From Leh To Chennai, Travel Cafes In India You Must PitStop At!

When you cannot travel, what is the next best thing that you can do? Make travel plans. Or get transported virtually to dream destinations when others share their travel stories with you… why let that pass? Travel plans need adventure…..A little offbeat, a tad quirky and a whole lot of essence….Such a travel needs an equivalent pit stop to complete the circle. Often tucked away into nooks and corners, Travel Cafes are a concept not very new. They ask for an audacious side of you….Are you ready to unfold?

Travel with me from Leh to Chennai….the best travel cafes in India…..and let them lead you to a renewed dimension of traveling.

Corretto Travellers’ Cafe, Leh

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The Italian word ‘corretto’ corresponds to the English word ‘correct’ meaning ‘corrected’. The Corretto is the first Ladakhi Cafe Brand which is provides organic and traditional products blend with western flavour, alongside local Himachali flavours, bringing in the fusion for every traveler’s benefit.

Tranquility at it’s best and the warmth of the travel hospitality, is what the cafe holds as it’s essence. If you want something extravagant here in Leh this is the best place.Homely ambience with multi cuisine definitely a look on advice. Top notch hospitality with home made delicacies nurturing my taste buds to perfection. A super cozy library cum cafe with an interactive team to consume your endless hours.

Where: Old Road, Leh | near Hotel Spic ‘n Span, Leh

Call: 9910018012

Ride In, Manali

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Ride right into this Motorcycle themed cafe & boutique accommodation in Manali, is a home away from home for like minded souls to gather & dine. Godwin and Snehal, owners of the cafe bring travel to a new goal. The whole concept is innovative and their personal touch is the essence of the place.
The property is situated in an Orchard and has a 360 degree panoramic view. Away from the overcrowded Manali and almost surrounded by Hills, Apple trees this a perfect place to chill out and have a peaceful time. The property also has Tents beautifully set a midst the Apple orchard.
Where: across nehrukund bridge,burwa road, Manali
Call: 08894539495

Shiva cafe, Dharamshala

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The blissful ambiance will take you into a trance, and you will be lost amidst the scenic beauty of the Bhagsu Nag Fall that lies in proximity. Foreigners and Indian tourists are often found relaxing here. Enjoy the calmness and tranquility that this place exudes. With music playing in the backdrop, delve onto the delicious Tibetan dishes available here. The mouth-watering snacks will satiate your hunger. Also, try a refreshing cup of tea.

Paintings adorn the interiors, while graffiti of Lord Shiva sets the essence of the place. Tucked away from the prying eyes of the world, this nondescript cafe overlooks the Bhagsunath Falls. A two kilometer trek along the gurgling waters of the Bhagsu Rivulet will take you there.

Where: Near Bhagsunag Water Fall, Dharamshal


Y Cafe, Dehradun

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Y Cafe has a very homely feel to it. The white wooden furniture and stacks of books around you add to the warmth of this place. The walls in this travel cafe have been done up with a collection of motivational quotes reminding you of the walls in your own bedroom.

Where: Hotel White House, Behind St. Joseph’s Academy, Subhash Road, Karanpur, Dehradun

Call: 09719978463

Backpacker’s Cafe, Chandigarh

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Backpackers is the place to indulge yourself on a Sunday morning. Great breakfast options with exotic omelettes, sausages, waffles, shakes, the works. Fresh and wholesome. Always a treat. Brunch is lovely too. Great dessert selection. Suggestion,be early if you want to avoid the crowds. This quaint, cozy, slightly space- challenged, packed at most times eatery will never let you down as far as food is concerned!

Where: 16, Inner Market, Sector 9D, Sector 9, East Chandigarh

Call: 08437041459

Kunzum travel cafe, New Delhi

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A place for travellers to meet, exchange travel stories, make friends, even connect with future travel partners –while spending the day bumming around over coffee and free Wi-Fi. Also on offer are opportunities to attend interactive talks and workshops by travellers, photographers, writers and other relevant personalities. Or they can simply sit back and enjoy as musicians jam around.

A well stocked library can be referred to for travel books including guides, coffee table books, travelogues and catalogues left by travel companies offering unique services, enabling travellers to make well informed choices. Visitors would be offered books published by Kunzum as well as photographic art curated by it.

Where: T-49, GF, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

Call: 9650702777


The Mayflower, Assambest travel cafes in India

If you love the feeling of waking up and finding yourself at a place you have never seen before, then this hotel cum cafe should be on your bucket list. A pit stop for a breather or a stay experience in the midst of the freshness of nature, the place transcend you to an intriguing world.

Located in the quiet city of Dibrugarh, this travel cafe is one of the cosiest places you will find.  The cafe adds to the quaintness  with wooden shacks in the middle of a tea estate. An affordable round of drinks, some great music, night under the stars and a lot of bonding…the place captures all…a unique place to dine with good food and great ambience.

Where: NH37, Dibrugarh Flyover, Kamar Gaon, Assam
Call: 08403974306

Pink Floyd Cafe, Pushkar

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Pushkar, the town that defies it’s dimensions, witnesses a staggering number of tourist footfall. A favourite and most popular amongst them, this humble-looking cafe with conspicuous bare brick walls will definitely catches the eye in the colourful town of Pushkar. A cafe with a free-spirited feel to it, Pink Floyd Cafe is frequently flocked by backpackers in search for the quintessential travel cafe experience.

Travel to the place just for it’s ambience and experience, interact in a multi culture environment and enjoy a completely relaxed evening at the roof top…the view can be one of the best in town. The place offers stay options as well, usually hounded with hoards of travellers from across the globe.

Where: Choti Basti, Pushkar, India Pushkar

Call: 01452772317

The Bhookha Beirdo, Mumbai

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Welcome to Mumbai’s first and only Travel Cafe. Bhooka Beirdo has seen the world before tumbling downhill from Pali….as reads it’s tagline. This quirky themed cafe, is a rejuvenating experience, with humour and fun stacked neatly in equal proportions.
Walk in to experience the world. Mumbai’s first and only travel cafe celebrates bearded men, and has come up with a discount chart, based on the length of your beard.  The travel cafe was started by the travel-loving duo, Gitanjali and Anurag, and boasts of an incredible menu. Avid travellers,  they conceptualised the place by the need to have some great dishes from different corners of the world at one place.
Where: 27 A Pali Mala Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
Call: 09969366296

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Past a dense banana plantation, Located near the Virupaksha Temple in the main Hampi bazaar, is a stately mango tree where the restaurant is set. With seating on terraced concrete levels where straw mats and wooden tables are laid out, expect an incredible view of the landscape stretching in front of your eyes. While River Tungabhadra streams right by you and mother nature accompanies you in full glory, indulge in their special Thali and Mango curry….and their delicious coconut lassi and tangy samosa.

Mango Tree Cafe has an earthy setting, bringing you closer to the rustic charm of Hampi. Travellers from across the world are seen enjoying this ambient tented restaurant that is still run by three generations of the same local family. It’s an efficiently run place with good service and delicious Indian cuisines.

Where: Near Temple, Janata Plot, Hampi, Karnataka

Call: 09448765213


Dyu Art Cafe, Bangalore

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This travel cafe, despite being located amidst the hustle and bustle of Bangalore city, offers an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Here is a wonderfully relaxing and spacious environment; an antidote to the hustle and bustle of the streets of Koramangala. With some of the most prolific names in the art world exhibiting their works at Dyu, you can be rest assured to get inspired!

Situated in the heart of the Garden City of India, the place aims to be the premier space dedicated to quality art, food and beverages. The menu is concocted out of natural, fresh ingredients. Advocating environmental friendliness, the cafe uses eco friendly tools and materials to keep the natural freshness alive.

Where: No. 23 MIG, 5th Block, Koramangala, KHB Block, 8th Block, Bengaluru, Karnataka 

Call: 09895674244

Cafe Des Artes, Pondicherry

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The Café des Arts welcomes you in its 1880 colonial mansion and garden. An offbeat interior that reeks of old world charm of the French colonial remnants, the cafe is the true blue variety. The laid back essence comes from the very homely feel that the cafe invokes. Cafe Des Artes has conspicuous signs of  French heritage.  Comfortable colonial old-townhouse setting is lovely, with low tables and lounge chairs,  spilling out in front of a vintage, open garden rife with placements are charming

Accompanied by French dishes such as sandwiches baguette and croque-monsieur, it is an ideal travel cafe for anybody who wishes to spend a quiet evening alone….or ideating with fellow travellers. From the graffiti on the walls to the furniture, the café carries a retro look. Inside the café, the store nirvana sells quirky lifestyle products. There is a cozy library where you can spend your entire day reading.

Where:10, Suffren Street, White Town, Pondicherry

Call: 09994481914

Amethyst Cafe, Chennai

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Escape into the serene, picturesque world of Amethyst – a boutique showcasing the best of Indian design, an exquisite flower shop and a cafe in the garden. Century-old Sundar Mahal in Jeypore Colony, Gopalapuram is an effort in restoring the ancient haveli, filling it with antiques and art. High end boutique and café surrounded by aura cleansing forest of flora fauna is a complete unrepeatable experience. Located in the midst of the city, Amethyst Cafe insulates you from the chaos outside it.

Kiran Rao’s brainchild, was an effort in restoring the ancient haveli, filling it with antiques and art, even as her boutique and café flourished on the property. Opt for the garden seating if you prefer the green and the quaint. If you’re visiting Chennai for pleasure, Amethyst Cafe is a travel cafe that should not be missed.

Where: Next to Corporation Bank, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai

Call:  04445991633/ 34 / 35 


About Author

Dipti Datta

Dipti is an entrepreneur and a libertarian. Previously associated with some of the most renowned television channels and personalities as a stylist and being a qualified fashion designer her creative bent is apparent. Also,Having worked copiously with a team as an Operations Manager on an online portal, her conviction to work as a team player is undaunting. Her inclination to write is very strong as well, inevitably, as she holds a bachelors degree in English literature. Dipti is A travel buff, an avid reader and a painter and also dabbles in writing poetry. She believes that creativity is the best form of reform.Dipti is determined to associate herself with people and work alike, that refine her tastes and sharpen her sensibilities.


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