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5 Peaceful Mumbai Cafes Where You Can Read in the Monsoon

These places are perfect for solitary evenings full of some coffee and reading.

The monsoons are almost upon us. Most of Mumbai (or Bombay, if you’re feeling nostalgic) can’t wait for the rains to beat the heat and bring the romantic side of the city out with it. While this weather may sometimes be inconvenient, it makes for some irrevocably blissful evenings if you’re indoors. Not to mention the fact that nothing can contest the combination of a good book, some coffee, and the rains. If you’re looking forward to spending some quaint reading time with yourself this monsoon, we have a list of Mumbai cafes perfect for you. Check it out!

1. Prithvi Cafe, Juhu

This list would be entirely incomplete without Prithvi Cafe leading it. This suburban cafe needs no introduction as it is one of the most popular spots for the creative and artsy folk. Located right outside Prithvi Theatre, this cafe also allows you to ditch your book for a good play if the mood strikes. Make sure you order the sulemani chai to compliment the rainy weather when you go here.

2. The Pantry, Kala Ghoda

The Pantry is a quaint little cafe in Kala Ghoda known for its home kitchen-like decor and delicious food. You can spend hours here reading a book and sipping on their Himalayan Nettle tea as you watch the rain pour outside. They also have free WiFi in case you need to carry your laptop and get some work done.

3. Birdsong Cafe, Bandra 

The Birdsong Cafe is an organic enthusiast’s paradise. With delicious food and great coffee, you can head here and disappear in your book for hours. The best part about Birdsong is the ambience – the exposed brick walls and wide windows make for a cosy retreat with a laid-back vibe.

4. Leaping Windows, Versova

If you can’t find a book to accompany you this monsoon, fret not. Leaping Windows has you covered. This cosy comic book cafe has a basement den full of interesting comic books, graphic novels, and manga for newbies and enthusiasts alike. You can busy yourself in a story underground or sit outside on the patio to enjoy the weather and sipping on their rosemary lemonade. Make sure you try out their ‘Hangover Cure’!

5. The Bagel Shop, Bandra

Portuguese food, fresh milkshakes, signature bagels, and an ambience that emulates peace and quietude – these are all the things that represent The Bagel Shop. You can multiple hours here vegging out on the cushions and enjoying any one of their many tea flavours. Do make sure you try their delectable muffins!

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