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5 places in Ahmedabad where you can read and eat. It’s a book lover’s paradise to read a book and munch something wonderful. Try these places!
Ahmedabad, the colourful city located on the banks of the famous Sabarmati river, is infused with history. Due to the many dynasties that ruled over Ahmedabad in the past, one can notice and enjoy the rich culture born out of these diverse amalgams. The city has also played a pivotal role in India’s struggle for independence; due to the non-violent yet powerful movement galvanised by one of the most famous Guajaratis of all time, Mahatma Gandhi. This significant input has put Ahmedabad on the world map; hence the city lures a wide a variety of admirers who come from all over the world.
The glorious past of Ahmedabad has made a mark on the very flavour of the city and this includes food, music, dance and literature. Ahmedavadis are art lovers by default and the city is home to some of the best cafes where one can celebrate the joy of eating and reading.
Let us walk through some of the most exciting and innovative place to read and eat in Ahmedabad.
This cafe is home to the publishing house run by Gandhi Ji himself. Gandhian philosophy is celebrated in the cafe and it provides a calm and soothing ambiance in the midst of the bustling city. They have a robust library filled with books on Gandhism and an art gallery. The cafe offers a slice of the life of Gandhi and celebrates him in a unique way. If you are lucky you might catch a live poetry session which is a usual at the cafe.
The cafe offers lip-smacking Gujarati snacks and special thalis.
Location: Navajivan Trust, B/H Gujarat Vidyapith, Ashram road, Ahmedabad
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Tucked away in a quaint corner in the lively city of Ahmedabad, this cafe celebrates gender equality. They have books (fiction and non-fiction) on the LGBT community. The cafe offers the right environment to rejoice the comfort of a good book, without getting disturbed.
You can also exchange books at the cafe and anyone is welcome to pick up a book in exchange for another. To top it all, theplace is also child-friendly with plenty of books and toys for kids as well.
This is the city’s first vegan cafe, making it a must-visit on the list of any health buff. They offer a lot more than vegan dishes though, including snacks from various cuisines.
Location: 8 Sarthak Complex, Near Gulmohar Mall, Off Satellite Road, Ahmedabad
The motto of this cafe, coined by Dr. Kamal Nagpal is, ‘Read well and eat healthy’. At this cafe a healthy lifestyle is celebrated along with the passion of reading. The cafe is especially a hit among all those who prefer secluded corners to savour their favourite books in solitude. One can spend hours reading here without ever getting disturbed. They have a well-stocked library with books ranging from fiction and lifestyle to photography and children’s books.
Don’t forget to indulge in various guilty-free delicacies that the cafe offers!
Location: 56 Rajpath row house, Bodakdev, Near Judges Bungalow road, Ahmedabad
This is one lively cafe bursting with energy, where you can hang out with your friends for hours on end or have a brain storming session all my your own. There are a wide range of books available at the cafe. Their collection of books is impressive. They have an extensive array of books that can be enjoyed by an avid reader or an occasional reader. Their selection has something for all.
Make sure that you try their famous falafel and humus.
Location: Ambavadi, Ahmedabad
This cafe literally serves generosity on a platter. They follow a unique concept wherein the customers are not asked to shell a single penny for the services. One is free to pay whatever amount they want. Set up by Siddharth Sthalekar, former financier at Edelweiss, practices the virtue of giving.
Other than providing a place to practice generosity, the cafe provides a great ambience to spend some quality time with oneself either reading, writing or simply observing the magnanimous vibe in the air. A lot of writers and students come here to finish their projects.
They also organise various events from time to time. Anything and everything related to art is celebrated here with aplomb.
Try out a wide range of mouth-watering and lip-smacking snacks available here.
Location: Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Marg, Polytechnic road, Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad is truly a city of contrasts. There is fun, frolic and madness in its streets, yet you will find the quietest of places to introspect and enjoy being by yourself. This offers a diverse mix of innovative places to read and eat. So put your reading glasses on, work up your appetite and enter any of these cafes for a wondrous experience!
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