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Best Cafes in Manali

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Manali is a stunning hill station nestled in the snow-capped ranges of the Himalayas. Whether it is to escape the summer heat or be lost in the bliss of snow, this hill station is sure to give you a peaceful retreat whenever you visit. In addition to that, Manali has a number of cozy cafes tucked away in its lanes which are definitely worth visiting. Let’s take a look!

Cafe 1947

Located right next to the Beas River, this cafe offers good food with an incredible view. The minute you enter the cafe, you see this bright yellow wall with loads of frames and wooden interiors all around. The cafe pretty much stands out from the rest just based on its overall look. Their Dimebag Burger and the Metallica Pasta are a must try, as are the pizzas that are prepared in the wood-fired oven which gives it a nice smoky flavour. They have a variety of beverages which you can wash down your meal with. Overall, this is a nice place if you want to sit and chill somewhere during the day time.

Cafe 1947
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Johnson’s Cafe

Overlooking the beautiful snow-capped mountains, this quaint Manali cafe has one of the best ambiences in town. You can enjoy a healthy and hearty breakfast in their beautiful garden area with flowers blooming everywhere. If you like the nightime better, then a dimly lit area with a bonfire will welcome you. Inside, rustic wooden furniture and retro music album posters form the highlights. Do try their Fillet Curry with rice, salad, and Madra Palak which is a real stand-out.  Other popular items include the Lamb with Mint Gravy and the Plum Sauce Spare Ribs, followed by the Apple Crumble. Paired up with a glass or two of wine or a refreshing cocktail from the exhaustive drinks menu, it has all the makings of a lovely romantic meal.

Johnson's Cafe
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Born Free Cafe

Head to Born Free if you are looking for some good live music sessions in the town. Situated on the Manu Temple Road, this place is perfect for you to end your day with. If that was not enough for you, this place also happens to be a hostel as well as co-working space. It provides affordable rooms to travellers from across the globe. To all the solo travellers out there, you know where to go if you ever happen to be in Manali. 😉 American, Italian, Israeli, Himachali, this place has all types of cuisines to satiate your taste buds.

Born Free Cafe
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The Lazy Dog Lounge

The ambiance coupled with decent food, makes this place one of the best restaurants in Old Manali. It is a beautiful bar and grill in Old Manali with an impressive collection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a mouth-watering menu, where you can wine and dine to your heart’s content! It has a western of wooden interiors with the contrast blue sofas, the gorgeous lush green backdrop and it also offers live performances frequently. Grab a chair in their outdoor seating area if you want to spend some time in the lap of nature on a warm sunny day with some good food to relish.

The Lazy Dog Lounge

Dylan’s Toasted and Roasted Coffee House

This one is for the hardcore coffee lovers. Dylan’s is one of the coolest places and certainly the best cafe in Manali Mall Road. A number of Dylan’s posters adorn the walls while classic American music will keep you entertained as you dig into delicious snacks like chocolate cookies, pancakes, and apple crumble. Perfect for having a hearty conversation over coffee with your loved one, this place can be visited at any hour of the day.

Dylan's Toasted and Roasted Coffee House
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Drifter’s Cafe

One of the most popular cafes in Old Manali, this cozy cafe offers scrumptious breakfast options to dig in. Not only that, it even gets a local band to play Hindi and English classics in the evenings. Eggs Florentine is one of the breakfast specialties here, as are the waffles and pancakes that are drowned in maple syrup. A separate bar menu is available for all you cocktail fanatics.  Its ambience, delectable food, hospitality and board games to kill time – everything here is a winner!

Drifter's Cafe
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