In this bustling suburb, it’s hard to find a café that’s not always ‘hyperactive’ — even in the middle of the afternoon. Yellow Tree Café is the perfect hideout when you want to get things done in a quiet environment. This homely, unpretentious Italian restaurant’s minimal yet chirpy décor makes for a great working environment, and the broad, wooden benches in the al-fresco section are just right for long meetings and brainstorming sessions.
Food and drink: The all-day menu spoils you for choice from salads and wines, to side dishes like hummus and pita, to coffees and desserts.
Price of a Cappuccino: Rs. 75
Perks: Sitting here in the afternoon is the best because a lot of natural light makes its way in.
Tip: Carry an extendible cord to help you charge your laptop as there aren’t sufficient plug-points.
** (You can also drop in at The Bagel Shop, Salt Water Café, Bru World Café and Falafel House as they provide free WiFi Internet service.)
Where: 33 Road and Dr Ambedkar Road junction, Bandra (W).
2. Fellas, Khar
This is one of the most casual, fuss-free and homely cafés to work from in the Bandra-Khar-Santa Cruz belt. Black wicker armchairs and tables, and wooden benches with coloured cushions make for comfortable furniture for long working hours.
Food and drink: Fellas is a health café and therefore the food options here are apt for those sedentary long hours. Whole-wheat pizzas and sandwiches, light salads and healthy fruit concoctions are the best options to stay sprightly while working.
Price of one cup of regular coffee: Rs. 79
Perks: When you feel you need a little break, pick your mind over some fun board games like Jenga and Taboo.
Tip: Everything on the menu is not fat-free, so go easy ordering before you find yourself feeling sleepy and
Where: 14A Ahmisa Marg, opposite Mahavir Hospital, Khar (W).
3. Gossip The Café Bar, Borivali
Situated on the quiet road — Yogi Nagar — that stays empty during most of the day, The Gossip Café is like a saviour on a stretch of land that has nothing, but residential complexes on one hand and marshland on the other. Compared to coffee chains, it has more character in its design, and yet is fuss-free and comfortable. It’s a great place to work from as the view is clutterfree with only a few buildings in
Food and drink: This all-vegetarian café whips up paninis and pastas. Opt for the cold coffee here, it’s thick and creamy.
Price of a Cappuccino: Rs. 75
Perks: It is one of the rare cafés in the far-flung northern suburbs that provides free WiFi.
Tip: The outdoor section is a good place to sit and work at in the evenings.
Where: Shop No 1, Ekta Elegance, Yogi Nagar, New Link Road, Borivali (W).
Call: 28335088 / 28334505
This graphic-novel online library that recently also turned into a café, is just right if you are looking to work from a quaint, cosy spot with simple cane furniture in the outside section, and black wooden tables in indoors. In the basement library, there are small nooks inset within the bookshelves, where you can crawl under and work as well.
Food and drink: Sandwiches with fillings uncommon in the city — like peanut butter and jelly, chicken, bacon and egg sandwich — and Oreo cookies with milk, chops, cutlets and desserts like cheesecakes and cupcakes make up this humble restaurant’s menu.
Price of a Cappuccino: Rs. 55
Perks: There is no music in this café and there is no traffic in this bylane — a double whammy for those looking for a quiet spot to work.
Tip: Catch the table indoors, by the window, so you can keep looking out for a quick refreshing fix. Also, you might want to carry a charged laptop with you as there aren’t sufficient plug points.
Where: 3 Corner View, off Yari Road, opposite Bianca Towers, Versova, Andheri (W).
Call: 9769998972 / 26329133
4. Café Coffee Day, Vashi
This CCD outlet is located on a quiet corner of a crossroad where traffic as well as footfalls are low. It’s private and the music isn’t loud. The peaceful milieu inside the café and on the streets will make you come back.
Food and drink: The new menu has a good variety of snacks and coffees.
Price of a Cappuccino: Rs. 53
Perks: There are cosy corners for professional meetings and discussions.
Tip: Come in here when you want to cut off from the humdrum of everyday life, forget about everything and pour yourself into work.
Where: Ratan Corner, Ghansoli-Koparkhairne Road, Sector 9, Vashi.
5. more freelance-friendly cafés worth checking out
Bru World Café, Malad (W)
Black wicker chairs and Irish pub-green umbrellas make up this chain’s signature outdoors seating areas. The interiors are comfortable, the menu has on offer good food (wraps, sandwiches, tostadas, puffs) and well-priced coffee. That’s why this location is a hot favourite with many executives and freelancers. The café has relaxed corners with couches that double up as good meeting areas.
Price of one cappuccino: Rs 59
At: Sundervan Cooperative Society, near Saraf Management Institute, Sunder Nagar, SV Road, Malad (W).
** (Bru World Café is also located in Bandra (W), Juhu, Versova, Andheri and Oshiwara)
6. Java Green Coffee, Powai
With a dearth of cafés offering free Wifi Internet in Powai, this chain by Reliance Web World is one of the only places that is a good option if you don’t own a data card.
Price of one cappuccino: Rs. 45
At: Shop No. 9, Shrishti Complex, L&T Gate No. 7, Saki Vihar Road, Powai.
7. Wrapped, 4 Points by Sheraton, Navi Mumbai, Vashi
This 4-star hotel’s 24-hour coffee shop is a quiet spot to get work done when you, for instance, need to beat your writer’s block at 2 am! They whip up everything from biryani, parathas and sandwiches to omelettes and cereal.
Price of one cappuccino: Rs. 125
At: Plot No. 39/1, 6 to 15, Sector 30A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
8. Silver Beach Café, Juhu
This all-glass café is a great place to work from as the wooden table and leather couch booths are very comfortable. There’s a lot of natural light too. The European café’s menu includes sides such as hummus and falafel, wasabi mash, sautéed mushrooms and sandwiches. Ordering consistently every 1-2 hours is a must here.
Price of one cappuccino: Rs. 70
At: Jaldarshan Building, near Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, Gandhi Gram Road, Juhu.