starvation

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Photo: Navni Kumar/LBB

A teeny tiny cafe at the entrance of the market {near Depaul’s}, Stop My Starvation caters to all us breakfast lovers. Choose from savoury and sweet pancakes, waffles and crepes. Our favourites include the Chicken Tikka Crepe, Banana Caramel Waffle and Wild Mushroom Crepe.

#LBBTip: The space is super tiny so if you’re a large group, you may want to get takeaway.

Sir John

Photo: Sarang Gupta/LBB

Photo: Sarang Gupta/LBB

We’ve been hearing mixed reviews about this one. It’s a bakery which at first glimpse, reminds us of old school bakeries like Maxim’s and Rainbows. Whereas we’re not too convinced to try their colourful cakes and pastries, the breads do look promising.

Here are some of the older ones which you may want to revisit:

Junglee Billee

Photo source: Junglee Billee

Photo source: Junglee Billee

The first thing that hits you when you enter Junglee Billi are the colours and the clash of patterns, which occupy every inch of the space. Once your eyes adjust, the kitsch grows on you and you can’t help but be a little entranced. When we found out Nida Mahmood was behind the décor, it explained everything.

The menu {curated by Chef Saby} is a little perplexing. Fusion is the theme. From spicy capsicum-infused cocktails to modified chaat to desserts such as the Phirni Crème Brulee and the Caramel Custard served with Bombay Halwa, every dish is a surprise; mostly, good.

Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge

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It is an unintentionally well-kept secret that Wagh Bakri Chai {hamesha rishtey banaye. Remember the ad?} has a number of tea lounges across the city {find an outlet here}. Go here for a wide selection of well-brewed teas {we’re partial to the Cinnamon Lemon} along with a small snack to keep you going.

We’d suggest steering clear of the tea cake {it’s only a slightly better version of the Britannia variety} but the paninis and sandwiches seem to tell another story. They also serve a Vanilla Ice Cream Tea which is next on our to-try list.

Getafix

Photo source: Getafix

Photo source: Getafix

The name sent us to the world of Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix but alas, this new cafe in GK has absolutely nothing to do with the lively comic series.

What it does offer is a lively cafe, heavy on fresh and healthy ingredients. Visit this for a quick burger {we hear quinoa is the specialty}, pizza, pasta or one of their signature smoothies.

Featured photo: Sarang Gupta/LBB