1. The Sea Lounge, The Taj, Colaba
What to order: As is expected the impressive coffee menu boasts of some of the most delicious coffees from around the world. The refreshing Ethiopian Sidamo (Rs. 450) leaves you with a delicious aftertaste of chocolate and lemon peel, the Aged Malabar Monsoon (Rs.450) with its bold nutmeg and cedar flavors leaves you wanting more while the exclusive Jamaican Blue Mountain (Rs. 650) is simply exquisite. The exhaustive coffee menu also features several other fine coffees from around the world which is sure to leave even the most discerning of coffee connoisseurs amply satisfied.
Address: The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai
2. Suzette, Nariman Point
What to order: The buttery crepes available at Suzette are prepared in the pure Brittany tradition and are unlike any other in Mumbai. The Campagne (Rs.400) is bacon-tastic and the Melted Belgian Chocolate (Rs.210) is unparalleled. The coffee too is exquisite. From the heavenly Café Viennois laden with whipped cream (Rs. 160) to the delicious Cold Coffee (Rs.160) you surely are in for a treat. Even the Cappuccino (Rs. 120) is brilliant but, an absolute favorite however, is the lip-smackingly rich and thick Nutel’latte (Rs.160). The flavorful coffee at the eatery can be attributed to a subtle 100% Arabica blend which the café sources from South India.
Address: Ground Floor, Atlanta Building, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
What to order: A grand old dame of the Mumbai dining scene, Gaylord is as popular today as it was when it first opened in the 1950s. The menu covers a huge range of Indian and continental dishes, all competently prepared and served in quick time. Regulars make a beeline for the creamy murg Makhani (butter chicken). You can eat indoors or sit out amongst the potted plants and topiary in the front courtyard.
Address: Mayfair Building, Veer Nariman Road
4. Kala Ghoda Café, Kala Ghoda
What to order: The coffee menu is as organic as it is divine. The fresh coffee served at the café is directly sourced from ecologically-aware plantations in the South of Indian and brewed by them personally. The chocolaty Mocachino (Rs.145) is just right as is the frothy Cappuccino (Rs.90). Order the strong aromatic Espresso (Rs.70) along with the delicious classic BLT (Rs.210) for a perfect balance of flavors. The Affogato, (Rs.110) which is Vanilla ice cream topped with espresso is sinful as is the Iced Latte (Rs. 110). The moist Carrot Cake (Rs.110) is simply sublime and a huge crowd favorite.
Address: Kala Ghoda Café, 10 Ropewalk Lane, Kala Ghoda, Fort
What to order: Locals and expats gather at Theobroma each morning for fabulous, freshly-baked bread, biscuits and brownies. Sweet tooths can take their pick from pastries, cakes, unusual breads, gourmet chocolates and good Italian coffee. Many people buy food to take away but there are a few tables inside where you can enjoy a sweet breakfast or afternoon snack.
Address: No 24 Cusrow Baug, Colaba Causeway
6. The Pantry, Kala Ghoda
What to order: The coffee selection on offer is endless. From the inside-warming Caramel Cappuccino (Rs. 145) to the milky Organic Vanilla Latte (Rs. 145) the coffee is exquisite. The Pantry Cold Coffee (Rs. 175) and rich and thick Hot Chocolate (Rs.125) are also absolute must haves. The traditional Quiche Lorraine (Rs.245) is just how we like it with ample ham and the The Banoffee Tart (Rs.165) is exceptionally sweet. The sandwiches are great too especially with the bread being fresh and baked daily and the cheese being brought in from Pondicherry.
Address: Yeshwant Chambers, Military Square Lane, Near Trishna, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
7. Café at The NCPA, Nariman Point
What to order: With a name like Farrokh Khambata being associated with the kitchen, it comes as no surprise then that the quality of the food being served at the café is superlative; the same can also be said about the quirky coffee menu on offer. Experiment with a Maple Burst (Rs.190) which is a double ristretto shot with maple syrup, cream and a light dusting of chilli or go for the Shaking Amadeus (Rs.190) which is a classic creamy coffee with a spicy cinnamon twist. The aromatic Cappuccino (Rs.150) and the Double Espresso (Rs.150) are also both excellently prepared. The Chicken and Shrimp Dimsum (Rs.230) and delicious Vietnamese Bahn Mi (Rs.390) both make for interesting accompaniments.
Address: Gate No. 2, National Centre For The Performing Arts, Next to Amadeus, Nariman Point, Mumbai.
8. Starbucks Coffee
What to order: Starbucks is bringing out a higher-priced, small-batch iced coffee steeped using cold water. Starbucks Coffee, this place has all the ingredients to promise you a great time! Prices are a little high though, but a nice spot on a cold day. The amazing coffee & mugs wall which helps Starbucks display their legacy. The place is surely worth a visit but make sure you choose your time carefully as its almost always packed! Also, the menu, as you can see on Zomato is really promising and offers a lots of choices. Sweet or snacks, Veg or Non Veg – whatever craving, you’ll find it here.
Address: Near Bawa Continental, Juhu Tara Road
“A Lot Can Happen Over A Coffee”