19 August 2019 | 5 min read

A Book Lover’s Guide To The Best Book Cafes In Mumbai


Coffee and books, there are no two better words for any bibliophile. Almost akin to therapy, reading books in a cutesy coffee shop relieves us in the best possible manner.

So next time, you are in the mood for coffee and books, heading to these beautiful cafes around Mumbai. Complete with quirky decor, a tempting stack of books (or libraries) and a piping hot cup of coffee, you are sure to wander away in the world of your book! Take your pick, cancel all plans, and head to one of these coffee shops for that long-overdue date with your favorite characters.

List of Book Cafes in Mumbai

1. Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Not only does this place serves some of the best coffee in town, but this cafe is situated right inside Kitab Khana in Fort. Also, did you know that Kitab Khana is one of the biggest bookstores in the city? Browse through their significant collection, pull up a chair in the coffee shop, and get down to reading.

You will instantly feel at home with their old-world charm, warm interiors, and cosy nooks. Apart from coffee, you can also relish on their hot chocolate and white sauce pasta.

Cost for Two: INR 1,000
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (10:30am-7:30pm), Sunday: (10:30am-7:30pm)
Address: Somaiya Bhavan, 45 / 47 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Flora Fountain, Fort,, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
Telephone: +912222844242
Served Cuisine: Cafe

2. Prithvi Café

Prithvi Cafe

The soul of Prithvi Theatre, this cafe is not only a haven for a book lover but also every artist out there. The outdoor seating of the cafe is what attracts people from all over the city. An open garden cafe that becomes all the more picturesque in the evening with their hanging lanterns, you are sure to find a space for yourself here.
Their Irish Chai paired with your favourite book is the combo we would recommend!

Cost for Two: INR 400
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (10:30am-10:15pm), Sunday: (10:30am-10:15pm)
Address: 20, Janki Kutir Apartment, Alongside Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Rd, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Telephone: +912226174118
Served Cuisine: Cafe

3. Coffee By Di Bella

Coffee By Di Bella

While you will find plenty of ‘Di Bella’ outlets across the city, the one in Bandra is a book lover’s dream come true. It is located inside Title Waves, one of the first independent bookstores in Mumbai. This bookstore has a vast collection of books including authors like Haruki Murakami and Milan Kundera and definitely worth a visit if you are a true-blue bibliophile.

Immerse yourself in the cosy ambiance of the cafe, order a cappuccino from Di Bella and you are sorted for hours! Do try their dessert menu, and if nothing else suits your mood, their fluffy croissants can be a good condiment to your coffee.

Cost for Two: INR 650
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (9:00am-11:30pm), Sunday: (9:00am-11:30pm)
Address: 1, Perry Cross Rd, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050
Telephone: +919167199555
Served Cuisine: Cafe

4. Leaping Windows

Leaping Windows

Good coffee, a vast collection of comics and cosy nooks to keep you reading for hours! Leaping Windows in Versova checks all the right boxes for a book lover like you and me.

You can find everything from manga to graphic novels here. The plush cushion and colourful interiors are inviting for any bookworm. And if this doesn’t suit you, the outdoor seating is quite picturesque as well.

Cost for Two: INR 1,200
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (10:00am-10:00pm), Sunday: (10:00am-10:00pm)
Address: 3 Corner View, Dr. Ashok Chopra Marg, Off, Yari Rd, Opp. Bianca Towers, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400061
Telephone: +919769998972
Served Cuisine: Cafe

5. Mockingbird Cafe Bar

Mockingbird Cafe Bar

This cafe and bar is a book lover’s delight by day and perfect for chilling with friends by night. Their small library is done up beautifully, and if you don’t feel like sitting in the cafe, you can hog the bean bag inside the library itself.

While their hot coffee will keep you company, their food menu is also quite impressive and worth a try.

Cost for Two: INR 1,700
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (9:00am-1:00am), Sunday: (9:00am-1:00am)
Address: 80, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
Telephone: +918097606010
Served Cuisine: Cafe

6. Cafe Zoe

Cafe Zoe

Cute interiors complete with beautiful incense candles and solar-powered lights! This cafe is not only perfect for a day of reading, but it is an excellent place to hang out with your friends. Built along the concept of international cafes where you can attend live gigs and book launches, this cafe is one-of-its-kind in Mumbai.

Everything from their pink pasta to hot chocolate is worth a try, and of course, the classic cappuccino is perfect for your book reading seshs.

Cost for Two: INR 2,100
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (7:30am-1:00am), Sunday: (7:30am-1:00am)
Address: Mathurdas Mills Compound, N.M Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
Telephone: +912224902066
Served Cuisine: Cafe

7. Fable


This cafe and pizzeria in the uptown part of Mumbai is an amalgamation of good food and books. Their logo itself says ‘Cooking Up Stories,’ and as you enter further, you come across quirky decor elements like the Fable Lamp, Wishing Well and Reading Lamp.

Their food and beverages menu has some top-notch dishes which will keep you occupied as you immerse yourself in the setting of your current book.

Cost for Two: INR 2,500
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: (12:00pm-10:00pm), Sunday: (12:00pm-10:00pm)
Address: Aashiyana Apartment, Shop 3, N S Rd Number 13, Chand Society, Vithal Nagar, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Telephone: +918657685462
Served Cuisine: Cafe

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