Over the decades, people from around the world have made India their home. Expats in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad give their stamp of authenticity to this guide featuring cafes and restaurants they frequent and find comforting.
THE COAST CAFE @ OGAAN
Ogaan, the multi-designer boutique at Hauz Khas Village has quite a popular café on the ﬁrst ﬂoor. Say tacos, salads, grills, and mocktails in a colonial setting of grey, white, yellow, and indigo. Expect a warm atmosphere and music here. Rs 1,500 for two; H2, second ﬂoor, HKV; 91-11/4160-1717
The city was pretty parched of authentic Mexican cuisine until La Bodega made its entry in Khan Market. The buﬀ meat stuﬀ ed tacos are the best on the block, and vegetarians too have a reason to rejoice—their mushroom ragu with cheese and Mexican style qinuoa salad score high on popularity. Rs 1,500 for two; 29B, ﬁrst ﬂoor, Middle Lane, Khan Market; 91-11/4310-5777
IVY & BEAN CAFÉ
The Khel Gaon entry to Shahpurjat takes you to one of the quaintest spots in the city—a café with delicate white wooden furniture and a bookshelf with goodreads. Ivy & Bean creates the perfect ambiance for long conversations over coﬀ ee and pancakes. It’ll even make for a perfect think-pad for you. Rs 1,000 for two; 119, Sishan House, Shahpur Jat; 91-11/4109-0119
If you haven’t already introduced yourself to Korean cuisine, the dish bingsoo at Ssongchee will be a nice start. The menu is small, but you can sit for hours on a Dutch coﬀ ee, or a ‘slow juice’. Rs 500 for two; M60, Mezzanine Floor, M Block Market, Greater Kailash 2; 91/997-101-4608
At this perfect meeting spot for art enthusiasts, food is merely an excuse. Enjoy good music and art that transcends genres—experimental, techno, Indie, percussion, and live music over American ﬁ nger-food and cocktails. Rs 1,500 for two.
PERCH WINE & COFFEE BAR
For a small wine and coﬀee bar, the 37 varieties of wine and a number of single-origin coﬀees (including Indonesian and Ethiopian) give this joint a good reputation in the busy locale of Khan Market. Add to that a dash of pork scotch eggs, a conﬁ t duck leg, and a vegetable mascarpone cheesecake and you’re rounded for the evening. Rs 2,000 for two; 71, First Floor, Khan Market; 91/837-397-6637