To sit with a cup of tea or freshly brewed coffee in a book cafe, with time on one hand and a book in the other, sounds like an aphrodisiac we’d like to subscribe to forever and always. Reading has always been an intimately exhilarating affair, and being a connoisseur of baked goods, a savage need. Imagine when some enterprising fellow humans in the world dare to join the both and create history. In short, and undramatic words: they create paradise.
In India, we have plenty of such little pockets of paradises waiting for us to explore.
Here are some that you must definitely know about and visit,
Pagdandi Chai Cafe, Pune
Here, one can escape the two wheeler traffic of Pune and step into a unique quaintness, puerile and untainted affection for books and food. Pagdandi is said to house a good collection of books and amazing frozen yoghurt. A cool hangout space amongst the bookloving community of Pune, the cafe also houses an adorable curio shop.
Kitab Khana, Mumbai
A 150 year old heritage structure, rows and rows of books, and the promise of an excellent gastronomical experience. Kitab Khana, as it promises to be is a library/bookshop/residential area for bibliophiles/wonderland. Provider of vegetarian food and sumptuous desserts to sate your stomach, as well as books to feast your eyes and mind, the Kitab Khana is the ideal hangout spot for everyone.
There is a genial atmosphere of bookish hospitality that hits the right spot when one enters the Literati in the Bardez locality of North Goa. Said to house an assortment of used and new books, one can visit this quaint book cafe, sit for hours as they sip and munch upon droolworthy treats.
No list is complete without this beautiful book cafe. This is a space which attracts you because of it’s promise of an opportunity to sit back in the hills, enjoy a hot cup of chai or coffee, read books and speak with people who love the written word and the world of stories.
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The Bibliophilia Cafe, Guwahati
Set up by Pan Banzaar, the cafe aims to revive and re-instill the tactile experience of reading. Referred to as a ‘lending-library-cum-reading-cafe’, the bibliophilia has stores set up around different parts of Assam and is a favourite hangout spot amongst the people.source