Bandra is full of charming surprises. Known as the ‘Queen Of The Suburbs’ with its culturally vibrant atmosphere, cafes in every corner, its thriving art scene and last but not least, the picturesque Carter Road promenade. You may be overwhelmed at the amount of choice the area offers in terms of cafes, so here’s a round-up of the best places in town.
Cafe, Spanish, European, $$$
Even though it’s a relatively new haunt, BAD Cafe is already making waves within the Bandra dining scene with its unique European and Spanish menu and everything for the ‘Mind, Body and Soul,’ which includes a yoga center and some of the best coffee in the area. This three-story cafe is divided into three parts; the body (kitchen), the mind (yoga studio) and the soul (main seating area). The coffee is usually made by the owner himself, adding to the authentic vibe.
BAD Cafe, 42, New Kantwadi Rd, Pali Hill, Mumbai, India
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Cafe, Deli, American, Fast Food, $$$
A small place with a big heart, Desi Deli is situated opposite Salt Water Cafe in Bandra Reclamation and serves some of the best coffee in town, alongside some European breakfast items with a Desi twist. What Desi Deli lacks in size, it makes up for in the decor. Pink and green tables, ample natural light, and extremely efficient service is what attracts customers to visit Desi Deli again and again.
Desi Deli, 86, Chapel Rd, Reclamation, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 22 2640 8333
Suzette Creperie was opened up by three French expats and has three branches in Mumbai. It serves some of the best crepes you can get in the city, complete with an ambiance that makes you feel like you’re in a Parisian creperie. Indeed, your visit to Suzette will feel like a trip to Paris, just a lot cheaper. Also, don’t forget to sample their heavenly hot chocolate.
Suzette Creperie & Cafe, Shop No. 14, Gasper Enclave, St John Street, Opp. Golds Gym, Pali Naka, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 80808 09554
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La Folie Lab
Cafe, Patisserie, Indian, $$$
La Folie Lab
From the house of La Folie Patisserie, this cafe brings you various innovative desserts and introduces different brewing methods like the ‘Siphon Coffee’ to Mumbai’s coffee culture. The highlight of visiting La Folie Lab is that you get to witness your food being made in the open kitchen. The cafe mocha here isn’t just a visual delight but also a culinary one.
La Folie Lab, Shop No.1, Libra Tower, 70, Hill Rd, Opp. Saint Peters Church, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 91679 37019
Di Bella coffee and loyalty card |© Nupur Barua/Flickr
Known for its legendary waffles, such as the ‘Chocolate Explosion’ or ‘Nutella Waffles,’ Di Bella never fails to impress. This outlet is actually inside a bookstore, which makes the experience ten times better. Just grab your favorite book, sit down, unwind, order your cup of joe and drool over the delicious desserts on display. Di Bella is nothing short of a book lover’s dream come true.
Di Bella at Title Waves, Ground Floor, St Pauls Media Complex, 24th Road TPS III, Next to Ensemble, Bandra West, Mumbai, India, +91 99879 88099