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    Most of us often think that while the heart stays happy in the hills, the stomach does not, because of the few places that offer fewer options when it comes to ‘what to eat’. But believe us, it’s quite the opposite when you’re in Manali. Apart from a few good tapris and dhabas midway, you’ll find some of the best cafes in Manali that not only offer what you call as soul food, but also an experience of a lifetime!

    Be it chilling and admiring the picturesque views or be it indulging in long conversations and lip-smacking food, these cafes are just perfect. So, the next time when you’re in the hills and you feel like having a treat, here are some top cafes where you can stop by.

    10 Most Famous Cafes In Manali

    These 10 cafes in Manali serve the best cuisines amidst an ambience that is sure to win your heart and soothe your mind. Scroll through and take notes for your next trip!

    1. Cafe 1947

    Located just at the starting of Old Manali, Cafe 1947 is undoubtedly one of the most famous cafes in Manali. Its indoor and outdoor seating along with the adjacent set up right next to the flowing river makes this place even more surreal. Being the only cafe that stays open throughout the year, it is definitely worth a visit if you’re a lover of the music and the food.

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    Must Try: Pizzas and burgers

    Timings: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM everyday, and 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Wednesday
    Cost For Two: INR 500
    TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
    Location: Old Manali, Kullu, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Website | Reviews

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    2. Cafe Meraki

    Located in Hotel Antarctica on the Manu Temple Road, Cafe Meraki is another great place to stop by. While it stays open till late in the evening, it is known for offering a lip-smacking breakfast. As the popular reviews say, you can easily enjoy a coffee and some snacks there without burning a hole in your pocket.

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    Must Try: Momos, burgers, and fries

    Timings: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
    Cost For Two: NA
    TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
    Location: Manu Temple Road, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Website | Reviews

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    3. Johnson’s Cafe

    Of all the best cafes in Manali, Johnson’s is the one you cannot afford to miss while you’re in the town. Unlike the other cafes that are more pocket-friendly, this fancy place in Manali offers more than what meets the eye. The lush green lawn and an option of open air seating adds on to the charming ambience, making it a top-notch in the region.

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    Must Try: Trout Fish

    Timings: 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM
    Cost For Two: INR 500
    TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5
    Location: Circuit House Road, Siyal, Kullu, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Website | Reviews

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    4. Drifter’s Cafe

    If you’re looking for cafes in Old Manali that offer a scrumptious breakfast, walk no further. Drifter’s offer a range of cuisines that are delectable enough to treat the taste buds of every type of foodie. Its seating, flavored drinks, and hospitality – everything here is a winner!

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    Must Try: Egg benedict, waffles, and pancakes

    Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
    Cost For Two: You can contact the restaurant directly to know about the price range for two people.
    TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
    Location: Manu Temple Road, Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Website | Reviews

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    5. The Lazy Dog

    Be it the location of this place or the food, everything about Lazy Dog Cafe, Manali makes it one of the top cafes in Manali. You can enjoy really good food with your favorite chilled drink here without burning a hole in your pocket, and even enjoy live performances by the famous bands like The Local Train and Rudra during the peak season.

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    Must Try: Desserts

    Timings: 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM
    Cost For Two: INR 500
    TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5
    Location: Manu Temple Road , Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Reviews

    6. Casa Bella Vista

    While sitting in Cafe Bella Vista, Manali looks even more beautiful, and that’s probably the reason that makes this place more romantic and perfect to visit with both your partner or friends. Its alfresco seating and multifarious menu caters to all types of foodies, making it a must-visit in the town.

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    Must Try: Wood-fired pizzas and lasagne

    Timings: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
    Cost For Two: INR 800
    TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
    Location: Log Huts Road, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Website | Reviews

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    7. Dylan’s Toasted and Roasted Coffee House

    With so many cafes being located in Old Manali, picking
    one often becomes difficult. But the moment you see this cafe, believe us, you would feel like grabbing a seat right away. Perfect for having a hearty conversation over coffee with your loved one, this place can be visited at any hour of the day.

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    Must Try: Breakfast menu and coffee

    Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM (closed on Sunday)
    Cost For Two: INR 1,000
    TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
    Location: Old Manali, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Website | Reviews

    8. Born Free Cafe

    Perfect for budget travelers and foodies, this is one of the top cheap cafes in Manali that offer a similar evening experience like other cafes in the town, but at really pocket-friendly prices. While it is not as huge or spacious when it comes to seating, the food and live performances make a visit there absolutely worth it!

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    Must Try: Pasta, Chicken & hummus pita bread, and smoothies

    Timings: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM
    Cost For Two:
    TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5
    Location: Manu Temple Road, VPO, Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Website | Reviews

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    9. Martins

    Of all the best cafes in Manali, Martins is the only place that opens on one day, that too for brunch. Apart from the delicious food that they serve, the laid-back al fresco setting is an added delight for the eyes. Though, the best way to make the most of your time there is by booking your table in advance, and enjoying a game of bowls in the lawn.

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    Must Try: Grilled chicken and smoked trout

    Timings: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday
    Cost For Two: INR 1,000
    TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5
    Location: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Reviews

    10. Rasta Cafe

    Known for offering multi cuisines and a value for money experience, this cafe is an impeccable place to chill for the whole day. The cafe also has a TV room where you can relax on the couch and enjoy your meal while watching your favorites on the screen. If not this, you can interact with other travelers, and become a part of the fun jam sessions too.

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    Must Try: Pizzas and shakes

    Timings: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Cost For Two: NA
    TripAdvisor Rating: 5/5
    Location: Near Vashisht Temple, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
    Reviews

    Tips For Visiting The Top Cafes In Manali

    • Make sure you have a list of all the top cafes you wish to visit so that you don’t miss out any while you’re holidaying in Manali. One such place is the Fat Plate Cafe, Manali that you can’t afford to miss.
    • Only some of the cafes in Manali accept cards, and there are not many ATMs in the town. So, prefer carrying cash along with you.
    • Do check the reviews and suggested food options before ordering so that you don’t miss out on the specialities of that cafe.
    • Do check the timings of the cafe before planning your visit as sole cafes are open only in the morning hours.
    • The streets of Manali are usually crowded between 11 AM to 5 PM during the peak season. So, try to avoid commuting during this time.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Best Cafes In Manali

     

    Q. What is the famous food of Himachal Pradesh?

    A. Famous food of himachal Pradesh includes all kinds of lentil, meat and cereal preparations. An everyday meal in their cuisine comprises of the common North Indian food – chawal, dal, sabzi, roti.

    Q. Is Zomato available in Manali?

    A. Yez, Zomato is now available in Manali, Shimla, Srinagar and Ooty among other places. The platform currently facilitates food ordering across 17 cities in India.

    Q. Which are the best things to buy in Manali?

    A. Shopping is one of the best things to do in Manali. The market there is quite popular for buying Tibetan and Himalayan Handicrafts, quirky Indian wear, Kinnauri and Kullu shawls, Kullu caps, Dorje and many more things.

    Q. What food is Manali famous for?

    A. Manali is famous for its popular local dishes including Dham, red rice, rover trout, kadhi chawal and the unique tea. When travelling to this hill station, one simply cannot miss all these items.

    Q. What is there to do in Manali at night?

    A. There is not a ton of things to do in Manali at night. However, there are places where you can chill and hang out on chilly nights. One can visit the restaurants and cafes and enjoy the great food and beverages or simply you can shake a leg at the most fancy clubs.

    Q. What are some of the best things to do in Manali?

    A. When it comes to things to do in Manali, there is a bucket of things, with paragliding being on the top. One can see the most popular tourist places to visit in Manali, have a wonderful shopping experience and enjoy the amazing nightlife in Manali.

    Q. What is the best time to visit Manali?

    A. The best time to visit Manali is after the monsoon. October to February is the winter season and the best time to enjoy the chilly weather and fresh snowfall.

    Q. Is Manali safe?

    A. Yes, Manali is absolutely safe. One should visit this beautiful hill station and enjoy the snow.


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