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9 Cafés and Spots in Delhi Ideal for a Writer

We writers are complex artists. We get inspired by the vibrant and colourful world around us and find ways to creatively convert that energy into the black-and-white world of text on paper. For some writers, the best work comes out in isolated places or within the four walls of their room. While some love working with different surroundings, like a book café and people around them. Whether you are writing an adventure novel, compiling a coffee table book or planning to indulge in some quality fiction writing, a change of place always helps the mind to think fresh. In today’s fast-paced world, it is very important for authors to take a retreat. But these writing challenges are a blessing in disguise as they help authors bring out their creative best. Pretty, colorful interiors, fresh coffee/tea accompanied by something to munch on and a light hustle bustle of people in writer’s café can really help you to awaken your imagination and help you get off that writer’s block! Here is a list of 9 book cafés in Delhi that are perfect for you to sit with your laptop and write your heart out!

  • Ivy and Bean

White walls, fairy lights, a wall shelf full of books, rustic artsy furniture and hanging bird cages makes Ivy and Bean a quaint hidden affair in the Shahpur Jat area of Delhi. This place can not only get your thinking hat on but also provide you with a peaceful meal that satisfies your taste buds. Ivy and Bean gives you the ambience of an English Café with its modern yet simple interiors and light music. You can choose to sit indoors or sit in the outdoor seating area. The place provides you with free Wi-Fi so you can grab a corner, put your headphones on and work at ease. What more? If you need a break from writing, you can simply pick up a book from their large bookshelf and read a few pages. Reading other books is a brilliant way of getting some guidance. Check out our ten classics you must read before you turn 30 for some much-needed inspiration.

What’s on the menu?

Milkshakes, Iced Teas, smoothies, coffees and more to quench your thirst and give you a sip of energy as you write endlessly.

Pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, soups and salads to fill your tummy as you work.

Having a working breakfast? Fear not, the place has an all day breakfast menu with bagels, pancakes and what not!

  • Kunzum Travel Café

Kunzum Travel Café is a heaven for travelers and writers alike. Located in the busy streets of the Hauz Khas village, the moment you enter this place, you are bound to feel at home. Unlike most cafés in the city that boasts of pricey menus and premium coffees, this Café gives you a “pay what you like” service. You can sit here all day and not worry about feeling uncomfortable or out of place. The ambience provided by this café is a true reflection of its name. Travel Posters and photographs on the wall, a bunch of paintings and a rack full of travel magazines and books characterize this café. There is also a board with notes from travelers mentioning their journey so far or the next destination on their list. Moreover, you can simply connect your phone or iPod with their music system and play any music of your choice. Try sitting at this café with your laptop and a cup of coffee for some writing inspiration. Take a quick break and speak to travelers visiting this café for some interesting travels stories.

What’s on the menu?

An endless supply of hot Coffee and Tea for a price you like!

  • Greenr healthy café and coworking

Are you a health-conscious writer? Do you like to munch on fresh salads and juices as you work on your best piece? Greenr Healthy café and coworking is the place the for you! An ambience that is a mix of contemporary and fun, this place is apt for long hours of writing. Wooden décor, Iron chairs, colorful rugs, potted plants and spaced out interiors give you a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere to work in. This is one café that feeds you on healthy yet delicious meals. It is a fresh take on vegetarian and vegan food that generally comes across as tasteless and boring. Since it also offers a coworking space, you may just meet a fellow writer around!

What’s on the menu?

A variety of teas and coffees to juices and smoothies to sip throughout your writing hours. Salad bowls, soups, burgers, pizzas, rolls and a small but yummy desserts section for your tummy fuel.

  • The Potbelly Rooftop Café

Amidst a bunch of cafés that focus on providing global cuisines, the Potbelly Rooftop Café is one café’ that serves Bihari cuisine. Yes, you got that right! This café’ has made its mark as a place that services local cuisine in a contemporary fashion. Dainty interiors that comprise of white furniture with colorful details, glass lanterns and artistic cutlery – this place is just right to pour your ideas onto paper. The ceilings are made of a bamboo-like structure and the walls are embellished with colored empty frames. This place instantly makes you feel warm and vibrant. With an increase in café’ cultures that are constantly moving towards Italian, European and Chinese cuisines, Potbelly doesn’t shy away from embracing local flavors.

What’s on the menu?

A complete variety of Bihari items served in Thali like plates with accompaniments like bread and pickles.

  • Office Office Café and Bar

Don’t like writing in quiet places? Office Office Café and Bar offers a cool working environment that lets you have some fun while writing. For those who like to chill and work hand in hand and do not mind a little bit of crowd, this place is a perfect choice. You can also grab a couple of writer friends and brainstorm while hanging in here. Not just plain coffees and shakes but innovative cocktails can help you quench your thirst here. This place is not available for working on weekends; however, during the week no one will disturb you as you soak into writing some brilliant stuff!

What’s on the menu?

Pretty much a mix of café and bar menu. Finger food, meals, cocktails and shots!

  • Tea Trails Café

Do you need a constant dose of Tea as you write? Tea Trails Café is the place to go! This café embodies the idea of minimalism. Soft music, cool colored walls with dainty frames and a fast Wi-Fi network make it an ideal place for writers to focus on their work. If you are a tea lover, you will be delighted to now that you will find almost every variety of tea in this café and it all forms a vital ingredient for most drinks here. If you do not like to be disturbed as you work, worry not. The tables here are placed quite far from each other so you can have your own little space as you write. An important offering by this place is that you can pay an hourly price or a daily price and work and chill as you like.

What’s on the menu?

This place caters to the tea lover in you and serves everything from a basic Adrak ki chai to the premium global varieties of tea. For food, the menu is a mix of quick bites like sandwiches and rolls to plated meals and mains.

  • Another Fine Day- Reading Room and Café

Another Fine Day welcomes you with glass paned windows, warm lighting and wooden interiors. Little potted flowers and white and red brick walls add to its charming ambience. This place offers you a comfortable reading room that almost feels like a homely loving room and lets you read in peace.  This place is perfect if you want to spend all day writing without switching places. As the evening approaches, you can easily shift from a coffee to a light drink. Another fine day has a food menu that adequately serves the appropriate meal, no matter what time of the day you enter. For some inspiration breaks, you can hang around the bookshelf and pull out a book for some insightful reading. Make sure you check out our list of Pulitzer prize-winning books or the 9 books you should watch out for in 2017 to get those creative juices flowing.

What’s on the menu?

Basics like soups, salads, sandwiches to more tasty varieties of beer battered fish and calamari rings. A drinks menu that serves hot and cold beverages, from beer to wine, to give you the flexibility to choose the kind you like.

  • Social Offline

They say nothing is more insightful and inspiring than conversations with fellow humans. How about a place that gives you the opportunity to meet and speak to different people as you take breaks from hours of continuous writing? Social Offline offers you a peppy and fun environment to make you feel energetic and surround yourself with positive vibes. If you are the kind of writer that loves to look around for inspirational details, Social Offline is the place for you! A collaborative space for artists and innovators, this place is sure to get your mind running.

What’s on the menu?

An interesting variety of cocktails and mocktails to choose from. Breakfast trays, finger food and a unique menu of mains to keep those tummy monsters at peace!

  • Coast Café

Does the seaside kind of atmosphere help you write better? Coast Café has managed to bring in the seaside environment into the concrete jungle of Delhi. Blue and white beach themed interiors with natural light peeping through the windows during the day, this place gives you the positive beach vibes right in the middle of the city! Flowers vases, beach side pictures on the wall and some travel magazines on the table add to the coastal vibes that this place offers.

What if you can’t go to the beach to get rid of writer’s block? You can definitely get some vitamin sea at this Café!

What’s on the menu?

The Coast Café offers food varieties from coasts of the world by adding their own twists to the dishes. Some of the dishes to try would be California Fish Tacos and Garam chicken curry. They also have a menu of beachy coolers to sip on as you write your heart out.

Coffee shops are the perfect spots to work on your first draft. While you are at it, check out our top 10 online dictionaries to make sure your book is nothing less than an international bestseller. If you are not from Delhi, you can also check out the ideal writers’ spots in Chennai and Bangalore. Visit Notion Press from end-to-end publishing solutions and give your book the best services it deserves.

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Aishwarya Mukundarajan

Aishwarya is an MBA graduate from Symbiosis International University, Pune. When asked what her hobbies are she points to an overflowing bookcase.

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