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5 places in Delhi where you can read and eat. It’s a book lover’s paradise to read a book and munch something wonderful. Try these places!
“We read to know we’re not alone.”
― William Nicholson
Reading has become a way of socializing and many cities and localities now have their own book clubs where they discuss the fine nuances of an artist’s work. When friends meet in any part of the world, especially in India, food is definitely one of the top priorities.
Delhi, being the national and cultural capital of India celebrates both reading and eating. Several new places have mushroomed to provide the ideal space to all those who are always hungry for good books and good food. They go by the name of book cafes and have a wide variety of books and lip smacking snacks. If you ever visit Delhi, do pay a visit to the following eateries and chances are that you’ll end being part of a book club. This will also be the best way to soak in the spirit of Delhi.
This cafe is a perfect hideout in the bustling street of Khan market. The cafe has a wide collection of books for everyone- fiction lover, non-fiction fans and even a section for kids. This can be the best place for mothers to unwind with their kids. The cafe is booming with enthusiastic vibe and reminds one of all things good. It is spacious and always filled with light, thanks to its glass windows.
What makes them stand out: The cafe has an interesting vegetarian menu and you can swear by the quality. From breakfasts to salads to pizzas, everything is covered in their robust menu.
Location: Shop 23, 1st and 2nd Floor, Khan Market, New Delhi
This cafe is very sophisticated and if you are a lover of outdoor seating, then it is the place for you. It has a very plush outdoor space which is a hit among all its regulars. Even if you sit indoors, you will be charmed by the beautiful chandeliers hanging from the rooftops.
The food is good and they have a collection of interesting drinks.
What makes them stand out: You can even borrow a book from them. Amazing, isn’t it?
Location: Shahpur Jat 119, Sishan House
This is the place for the leftists. Anyone who is a lover of Bhagat Singh, Karl Marx, Che Guevara and many others who questioned the status quo should visit this cafe at least once. This place will not disappoint you even if you want to feel like a rebel for a day.
Drinks and an array of soups are served at their counter.
What makes them stand out: This place is run by a left-wing theatre group, Jan Natya Manch, which even gives performances, every once in a while.
Location: 2254/2A, Ground Floor, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, Khampur, New Delhi, Delhi 110008
This place is a Mecca for all things related to books. They hold book reading and storytelling sessions along with book launches. Their collection of books is impressive and the place has a very soothing ambiance.
What makes it stand out: Their collection of chais has always been a hot favourite and there is no way you should leave the place without trying them.
Location: N-81, Barakhamba Road, Block N, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
This is one of the oldest bookshops in Delhi. It is well-known for its outstanding collection of books on topics ranging from art, photography and fashion.
They serve tea, coffee and scrumptious cakes.
What makes it stand out: Believe it or not, this place has an actual bed that you can lounge on.
Location: 1882 Jagram Mandir Lane, (Next to H 58-59 South Ext 1), New Delhi, Delhi 110003
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