Sip A Coffee, Eat Or Work Out Of The 14 Best Cafes In Mumbai

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Whether you just want to sip on coffee, meet a date, or need a place to work out of for a few hours, cafes in Mumbai have lately upped their game, offering great grub, drinks, and free wifi! 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. 

Kala Ghoda Cafe

We’re kicking off this list with a legendary cafe that you simply can’t skip. 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. 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

Zen Cafe

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, with clean and modern interiors that are breathtaking. The offerings include a variety of coffee while the menu is largely inspired by Asian cuisines.

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. Also, we recommend not to leave without a slice of their Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache. 

Price for Two: INR 950

Knead Cafe

Located in Fort’s Sassoon Building, Knead Cafe is where you should go if you’re looking to grab Middle Eastern grub. 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. You could also 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, Multiple Outlets

With several outlets in the city, Poetry By Love & Cheesecake is a cafe you will spot in any neighbourhood. You can hop in here for a quick grub or a milkshake and leave quite satisfied. We highly recommend their desserts though. In addition, 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 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.

Price for Two: INR 700

Prithvi Cafe

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 an affordable eatery 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, 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. Don't skip the Suleimani chai!

Price for Two: INR 350

Subko, Multiple Outlets

Bandra’s Chapel Road has gotten busier (not that it needed to) in the last few 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.

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, and grab their Goan Chorizo and Cheddar Sourdough. 

Price for Two: INR 800

Garde Manger Cafe

Located in Vile Parle East, this vegetarian cafe located in a narrow lane has a small outdoor section that’s lovely to sit at. With a few vegan options and a healthy-ish fare, the cafe makes its sandwiches and burgers with multigrain breads. You’ll find options like quinoa khichdi, multigrain paratha, and soya keema pav here. if you love desserts, then you can also grab a bite of their Japanese cheesecake, or other desserts like Matcha Tea Cake, Strawberry Lattice. 

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 macarons 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 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 and has many reading nooks, perfect for a lazy afternoon solo date. It also has Zakhir Hussain’s tabla 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, while 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 formerly underprivileged kids, 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. The menu features a few Spanish dishes too along with being a neighbourhood favourite with 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

Magari, Multiple outlets

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, while the beverage menu offers hot and cold coffees, a few hot chocolate varieties and some coolers. If you prefer non-vegetarian food, head to their newer Andheri Lokhandwala outlet.

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

Cafe Miranda

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 wish that they make the entire menu Goan. 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

Cafe Monza

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, pastas, burgers, and sandwich options. The menu here is quite elaborate, however, 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

Light House Cafe, Worli

This SoBo icon has been much-loved for its ambience and litty vibes at night, but head here in the day and you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that it's a wonderful place to work out of. Park yourself at a table that's close to a plug point, with their yummy Vegan Chilli Cheese Toast, a cappuccino and when the clock hits 6, you can even get yourself a beer to unwind.

Must Try: Their Fish Fingers with Cilantro Mayo, their Mushroom and Leek Tarts, and their deep dish Chicago-style pizzas. 

Price for Two: INR 1,600