We understand how difficult it can get for a startup or a freelancer in Mumbai to find a work-friendly cafe or bar where you can plough away on your laptop, fuelled by good grub and a caffeine kick. That’s the reason why we have rounded up a list of places with ample table space, unlimited Wi-Fi, a low baby/child count, work-friendly noise levels (more a convivial hum than raucous babble), ample power sockets and – crucially – a space where it’s totally okay to sit all afternoon nursing a single cappuccino without worrying about being kicked out.
It Happened in New York, Bandra
Sometimes one cup of coffee at a breakfast meeting just isn’t enough. But if you happen to be working out of It Happened in New York (ITHINY), a modern eatery in Bandra, you don’t have to worry at all as the venue is now serving ‘bottomless coffee’ between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 pm. Coffee lovers can visit ITHINY any morning of the week, order their coffee of choice, and then watch their cup never empty, with free refills all the way till 12 pm! Working professionals can access the venue’s Wi-Fi, conduct meetings and much more while enjoying their favourite morning beverage. When hunger strikes, hit the restaurant’s recently-introduced breakfast menu which offers a mix of everything: from classic egg dishes, pancakes and waffles to the city’s only breakfast bruschettas.
Where: Plot No. 68, Opposite Starbucks Coffee, Behind Lilavati Hospital. Mumbai. Call: +91 22 2644 6161 / 3131
The Daily Bar & Kitchen, Bandra
This restaurant in Bandra inspired by the ‘daily’ or the morning newspaper comes not just with a great social work environment but also a really good lunch menu, making it a good informal meeting place to work from. The natural light brightening up the restaurant only adds to the atmosphere. If you care for small bites while working away, the Haloumi Cheese and Watermelon Bites are perfect. But if you are looking for a full meal, the delectable two course Express Lunch Menu priced at Rs 650 is the way to go. There is unlimited alcohol from Monday to Thursday (12pm to 11pm, valid for any 4 hours from the first order placed).
Where: Ground Floor Behind Shoppers Stop, SV Road, Bandra West, Mumbai. Call: 099204 46633
The Bombay Bronx, Breach Candy
This exuberant and fun restaurant sprinkled with 'Mumbaiyya' magic dust is now open all day as a co-working space for the entire month for Rs 3000. This amount can be used as a cover charge for food and drinks during the month. There is unlimited access to Wi-Fi, electricity for the entire day with charging points as well as delicious food and drinks for the night. Small plates like Baked Goat Cheese and Green Chilly Cigars with Maharashtrian Thecha Mayo or the Bronx Ishstyle Chilli Chicken with roasted capsicum and sauteed chilies will keep you satiated all through the day. Note that they also serve alcohol and so towards the evening, it could get busy.
Where: 101, Hub Town, Akriti Sky Bay, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai. Call: 7710044666
Kitchen Garden, BKC
This sprawling 1300 sq feet space with an alfresco area and an urban garden has a chilled out and relaxed vibe to work from. The Chor Bazaar lights, funky cushions, and an intriguing map of India add to the stress-free environment. The menu is based on farm to table concept and is fully organic. There are lots of options for the vegan (spot the rabbit symbol). Options of warm organic black rice and quinoa salad bowls make up for a more filling grain bowl. There are affordable options for those coming everyday. Look at the fridge for small salads, sandwiches and juices below Rs 300.
Bonus: Early birds getting their morning cuppa get treated to a French Croissant from the Suzette bakery on the house with every coffee (until stocks lasts).
Where: Address: Ground Floor, Tower 3, Maker Maxity, Bandra Kurla Complex. Mumbai. Call: 022 67702772 / 73/ 74.
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Image courtesy: From the outlets (Kitchen Garden, The Bombay Bronx, ITHINY, The Daily Bar and Kitchen)