Cafe trail: Seven places to check out the next time you visit McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

Some people are not meant for discotheques or bar hopping. They don’t identify with that. They can mask their emotions and pretend to enjoy the loud music, dark setting and glammed up gentry. But deep down, they long for their cosy bed where they can lie for hours reading a book or binge watching Hotstar/ Netflix over cups of tea and plates of pasta. In fact, aimless scrolling of Facebook timeline sounds better to them than pub hopping. They are lazy. And they like that.

I am lazy and I like laidback settings. I like places where I can do my thing & you can do your thing. We might exchange glances & smile at each other, but noone makes an attempt to strike a conversation. Because that would take effort. And we are lazy. And we like that.

Mcleod Ganj is far from lazy, but their cafes have an air of comfort about them. Whenever I visit McLeod, I spend less time in my hotel and more in the cafes found in every nook and corner. This is probably why I end up putting on 2-3 kgs. after every trip to McLeod.

In my many trips to McLeod Ganj, I have visited numerous cafes and I loved almost all of them. Here is a list of 7 cafes that I absolutely loved for their menu, food, service, ambience and laziness. Check them out in your next trip to Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj because life on weekends must be lazy. And a cafe is the best place for that.

1. German Bakery:

The best part about German Bakery is definitely their settings: four chairs around a rectangular table with checked cloth on it & the slow, soft music in the background. People generally play ludo or cards while slurping Thupka, chomping momos or sipping the masala chai. Eternal bliss!

Where is it?: Bhagsu road (on way to Bhagsu trek)

Cost for two: INR 500 (no tax)

German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German Bakery, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German Bakery, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends

2. Tibet Kitchen:

Tibet Kitchen is not a cafe. It’s a restaurant. But I love Tibet Kitchen. And if I write about the places to eat, in Mcleod Ganj, Tibet Kitchen has to make it to the list. It’s a pretty place with a pretty setting. You can see pictures and quotes of Dalai Lama everywhere which inspire a lazy like me to move the mountains. The next day, I did not move any mountain, but I trekked to Triund. And that’s the same for me. 🙂 😉

Where is it?: Jogiwar road, House #1

Cost for two: INR 800

Tibet Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Tibet Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Tibet Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Tibet Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Tibet Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Tibet Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Tibet Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Tibet Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends

3. Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen:

Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen has a superb ambience. I loved the Bollywood & Hollywood movie posters adorning their walls. You could even write something on a piece of paper and pin it up on their board amongst other love messages.

You have to try their pizzas and Apple-crumble pie.

Where is it?:  a few shops away from Tibet Kitchen

Cost for two: INR 1000

Jimmy's Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Jimmy's Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Jimmy's Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Jimmy's Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Jimmy's Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends

4. Crepe Pancake:

My husband discovered this one. He wanted to have waffles and thus Crepe pancake happened. Run mostly by ladies, they take their own sweet time to prepare the dishes. But when they serve it, it’s worth the wait except for the times when you find a tiny, healthy hair in your waffles and ask them to replace it.

Where is it?: Potala road

Cost for two: INR 800

Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Crepe Pancake, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends

5. Four Seasons Cafe:

You love to read a book in a cafe? You love to have coffee/ Mocha/ hot chocolate or juice while you are reading a book? This is the place for that. Small space, mostly frequented by monks; you would love their beverages.

Where is it?: A few shops away from Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen

Cost for two: INR 500

Four Seasons Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Four Seasons Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Four Seasons Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Four Seasons Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Four Seasons Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Four Seasons Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends

6. Clay Oven Cafe:

Best cafes are discovered on full stomach & on the last day of your trip. Because you can’t relish their savory delights and can’t even come back the next day to have a hearty breakfast because you are leaving tomorrow morning and they won’t open the restaurant/ cafe before 12 o’ clock. Clay oven is exactly that kind of place. Try their bakery items; they are delicious.

Where is it?: Dharamkot road, Bhagsu Naag

Cost for two: INR 800

Clay Oven Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Clay Oven Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Clay Oven Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Clay Oven Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Clay Oven Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Clay Oven Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Clay Oven Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Clay Oven Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends

7. Shiva Cafe:

The trek to Bhagsu is very easy and simple. In fact, it’s no trek, just an uphill climb. To reach Shiva Cafe, however, you have to trek a little before enjoying maggi, masala chai and other mountain delicacies.

I did not eat anything in Shiva cafe. So, no food pictures. You may, however, share yours. I would love to post them here with your credits.

Where is it?: Bhagsu Naag Waterfall Pathway

Cost for two: INR 500

Shiva Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
Shiva Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends

Let us know if you need any help in planning your trip to McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala or Palampur. We would love to help. Happy travelling!

German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends
German bakery Cafe, McLeod Ganj @Life on Weekends

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Haha! That lazy streak. I so wish to take an hop on hop off bus to all these places.
    The momos seems drooling .
    I so wish to be in that place with you.

    Love
    Kiran

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    1. Just Yamini says:

      Wow Kiran. Love you so much babe. 🙂

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  2. mrssaripalli says:

    I confess to be that lazy bum but would really love to visit these cafes in MCleod Ganj. I have a special place for these small spots in my heart. Love each one of these and the food looks utterly delicious. I am sure if i was there, I would have gained pounds too.

    xoxo
    MrsSaripalli
    http://www.mrssaripalli.com

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    1. Just Yamini says:

      Hahaha. 😀 if you would have gained the pounds, it would have been worth it. These places are lovely.

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  3. I love the lazy, laid back cafe experience, perfect for afternoons to curl up with a book. Of course, the pictures of the food you have shared are very tempting, especially the waffles:)

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    1. Just Yamini says:

      Glad you liked it, Divya 🙂

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  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s beautiful… I feel it’s written about me. I m lazy too…

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    1. Just Yamini says:

      It’s written for you and all those people who are lazy like me & you. 🙂 🙂

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  5. thebettersoul says:

    I have loved this cafe trail piece so much that I have asked my husband to visit McLeod. The write-up is light and funny too and I am sure the place has same things to offer. Also, my cup of tea surely needs some gorgeous plates of food that you suggested from these cafes.

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    1. Just Yamini says:

      Yes Divi! McLeod is the best place for foodies and tea lovers. The place has a very, very chilled out air about itself. Do go there and try the delicious food. You will love it. 🙂

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