Top 5 Mountain Cafes in Delhi - CHOMP! SLURRP! BURP!

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Photo of Top 5 Mountain Cafes in Delhi - CHOMP! SLURRP! BURP! by Isha Saxena

We as Delhiites are tuned to escape into the hills during the mid months of the calendar. Even in the early 2000s, I remember choc-a-block jams on the route to Mussourie. With the outpour of tourists during the summer months, and no sweet, chilly hill escape, I am recounting my top picks of Mountain cafes in the city. From cosy wooden terrains to the rustic one.

Patta Cafe

This one has been my most recent. Tucked away in the hipster street of Champa Gali, this tiny cafe is all set to transport you away to Mcleodganj. Tibetan flags, a variety of momos and Thalis. We gorged on the chicken and pork momos. Both top-notch. Their chicken shafale (or shabhalay) is a really crispy and delectable one. We also tried their chicken thali, but the pork shapte stood out the most. Thinly sliced pork, stir-fried with onion, garlic and greens. So good.

Photo of Patta Cafe, Saiyad Ul Ajaib Extension, Sainik Farm, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Isha Saxena

Music and Mountains

Set in the plush GK1 market, your climb up is a trek into the hills. Think of Ruskin Bond, Rudyard Kipling, boarding schools and hill stations acting as the summer home for the British. The oh so romantic, and nostalgic Music and Mountains is a cosy space with hearty portions and spiked tipples. Chose a long chair, flipped through some books and the candle lights filled the place with a lot of love and warmth. The food is inspired by everything from the iconic ranges and the cocktails are absolutely stunning. I loved my coffee and gin tonic. The mushroom fettuccine and chicken breast both were stunning preparations.

Cafe Lungta

Located above the OG Speakeasy, Cafe Lungta is a cosy space with textured walls, home specials and excellent Nepalese and Tibetan food. The clean decor is nothing when it comes to their Sel roti Thali. Crispy fried pretzel-like bread, chicken stew, dal, aloo, greens, chutney and achar. The simplicity of the flavours is remarkable. The stuffed tingmo style Darjeelingey momos are also a must-have.

Photo of Cafe Lungta, Sector 15 Part 2, Sector 15, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Isha Saxena
Photo of Cafe Lungta, Sector 15 Part 2, Sector 15, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Isha Saxena
Photo of Cafe Lungta, Sector 15 Part 2, Sector 15, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Isha Saxena
Photo of Cafe Lungta, Sector 15 Part 2, Sector 15, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Isha Saxena

Ama Cafe

Spread over two floors, and adjacent buildings, this Majnu ka Tilla favourite is HUGE. Known for great coffee and desserts, they also house fresh bakes, breakfast and is super light on the pocket. The sister brand, Ama restaurant is your answer to Tibetan food cravings.

Di Ghent

I am not sure if they identify themselves as one, but enter this stunning space sprawled with books, the smell of coffee and breakfast, and you know you are in the hills. This Gurgaon Cafe is also a waffle haven. Strong coffee, some of the best-prepared eggs with creamed spinach and waffles topped with pomegranate and chocolate sauce. Di Ghent is perfect for a mid-day break, lazy weekend and a little me-time. Read all about our experience here.

Photo of DiGhent Cafe, Hamilton Court Road, Galleria Market, DLF Phase IV, Dlf City, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Isha Saxena
Photo of DiGhent Cafe, Hamilton Court Road, Galleria Market, DLF Phase IV, Dlf City, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Isha Saxena

The best thing about mountain cafes, beside the warmth and decor, are its two evident types. The British inspired, the ones talked about by Rudyard Kipling and Ruskin Bond - coffee and sandwiches. And the other, of neighbouring countries and the mighty North East. Of flavours from Sikkim, Tibetan Thalis, momos and more. And I happen to love both equally. Travel on the cards, soon!

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