A good book and some coffee, spell out perfection. For all the bookworms in the Capital who love to snuggle up with a hot cup of coffee and a good read, there are many book cafés that offer a secluded and serene space with a collection of books to enjoy. Here are 5 of Delhi’s best book cafés.
Where: Connaught Place
Oxford Bookstore charms you in even if reading isn’t your thing. Take a book of your choice and walk into the beautiful Cha Bar, right next to it. Done up in shades of white, black and electric blue, with a stellar lighting piece on the ceiling, this café offers more than a 100 variety of teas. They have huge windows from where sufficient sunlight creeps in making it easy for those who are up for reading. A good book from Oxford store can be coupled up with some non-fuss food and Cha, as they call it.
Where: Hauz Khas Village
Tucked away in the lanes of chaotic Hauz Khas Village, this café serves as a haunt for anyone amidst travels, or simply looking to de-stress. They feature a range of travel and photography books. You can make use of their wi-fi, read, and order a refreshing cuppa.
Where: Khan Market
One of oldest Book cafés in the city, this café provides a comfortable space where reading and dining go hand-in-hand. Making way through a narrow staircase in the bustling marketplace, the well-stocked Full Circle Bookstore gives way to the cozy café placed on the upper levels. With the rooftop and inside seating options, one can browse in the bookstore below with books across all genres, including children’s books and then enjoy reading with a few eatables while soaking in the sun or sitting inside.
Where: Hauz Khas Village
This little place occupies the same premises as the art café – Tattva. They have some amazing books and also a used book section. They also hold events and workshops every now and then. They serves some lip smacking organic food.
May Day Bookstore & Café
While it is called a café, there are basically three parts to it. The front is the bookshop, the space is small but the shelves are loaded with quality literature. The backroom serves as the office of the left-wing publishing house that owns it. Bundles of freshly printed Das Capitals can be easily seen scattered all over the alley that leads to the room. There is a small kitchen too which is supposed to cater to the “café” part but we were told that it only functions when some important event takes places.
Where: Sector – 43, Gurgaon
The cafes bright & charming décor transports you back to simpler times arranged in the classiest of ways; bolstering an open kitchen in front, velvety furniture, white bricked walls covered with framed pictures & paintings, bookshelves in one corner, known as the reading room and is abundantly lit up throughout. This heart-warming & welcoming ambience meticulously merges with a petite menu, showcasing an All-Day Breakfast, along with an All-Day menu that is comprised of various tapas, mezze platters, preparation of pastas, yoghurt pots & much more.
Where: SDA Market
This is a cafe which when entered reaffirms a “my kind of place” belief! Ivy & Bean has a cozy little library where you can borrow a book and either honestly put back another or bring it back when you visit the cafe next. What’s more is that the place serves authentic modern Australian cuisine making it a real unique gem. The combination of light food and drinks, cozy and well-lit ambience and a beautiful library makes this café every book lover’s fantasy.
Where: The Claridges, Aurangzeb Road
They have this alcove where you can ‘relax’ by browsing through books. You have something to learn everyday and it’s never enough to just read, you know, you’re supposed to understand the meaning. Serendipity has a cool bakery called ‘Ye Old Bakery’ which serves nice coffee and cakes.
Where: DLF Galleria, Gurgaon
This café offers the gallant traveller a place of rest and relaxation. Famous for their hammocks and breakfast platters, Café Wanderlust offers a quiet space in Gurgaon to look through a travel book, flip through a magazine, or finish up your novel. We suggest you try their filling and worldly breakfast platters.
Where: M Block Market, GK I
Nestled in the middle of a hip market, the interiors feature fashionably-faded upholstery and the use of real barks of tree trunks, along with a collection of old books; the kind that make you want to take a big whiff. When you look out the window, all you can see are treetops, transporting you to another time and space.