Filled with snow and chilly breezes, Manali right now in December 2020 is the perfect place to be. And with that, it is the perfect time to find and sample food at amazing cafes in Manali. After a heavy day of sightseeing, adventure sports and hiking – who wouldn’t want to sit in a cozy couch and dine on some scrumptious grub? We know we would!

If you are planning a Manali getaway soon, then this blog is for you. Here are 10 cafes in Manali you foodies absolutely must check out.

IL FORNO

This is a little oasis just a kilometre away from the main market. A quaint little café with a spectacular mountain view and the tastiest wood-fired pizzas to go with it. It serves excellent Italian cuisine and you can very well spend hours here staring at the view without realising the time. For those who prefer quiet, warmth, and peace, this place is for you.

Address: Hadimba Road Dhungri, Aleo, Manali

Approx. cost: INR 200 for two people

Café Evergreen

This place in Old Manali is perfect for when you want to sip on a beverage and chomp on a variety of desserts. Along with a kickass view of the Manalsu river and the mountains, this café also treats you to live music. They offer sheesha, so drag your buddies to this place for a chill evening.

Address: Manu Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali

Approx. cost: INR 600 for two people

CHOPSTICKS

For those who are wondering if there are options other than your normal Italian and Indian cuisines, I present to you Chopsticks. This café located on the Mall Road in New Manali offers a wide variety of authentic Tibetan, Japanese, and Chinese cuisine. 

One of their heavy-duty dishes is the Gyakok, a Tibetan hot-pot served in a large copper vessel which gives you noodles, bok choy, tofu, vegetables, chicken, and eggs. You need to place an order 6 hours in advance if you want to dig in into this deliciousness. It goes without saying that their momos are worth trying as well. When in Manali, head in here to try some of the dishes that are rare even the cities.

Address: Manali Mall Market, Mall Road, Aleo, Manali

Approx. cost: INR 1000 for two people

FAT PLATE CAFE

This café on the outskirts of Manali, and on the way to Naggar is a delight for both, the eyes and the stomach. Their property is exquisite to say the very least. While you dine on their fat plates of continental and Indian food, you would be confused as to what to look at, their bountiful garden or the mountains in the distance. What stands out for this café is that they source their vegetables from their garden itself. It’s fresh, it’s organic, and 5 star food, quite literally, as their Chef has been trained at some of the finest 5 star restaurants in the country.

Address: Near Himalayan Hair Dresser, Naggar Road, Kullu, Manali

Approx. cost: INR 1200 for two people

CAFE 1947

If you want to vibe with Manali, this is the place you need to be at. While they serve a range of Italian dishes, they are most famous for their Bruschetta. Also on offer are sheesha, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Make sure you choose a place near the window or a seat in the outdoors because River Beas is one hell of a beauty to keep you company while you eat. Also, if you’re lucky, you might catch a live performance by the river at this café.

Address: BPO Bahang, Leh- Manali Highway, Nehru Kund, Tibetan Colony, Manali

Approx. cost: INR 1500 for two people

THE CORNER HOUSE

This café is located on the bustling Mall road, right around the corner, hence, the name. It caters to people of all kinds of taste buds and is a must-visit café when in Manali. Give their burgers, and sizzlers a try, and you’ll want to come back for more!

Address: Model Town Road, Mall Road, Siyal, Aleo, Manali

Approx. cost: INR 1200 for two people

JOHNSON’S CAFE

This is probably one of the most well-known cafes of Manali. Every trip to Manali is incomplete without a meal at Johnson’s. Perfect place for a lazy brunch or a musical evening. Offering views of a lush/snowy lawn depending on the season, dining at Johnson’s is an experience in itself. They are especially known for offering 10 different types of Trout preparation.

Address: Johnson’s Hotel, Circuit House Road, Manali

Approx. cost: INR 1500 for two people

PEOPLE

For all the breakfast people out there, this place is for you guys. A very popular café in Old Manali run by a retired Army man and his wife. Their breakfast menu is so extensive, you’ll be spoilt for choice and would definitely return the next day to try some other item on it because the taste is that good! Fill up on brekkie here, and start your day with the Manali experience.

Address: Near Yes Please, Manu Temple Road, Old Manali

Approx. cost: INR 600 for two people

THE LAZY DOG

This bar and grill is perfect for nights when all you want is to listen to the river and sip on drinks al fresco. They are known for their variety of cocktails and mocktails. Their menu is a mix of cuisines and your perfect combo should surely be that of tapas kind of food and drinks to wash it down with, you know, like a lazy dog! Ask anyone about cafes in Manali and they are sure to mention The Lazy Dog.

Address: Manu Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali

Approx. cost: INR 800 for two people

RENDEZ-VOUS

Rendez-Vous is where you go for the best combination of music and food. Their food menu caters to every single mood and person. So, in line with its name, you can actually come here with your parents, your kid, your better half, your group of friends, and of course solo. The live music is something you should absolutely not miss. You will leave this place happy, satisfied, with a smile on your face.

Address: Manu Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali

Approx. cost: INR 800 for two people

Special mentions: Sunshine café for being the one-stop place for THE BEST hot chocolate and Kilta café for their freshly roasted Indian coffees.

Now that we have reminded you of the mountains, and mountains of food, don’t forget to keep this list of cafes in Manali handy! Happy hopping and hogging!

(all photos are from Zomato.com and Tripadvisor.com)
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