With narrow lanes, small colourful houses and a magnificent view of snow clad mountains, old Manali has a charm of its own. While its new counterpart is buzzing with tourists from across the country, this little part of town with a population of merely a few thousand, is nestled in a serene corner away from all the noise.
While you walk around in this part of town, travellers from around the globe are a common sight much like the clear blue waters, pretty skies and countless cafes. And since walking around is the only way to truly explore the place, hunger strikes very often. Given the weather is perfect for indulging in delicious little treats, here a few places that help you deal with your hunger pangs.
Dylan’s Toasted & Roasted Coffee House
Inspired by the American song writer Bob Dylan, this quirky cafe was started in the year 2006 and since then has served up the best coffee and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in town. Breakfast is quite an affair at this cafe as most people drop by to grab a cuppa during the wee hours of the day. The Israeli breakfast along with a coffee shake makes for an ideal meal to keep you full for a long day. You can also opt for a baked banana on bread with a latte on the side if you want to keep it light. Strong coffee and good conversations is what you can start your day with at Dylan’s.
Cafe Born Free
Cute colourful interiors, wall doodles and board games is what this cafe is all about. Walk in and settle down on their comfy chairs or mattresses, grab the monopoly board and munch on some delicious food. You can choose to just sip on a mocktail or indulge in a steaming hot plate of mushroom stroganoff and herb rice with maybe some buffalo chicken wings on the side. Make sure you don’t miss your turn because of all the good food in front of you.
The Lazy Dog
If live performances overlooking the river are your kinda thing then drop by The Lazy Dog for a dinner date while in Manali. Laze around admiring the beautiful antique interiors with your choice of cocktails and gorge on some great food from the multi-cuisine menu. Try out their kebabs and continental chicken and fish dishes while you sing along to your favourite tunes.
Hot Pot Restaurant and Coffee Bar
Whether you want to begin your day with some coffee and a hearty breakfast or a cocktail and sushi, you will get it all here. Pick from their choice of salads, Israeli food, Japanese dishes or even fresh bakes, the choice is endless. If you just want a quick bite, order for a coffee and cheese and tuna on toast. If heavy breakfast is what you need, order for their breakfast platters with fresh bread, eggs, hash browns and a lot more that will keep you going throughout the day. If none of this is on your list of favourites, you can always opt for some good ol’ Indian food.
Cafe Evergreen Bakery
After all the good food and long walks, dessert should be next on your list. With the main cafe just beside this little green bakery, it is here that you will get all the goodies for your sweet tooth. From pies to pastries and even freshly baked bread, this is your one stop destination for everything baked. Give their chocolate cake, truffles and crossiants a try for the sugar rush you need.