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6 essential cafes in & around Nainital

When it comes to coffee, Nainital has it pretty good. It has an adequately decent number of cafes that let travellers hit the heights of having coffee in South Delhi or Kormangla Street when the coffee passes through their lips. These boutique eateries are on the rise and hosted by the best hoteliers in town. These chic spots are leading the lights for Nainital and seek inspiration from top roasters across the country.

Some offer mystical mountain views, while others let you soak in the typical Bohemian theme you are dying to experience.

Cafe Lake Side Nainital

Once in a while, you find corners so cosy you never leave the spot. Such is cafe Lakeside. Edged on the upper mall, overlooking the gorgeous Nainital Lake, Cafe Lakeside has given endless pleasant evenings to visitors who crave hot coffee, great food and meaningful conversations. Its luxurious interiors and great aromas set your mood right the moment you step in. The music playlist from the 90's and 2000s is one thing you'd want to steal immediately.

The outer courtyard overlooking Naini lake is more than just cosy sofas, tinkling wind chimes, sparkling fairy lights, and wafting aromas. Here one can witness the classic Himalayan life in its true essence.

The menu at Cafe Lakeside is quite extensive. You can set your mood with spicy Asian fare, comforting desi fare or an indulgent European spread. It's truly an enriching experience.

Location: Mall Road, Nainital

I heart Cafe, Bhimtal

This ultra-chic place opened up in 2016, and since then, it has been the talk of the town among locals and travellers. Raw bricks and wood are used in abundance and give you the heritage touch the moment you set foot inside the place. The Yellow lighting throughout the cafe gives you a very comforting feeling.

The outdoor area is as cool as the interior sitting and offers ample space for recreation and jamming sessions.

With their in-house bakery, you surely cannot miss the best burger buns in town. Garlic bread has been in our hearts forever now. The cafe serves the best expresso-based drinks in Kumaon, and its extensive menu brings Indian and European platters to the table.

Location: Bhowali

Distance from Nainital: 16 KM

Cafe Kita and Guchhi, BhimTal

Cafe Kita and Gucchi opened up last year in Bhimtal and is now a regular affair among gen next. Its Bohemian interiors and magical views of Bhimtal valley let you soak in Himalayan life like no other. It serves Italian, Indian and Asian. There are many things about it, from the blue-tinted cups and the lo-fi aesthetic to the utterly colourful chair, but when it comes to what goes on the table, the quality is impeccable. It has had a great start to the season, and we wait to see how it flourishes over the years in the vicinity.

Location: Bhowali

Distance from Nainital: 20 Km

Cafe Chika, Abbots ford House, Nainital

Named after Jahnvi Prasad's pet Chika, this is the only dog-friendly cafe in the Kumoan region of Uttarakhand. Part of Abbotsford estate in Nainital, cafe chica takes you through a heritage house built in 1876 as "Abbotsford Lodge" & owned by an Englishman, John Hope Simpson. Cafe Chica is a pure oudoor eating experience. This gourmet paradise is surrounded by lush oak trees and Shivalik views & reflects the host's passion for cooking & culinary trails. Jahnvi Prasad is a filmmaker, storyteller and author. Who wouldn't want to sit for a coffee with some laughter over a delicious meal?

Location: Nainital

Cafe Pots and Stones, Haldwani

This legend spot in Haldwani has come on in giant strides, first since opening and second since starting to roast its own coffee — a transition that countless have attempted and many have failed. It pioneered the idea of boutique coffee space in Kumaon and still does it with style. With a newly refurbished space and a renewed quality of the drinks and food, Pots and stones cafe is Kumaon's most exciting place to have a conversation. It is as Kumaoni as much as it is Bohemian.

With its delectable menu and super cosy ambience, it is still the number one cafe around Nainital.

If you come from Delhi to Nainital via Haldwani, you can't afford to miss this place.

Location: Haldwani

Distance from Nainital 36 Km

Cafe Moksham, Moksham Campsite, Pangot

Cafe Moksham is one place you'd be surprised to see. A tented cafe overlooking the magnificent Dabka Valley. A pristine white pavillion positioned upon the terrace of chid pine floor. Here at cafe Moksham, the doors open to the afternoon breeze, geraniums blossom, birds are constantly in flight, and the deck overlooks the evening hues. Every moment at cafe Moksham is a rosy daydream. Here busy meets peace.

Cafe Moksham serves Indian and Chinese

Location: Moksham Himalayan Campsite, Pangot

Distance from Nainital : 16 km

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