Three best cafes in Mumbai for writers

The silent setting of The Pantry
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As writers, we all have our individual rhythms and unique processes that stimulate us to create an original piece of work. Some find stillness in chaos; they do some of their best writing when surrounded by a medley of sounds. For others, music helps them clear their minds and start putting pen to paper. And there are some for whom it is about being in an environment that sparks their creativity; which could be a veritable mix of soothing sounds and calm surroundings.

For those, who need to be at a well-lit place with minimum sounds, these cafes in Mumbai should surely be visited.

The Taj Mahal Tea House, Bandra

The Taj Mahal Tea House is a great place to spend hours at end. Tucked into a quiet street in Bandra near the Mount Mary steps, this white bungalow stores gorgeous vintage furniture speckled in shades of blue, white and chrome. It is always bustling with interesting people from all walks of life, which can boost your creativity as a storyteller and add nuances to the characters you write about.

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For those looking to work or simply a quiet place to read, there are several cosy spaces and some even have rocking chairs for added comfort. What I love the most is that classical music is played in the background. They often also play instrumental music, which is quite soothing and helps with creative writing.

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If you love tea, you’ll be spoilt for choice. They have a wide range of options to choose from; be it milky masala chai or loose-leaf teas. They also have one of the best High Tea spreads- a traditional three-tiered stand with scones filled with strawberry cream, petit fours, devilled eggs, tiny tarts and finger sandwiches.

Quick tip: Go during the day if you want to grab those quiet spots to do some writing or reading.

Address: Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House, 36/A, Sanatan Pereira Bungalow, St John Baptist Road, off Chapel Road, Bandra (West)
Phone: 1800 – 102 – 2221 Email: contactus@tajmahalteahouse.com
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Pantry, Kala Ghoda

The Pantry, situated in a tiny by-lane in the Kala Ghoda area, is the best place to seek solitude while writing. Once you step inside, it’s easy to leave behind all the street noises and bustling crowds. With only 10 tables in the café, ensuring it doesn’t get too crowded, it has an inviting ambience that is accentuated during a daytime visit with natural light streaming in. You can sit by and ponder your musings and concoct stories while listening to some European musical notes.

In promoting a healthier lifestyle, all their offerings are organic and most of the ingredients are sourced from farmers directly. Their menu comprises a range of filling sandwiches, vitamin-boosting juices, organic coffees and teas, healthy mains, indulgent waffles and yummy baked goods.

Quick tip: Grab that small table tucked in a corner where you can sit by the window to collect your thoughts.

Address: Yeshwant Chambers, Ground Floor, Military Square Lane, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Phone: 022 22678901
Opens from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm

The Tasting Room, Lower Parel

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Located on the first floor of the Good Earth store at the Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, The Tasting Room is probably more frequented than the store itself. Glistening chandeliers and chic mirrors will catch your eye the moment you enter, and the rustic walls covered in paintings will draw you in. The wooden tables surrounded by chair cushions in geometric patterns complete the look. The vibrant décor can inspire colourful narratives and transport your story to vivid landscapes; painting your characters in different hues.

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The eatery is in a loft-like space with the tables spread widely across the floor, creating pockets of quiet spaces allowing you to slow down and unwind; translating your thoughts on paper. They serve a wide range of coffees and teas together with elegant platters of appetisers and hefty mains.

Quick tip: Try and grab a corner table near the window for a cosy, quiet spot.

Address: 11-12 Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat, Marg, Lower Parel
Phone: 022 24951954
Opens from 11:00 am – 8 pm

AUTHOR'S BIO: She took her first solo trip eight years ago. It was an epic disaster: she got into the wrong train on an RAC ticket and reached the destination at an ungodly hour, only to end up sitting inside a church because she had nowhere else to go. She hasn't stopped travelling since. When she's not busy getting lost at unknown destinations, she likes watching TV shows and baking cakes and cookies. More on: www.travellerstories.com