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Winter is coming and while in Mumbai, we’ve gotta snag all the wintery vibes because honestly, a warm jacket or a pair of socks is all you need to deal with this season, in this city. It never really gets cold in Mumbai but once a speck of chill kicks in, we yield to stay warm. And what is winter without a frothy cup of hot chocolate topped with treats?
Hot chocolate falls into the same category as momos and that’s-what-she-said jokes; even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good!
On this note, we’ve listed 5 places in Mumbai where a mug of hot chocolate will warm up your insides because it is the quintessential company for us on a chilly day.
The neat decor and the cosy indoor upholstery coupled with the smell of fresh hot chocolate and waffles, setting in from the kitchen will make you an instant fan of The Nutcracker.
Here you can indulge in one of the best mugs of hot chocolate Mumbai has to offer and you can choose from salted caramel, mint or go ol’ school with the plain variant. Either way, you’re gonna love whatever they serve! Their breakfast menu has garnered a cult in the city who swear by it and if you have plans with bae, you should definitely drop by here.
Location: C/2, Diamond Arch Cooperative Housing Society, St. John Baptist Road, Bandstand, Bandra West
Timings: 12noon – 12midnight
Cost: ₹1,200 for two people (approx.)
The awesome crepes and coffee you can get here at D'Crepes Cafe, are no secret. But when the weather takes a turn towards wintertide, this cafe’s hot chocolate pulls us in and how! Made with a blend of dark chocolates, fresh cream and milk, you can never go wrong with your pick here.
D'Crepes Cafe has us gushing over its grubs too and truly, their foamy serving of the perfectly sweetened hot chocolate is what love tastes like.
Location: 21/22, Block 1, Emerald Plaza, Hiranandani Meadows, Off Pokhran 2, Vasant Vihar, Thane West
Timings: 11am – 11:01pm
Cost: ₹1,000 for two people (approx.)
La Folie Du Chocolate
When the nights get cooler in the city which never sleeps, try the hot chocolate here at La Folie Du Chocolate, to induce a warm and fuzzy feeling in you.
Here the flavours of your cup of hot-choc will take your taste buds on a trip to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and you’d want to stay there since the very first sip. This pretty patisserie should be your pit-stop whenever the cravings come calling. Pair up this drink with their baked goodies and you’ll thank us later!
Location: 1, Ground Floor, Libra Towers, Opposite St.Peter's Church, Hill Road, Bandra West
Timings: 8:30am – 11pm
Cost: ₹1,200 for two people (approx.)
Suzette Creperie & Cafe
At Suzette Creperie & Cafe, you can never go wrong with the hot chocolate here and for your rumbling tum-tum, get a serving of their renowned pizza crepes! Best winter snack combo, ever.
Their home-made dark hot chocolate is a basically a cup full of rich cocoa with spanks of milk and they also add scoops of cream, for the perfect blend to wash your tongue. This can easily become overpowering for your palate so to cut out the sweetness, order their bacon and mozzarella omelette or the Suzette salad.
Location: Shop 2, Ventura Building, Next to Aroma's, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
Timings: 9am – 11pm
Cost: ₹1,500 for two people (approx.)
A mass favourite amidst dessert lovers in the country, Theobroma is famous for its biscuits, cookies and of course, their epic in-house hot chocolate.
For times when it gets too difficult to control a constant itch for chocolate or when you just want to lather up your epicurean senses in molten coco, here’s where you need to be at. Pair it up with their delish pies and scrumptious tarts to relish a hearty experience when here.
P.S. This is one of our go-to spots for winter breakfast sessions here in Mumbai with the squad. Theobroma’s brekkie menu is tempting enough to push us out of our beds, even on a Sunday morning and nobody returns with regrets.
Location: The Capital, Ground Floor, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Timings: 8am – 12midnight
Cost: ₹600 for two people (approx.)
With winters knocking on our skin and bones, there’s nothing better than a warm cup of hot chocolate for our daily sugar fix. So now that we’ve listed these 5 of our favourite hot chocolates places in Mumbai, there’s no excuse for you to not drop by, this season.
Anyone who lives in Mumbai knows for a fact that Mumbai is a food lover's paradise. The food options available in the city are endless and no matter what cuisine you crave, Mumbai will come up with an outlet to offer you some. Yet, if you call Mumbai an amusement park, Bandra will have to be the biggest and the most formidable giant wheel.
Bandra is the crown jewel of Mumbai's food scene. With the best of cafes, restaurants, and eateries in its lap, Bandra truly is where those spoilt for choices come to eat. If you've tried and tested a lot of places in Bandra and are looking for something new to enliven your palate Arbab is just where you need to be.
What the vibe says?
Located at the posh locales of Linking Road, Arbab stands quite distinguished with its two-storey building and a very beautiful exterior. The stunning outdoor seating is what makes this place one of our favourites in the city.
The outdoor seating arrangement with its traditional cane furniture, wooden tables and plenty of plants is just what you need when you're looking for a pretty yet calm place. The outdoor seating is also perfect for those awkward first dates, where the conversations can simply be about the place and all its charm.
The gazebo style seating arrangement makes for a perfect conversation starter and come winters, a great spot where you can drench in warm sunlight and enjoy a brunch filled with good food and laughter.
Speaking of food
Arbab is not just another run-of-the-mill Mediterranean place, it is as far from that as can be. At Arbab you can enjoy authentic Mediterranean cuisine, relish the taste of the desert and delve into a refreshing ocean of rich flavours.
The food served here is fresh, authentic and delicious. Plus, you get more than just a falafel and shawarma in the name of Mediterranean cuisine. We would highly recommend trying the Shish Tawouk- a dish of juicy charred chicken served with garlic sauce, the shawarma platter and the traditional kibbeh. The signature rosemary marinated chicken breast which is left overnight in a spice rub, browned on the grill, served with delicious veggies, rosemary sauce and fries is also something you need to bite into.
After you're done eating your fill, round up the meal with a topping of a perfect plate of baklava served with some delicious ice cream and have a rounded fulfilling experience.
If you've been in a search for that one place where you can have a romantic date, go for a lunch with friends, even have a great family gathering, Arbab fits the bill perfectly. Head to this place and delve into the realms of exotic flavours, delicious dishes and a stunning ambiance.
Location: Shop 4, Plot 117, Muzzafar Manor, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
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Mumbai never fails to keep our muffin tops happy and just last month, it gave us another reason to forget about our (absolutely non-existent) diet plans!
Making its way all the way from Pune, the German Bakery has finally arrived at Bandra and this all-day diner is offering pretty much the same grubs as its other counterparts; similar, yet very different. They have retained their classics like kheema pav, omelettes and the desserts of course and it looks straight out of a fancy book written by Martha Stewart!
German Bakery is an icon from Pune which was established in 1988 and now, it is here in Mumbai to make your calorie count shoot through the roof!
The interiors are aesthetic AF, done up in pastel blue and yellow with generous baths of whites and traces of blacks, here and there! Perfect for a date with bae or a quick brekkie sesh, the German Bakery will win your heart. It emits a cosy vibe as soon you step in and by the time you take a seat, your Instagram will be well-fed for sure!
Besides their extensive grub options, they also have a wide variety of beverages and since they open up the shutters really early, you can come over for breakfast on a lazy morning.
When here and hungry, go for any of their ‘Wiches Burgs and Dogs’ but the Four Cheese Risotto and the Raspberry Red Velvet Cheesecake definitely requires our special mention!
The German Bakery is your new spot to binge at and the affordability of the grubs, comes as a cherry on the cake! Be it month-end eating out sesh or a birthday treat for the squad, everything can be wrapped up within a pocket-friendly budget.
Location: Shop 20, Ground Floor, ONGC Building 5, HIG Colony, Nityanand Nagar, ONGC Colony, Reclamation, Bandra West, Mumbai
Timings: 8am – 12midnight
Cost: ₹700 for two people (approx.)
Mumbai is a city of foodies and epicures. There's nothing you cannot find here and that is the beauty of living in a metropolitan city. We are always amazed by the things the city has to offer and Lokomades is one such place which has amazed us all!
This Greek place located in Bandra West is tickling the taste buds of foodies around the city and we cannot deny that we too are a fan of the place.
Speak Greek to me!
Lokomades is among the select few places in the country where you can actually find authentic Greecian desserts. The place is known for serving Greek loukoumades - small doughtnut-like balls that are filled and topped with an accoutrement of delightful stuff.
Another great thing about Lokomades is the fact that you can pick and choose the desired flavour, topping and even filling. The menu is exceptionally customisable; so if you're looking for something that suits your taste, this is the perfect choice for you.
Though Lokomades just does one thing, the dessert they serve is pretty darn delicious. Pop one in your mouth and you won't be able to stop from chomping down another and another and another. It is a cycle of chomping doughnut after doughnut.
The savoury baked patatas here are a much needed salty break from all the sweet the restaurant has to offer.
The Dark Galaxy loukoumade here comes highly recommended and we too love the soft, crunchy and perfectly fried desserts.
If you've ever wanted to go to Greece and try all the amazing food Europe has to offer, Lokomades is where you need to be. The small desserts are perfect for a group or for people who're a fan of doughnuts. Do give the desserts a try and let us know how you found these Greek delicacies.
Address: 1, Silver Croft CHS, Junction of 16th & 33rd Road, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai
The love that we have for coffee is a love like no other. A good ole' cuppa joe in the mornings is often all we need to get going. Coffee is a saviour but for some of us who really enjoy the robust taste and heady aroma of coffee, having just any ordinary isn't enough.
If you're a true coffee connoisseur and a lover of everything dark, roasted and nutty, this new place in Bandra is all that you need. Kalopsia Artisan Coffee in Bandra is a quaint little coffee shop where you'll find the choicest blends and most aromatic coffees.
From the farm to the table- an involved process
While most coffee shops can tell you about how they get their coffee from the best of brands and the most recognized people, at Kalopsia Artisan Coffee you can also know about the origin of the coffee bean and its entire processing journey!
Kalopsia Coffee is a true coffee lover’s paradise. These people are involved in every single step of making coffee. From the processing of coffee beans to getting them safely transported to the cafe, they've focused on quality in every way. Most of their coffee comes from plantations on the Western Ghats with a high elevation point and great yield.
Not only are the coffee beans sourced from the best plantations in the country, they are organic, roasted to perfection and absolutely delicious. Kalopsia also makes sure that the best roasted coffees, with nutty, fruity and warm tones, are used for consumption, carrying forward the trend of Microlot coffees.
So if you're looking for a hit of coffee that can directly warm up your soul, this is the place you need to be at.
What to try?
If you're a dedicated coffee drinker and want to know what you're getting into before you commit to anything, we would highly recommend getting the tasting tray here. This will help you nail your favourite flavour and the perfect sweet spot for the taste.
Other than the espresso and cappuccino, which are actually quite good here, we are a fan of the Pour Over coffee, French press, Flat White, Mocha and the Vietnamese brew.
Are you a fan of a cup of coffee brewed to perfection? If so, the Kalopsia Artisan Coffee is the place you need to be at. With fresh brews and robust taste, the place is every coffee connoisseur's dream come truethe . You can also get hand made delicious chocolates, croissants, cheesecakes and more to pair with a cup and sip your way to coffee heaven.
Address: Shop No. 5, Pearl Heaven Society, Chapel Rd, opp. Salt Water Cafe, near Lilawati, Bandra West
If you're above the legal age of drinking, there's a high chance that you know and have tasted the sweet bliss that is wine. Wine maybe one of man's finest creations and the world will forever be blessed because of it.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about gulping down a bottle or two, but on a quiet evening, after a long hard day, a glass of fine does wonders. Imagine how dull our brunch sessions would be with the absence of great wine to sip on.
If the sharp smell and the sweet taste of wine is something that you cannot live without, a wine room is a god-send. For those who enjoy the finer things in life, 266-Wine Room and Bar is a leisurely spot in Bandra where you can unwind over a glass of the choicest wine!
Wine, dine and rewind
With stunning interiors and a comfortable vibe, 266 is a great place for any wine lover. The baby blue velvet sofas, the crystal chandeliers, red barstools and the gorgeous outdoor seating does wonders to the entire
They have an expansive bar menu which consists of a several gems for the wino aficionados from your basic shiraz to select Italian Trapiche Pino Grigio, they have it all!
Bring your gang, order a great bottle, clink the glasses, swirl, sniff and sip!
Chase the wine with some fine dine
European with a dash of Asian, this place serves some great grub too. You can chase the wine with some satisfying food and fill your tum-tum with delicacies from the west.
The 266-charcuterie and cheese board, with chicken and pork cold cuts, three different kinds of cheeses as well as a choice of fruits and nuts is something that'll elevate your brunch/lunch to a whole new level.
We would highly recommend the blanco and pepperoni pizza, gnocchi gorgonzola, lamb shanks with creamy polenta and pork belly with braised cabbage and apple jus.
If the sommelier in you is getting angsty by the second and you're looking for a nice place for brunch, 266-The Wine Room and Bar should be the place for you. The bar is more indulgent than reasonable, so be sure to coin out a few things than you had planned.
Address: 266, Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai
If Mumbai is a goldmine for foodies, Bandra is truly the finest of ores that Mumbai has to offer. What we mean to say is that the food scene in Bandra is pretty lit. There are a ton of fine dine places in this part of the city and we're never at a lack of good food. Yet, who could ever say no to more!
La Loca Maria is the newest place that has popped up in Bandra and it is as good as a fine dine restaurant gets.
Global cuisine and exciting flavour pairings
La Loca Maria is a restaurant that truly defines what global cuisine stands for and how every plate of food can be turned into an experience worth remembering.
Albeit small, the menu consists of phenomenal dishes that are global favourites. Be it sticky pork belly, spicy chicken wings, charred octopus, spy fish/chicken burger, salad, linguine pasta, sea bass or brasied buff, you will find the choicest of dishes at this place.
With crispy fried fish, pickled onions, wasabi mayo, tomato, arugula & chevre cheese sandwiched between the softest burger buns, their crispy fish burger is a crowd pleaser. We especially love the parmesan chilli or truffle fries it is served with.
You cannot come to the place and not have the delicately prepared sea food that they offer. We love the sea bass with green peas, braised baby onions and pureed red cabbage as well as the fresh and flavourful lobster ravioli. The charred octopus is another delicacy which though hard to nail, is beautifully done at La Loca Maria.
They even have three dessert options, the sweet and sour, crema catalana and a daily changing fresh home made ice cream.
La Loca Maria is a great pick for those who want nothing less than to indulge in all the amazing food that the restaurant offers. A little on the expensive end of the spectrum, the precision and the delicacy with which they prepare all their dishes makes the food totally worth it. so go ahead and enjoy a great dining experience at La Loca Maria.
Address: Carlton Court, Near Citibank ATM, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai
When in and around Mumbai’s Lower Parel area, you just gotta drop by the SpiceKlub- a ‘molecular gastronomy’ themed restaurant that serves food which looks too good to be true!
The ambience is kinda relaxed and you’ll find exposed brick walls on one end, plain tile floorings and comfy couches for you to lounge on! The distressed wood furniture mutes the ambience and makes this place fit for family and corporate gatherings.
This vegetarian restaurant creates art on a plate & all their delish dishes come at realistic prices too! So before you dig in, there’ll be plenty of elements for you to capture for your Instagram and the food is gonna absolutely blow your mind.
But one of the best picks, out of all their delicious offerings, would definitely be the Bubbling Kulfi. This dessert delicacy is unlike any other we’ve ever tasted. The Bubbling Kulfi is a no-brainer, must-order after you’re done with your starters and mains!
Served on a platter adorned with flower petals, this exotic kulfi is served frozen in a glass bowl with liquefied nitrogen. The utterly frozen kulfi morsels are served with 5 different kinda accompaniments like jam, chocolate, caramel and so on! So the kulfi scraps dipped in different sauces at each go feels like a different kulfi every time you take a mouthful.
But beware! You gotta wait till the kulfi melts or else it would stick to your tongue because of the cold dryness! Overall, this dessert will set you back about ₹495 but trust us, it’s gonna be worth every penny you spend!
SpiceKlub has introduced an Indian twist to molecular gastronomy and is a much-welcomed respite from the regular Indian dishes which are easily available around us.
For the times when you feel like indulging in a fine-dine experience with your family or bae, come over and spoil yourselves here at the SpiceKlub.
Location: 8A, Janta Industrial Estate, Senapati Bapat Road, Opposite Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Timings: 12noon – 4 pm and 6:30 pm – 12 midnight
Cost: ₹2,100 for two people (approx.)