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Some food for thought...

Now, browse art over a cuppa as a range of new art cafes spring up in the Capital.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2010 02:19 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Delhi’s art community has a whole spate of new hangouts. Moving away from the traditional concept of exhibiting art, some galleries have introduced ‘art cafés’ in their premises. These cafés not only attract art lovers, but also draw youngsters to the gallery. Now, you can browse through the displayed art and then gather in the swanky café right there to discuss art over a cuppa. Here’s a look at some of the art cafés across town.

Cafeartaria, Art Positive Gallery
The idea behind this month-old gallery was to make art galleries less intimidating. “We wanted to change the whole experience of visiting an art gallery, to make it informal. Galleries have to be more accessible for art collectors, practitioners and connoisseurs. So, we came up with an art café where people can sit and discuss art,” says Anu Bajaj, gallery owner.

The café serves a range of sandwiches, muffins, chocolate desserts and almost all varieties of coffee.

Address: F-213/B, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai
Phone: 011- 41602545

arts.i, Religare Art Gallery
Two galleries on the same premises, an art gift shop, a resource center and a swanky art café — this gallery offers a complete art experience. “With this we are not only providing art connoisseurs a space to come and discuss art but also an elaborate art exposure to the youngsters,” says Mukesh Panika, Director Religare Arts Initiative.

The all vegetarian café has a diverse menu comprising beverages, salads, sandwiches, pastas and paranthas.

Address: 7, Atmaram Mansion, 1st Floor, Scindia House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place.
Phone: 437270000

Café, Studio 55
11 years after its opening in 1994, Manju Narain, the owner of Studio 55 felt that the artists and collectors were not spending much time at the gallery. “I felt that the best way to engage them was to open a café where art could be discussed at length,” she says.

With no fixed menu at the café, you can expect snacks like chicken tikka, rolls, pakoras and vegetable pie.

Address: 55, Sunder Nagar
Phone: 9818083445

Mocha Arthouse
At Mocha Arthouse, the café is part of the exhibition area. Tables are laid out across paintings and exhibits, and viewers are invited to relax and enjoy the art, with food on the side. “We usually get two or three artists together and display their works. We change the exhibits every few weeks, so that our customers come back for a new artistic experience each time,” says Deepali Gupta, Brand Manager, Mocha.

The cafe serves the patent Mocha menu with some varieties of salads, juices and alcohol.

Address: 167, Ground floor, DLF Promenade, Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj
Phone: 46075361