Whether you just want to sip on great coffee, meet a date casually or need a place to work out of for a few hours cafes in Mumbai have lately upped their game, offering great grub and greater coffee (all thanks to this new wave of coffee drinking!). We’ve rounded up a list of cafes that are pretty, work-friendly and even pet-friendly. Bookmark this and hop to your nearest one.
Sip A Coffee, Eat Or Work Out Of The 15 Best Cafes In Mumbai
Kala Ghoda Cafe
We’re kicking off this list with a legendary cafe that you simply can’t ignore. Kala Ghoda Cafe encompasses Mumbai’s crammed lifestyle and offers limited tables, which are almost always taken. It offers limited breakfast options till noon and moves on to mains like Oats Crusted Ravas, Organic Wholegrain Pastas, Vegan Curry, Chicken Schnitzel and more. Their menu includes filling salads and sandwiches too if you’re looking for a smaller bite. And, desserts like Rosemary & Lime Sponge, Almond Cake with Cream, and Desi Waffles, which are made with a mix of amaranth, brown rice and millet flours from Uttarakhand. If you’d rather just sip on coffee, you can get everything from an Americano to an Iced Latte and even an Affagato here. Additionally, they offer Masala Chai, a few teas and juices too.
Must Try: The popular dishes here include the Chicken Salad Sandwich, Chicken Schnitzel, Egg Sandwich; to drink, most prefer the Mint Tea or an Iced Latte here, while the Almond Cake is a hit too.
Price for Two: INR 1,000
After several successful branches in Ahmedabad and one in Pune, Zen Cafe entered Mumbai only a couple of years ago and found an address in the bylanes of Fort. Design plays a huge role in building this cafe, so you can expect clean and modern interiors that are beautiful any time of the day. The offerings include a variety of coffee and the menu is largely inspired by Asian cuisines. So you can grab things like Soba Noodle Salad with Microgreens and Tofu, Thai Spiced Vegetables and Rice, among other small and large plates and even pizzas. Their beverage menu includes hot, cold and artisanal coffee.
Must Try: Sip on their Ginger Turmeric Espresso Tonic, it’s a coffee that’s ideal for the summers; the Hummus with Warm Pita is a great snack here too and don’t leave without a slice of their Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache.
Price for Two: INR 800
Located in Fort’s Sasoon Building, Knead Cafe is where you should go if you’re looking to grab a quick Middle Eastern bite. The menu is exciting with its offerings like the Syrian Street Bhel, Zucchini Moutabbal, Egyptian Baladi Pockets and more. Apart from a basic variety of coffees like a Nitro Cold Brew, Mocha and other common finds, their beverage menu mostly includes fresh juices, and smoothies and you could ask for the fresh fruits of the day and get your very own preferred blend of juice or smoothie too.
Must Try: You can dig into their Eggs Khabz flatbread that has spinach and eggs on top! Or their Egyptian Baladi Pockets, which are stuffed bread pockets served with aubergine, tomato, tahini and a yoghurt-cucumber sauce.
Meal for Two: INR 1,000
Poetry By Love & Cheesecake
With 14 outlets in the city, Poetry By Love & Cheesecake is a cafe you will spot in any neighbourhood. You can hop here for a quick grub or a milkshake and leave quite satisfied. But, do stop here to pick up some dessert. The cafe’s salad options are quite popular along with other bites like Black Bean Quinoa Burger, Ham & Cheese Croissant, Chicken Club Sandwich and even their pasta in the classic red and white sauces. Their limited beverage menu offers freshly-squeezed juices, milkshakes and smoothies, gourmet teas and classic coffee offerings.
Must Try: Grab their Greek Salad or the Arabic Chicken Salad, both offer a filling bite for a hot afternoon lunch, and sip on one of their freshly-squeezed juices, The OJ is our go-to choice for hot days.
Meal for Two: INR 700
The iconic cafe where several theatre celebrities and often even Bollywood actors have grabbed a bite, Prithvi Cafe is attached to Prithvi Theatre in Juhu. The outdoor cafe first opened as a cheap-eats spot for theatre actors and to date wears a casual vibe with low seating and lamps that give it a cosy look after dark. Prithvi’s most popular food items include its parathas and kulchas, but it’s a favourite not just for its quality of food, but also for its pocket-friendly pieces despite the pandemic-infused inflation. And of course, Irish Coffee that even the likes of Rishi Kapoor have enjoyed for years.
Must Try: Sip on the Irish Coffee here and get yourself a plate of hot Mix Paratha and Amritsari Masala Kulcha. If you need a sweet bite, the Apple Cinnamon Muffin and the Chocolate Chip Waffle are popular items.
Price for Two: INR 350
Bandra’s Chapel Road has gotten busier (not that it needed to) in the last two years thanks to Subko. Mary Lodge, an old Goan-Portuguese bungalow was converted to present-day Subko and the house still has its main exterior features. It’s best to take away your coffee and grub because you’ll rarely find a table. But, if you prefer speciality coffee, you’re at the right spot. Subko offers bottled brews, coffee made with speciality beans, baked goods, bread, and more. They also have an outpost in Byculla called The Craftery by Subko, where you can see coffee beans get roasted and ready to be brewed.
Must Try: Jaago Can from their Bottled Brew menu, their newest Kerehaklu Estate: Liberica Species speciality bean coffee, and their most popular bite the Salted Milk Cream Brokkaido Bun, the Haleem X Quiche, which is well a haleem chicken quiche; and grab their Goan Chorizo and Cheddar Sourdough.
Price for Two: INR 800
A tiny cafe in Khar offering an outdoor and indoor seating space, All Elements has been a hit ever since it opened doors. It has a breakfast menu that offers items like Millet Upma, healthy options like a Breakfast Smoothie Bowl and egg breakfasts like Spinach & Mushroom Frittata. But if you’d rather go there during the day for a quick lunch or a snack, you can dig into a Barley Salad with Feta Cheese, Grilled Tomato & Bocconcini Focaccia, Chermoula Grilled Chicken and other big and small bites. The cafe has everything from sandwiches, small and large plates to pizzas, and even an Indian menu.
Must Try: Some favourites here include Jalapeno Cigars and Falafel Pita for a small bite, some prefer indulging in the Peri Peri Maggi here too. For breakfast, we recommend their Egg Benedict with a Cafe Latte, and the Wild Mushroom Risotto is a good bet for lunch.
Price for Two: INR 1,300
Carter Road’s Boojee Cafe sticks to its name when it comes to its offerings. With speciality coffee and a menu that’s quite…well, bougie. The cafe’s all-black and white graffiti-like interiors give it a casual and chic vibe, the seating is very limited but it makes up for the lack of cafes on the Carter Road stretch lately. Boojee offers its coffee blends to take home too, and its limited menu is well-thought and offers delicious quick cafe fare.
Must Try: We love their Vietnamese Cold Brew and their single estate Pour-Over options. Their Caesar Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Capers and Cheese, and their Mushroom, Onion & Cheese stuffed Hashbrowns are a hit.
Price for Two: INR 1,000
Garde Manger Cafe
Located in Vile Parle East, this vegetarian cafe has a small outdoor section that’s lovely to sit at. The cafe is located in a tiny lane, making this a fairly quiet spot to enjoy a cuppa. With a few vegan options and a healthy-ish fare, the cafe makes its sandwiches and burgers with whole grains or multigrain breads. You’ll find options like quinoa khichdi, multigrain paratha and soya keema pav here. And, by evening you can grab a sweet bite of their Japanese cheesecake, or other desserts like Matcha Tea Cake, Strawberry Lattice and more.
Must Try: If you’re looking for a healthier bite, opt for their Multigrain Paratha or Soya Keema Pav; the Paneer Tikka Sandwich makes for light, quick lunch grub. They also offer macaron in traditional mithai flavours like Kaju Katli, Paan, Raj Bhog, among others.
Price for Two: INR 800
Taj Mahal Tea House
We would recommend heading here simply for the interiors too because Taj Mahal Tea House is a heritage Parsi bungalow in Bandra, which was converted by the Wah! Taj tea brand into a tea cafe. The space is classic and quite unique too and has many reading nooks. It also has Zakhir Hussain’s table set on display, owing to him being the tea brand’s ambassador. The menu has several Indian offerings that have been given a modern twist, and the variety of tea on offer will simply leave you amazed.
Must Try: Sip on the Oolong teas here, we love their Karripatta Delight Chai, Spiced Tea Toddy Style and coconut pani cold-brewed tea like the Assam Coco. Munch on their Cheela Oat Wrap Omelette, Lemongrass Scented Beetroot & Corn Samosa or the Smoked Salmon Sandwich.
Price for Two: INR 900
Bombay to Barcelona Library Cafe
A library cafe in Marol that’s run by Street Boys & Girls, Bombay to Barcelona has found a cosy spot and offers tables with lots of green around them. While the interiors don’t have much, the cafe does offer several noteworthy titles to read. And the menu features a few Spanish dishes too. The cafe is a neighbourhood favourite and has a strong community of regulars who often enjoy a cup of coffee or grab a bite as they spend hours here, reading away.
Must Try: You can enjoy the Spanish Patatas Bravas, or dig into something meatier and filling like the Mutton Lasagne, Mutton Sandwich, Grilled Mushrooms, and even a Chicken Vada Pav. To satiate your sweet tooth, order the Chocolate Crepes, Carrot Cake or take a bite of their Churros.
Price for Two: INR 500
Walking into Magari in Kandivali West is like walking into someone’s home. It’s a cute space, and has a window with potted flowers out-front on its first floor. The space is small and can often seem crammed, but the bamboo chairs and small tables make space to enjoy a quick coffee or a bite. It’s ideal to bring your college date to and dig into a Flatbread or a Buddha Bowl together. The menu also has some pasta and pizza options, and the beverage menu offers hot and cold coffees, a few hot chocolate varieties and some coolers.
Must Try: Dip the Pita Bread into the Beetroot Hummus and enjoy it with a Cortado or the Green Apple Cooler. Their Chocolate Croissant is worth trying too.
Price for Two: INR 750
A cute spot in Mira Road with bamboo furniture, blue walls and rani pink cushioned chairs, we love this cafe for its interiors and of course its offerings. While the menu has cafe staples, a few breakfast options and other bites, we are focused on exploring its Goan section. Offering croquettes, ros omelette, cafreal and more, we’re wondering why the space doesn’t simply focus on a Goan menu. The beverage menu includes a few staple coffee and tea options, and a few milkshakes.
Must Try: Enjoy a Goan breakfast here with offerings like Ros Omelette, Chorizo Poee, Croquettes or their large breakfast spread, The Feast. If you’re looking to grab lunch here, dig into their Sorpotel, or the Veg Cafreal.
Price for Two: INR 700
If you’re in Kharghar, chances are you’ve been to Cafe Monza. For years, this cafe has been a staple in the neighbourhood and is everyone’s favourite. While it offers English Breakfast, it also has continental mains like pizzas and pastas and several burger and sandwich options. The menu here is quite elaborate, but the beverages mostly include several milkshakes and other sweet drinks.
Must Try: We’ve always enjoyed the Chicken Junglee Sandwich here, and the Basil Penne Pesto. Sip on their Oreo Cookie Shake or the Mint Lemonade, which is ideal for hot days.
Price for Two: INR 1,600