A cafe is the first hangout place that comes to mind for a reunion with your old school friends or maybe a first date with that cute crush from your office. For travel junkies, a good scale to measure the trendiness of a town is to visit local cafes. No wonder over the years there has been a huge surge in cafes opening doors to visitors with quirky themes. For any business, it’s quite a task to grab the attention of hipsters who are constantly on the lookout for hangout spots that are perfect to up their social game.
Here’s presenting you ten of the quirkiest cafes around the world.
Warning: Serious wanderlust and coffee cravings ahead!
Believed to be a creation of Lord Parashurama, the region of Konkan is an alluring stretch of land that extends from Maharastra’s Palghar district and further runs parallel to the Arabian Sea to meet Dakshina Kannada in Karnataka. A charming getaway for those seeking scenic rendezvous, cultural nuances, and gastronomical wonders, Konkan is an unparalleled treasure awaiting your arrival with hidden gems in tow.
While Konkan is a traveler’s treat throughout the year, its visual appeal is best captured during the monsoon. It is replete with many immensely popular destinations that range from Malvan’s Tarkarli Beach to the formidable Sindhudurg Fort and the unmissable Dudhsagar Falls. However, its not- so-popular attractions are what make this picturesque region a paradise for the traveler who wishes to tread the unbeaten path.
Of the many spellbinding sights that the world has to offer, some preserve a more haunting quality than others – whether it is by virtue of their tragic, indelible history, or owing to the way they are shaped by the forces of nature – one cannot deny the almost-visceral pull of such places. Harsh reminders of the scars of time, these places can be spotted the world over; from ash-cloaked lands that conceal years of heritage under Mount Vesuvius, to lifeless figures that haunt a derelict amusement park in South Korea. A few others stand as stoic memorials of a time gone by, inviting curious visitors to understand and lament its bygone past.
Etched by mountains, seas and rivers, India has been around since the dawn of civilization, making it among the most ancient societies on earth. This massive nation that emerges from the Himalayas in the north and descends into the Indian Ocean towards the south, has many wonders of old and boasts of some of the highest numbers of UNESCO World Heritage sites on the globe. Whether you are an archaeological buff, a history lover or a wildlife enthusiast, there’s something for you as the country has over 35 heritage sites to explore. Let’s look at some of the most fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites that may not be world-famous as its counterparts, but are equally enthralling and endearing.
Puducherry, fondly termed “Pondi” is often frequented by seekers of solitude, history lovers and leisure travelers alike. Steeped in a rich colonial history with traces and impact of the Dutch, English and the French evident even today, Puducherry is a magical melange of old world charm and modernity. Apart from its awe-inspiring beaches and distinct colonial architecture that transports you through time, it also plays host to several cafes that transport you back to a time when the breaks were longer, meals savored, food loved. A lazy day at a quintessential French cafe is undoubtedly among the most fulfilling pleasures in this lovely town. Unfortunately, the slow-paced lifestyle is slowly disappearing and so are the cafes. Before you start yearning for a simpler time where you could make a whole day out of visiting a cafe, here is a quick guide to all the charming French Cafes that capture the essence of this seaside city.