Ditch The Office: These Are Our Go-To Work-Friendly Cafes In Mumbai

Jayati posted on 13 September

Ten-Second Takeaway

Whether you’re a freelancer, or just looking for a change of work space, Mumbai is brimming with cafes that you can work out of. Though not all are conducive to our productivity {looking at you loud music}, or some don’t let you hog on their free WiFi with just a cup of coffee. To filter these out, we’ve rounded up our favourite work-friendly cafes in the city. Happy working ya’all.

Gostana

Possibly one of the cutest cafes in Mumbai, Gostana is not just work-friendly, but also-pet friendly. Here you work with the in-house doggo, Zizou {cuddles included}, and with a chill vibe.

The café is non-judgemental, the WiFi has a good connection {mostly} and the staff does not stand over your heads whilst you just order a cuppa and keep working. Also, look out for Arpana – in case you want engaging chats while taking a break from your work {she’s the owner and an absolute chiller}.

You can order: Hummus platter {INR 150}, and a cappuccino {INR 80}

Cafes

Shop 2, Ground Floor, Prabhat Kunj, Near Elbo Room, 24th Road, Khar West, Mumbai

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Le15 Cafe, Colaba

This very French-inspired café in Colaba is not only beautiful but also a good change for when you’re looking to work out of a non-conventional space.

It’s usually not that packed, so you can grab your corner and start working. They have good WiFi speed {you connect it by signing up on the general website}. Most of the tables have charging points, and the staff doesn’t really bother you much. Also, with acoustic covers playing in the background, we’ve always managed getting the most productive work done here.

You can order: Choux pastry {INR 60}, and a cappuccino {INR 140}

Cafes

Lansdowne House Building, Shop 18, Near Regal Cinema, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai

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Birdsong Cafe, Bandra

Birdsong Café in Bandra is a great place for breakfast meetings, brainstorming sessions or that blog you’ve been working on since forever. The café is quite spread out, with charging points next to almost every table. In fact, they have a communal table {really long one} where people often plonk themselves up, and work.

The WiFi on most days is fast, and you don’t get harassed for ordering one cup of coffee/or a glass of smoothie.

What to order: They have a bakery so you can pick up healthy snacks. Or go for their dark hot chocolate {INR 250}.

Cafes

Shop 1-5, Off Hill Road, Waroda Road, Ranwar, Bandra West, Mumbai

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The Bagel Shop

The hidden café in Pali Hill offers two basic things for a productive session – peaceful ambience and fast WiFi. If you’re looking to work out of a space – head here since it is quite a popular place to work out from.

You can always go for their in-house bagels, salads, or choose from their special East Indian cuisine menu. You can either choose to sit outside, or park yourself inside. The place is also pet-friendly, FYI.

What to order: Roasted buttered bagel, and coffee.

Cafes

30, Pali Mala Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Bombay Coffee House

A classic filling English breakfast and a coffee with WiFi thrown in for good measure is what working out of Bombay Coffee House is made of. It’s a great place for work meetings, interviews

What to order: Cheese and tomato croissandwich {INR 190}, and a latte {INR 135}.

Cafes

248, Neelkamal Building, Opp. National College, Waterfield Road, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

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Thyme Bistro

Thyme Bistro housed inside the Huma Mall in Bhandup is a freelancer’s dream come true. The idea behind the café is to offer free WiFi, a tiny library spot, iPads, and individual plug points for the tables. That’s right – no need to scurry for a table next to the plug.

However, 7pm onwards the Bistro takes on its regular avatar, and ups is music, but through the day expect coke studio, and late 90 songs.

What to order: Chana Chatpata {INR 190}, and Mist Fantastic aka mocktail{INR 240}

Pubs

Huma Big Cinemas Mall, 1st Floor, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg West, Bhandup, Mumbai

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Starbucks

A universal café to work out from, this list probably would’ve been incomplete without including Starbucks. Most of the outlets across the city have all-day free Wifi {you need to register on a website}, and plug points near the tables. We especially love Starbucks Colaba {behind the Taj Mahal Hotel in Colaba}.

What to order: Any of their coffee {tall, veti or grande}

Cafes

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Ground Floor, Apollo Bunder, Opp. Gateway Of India, Colaba, Mumbai

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Cafe Universal

This Parsi cafe in Ballard Estate is delight to work out of. The dishes on the menu are actually quite budget-friendly, and especially the breakfast items. The WiFi is fast, and you need to go upto the staff and as them to put in the password for you.

They don’t have plug points next to every table, but you can easily seat yourself next to the nearest point.

What to order: Cheese omelette {INR 140}, and an Irani black chai {INR 70}

Cafes

299, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai

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Cafe Zoe

Cafe Zoe is a spacious space in Todi Mills, and gets plenty of natural light {making for a rather nice space to work out of}. One of the few cafes that opens up as early as 7.30am which is perfect for getting your early breakfast, and then getting onto work right on.

Though do keep in mind, post noon they slightly amp up the music and it gets lively. Apart from that, you’ll often people here sitting, and working on their laptops.

What to order: Homemade scones with whipped cream and blueberries {INR 200}, and affogato {INR 150}

Casual Dining

Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Mockingbird Cafe Bar

Definitely one of the most underrated cafes in Mumbai, Mockingbird cafe bar in Churchgate is perfect for when you’re looking to perch yourself inside a cosy cafe.

With literary puns, literature books-inspired dishes on the menu, and a Wifi to work with, it makes for a fitting cafe for freelancers, and work meetings alike.

What to order: Akuri on toast {INR 255}, and a hot buttered apple tea {INR 180}

Bars

80, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai

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