Years ago, hanging out at the local café was a trend we were familiar with only in American sitcoms —- Friends. But when the coffee shop culture hit India, it became a buzzing hot-spot for an entire generation. Now, giving a twist to your regular café, READING CAFES in metros are on the rise. You can indulge your love for reading or browsing through a library of books, as well as enjoy a tasty snack.
Unlike a coffee shop, a reading café is conducive to a more literary environment, lined with mini bookshelves within the space that has a hand-picked selection of books. While your regular café is centred on eating, here, the combination of food, as well as reading, attracts avid readers. Mumbai-based IT student Sushant Bose, a regular at his neighbourhood book café shares, “These cafes have a laid-back feel to them, have interesting items on the menu and boast of great book collections. The café I visit has a hoard of comics, which I can borrow for an hourly fee or subscribe for a monthly membership. It has currently become my favourite hangout.”
This concept is fast gaining popularity in urban metros like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad, amongst book lovers, who would rather wander the aisles of bookshelves at a café, than a library. “These cafes have a feel of ‘home away fro home’. They have also started paying attention to the kind of food they serve. Pastas and sandwiches make for a good selection,” says Priyanka Malhotra, owner of a well-known café-restaurant in New Delhi.
Book cafes nature reading, offering an intimate place for people, where you have no loud music or TV screens to distract you. Utsa Shome, co-founder of book cafes in Mumbai and Bangalore says, “We want to promote the culture of reading comics, so in our café, we house over 2,500 comics from all over the world, and alongside we have a continental spread of snacks which our customers can enjoy.” Are you game for the heady combination of books, coffee and food ?