I have never been a great lover of coffee places – more so from the perspective – growing up we never had the kind of money to visit coffee places (mainly 5 stars) and the Chai rekdi/adda outside was more popular.
However the last couple of years have seen me spending a lot of time in coffee shops, sometimes waiting, meeting, observing. I thought of sharing my favourites and reasons of them being so, in no particular order….
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Nariman Point : This is an ideal place to beat the traffic early morning , when you have meetings in town. Reach there, have breakfast, use wifi and then be ready to face the day.
Costa Coffee – below Croma, Phoenix, Lower Parel : The most famous where I had an accident, documented herehttp://www.anaggh.com/costa-coffeeattitude-sucks.html/ however, it remains a favourite meeting place during the day or in the evening, given the fact that it is close to the office, has an retail outlet and easy to locate for most people.
Bru Coffee World – Juhu : A personal favourite, for the quiet, space always available (in the afternoons) and friendly staff. A place where I don’t meet known faces and can get some work done.
Di Bella – Versova : A new favourite of mine for the quiet, peaceful ambiance from 11-5 pm at least. A place to ruminate, plan without running into a known face.
Costa Coffee Malad & Vashi : These are observation, interview, meeting points for me whilst visiting those areas.
Barista – Santa Cruz & Shivaji Park : The only ones left, which are still good to visit, passing by and you need a coffee to keep you going or use their washroom.
To sum it up, Coffee shop for me is more about convenience, catching up with acquaintances, colleagues, observing and evaluating the crowd for retail and sometimes for working undisturbed. And Yes, forgot the convenience of clean washrooms;)
Do let me know what are your favourites and reasons for them.