Colaba has representation from almost all the big coffee chain companies popular in the country – Starbucks, Café Coffee Day, Coffee by Di Bella, and more. However, we look beyond these at the smaller, independent cafés gracing the neighborhood with their rich coffees and pleasant décor. Here are the best cafés and eateries in Colaba to get coffee – on the go or not.
Le 15 Cafe
Bakery, Cafe, Tea , Coffee, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Indian, $$$
This cute little café in Colaba (with branches in other parts of the city as well) is known mostly for having what is considered to be the best macaroons in the city. However, this place is paradise if you are looking for somewhere peaceful to sit down at and sip the caffeinated beverage of your choice. With big windows letting in plenty of light, carefully designed interiors with black and white floors, comfortable cane chairs, and baristas happy to take time and create latte art that will make you break into a smile, Le15 is the perfect café.
If you’re dying for rich French-pressed coffee served hot and fresh to you, then head over to Indigo Deli with outlets in Bandra, Lower Parel, and Colaba, among other neighborhoods. Though relatively pricy, the coffee tastes distinctly fresh and flavorful – better than what’s served anywhere else in the neighborhood. If you’re visiting in the morning, pair it with their breakfast sandwich – with bacon, sausage, emmental cheese, grilled onion, and fried egg on a bagel – for the ultimate breakfast.
This popular bakery also has some of the best coffee in this part of town. While seating is rarely available and the waiting area quite cramped, the bakery/café has plenty of glass shelves filled with delicious baked goods lining all but one wall, thus giving you plenty to ogle at. The coffee is always fresh, flavorful, strong and hot – and the staff are usually happy to make it according to your requirements.
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Kala Ghoda Café
Cafe, Indian, Wine, $$$
This tiny café has some of the most tasteful interiors in the neighborhood, just as it has some of the most flavorful coffee. Besides delicious, hot, and always fresh coffee and freshly baked delicacies, the café also frequently features artwork, thereby doubling up as a gallery. The café is tucked away in one of the leafy by-lanes north of Colaba – making it a bit difficult to spot for some, yet it is every bit worth the hunt!
This tourist hot spot has surprisingly good coffee, though it’s probably not what most patrons come here for. From the Indian-style instant coffee (Nescafe) to espressos and macchiatos, the coffee is quite strong and rich. If you’re looking for a greasy sandwich to go with your coffee, this is where you should be headed.
This restaurant, located deep into Colaba Causeway, is one of the best places in the area to grab south Indian filter coffee. Strong and milky, the coffee comes in a traditional tumbler, as would be in a local eatery in Tamil Nadu or Kerala. The coffee is usually sugary, as is the typical filter coffee, but they’d be glad to make it for you without sugar as well. Pair it with a delicious masala dosa for a classic south Indian breakfast.
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