My imaginary go-to happy place is a cosy nook with excellent décor and views where coffee/tea and books would be unlimited! In the real world, book cafés exist as the closest version of dreamland for people like me, and Bangalore has a good share of those. Here are five of the best ones to spend time doing what you like best – reading while sipping on your favourite cuppa:
DYU Art Café, Koramangala
With a simple décor and appealing outdoor seating, this quaint little place lets visitors read in a peaceful environment while drinking their favourite coffee. If you wish to take off your shoes and get all comfy while reading, go right ahead! The beautiful artwork, old South Indian-style courtyard, and lovely collection of books offers everything required for a refreshing book café visit. Regulars swear by the banofee pie here.
If a quiet, relaxed time with a nice novel is your idea of spending Sunday afternoons or evenings, Flamenco is just the place for you. Take your pick from the many books on their shelf, order a cup of Old Jamaican (a yummy fusion of coffee, coconut, and chocolate) and a bite, and you are all set for a lovely evening of books and coffee.
Atta Galata, Kormangala
Atta Galata is often called a mini paradise for book lovers. The books displayed on the walls is the first thing that will attract you, and the ambience is perfectly artsy. The added advantage is that you also get to meet like-minded people at this book café during its many reading events, workshops, seminars, and even plays.
Cup O’ Joe, Koramangala
With everything from Chetan Bhagat to Sidney Sheldon, Cup O’ Joe offers an interesting selection of books. The place has a youngish vibe about it, and is also a great option to hang out at with friends. They even have a collection of board games to keep visitors engaged. Coffee and Scrabble, anyone? Try the Chicken Pesto Burger or one of the pasta dishes when you want to grab a bite.
Art Blend Café, HSR Layout
Staying true to its name, the Art Blend Café has a wonderful terrace setting full of paintings and interestingly displayed diverse collection of books. When you wish to escape the real world for books and perfectly-brewed coffee, this is the place to be. There is even a corner dedicated to crafts for when you want to put your creativity to use.
How to Get There:
DYU Art Café
Where: 23, Near Mangala Kalyana Mantapa, MIG, KHB Colony, Koramangala 5th Block, Bangalore
Contact: +91 9895674244
Timings: Mon 12 Noon to 10:30 PM | 10 AM to 10:30 PM
Cost: ₹800 for two people
Where: 138 & 139, 6th C Main, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Contact: +91 9620267307
Timings: Tue Closed | Mon – Wed – Thu – Fri 12 Noon to 11 PM | Sat – Sun 11 AM to 11 PM
Cost: ₹650 for two people
Where: 134, KHB Colony, Koramangala 5th Block, Bangalore
Contact: 080 41600677
Timings: Mon Closed | Tue – Sun 11 AM to 8 PM
Cost: ₹200 for two people
Cup O’ Joe
Where: 483, 1A Cross Road, Koramangala 5th Block, Bangalore
Contact: +91 9972252500
Timings: All Days 11 AM to 11 PM
Cost: ₹850 for two people
Art Blend Café
Where: 659, 24th Main, 22nd Cross, 2nd Sector, Near Parangi Palya Bus Stop, HSR Club Road, HSR Layout, HSR, Bangalore
Contact: 080 22581913
Timings: All Days 9 AM to 10 PM
Cost: ₹750 for two people