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9 Legendary Hill Station Cafes That Offer Coffee With A Glorious View On The Side

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Cutesy cafes tucked away among breathtaking views in the valleys - we’ve got you a list of the most legendary hill station cafes around the country - a visit to these glorious places alone might be worth a trip to the hills! So if you’re planning to pack your bags and get lost in magnificent views and caffeine aromas, here’s a list of picture-perfect cafes you might want to go through!

1. Wake And Bake, Shimla

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With its open-air terrace and a great view of the valley on the side, the cafe offers some of the most beautiful views of the city in the evening. What’s more, the wall art in the cafe is the perfect backdrop for a cheerful, vibrant evening in the hills with your loved ones! Apart from its superb location, the cafe also offers some of the best pancakes, sandwiches and coffee you will ever have. If you’re lucky, you might walk in on one of its book reading or music sessions!

Where | Wake And Bake - 34/1, Mall Road, Middle Bazar, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Timings | 9:30 AM - 10 PM
Call Them | +91 1772 813 146
Meal For Two | Rs 800
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/wakenbakecafe/

2. Cafe 1947, Manali

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Cafe 1947’s beautiful interiors, the breathtaking riverside view, and the unbelievably awesome food and music make going here an experience you just cannot miss! Providing the most exquisite Italian dishes and lovely music nights, it’s the perfect getaway experience on the hillside, as it endeavours to live by its name - which symbolizes freedom! 

Where | Cafe 1947 - Nehru Kund, Solang Highway, V.P.O Bahang, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Timings | 6 AM - 9 PM
Call Them | +91 9418 461 969
Meal For Two | Rs 1,500
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-1947-198839890163136

3. Glenary’s, Darjeeling

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Especially loved for its Continental and Chinese dishes and tandoori specials, this elegant restaurant is a Darjeeling staple. The beautiful interiors adorned by wooden floors and linen table cloths will take your breath away! On top of all this, the restaurant sits atop a heavenly bakery of the same name, for a complete, satisfactory meal! 

Where | Glenary’s - Nehru Road, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling
Timings | 12 Noon - 9:30 PM
Call Them | +91 3542 258 408
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/glenarysdarjeeling

4. Cafe Chica, Nainital

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Right in the middle of the mountains, Cafe Chica is a cutesy little cafe in Nainital that’ll bring you closer to nature. The cafe has a huge lawn, offering a soothing outdoor experience and a beautiful view, which will make you forget all the troubles of our fast-paced city life! Grab your favourite novel and enjoy the beauty of nature at this cosy cafe, sipping on warm beverages. What else do we want from an ideal getaway to the hills? Oh, and don’t forget to try their delicious homemade pasta, fried fish and lava cakes, as you sip on a Chocolate Banana Crepe for the 10/10 experience!

Where | Cafe Chica - Prasada Bhawan, Oak Park, Above Academy Traning Institute, Mallital, Nainital
Timings | 9:30 AM  - 4:30 PM
Call Them | +91 5942 236 188
Meal For Two | Rs 800

5. Illiterati Books & Coffee, Dharamshala

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Illiterati Books & Coffee is Dharamshala’s pride and joy! This lil gem of a cafe has a plethora of books (and free WiFi) you can choose from to curl up with, as long as you promise to return it back before you leave! Gorgeous open valley views will regale you as you sip rich coffee here, and maybe start a conversation or two with the colourful locals who regularly drop by here!

Where | Illiterati Books & Coffee - Anubhav Apartments, Jogibara Road, Jogibara Village, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala
Timings | 9:30 AM - 9 PM
Call Them | +91 8588 046 101
Meal For Two | Rs 800
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/cafeilliterati/

6. The Sakleys Restaurant, Nainital

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True to its name, this cosy cafe is everything you would imagine from a ‘Mountain Cafe,’ and more. With its beautiful, natural wooden flooring that brings the outdoors in, sipping a cup of hot chocolate in the warm and inviting interiors of Sakley’s feels like nothing less than a fantasy! And if you’re able to get past how beautiful the cafe is, you’ll notice an extraordinary menu, hosting a range of unusual and tasty dishes, and especially its famous desserts! Their Hot Molten Truffle will alone make the trip unforgettable! 

Where | The Sakleys Restaurant - Mallital, Mall Road, Nainital
Timings | 10 AM - 9:30 PM
Call Them | +91 98999 96737
Meal For Two | Rs 1,500
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/sakleysrestaurant/

7. Shiva Cafe, Mcleodganj

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Nestled amidst lush green hills, Shiva Cafe pays homage to Lord Shiva with its colourful paintings and decor. The cafe is located next to a waterfall & a pool and serves yummy dishes like a variety of pizzas, pancakes and coffee. The majestic mountains will take your breath away so whenever you’re in Mcleodganj, do land up here!

Where | Shiva Cafe - Near Bhagsu Naag Temple, Bhagsu Naag, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala
Timings | 8 AM - 10 PM
Call Them | +91 9736216430
Meal For Two | Rs 500

8. Cafe Simla Times, Shimla

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Cafe Simla Times is a rooftop cafe with a glass ceiling that provides a 180-degree view of the beautiful city of Shimla. You can dine under the open sky and feast your eyes on the glorious panorama of the city. And as you appreciate the vista of the imposing mountains, hog on Acahri Paneer Tikka, Dahi Kebab, Tandoori Mushroom while sipping some totes delicious coffee. Don’t forget to visit this one on your next Shimla trip!

Where | Cafe Simla Times - The Mall Road, Shimla
Timings | 12 Noon - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 9910 170 312
Meal For Two | Rs 1,500
Check Out Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/cafesimlatimes/

9. Freedom Cafe, Rishikesh

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Situated next to the Laxman Jhula in Rishikesh, this eatery offers you the astounding view of the river Ganga. You can watch as life goes by and sip on delish coffees and teas while gulping down yummies such as Nutella Pancakes, Al Funghi Pizza and more. Swing by (we couldn’t help it) to this pretty AF cafe and you can thank us later!

Where | Freedom Cafe - Laxman Jhula, Tapovan, Rishikesh
Timings | 8 AM - 11 PM
Call Them | +91 7248 874 728
Meal For Two | Rs 550

Any time you drop by any of these beautiful hilly locales for a holiday, be sure to check these legendary cafes there!

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