The Wishing Chair offers unique home accessories and great food
Threads cafe is a great caf-cum-boutique that sells designer womenswear
Les Parisiennes serves French cuisine & is also a fashion store
Shopaholics and foodies rejoice as some of the best cafes in town allow you to shop and grab a meal within the same space. Isn't it an answer to our prayers, to be able to have the best of both worlds? Often, retail therapy is the best kind of therapy to uplift one’s mood and it gets even better when you can feed your soul alongside. In a fast paced world like ours, we desire relaxation and that is exactly what these cafes offer. Aesthetically designed, with a décor that is pleasing, both to the eyes and the heart, located in some of the most central areas in Delhi and to top it all, offering some of the most divine dishes, here is a list of the places you must visit for a memorable shopping experience -
1. The Wishing Chair, Shahpur Jat
Blooming on the phrase “it’s the small things in life that matter”, it is literally everything one wishes for. The Wishing Chair offers some of the most unique items, each telling a story of its own. The shop lends a magical vibe, both in its appearance and vibe. The Mad Teapot Café within the store truly offers an exhilarating experience. It’s got a completely vegetarian menu and the name of each dish is well thought out. The café does justice to its reviews. Among the salads, there is the Enchanted Forest, the Magician’s Salad Party and so on. Pockets of Surprises and Moon Face Madness are great appetisers. The café also serves sandwiches and pastas.
Address: 86-A, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi Tel: 011 46572121 Cost for 2: INR 1,190
2. Threads Café, Shahpur Jat
It is a café-cum-boutique that lies in the little lanes of Shahpur Jat. Threads Cafe offers a wide range of traditional designer womenswear. The café within the boutique offers items like hummus and pita, steaks, sandwiches and burgers. It is definitely a place worth visiting if one wishes to grab a quick bite while indulging in some retail therapy.
Address: 253, Ground Floor, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi Tel: 011 41525152/ +91 9811550595 Cost for 2: INR 1,080
The Threads Cafe; Photo Credit: Facebook/Threads
3. The Good Earth Café, Khan Market
Who doesn't love to step into Good Earth and marvel at the exquisitely crafted home products? It can literally be referred to as the enclosure of calm, with a serene and peaceful ambience surrounded by gorgeous artefacts, crockery, lamps, showpieces and what not. The cafe is equally as charming, offering a great variety of food ranging from soups to burgers and fresh juices. Nothing can be more convenient than shopping on one floor and moving upstairs for a hearty meal.
Address: 9, Khan Market, New Delhi, India Tel: 011 24621013 Cost for 2: INR 1,250
The Good Earth Cafe; Photo Credit: Facebook/ Good Earth
4. Greenr Café, Shapur Jat
Offering a combination of accessories from some of the most well renowned designers on the ground floor, the Greenr Café and store does justice to the concept of a café and boutique, all in one. It offers a vegan menu but with a range of interesting dishes that it will even make a meat lover fall in love. Try their burgers, pizzas, mocked meat pastas and a wide variety of tea.
Address: 416, Gora Street, Behind Dada Jungi House, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi Tel: 011 33107860 Cost for 2: INR 1,400
5. Fab Café, Vasant Kunj
This is the best place to go to for all Fab India lovers after a happy shopping experience at the shop. It is located on the top floor of the store. With a typical Fab India decor, it is definitely a pleasant break post shopping. The menu offers a range of healthy dishes made using organic and good quality ingredients. They have a special breakfast menu, and some of the populars from the menu include Galouti Kebabs on Buckwheat Blini, Stuffed Quinoa Parathas, Baked Dhal Samosa, among others. The Fab Café truly lives up to its name and reputation.
Address: Shop 10, Local Shopping Centre, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi Tel: 011 46041700/ 46542545 Cost for 2: INR 1,240
6. Les Parisiennes, Shahpur Jat
Selling products ranging from scarves to dresses and tops, from the outside the place seems to house just a fashion store for women, however, as one enters and walks towards the far end, there is a quaint café with its special French cuisine including pastas and salads.
Address: 5-B, Dada Jungi House, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi Tel: 011 2649 6754 Cost for 2: INR 1,000
7. The Drawing Room/Arte Café, Shahpur Jat
A lovely amalgamation of a retail store and a café, The Drawing Room/Arte Café should be a must visit on your checklist. Apart from a delicious meal including tuna sandwiches and focaccia breads, one can rummage the shelves for beautiful lamps, quirky jewellery, and artistic cups and so on.
Address: 36 A, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-49 Tel: 011 4100 6563 Cost for 2: INR 1,000
8. Too Indian, Rajouri Garden
Leaving no stone unturned - from finger-licking food to a welcoming ambience and retail therapy, Too Indian is a prime example of an innovative concept that redefines the new-age restaurant culture. Every dish is presented tastefully with some of the most unique culinary skills. From the aromatic Persian Lamb kebabs served artistically and flavourful varieties of Soya Chaap which they call Soya Champ to the Butter Paneer Tacos, Too Indian reinvents age-old dishes with a quirky twist. The perfectly cooked Nalli Nihari with tender lamb shanks is one of the best ones that you’ll get in Delhi and even the tangy Home Style Chicken Curry is not to be missed.
On your way out you can pick niche products like homemade cookies, baked mathi and oil free pickles that you may not find at superstores. They also have several regional items like the Quereshi Masala all the way from Lucknow and Vadis from Amritsar that are exclusively available on sale here. An initiative to reminisce the beautiful Indian tradition, Too Indian offers a memorable experience.
Address: A 39, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi Tel: 011 33106046 Cost for 2: INR 1,150
Too Indian;Photo Credit: Smart Cooky
Thus, here’s your go to list in order to have a fulfilling experience both in terms of retail and food for the soul.
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