It was a sad day when I stood at the door of Cafe Zaffiro, sometime in May, and realized it had shut down. A cosy, quiet cafe with the most awesome food, fast wifi and friendly staff, it was one of my favorite places to work out of in Delhi. That day I decided to start a fresh search for the best new cafes with free Wifi in South Delhi (Read: 5 Best ‘Work From Home’ Cafes in South Delhi).
Whether you are planning a work or leisure trip to Delhi, or have lived in the city for years, these cafes give you access to free, fast and reliable Wifi, affordable and good food, and non-intrusive service; you don’t get scorned at (or kicked out) for occupying a table all day with only a couple of drinks and some food:
1. Rose Cafe, Saket
In an unassuming part of Saket, on the road that leads to Garden of Five Senses, lies this little gem. True to its name, the cafe has an English theme, with high tea stands and such stacked in rustic, rose colored cupboards. Fresh cakes, brownies, tarts and waffles are on offer, as are lebanese platters, wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches. It’s all delicious, the service is slow but friendly, and the Wifi works well.
For winters, Rose Cafe has a very charming outdoor courtyard, and I can’t wait to give it a try on a sunny winter afternoon!
2. Cafe at CMYK, Meherchand Market
Better known for its bookstore, the Cafe at CMYK sits quietly upstairs, it’s walls covered with quirky facts about Delhi. The wifi works fast on most days, the seating is conducive to working for long hours on your laptop, and the staff is efficient. While the menu specializes in Malaysian curries, I personally love their “It’s Greek to me” sandwich and the sandwich platter. There’s an entire section dedicated to healthier food, and a fairly long list of teas to choose from.
3. Starbucks, Saket
Say what you may, but I love Starbucks. Always have. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love my Frappucinos, and only Starbucks can seem to get them right, even with skimmed milk and no whipped cream. The communal long table seating in the middle of the cafe lets you people watch from the glass walls, the staff is genuine and efficient, the coffee and nibbles (sandwiches, wraps) are satisfying, and the Wifi is reliable. I won’t lie, this is my second home in Delhi!
I only wish that they’d stop using the amount of plastic cups they do. Also, the acoustics of the cafe make it necessary to carry headphones, especially when the flow of people is heavy.
4. Three Windows Cafe, Malviya Nagar
Part of an art studio in a not-so-inviting lane, across the road from Select City Walk mall in Saket, Three Windows is a charming little cafe. And yes, it does have three windows to gaze out from! With a classy all white theme, an open kitchen, almost communal seating, and fast Wifi, it’s a great place to spend a ‘work from home’ day. The food, on the day that I visited, was just about average, but the young owner did promise that a new chef’s joining soon.
5. Amici, Defence Colony
Since Bagel Cafe shut down, Amici has become the best cafe to work from, in Defence Colony. This Amici is a tad different from its other outlets, spread over two floors with plenty of seating and fast Wifi. The staff is welcoming, and the pastas, wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches are all delicious. During the day, the cafe remains fairly empty, making it more conducive to do some serious work.
Have you discovered any new cafes to work from, or just hang out at, in Delhi?
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Featured image by Sebastien Wiertz.