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10 Simply Beautiful Himalayan Cafes In The Hills With Surreal Views You Should Scurry To

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Delhiites just need a reason to pack their bags and head to the hills and why not?! And guess what? We’ve made it easy for you by hunting down the best cafes to escape to this summer season with your travel buds once it’s safe to travel again! Whether you wanna have a quick bite or an elaborate dinner, these beautiful Himalayan cafes need to be on your bucket list!

1. Wake & Bake

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Wake & Bake is the first cafe that instantly pops up in our minds when we think of trailing off to Shimla. This place has great food, a lovely ambience and a truly awesome vibe. While you’re there, you gotta try their Hummus with Falafel & Pita Bread, the Shepherd's Pie and make sure you take a big gulp of their to-die-for Hot Chocolate!

Where | Wake & Bake - 34/2, The Mall Road, Shimla
Timings | 9:30 AM - 10 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 800 
Call Them | +91 1772 813 146
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/wakenbakecafe/

2. Drifters' Inn & Cafe  

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Bid adieu to the hustle-bustle of Delhi’s fast-paced life, and lodge at Drifters' Inn for some me-time. Drifters’ is an incredibly cosy place with stellar interiors and they have various fun board games you can enjoy with your pals, a library to browse where you can meet your next fave book & spare guitars to stir a melody. On a sunny day, they open the sun deck & you can treat yourself to a lavish sun-bath with a surreal view of the hills. 

The best thing about this cafe? The nightlife! At night, the cafe transforms itself into one of the most happening places, with stellar acoustic music and awesome karaoke sessions, where you can scream your lungs out & jam to your fav songs with your squad. Defo stop by here!

Where | Drifters’ Inn & Cafe - Manu Temple Road, Old Manali
Timings | 9:30 AM - 11 PM 
Meal For Two | Rs 1,200 
Call Them | +91 9816 005 950
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Driftersinnncafe

3. Beatles Cafe

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Picture Credits: VISHNU T GANESH

Beatles Cafe is a Beatles-themed cafe with a stunning view that you can’t miss out on! They play melodious Beatles track like ‘A Day In My Life’ to ‘Hey Jude’ and we love them just for that. The food here is excellent and you should defo try their Gordon Ramsay’s Hot Bananas and the Classic Chocolate Crepes once you’re here while admiring the gorgeous views offered by the place!

Where | The60s.Life - Paidal Marg, Laxman Jhula, Tapovan, Rishikesh
Timings | 11 AM - 9:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 600 
Call Them | +91 8979 582 527
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/beatlescafeofficial

4. Glenary’s

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Picture Credits: Rajat Roy

Glenary's Cake Shop serves the tastiest, fluffiest and creamiest cakes, pastries and other sweet yummies and savouries, making it the best bakery in Darjeeling. The cutesy cafe has a vintage feel to it which we absolutely dig! Order up their Fresh Cinnamon Buns with Darjeeling tea, meat pies and sizzlers for an all-out foodie meal. Happy hogging, people!

Where | Glenary’s - Nehru Road, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling
Timings | 12 Noon - 9:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 1,000
Call Them | +91 9635 162 005
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/glenarysdarjeeling/

5. The Sakley's Restaurant

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Sakley's is one of the most famous casual dining places in Nainital with a pretty AF view that legit serves the best Chinese food, in addition to delicious pastries and other snacks. Their menu is versatile and houses every sort of dish you can imagine - from Indian, Thai and Continental to Oriental yummies. Their BBQ Cottage Cheese Pizza, Mushroom Vegetable Burger & Spicy Sriracha Chicken Wings are incredibly tasty. When you’re done noshing on these, binge on the Banoffee Toffee Pie, Lemon Cheesecake & Chocolate Marble Cake to round out an epic meal!

Where | Sakley's - Poplar Estate Alps Hotel Compound, Mallital, Nainital
Timings | 9:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 1,500
Call Them | +91 9899 996 737
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/sakleysrestaurant

6. Kunga & Nick’s Italian Kitchen 

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This food joint serves authentic, lip-smacking Italian dishes at pocket-friendly prices for you and your travel buddies! Their cheese-loaded, olive-freckled Pasta Romano, Gnocchi, scrumptious Bruschetta and veggies-rich Garden Pizza will surely make your tummy happy! Also, indulge in their luscious Hot Chocolate for the perf end to your meal.

The best part about this place? They serve all-day breakfast, so go have that plate of omelette with finely toasted bread while observing the beautiful setting of the sun, amongst the hills!

Where | Kunga & Nick’s Italian Kitchen - Bhagsunag Rd, McLeod Ganj
Timings | 7:30 AM - 8 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 500 
Call Them | +91 9857 421 180
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/kungahotelNickskitchen/

7. Cafe By The Way

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This is one of the most budget-friendly places in Mussoorie to have a scrumptious meal at while enjoying a spectacular view, considering the fact that Mussorie is usually filled with flocks of eager tourists. We recommend you try the Blue Iced Crusher and Lemon Iced Tea along with a generous helping of their veggie and cheese garlic bread when you’re here!

Where | Cafe By The Way - The Mall, The Mall Road, Mussoorie
Timings | 4 - 10 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 600 
Call Them | +91 9720 922 020
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/cafebytheway/

8. Cafe 1947  

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Cafe 1947 is a rustic, mystical and exquisite cafe located on the banks of river Manalsu, in Old Manali. With soft live music & dim lights, their ambience is calm & beguiling. They’re famous for Italian yummies like The Big Show Pizza and Penne Alfredo Pasta. And if you’re craving roti and daal, try out their North Indian cuisine, which is totes worth it! For your sugar cravings, we suggest you try their Hot Chocolate With Rum which we can’t stop drooling over. Pop over for a happy and satisfying meal with a view soon!

Where | Cafe 1947 - BPO Bahang, Leh- Manali Highway, Nehru Kund, Tibetan Colony, Manali
Timings | 12 Noon - 11 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 1,500
Call Them | +91 9418 461 969 & +91 9418 711 947
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-1947-198839890163136/

9. Cafe Chica

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This beautiful outdoor cafe is located in the middle of the Abbotsford lawns with a breathtaking view! Spending time here is like running into a warm embrace with nature. The atmosphere is surreal and soul-elevating and totes ideal to spend some quality time with your fam. In the early hours of the morning, you can languidly walk around the lawn & enjoy a pleasant sun-bath. Later in the afternoon, underneath the shade of a tree, you can peruse your fave book, while quaffing on hot cocoa and binging on their famous handmade croissants, cakes & pastas!

Where | Cafe Chica - Prasada Bhawan, Oak Park, Above Academy Traning Institute Mallital, Nainital
Timings | 9:20 AM - 4 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 800 
Call Them | +91 5942 236 188
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Chica/445508438879317

10. The Johnson’s Cafe 

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This beauty has outdoor seating and indoor seating with a full bar, live entertainment, and free WiFi! Need we say anything more, folks? Try their Cafe Frappe with fresh cream & vanilla ice cream, making it the refreshing choice for a sunny afternoon brunch. Kickstart your meal with their scrummy Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Pesto Salad and Smoked Chicken Sandwich, served with hot, crispy fries and tangy sauces. Their Arabiatta Chicken Pasta sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and served with garlic bread is just mouth-watering, so head over for a fantastic meal!

Where | The Johnson’s Cafe - Johnson's Hotel, Circuit House Road, Manali
Timings | 9 AM - 11 PM
Meal For Two | Rs 1,500
Call Them | +91 7018 306 324
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/johnsonscafe/

There you go - head over to these fabulous places once the COVID-19 scenario gets better!

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