What is the ultimate book nerd fantasy? Being lost in a room full of books with a steaming cup of coffee as company. Don’t we hate when we’re in the middle of a good book and life happens? Don’t we all hate being interrupted by a staff member of the cafe when we are in the middle of a life crisis (read chapter)? With book cafes becoming the new fad, the world has become a better place for bibliophiles. While there are a lot of cities coming up with these ideas, we have rolled out the best ones for our Mumbaikars:
1. Leaping Window, Versova
Away from the city noise, Leaping Window offers the avenue to be surrounded by a great collection of graphic novels and comics. Initially a simple online library for comic lovers, Leaping Window has come a long way. Enjoy reading about your superheroes sitting on the bean bags and savour the most delicious Nutella stuffed pancake. If you’re a traveller staying at FabHotels Midaas Comfort, you can find this heaven for bibliophiles at just 5 minutes away. Address: 2 & 3, Corner View, Ashok Chopra Marg, Opposite Bianca Towers, Versova, Andheri West
2. Food for Thought, MG Road
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Food for Thought is a 150 year old heritage structure nestled in the heart of the city. Donning the shelves are some of the best books in Hindi, English, Urdu, Marathi and Gujarati. With a quirky wall décor and an appealing aroma of coffee to welcome you, Food for Thought is the apt place to make your nerd fantasy come true. What started off as a bookstore named Kitab Khana has now turned into a beautiful setup for bookworms, book launches and writing workshops, all thanks to the owners – Mr. & Mrs. Samir Somaiya. Address: 45/47, Kitabkhana, Somaiya Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Flora Fountain, Fort, Mumbai
3. Prithvi Café, Juhu
There’s no soul in the City of Dreams who is not crazy about this place. Since long, it has catered to artists, struggling actors, renowned writers and filmmakers, bibliophiles and literary giants. With an ambience to die for, Prithvi Café is housed in the Prithvi Theatre and is an open garden café beautifully decorated with hanging lanterns. Grab some Irish chai while you browse through the books. If you’re currently staying at FabHotel Mumbai Airport Apartments and plan to unwind over a cup of coffee, head to Prithvi Café . It’s just 2.6 km away. Address: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu
4. Neighbourhood Book Café, Kopar Khairane
Browse through a variety of books on multiple genres and sip your cup of coffee while you sit on the cane chairs and sofas present in the café. What’s more? All brownies and cookies that you indulge in are home-made. Could it be any better? Read your favourite books in peace and silence, something that is too hard to find in Mumbai. Address: Shop 3, Sector 2, Samadhan Cooperative Society, Kopar Khairane, Navi Mumbai.
5. Title Waves, Bandra West
Mumbai’s first large format boutique bookstore, Title Waves has a small cafe attached to it, referred to as Di Bella. Readers are known to sit here for hours with some silence and peace as your company which is anyway the best deal for book cravers. Lose yourself in the world of words with a cup of coffee. Address: St Pauls Media Complex, Opp Duruelo Convent School, 24th Road, Off Turner Road, Bandra West, Mumbai.