Coffee is an integral part of all cultures. Chandigarh’s coffee culture has grown exponentially in recent years, resulting in a huge surge of chic and unique cafes all over the city. For the very demanding Chandigarians, the perfect coffee shop is an ideal combination of comfy seating, great taste and cool decor all jiving together harmoniously.

Listed below are few of my favorites.


Backpackers Café:


Walk English, Talk English, Feel English and Eat English at English styled Backpackers Café. Pioneers of café culture in Chandigarh, they have maintained quality and taste attracting niche at their multiple outlets. If you crave an omelet, they can whip up a masterpiece for you with cheese, mushrooms, meat, bacon or ham served with wholesome bread, hash browns and grilled tomatoes. Evenings lure pasta and pizza lovers with sips of aromatic coffee blends at this buzzy venue with rustic décor, communal table and books to read. Soup of the day is itself a complete meal with richness of chicken and veggies in tomato base served with garlic bread.

Location :Sector 9 Chandigarh

Brooklyn Central:

This much-loved café has become one of Chandigarh’s popular purveyors of special treats for folks who feel the need for a little pampering. Serving the marked American cuisine, this lofty cafe features plenty of room for lounging, dining, drinking and even work. In the evening, it morphs into a dimly lit wine and dine spot. Plonked right in the middle of the main shopping mall, Elante, it is definitely a go to Sunday Brunch spot with special added menu. Apple melon salad with creamy yogurt dressing gives a kick start to the taste buds. BBQ pulled lamb steak, Chicken Highbrow and Competition chicken guarantee complete satisfaction to your palate as well as eyes and mind with smashing taste, presentation and victuals. Burgers and hotdogs are stellar. Kit kat freak waffle comes as a tower of happiness with layers of caramelized bananas, green apple, honey coated nuts, nutella, peanut butter, kit kat,whipped cream, chocolate sauce, oreo, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream on the top… seems as big as Sahara Desert. Mocktails and cocktails in Sunday Brunch menu make it a fun day.

Location : Elante Mall Chandigarh

Nik Bakers:

The decibel level is high at any given time of the day at Nik Bakers. Thisis the place to meet friends, gossip around, and enjoy best of baked. Learnt from Australia, this wonder chef has proven his excellence in baking. For the health freaks, there is a variety to choose from Healthy cold sandwiches, baked sandwiches and American Bagel Sandwiches with refreshing smoothies. Healthy Chicken Sandwich is perfect example of quilt free feast. Fruit punch stands as the show stopper with layers of fresh fruits and ice-cream blended in fruit juice. Customized cakes promise to make all the occasions memorable.

Location : Sector 9 Chandigarh , Sector 35 Chandigarh , Elante Mall Chandigarh , Panchkula , Mohali

Oven Fresh:

Me and my friends have learnt from this place that what actually a grilled sandwich is. Fascinated with their flavors for last decade, I have tried almost everything from the menu and loved every dish. Grilled fish served with butter garlic sauce makes a complete meal with exotic veggies, potato mash and garlic bread. Stuffed chicken sizzler in mushroom jus comes as sizzling platter of delightful aromas. Sinful baked Pastas are loaded with happiness as creamy cheesy sauce with veggies and chicken. Among grilled sandwiches, best are Mushroom and cheese, veg club, Chicken salad and Chicken BLT served with Cole slaw, fries and Uncle Chips. Chocó almond cake and fruit cake are the excellers among the cakes.

Location : Sector 26 Chandigarh , Sector 35 Chandigarh , Elante Mall Chandigarh

Coffee bean and tea leaf:


Coffee bean and tea leaf cafe is a beautiful, vibrant and spacious cafe in Elante mall courtyard with ample of light streaming in from the large transparent glass panels. . At this spot, the baristas are masters of latte art, brewing rich coffee and smooth espresso drinks serving large menu of Coffee and Tea. Morsels of chocolate in The Ultimate Mocha make a perfect combination with Grilled chicken and cheese sandwich. Share basket of fritters with friends with chit chats. Both veg and chicken Lasagne are worth trying. Start your day with full fledged breakfast Big B @CBTL which will set you energized for a long day ahead.

Location : Elante Mall Chandigarh

Willow Café:


Nestled in a little corner of Sector 10, you can always count on The Willow Cafe to serve an awesome supper. From breakfast to dinner, this the café serving largest variety of North Indian delights along with best of continental. Western styled place caters Desi savories like Boti kebab and chicken tikka teekha curry masala with warm naan and Charcoal grilled paneer shoola with Kandhari kulcha.If tried once, all your winter evenings will be craving for the delicious mutton curry soup. Grilled chicken tempts with presentation and wholesome combination with grilled veggies, potato mash, fresh salad and garlic bread.

Location : Sector 10 Chandigarh

Casa Bella Vista:

Looking for a good cup of coffee  or fresh power packed juice with breakfast to start off a long day head? Well look no further. Casa Bella Vista right on the Geri route of Chandigarh is attracting locals as well as foreigners to taste authentic Italian and Spanish delicacies along with loaded garden view. Perfect utilization of small space gives a colorful treat to eyes with lovely flowers and vegetation. Evenings get lit up with candles and lights from all the corners.

Location : Sector 10 Chandigarh

F Cafe:

Gazing at its chic styled luxurious décor and delightful menu, I must say “F” stands not only for “Fashion” but for “Fancy”, “Fun” and “Flavors” in “F Café”. Make your coffee experience relaxed on classy couches with wide spread menu of Continental, Mexican and Italian. Healthy Insalata Quinoa Salad and refreshing Watermelon Goat Cheese salad are good to start followed by delish Pastas , Sandwiches and Burgers. Fresh fruit waffle is definitely a treat to your palate as well as eyes. Connected to full-fledged bar serving best of drinks, makes evenings more buzzy.

Location : Sector 26 Chandigarh