June 2021 is near its end and there is no denying that the last 18 months of incessant work from home has become a daily jig. But the Zoom-life fatigue is real and while the reality of going to office seems far-fetched at the moment, we think a slight change of scenery is just what might do the trick. So, we took matters into our own hands and went sniffing around for cafes and restaurants in Mumbai that you can work out of. Whether you're dragging your work BFF along or heading there alone, these cosy nooks are sure to give you all the motivation you need.
A hidden gem in the quaint neighbourhood of Fort, Zen Cafe is the perfect place if you want to relax while you work your way through those dozen emails. With wooden tables, grey walls, a strong WiFi connection and great food this is exactly what you need when you're looking to get some work done.
Address: Fort Foundation Building, Bake House Ln, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai Timings: 10 am - 11 pm
Bombay Coffee House
Bombay Coffee House has a vintage vibe that you won't find anywhere else. It's quiet and well-lit with an expansive menu that will help you deal with those mid-work hunger pangs adequately. Go for their Vietnamese iced coffee or try one of the offerings from their all-day breakfast segment while there.
Address: Kamal Building, New, 248, Waterfield Road, Mumbai Timings: 9 am - 12 am
The team has to work on the weekends? Don't fret and head to Silly for a fun working brunch. Located in Khar, this bistro is a relatively new addition to Mumbai's foodscape and it comes complete with a relaxed co-working space on the mezzanine floor. Choose from a range of small plates, mains and fun tipples while you hammer away at that keyboard.
Just off Juhu Beach, Mumbai's membership-only club, Soho House, houses an open-to-all Italian diner, Cecconi's, that has the most wonderful view of the sea. Cosy up with your laptop at one of the tables near the glass windows and treat yourself to gnocchi, pasta or pizza while you think of that next big script, concept note, article or important email!
Address: 16, Juhu Rd, Chandrabai Nagar, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049 Timings: 12 pm to 11:30 pm
Social (Multiple outlets)
A huge favourite among Mumbaikars, the Social at Carter Road also offers a charming view of the sea. But the restaurant-chain has several outlets across the city (and country) that double up as bonafide co-working spaces, which allow you to work, with familiar grub and drinks to boot. The restaurant offers unlimited WiFi and access to all 24 Social workspaces across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh and Chennai. All you need is their pass, which is available for a day, 15 days or even a month.
Timings: 10:30 am - 01:00 am
With a location bang opposite Versova beach and a pretty al fresco space, Jamjar Diner sounds like the ideal place to take those Zoom calls. Choose from a range of globally inspired dishes, funky cocktails and mocktails for a great working lunch.
Address: 7A & 7B JP Road, Aaram Nagar 2, Versova, Andheri West Opposite Palm Beach Apartments, JP Rd, near Blue Tokai, Mumbai Timings: 9 am - 4 pm
Kala Ghoda Cafe
A cosy haven located in the bylanes of Kala Ghoda, this cafe is for people who are looking for a calm place to finish their work with a glass of cold coffee by their side. Equipped with Wi-Fi, it could jolly well be your office away from home. Plus, the menu has a great balance of fresh ingredients, sinful treats and gluten-free and vegan dishes, which is a huge bonus.
Address: 10, Rope Walk Ln, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai Timings: 9 am - 4 pm
Devika is not just a food writer, she is a writer with a political science background. She switched her field to pursue her dream of writing. She is up to date with all things travel, food, pop culture, and Instagram. When she is not writing to meet her deadlines, Devika spends most of her time reading, binge-watching Gilmore Girls for the nth time and scrolling through Zara’s newest collection.