Instagrammable cafes in Varanasi


Source: thewestmorlandgazette.

Photo of Instagrammable cafes in Varanasi by Sonal Agarwal

Varanasi is a religious hub set on the banks of River Ganga and has been known all over the country for its delicious local cuisines. With time and increasing tourist population, Varanasi has also evolved, and today, one can find modern cafes cropping up all over the city. Based on several different themes, these cafes are gaining popularity among the tourists and the locals alike.

Here is a list of seven cafes in Varanasi, where you can get some drool-worthy pictures for your Instagram.

Roma's Cafe Diner is a place that has a Bohemian, as well as, a vintage diner feel to it. Started by Dr Deepika Chaudhary, who is the Roma of this place, and her daughters, this cafe aims to offer new cuisines for the taste palate of locals and create a comfortable space for music and book lovers. The management has put their heart and soul in every detail of this cafe. From hand-picked book collection and pop culture inspired walls to open mics and live performances, they have created a space that will attract people more than just once.

Cost: ₹800 for two people (approx.)

Cuisine: Italian, Mexican, Continental, Mediterranean, Pan-Asian and Indian dishes

Standout dishes: Pinacolada, Vegetable Biryani, Rolls, Veggie Pizza and Chicken Steak

Timings and location: 11am – 11pm; 2nd Floor, Swastik Plaza, Lanka, Varanasi

Contact: +915422366138, +919984444095 

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Cafebility is a coffee shop that serves with a difference. It is a social initiative taken up by some to offer help to the disabled community to hone social and communication skills in the hospitality sector and become self-dependent. It provides, "an accessible, dynamic and safe learning environment" for its target group. This initiative has also helped in raising general awareness among people of Varanasi. Visit this cafe to enjoy some mouth-watering dishes served by some cool youngsters and Instagram your experience.

Cost: ₹600 for two people (approx.)

Cuisine: Cafe and Continental

Standout dishes: Coffee, Mango Mojito, Garlic Bread, White Sauce Pasta, French Fries and Sandwiches

Timings and location: 10am – 10pm; Second Floor, Vinayak Plaza, Maldahiya, Varanasi

Contact: +917084111152, +917081791010

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Since its inception in 1993 as India's first authentic Italian Pizzeria, the cafe has been attracting tourists from all over the world. Set near the holy Assi Ghat of Varanasi, Pizzeria Vaatika Cafe is a big Italian surprise for many new travellers. It is a perfect place to escape from the hustle bustle of the back lanes of Varanasi and to enjoy the serene beauty of River Ganga. As the name suggests, Pizzeria Vaatika Cafe is an open air space adorned with lots of plants to give it a feel of Vaatika (a garden). If you are in Varanasi, make sure you drop by this cafe and get to see the other side of Varanasi.

Cost: ₹700 for two people (approx.)

Cuisine: Italian and Chinese 

Standout dishes: Apple Pie, Mint Mocktail, Ravioli, Ginger Honey Lemon and Thin Crust Pizza,

Timings and location: 7:30am – 10pm; B 1/178 Assi Varanasi

Contact: +919451397331, +919838094111

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Getting authentic Chinese and Thai in Varanasi might have sounded weird five years ago, but today, Varanasi has one of the best spots for authentic Pan Asian dishes. Started by Grubhub, a house of leading restaurants in Varanasi, Holy Chopsticks is another step towards bringing all the global cuisines under one roof. The cafe aims to serve quality food using unique handcrafted recipes. So, when in Varanasi and have a craving for authentic Chinese, head to this place for some picture perfect palatable dishes.

Cost: ₹600 for two people (approx.)

Cuisine: Pan Asian

Standout dishes: Honey Chilli Chicken, Chicken Dim Sum, Momos, Manchow Soup and Tom Kha Soup,

Timings and location: 12noon – 11pm; S-17/317 Nadesar Main Road, Near Badi Masjid, Nadesar, Varanasi

Contact: +919839947733

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Ever heard of a chocolate cafe? There is one in Varanasi. As the name suggests, this cafe is the Willy Wonka chocolate factory for any chocolate lover. It offers some the most creative and tempting chocolate recipes ever. From pancakes dipped in chocolate sauce to chocolate freak shakes, this place has it all. With about 11 outlets across the country, the owners, "aim to convert all chocolate lovers into addicts and addicts into chocoholics." Check out this place in Varanasi, upload some crazy pictures and make all your friends jealous!

Cost: ₹700 for two people (approx.)

Cuisine: Fast Food and Desserts

Standout dishes: Waffles, Barbeque Chicken Pizza, Nutella Waffle, Cheesy Pizza and Freak Shakes

Timings and location: 11am – 10:30pm; B-27/92, C-1-B, Plot 65 A, First Floor, Ravindrapuri Colony, Bhelupur, Varanasi

Contact: +919628993999

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The Tripling Bistro is a pocket-friendly cafe located on Assi Ghat. This place is perfect for travellers who are looking for a place to hang out and chill. The rustic walls, comfortable seating and a rooftop with fairy lights make it a free-spirited location for anyone who wants to meet new people or enjoy an evening with friends. The place serves multiple cuisines and has friendly staff.

Cost: ₹500 for two people (approx.)

Cuisine: Fast Food, Continental, Italian and Middle Eastern

Standout dishes: Coffee, Falafel Platter, White Sauce Pasta, Cheese Maggi and Oreo Shake

Timings and location: 8am – 10pm; Dumraon Colony, Assi Ghat, Varanasi

Contact: +919044747843, +919795229339

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Brown Bread Bakery (BBB)

BBB is an all organic cafe that uses organic ingredients in all its dishes. BBB is cafe cum guesthouse inaugurated in 2006 with an aim to fund the social initiative, Learn for Life by Michael Schmid. Now, BBB in Varanasi is a three storey guest house with two cafes; One indoor and one on the fourth floor. In the evenings, you will find local artists performing live. It offers 40 variety of bread and has its organic store in the back lanes of Varanasi.

Cost: ₹500 for two people (approx.)

Cuisine: Bakery, Cafe and Continental

Standout dishes: Lasagne, Burgers, Desserts and Shakes

Timings and location: 7am – 10pm; D 25/42 Ganga Mahal, Bangali Tola, Pandey Ghat, Varanasi

Contact: +919838888823

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