1) Barista Creme – Colaba
A spin-off from the Barista coffee chain, Barista Crème takes the concept of the coffee-shop and adds in deli sandwiches, salads, cheese melts and sweet hot and cold desserts. People still come here to enjoy full-flavoured espresso and cappuccino, but the café-like atmosphere ensures that people take their time. It is a popular place for breakfast with friends or a working lunch.
2) Cafe Coffee Day.
One of India’s leading coffee-chains, Café Coffee Day serves up real espresso, cappuccino and other Italian favourites, made with real Arabica beans. Locals flock here for coffee, smoothies and sweet cakes, plus the modern, international atmosphere. There are branches all over town, including near the New Capital Cinema in Fort and at Juhu and Chowpatty Beach.
Locals and expats gather at Theobroma each morning for fabulous, freshly-baked bread, biscuits and brownies. Sweet tooths can take their pick from pastries, cakes, unusual breads, gourmet chocolates and good Italian coffee. Many people buy food to take away but there are a few tables inside where you can enjoy a sweet breakfast or afternoon snack.
Forget Starbucks – Barista is the leading coffee-shop chain in Mumbai. Locals and travellers come here in droves to sip on convincing cappuccino, espresso, European-style tea, sinful smoothies and coffee shakes. There are dozens of branches around Mumbai and some have high-speed wireless internet access, so you can browse while you sip.
5) Tea Centre
Run by the Tea Board of India, this quaint teashop and restaurant offers traditional English afternoon tea, served in polished silver teapots. Topping the list is the tippy orange pekoe from Darjeeling. The dining room has display boards describing the history of tea production in India, and the food menu includes Indian curries and raitas (yoghurt dips), and European snacks like sandwiches, scones and French fries.