Editor’s Note: Each week, Team TGC will survey Rishikesh to bring you the best of the best that the city has to offer. This week, we begin with the top 5 coffee hangouts in the city.
The love for coffee is universal (or we would like to think so), because it comes in so many forms. You can have it cold or hot, with milk or without; may be add a little cream to it? How about ice cream? You could also add some flavoured syrups! Even those conscious of their diet can customise it according to their needs. Coffee is definitely versatile, and a cup of it has full potential of making your day a better one. So, this week we bring you our Top 5 coffee hangouts in the city. Grab a cup, sit back and relax.
Laxman Jhula Road, Tapovan
The coffee at Divine Bakery is undoubtedly one of the best in the city. Regardless of which ever variant you order, you can be sure to receive an excellent cup of brew. We have made numerous outings to this place and have to say that our favourite is the cappuccino. The barista here does an excellent job, as the ratio of the espresso shot and milk is perfect. Divine even uses an excellent roast and blend, so it’s great for the novices as the coffee is not too bitter. Even their cold coffee is quite delicious, and refreshing on a warm summer’s day. Head here for a relaxed evening, a cuppa joe and a slice of some mouth-watering cake as a cherry on top.
Road House Bistro
Bhandari Swiss Cottage
Having opened recently, the Road House Bistro is still finding its footing in the city. The café has had its ups and downs as far is food is concerned, but the one thing that has remained constant here is their coffee.
They offer different varieties and all of them are quite good to taste. The also offer a variety of iced coffees, which makes their selection much wider.
Complimented by funky interiors and a lounge like setting, Road House Bistro is great for hanging out with friends and family, over a cup of warm coffee.
Beside HP Petrol Pump, Laxman Jhula Road
Café Corner comes third on our list, and that is simply for their delicious, home style cold coffee. The drizzle of chocolate syrup at the bottom makes it even better.
Yes, we know the choice may seem slightly strange as Rishikesh folks may not think of Café Corner as the ideal coffee hangout, but it is definitely good for a change.
You can customise your cold coffee and get it either with or without sugar. They also do some excellent sandwiches and burgers, which can be a great accompaniment to your tall glass of cold coffee.
Devraj Coffee Corner (German Bakery)
Located on the approach to Laxman Jhula, Devraj Coffee Corner is a tourist hotspot. Nestled in a corner, over-looking the river, with an adjacent book shop, this old timely coffee shop is all you need on a cold winter’s evening.
The coffee here is inexpensive, and the service friendly; you will not be disappointed.
They offer several variations of coffee, with the best being their filter coffee.
They also offer a heart-warming cup of cappuccino and mochaccino. Go here for some decent bakery items, a warm cup of coffee and an excellent view of the Laxman Jhula area.
Behind Somany Bhawan, Koyal Ghati
We have a love hate relationship with this one; the location keeps calling us back for more, but the erratic change in quality make us question our choice, every single time we head to Hideout. Hidden behind Haridwar Road, Hideout Café is a welcome change from the other cafés in and around Rishikesh, with its biggest advantage being that it is located within the city premises. The view and location are excellent, as you get a direct view of the Ganges, and the hills that envelope the city. It is also just a flight of stairs away from the picturesque Aastha Path. Coming to the coffee, the taste of the coffee depends entirely on the barista of the day. There are times when it can taste respectably good, and on others you probably would not even be able to drink a single sip. That said, their cappuccino and mochaccino have, more often than not, been consistently decent. Our only suggestion would be to stay away from their Americano / Black Coffee, which is downright terrible. But we definitely give Hideout props for the view and location, and really hope that they up their game, soon.
Disclaimer: There are several other places in Rishikesh which offer coffee; these have made it to our top five based solely on their consistency of taste.