Mussoorie, the Queen of Hills, not only has great views but also some lovely cafes to satisfy your taste buds while on holiday
Come summer and most of us make a beeline for the hills. Mussoorie, known as the Queen of Hills, is an extremely popular summer destination. Fresh air and scenic beauty are of course reasons enough to visit. But great food also adds to the charm of the place. Hill stations are known for their cafes and bakeries and Mussoorie and neighbouring Landour have some of the best. Currently they are shut but as the situation improves they will be ready to welcome you. Bookmark these cafes for your next visit to Mussoorie.
Cafe By The Way
Mussoorie was a very popular hill station during the Raj and is still dotted with old British buildings. Café By the Way is located in one such building on Mall Road. Besides the food – coffee, shakes, sandwiches, garlic bread, and paninis – it is the vintage décor that adds to the charm of the place and makes for great Instagram pictures. Drop-in at Café By the Way when you are done with your shopping at Mall Road.
Address: 1, South End House, Gajendra Building, The Mall Rd, Mussoorie
Casa Mia Bakery
A tiny bakery on Mall Road that serves the most flavourful fresh baked goods like croissants, muffins, pies and breads. Do try their fruit cream — not too sweet and full of fruits. They also make nice crisp patties. They don’t have any seating, so pick up your goodies and find a picturesque spot to enjoy them.
Address: The Mall Rd, The Mall Road, Mussoorie
Little Llama Café
This is the quintessential hill station cafe. It serves an assortment of snacks and western food options. Try the mutton burgers, pepperoni pizzas, pesto pizza with bacon, herb roasted chicken, pasta, fries and berry shakes. For coffee lovers, there is the hazelnut coffee and tea enthusiasts must have their herbal teas. The helpings are generous and service warm. The café has great views and you can easily spend hours enjoying the view and gorging on delicious food.
Address: 1, London House, Near Union Church, Picture Palace, Kulri, Mussoorie
The four-shop set up is the perfect place for a stop over after you have done the Bada Chakkar walk around the hill. Anil’s Café and Char Dukaan café both serve Maggi, parathas, pancakes and waffles. Café Ivy is also right there and serves cakes and shakes. The lemon chai is an absolute must-have.
Address: Char Dukan, Landour, Mussoorie
Landour Bake House
Started by British Nuns, the Landour Bake House still has the feel of an English Tea House. The décor is colonial and the menu comprises largely of fresh breads, cakes, pastries, muffins, tarts and assorted cookies. There is of course, also a selection of teas to go with it. And if you would like something sweeter, try the hot chocolate.
Address: Sisters Bazaar, Landour, Mussoorie
If you are looking at locally produced jams, jellies, and marmalade then Prakash Bakery is the place for you. They were selling peanut butter way before any of the stores started keeping the branded stuff. They also have a variety of locally produced cheese and advice you on what to buy. It’s the perfect place for you to pick up stuff to take back home not only for yourself but also for friends and family.
Address: Sisters Bazaar, Landour, Mussoorie
Emily’s, Rokeby Manor
Imagine a café with a library and the smell of freshly baked bread. Sounds heavenly? That’s Emily’s for you. Done up like a countryside manor complete with floral wallpapers, colonial furniture, bricked walls, the café bakes its own bread. Their toffee pudding, apple crumble and date cake are a must have.
And if you are missing your biryani while in Mussoorie, then lunch at Emily’s is called for. Try their fish in mustard curry as well.
Address: Landour Cantt, Mussoorie
The Mudcup Café
The Mudcup Café is a huge spacious bungalow with verandahs overlooking the hills. Enjoy stunning views and feast on shakes and snacks. Caramel coffee, fudgy chocolate brownie with walnuts, and apple strudel are highly recommended. Spend the afternoon playing board games, cards, or reading while of course enjoying the food. It’s also a great place to view the sunset.
Address: Clair Mount, Near Mullingar, Mussoorie
The Charleville Bookstore & Café
Browse through the bookstore and enjoy some amazing coffee and sandwiches. Located in a heritage building right next to LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration), where young bureaucrats undergo training, the Charleville Bookstore and Café is a popular haunt with them. The menu is limited but delicious.
Address: LBSNAA Gate, Charleville Road, Mussoorie