We then checked into Surya Hotel in which we had booked a suite beforehand. We did not spend much time in the hotel during our entire stay in Shimla but for whatever little time we had spent there our overall experience was satisfactory. The best thing about the hotel was that it had a direct entrance to the mall road on its topmost floor.
The mall road of Shimla is a pretty good place to hang around and just chill, it has a lot of shops and showrooms. Some of the things that you can buy at the mall road are hookahs, woolens, Himachali hats and local Himachali wines and beers. Apart from some of the shops selling the above mentioned items, there are shops selling things that you can find in any ordinary city market and there are brand showrooms that you can find in any metro city. There is an Emerge store in the mall road which is the apt shoppers' stop for all hippie souls. We had coffee and butter dosa at Indian Coffee House. The butter dosa is their specialty and I found it to be amazing. We also had street food and softies before having dinner at Wake & Bake which is a very popular restaurant of Shimla. I found Wake & Bake to be quite ordinary and felt that it is overrated. Some eating joints of the mall road that I found good are Indian Coffee House, Sitaram and Sons, Nathuram Sweets, Trishool Bakers and Eighteen71. Other popular restaurants of the mall road that we did not try are Hotel Combermere, Krishna Bakers, The Brew Estate and La Pino's Pizza. The Brew Estate is the only microbrewery of Himachal Pradesh and so is naturally very popular.