Updated March 3rd, 2024 at 23:43 IST

Leopold Cafe In Mumbai To MTR: A Journey Through India's Classical Eateries, Historical Tales

Every traveller in the search of unique flavours, and historical tales in India must stop by these cafes, and restaurants.

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India, with its rich tapestry of cultures and traditions, is also home to some of the oldest cafes that have been pioneering the South Asian nation's love for food that suits a diverse range of palette for close to a century. 

These heritage cafes provide a taste of nostalgia, making them must-visit destinations for both history buffs and food enthusiasts. Here's a list of India's oldest cafes that stand as a testament to binge-worthy flavours and interesting tales. stories. 
 

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Indian Coffee House, Kolkata

Established in 1942, the Indian Coffee House on College Street, Kolkata, is not just a cafe but a historical landmark. Frequented by the Bhadro Lok' crowd inclusive of intellectuals, poets, and revolutionaries. This cafe, located close to Presidency University, is also a hub for college students to have political, cultural discussions over a cup of coffee. The colonial-era ambiance depicted through its high ceilings and low hanging fans and the classic menu items continue to draw crowds, making it a symbol of Kolkata's rich intellectual heritage.

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Leopold Cafe, Mumbai

Opened in 1871, Leopold Cafe in Mumbai is one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Known for its Irani cafe culture, it has been a crowd-puller, among locals and tourists alike. The cafe gained international fame after being featured in Gregory David Roberts' novel "Shantaram" and has a bullet-marked wall preserved as a reminder of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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United Coffee House, New Delhi

Since its inception in 1942, United Coffee House has been a witness to Delhi's evolving history, while preserving over 400-500 recipes that the fine-dining establishment has been serving to its customers. Located in the heart of Connaught Place, this cafe exudes a vintage charm with its art deco interiors and offers a blend of Indian and European flavours.

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Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR), Bangalore

Founded in 1924, MTR is Bangalore's oldest idli-dosa place, renowned for its traditional South Indian fare. Beyond its delectable food, MTR's past is linked to innovation, being the birthplace of the now-famous Rava Idli, invented during World War II when rice was scarce.

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Kayani Bakery, Pune

Although not a cafe in the traditional sense, Kayani Bakery, established in 1955, is an essential part of Pune's culinary heritage. Famous for its Shrewsbury biscuits, the bakery's old-world charm and unchanged recipes over the decades make it a nostalgic pit stop for visitors.

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These cafes are more than just eateries; they are repositories of India's culinary past stories, which they communicate through their age-old walls, ancient recipes, and myriad tales of their patrons.

 


 

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Published March 3rd, 2024 at 23:43 IST