Manali is no less than some of the European locations that we have come to see in Hollywood movies with cafes that open up to scenic views of the majestic view of the mountains. It’s our piece of heaven with the best cafes in Manali surrounded by the mighty Himalayas with a charm that is unmatched anywhere in the world.
So, if you thought the European mountainside was a view to behold, you ain’t seen anything unless you have been to Manali.
A favorite with the casual tourists and a hotbed for artists, writers, and painters, Manali sparks the imagination like no other place. No wonder it’s a place that’s flocked by people from all over India and the world, no matter the time of the year.
If you are a fan of snow, then winters are the best place to visit this place, and with all the interesting places to visit, you are never short of options once you are there.
If you are someone who likes to avoid the crowd and enjoy a cup of coffee in a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking green pastures with the sweet sound of a river flowing nearby, the backstreet café is just the place for you. It’s got some great coffee, sandwiches, and soups to keep you warm and well-fed while you take in the view. If you want, you can also sit on the rooftop, which opens you up to even better views of the mighty Himalayas. This place is bustling with a positive vibe with graffiti-laden walls and is frequented by people who love spending some quiet time alone.
Some like to ditch the more modern parts of Manali and prefer to spend time in the quaint Old Manali. If you are one of those people, then café 1947’s the best cafe in old Manali. There’s outside seating by the riverside, with the sweet sound of water flowing over the pebbles. But, be sure to reach early as it quickly fills up. Even if you don’t manage to grab one of the seats outside, the café’s got some really good ambiance on the inside too. You are bound to love the old-world charm it exudes with the warm wooden interiors, filled with mellow lights coupled with brilliant live music. Many argue that it’s Manali’s best café. Why don’t you find out for yourself?
River Music Café
Well, the name says it all! It’s situated by the river and is flocked by people all through the year. Also, you will be able to see adventure enthusiasts zip lining nearby since it’s also a hub for adventure sports. So, if you like to have your coffee served hot while you feel the cold breeze zip across your face, then do visit this place.
Café Bella Vista
This café is disguised as a warm cozy cottage and is arguably one of the best café restaurants in Manali. It features comfortable cushion seats with look-out windows opening up to the scenic views of the lush green hills. If you happen to be there, don’t miss out on gorging on some delicious homemade cheesecakes, and do check out their extensive menu featuring mouthwatering dishes. It’s the perfect place for a date with your loved one or spending time with your family for lunch.
The Lazy Dog
This one is for the ones who love to share pictures on Instagram. The Lazy Dog has raw wooden interiors and blue sofas that make for an awesome Instagram pose. If you are someone who rather loves to sit outside, there are calming outdoor seating options too. Just don’t forget to order some white sauce pasta when you are there.
This one is tucked away in old Manali and is famous for its food and ambiance. If you happen to be in old Manali, you can’t afford to miss this place. They serve awesome food and have one of the best sun decks. So, don’t forget to bring out the camera and snap some sun-kissed pictures while you are there. This is one place that serves equally delectable rajma chawal and mutton rice. So, take your pick, or have both if you are really into good food. It’s perfect even for backpackers, as you will love the coziness of the place with a beverage and a good book in your hand. But we haven’t come to the best part yet—it’s pet-friendly! Need we say more? So, bring your furries along with you for that perfect day out!
Moon Dance Café
It’s pretty famous in Manali and is a hot favorite among both tourists and locals. The place has very simple décor and is perfect for someone who loves the simple things in life. So, if you are someone who wants to leave the hustle and bustle of the city for a quaint and quiet place, drifter’s café is the perfect place for you.
Manali is frequented by bikers, so there are sure to be café’s specially catering to them. The Sunshine Café is one of the top haunts for bikers, and even if you aren’t one, you should still visit this place just for the delicious food and the great ambiance this place exudes. But, if you are indeed a biker, then you do keep this café on your itinerary list on your trip to Ladakh.
Manali Bistro is surrounded by stunning views of the mountains, and the balcony seats are the perfect place to sit and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountain peaks. The place features a diverse menu, from fish steaks to desserts. If you love taking selfies, you are going to love this place.
Manali is filled with cafes of all kinds serving delectable dishes with breathtaking views of the mountains. No matter if you are traveling with friends, family, or going solo, do pay a visit to the cafes we shared on this list. If not, you will be missing out on a lot this city in Himachal has to offer. So, the next time you are in Manali, take a few days out and visit them.
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