It can be the perfect kick-start to the day as well as just perking up you need when work assignments take longer than expected. Conversations with friends would be quite incomplete if it was not for a steaming cup of coffee on the side. And, what is summer if you do not sip on a chilled glass of Cold Coffee every evening? We all are fast emerging as people who love their coffee as much as their tea. So if you are looking for robust brews and some fine places to have your fill in the city, read on.
The cafe, one of the oldest in the city, has over the years garnered a sizeable fan following for its food and service. But we have found their coffee – both hot and cold – consistently lip-smacking over the years too. The Cold Coffee complete with chocolate shavings has many a diner addicted. The portion size is also much better compared to other places.
The wafting aromas of Freshly Baked Cinnamon Buns are quite a draw here, especially when you have just caught a movie in Elante Mall. Housed right next to the movie theatre’s entrance, Cinnabon is our pick for late night Coffee and the perfect Cinnamon Rolls.
The tiny cafe, a unit of the popular Monica’s bakery, might be cramped for space with limited seating. But their coffee, especially the Cappuccino, is definitely one of the best we have had. You will, of course, be tempted to pair it up with the lip-smacking Muffins, Tarts and Quiche also available here.
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Sector 22 and Elante Mall
This cafe chain has 2 outlets in the city and both of them score for their perfect roasts. While the pricing is steep when compared to other cafes the quality of brews is top-notch. Looking for something new to try, opt for the Caramel Macchiato or Double Chocolate Latte.
There are not many cafes in Panchkula that serve good coffee and some interesting bites alongside. The Big Bro gets our thumbs up for a warm and inviting ambience as well as some fine brews. Apart from the usual, they also offer Turkish Iced Coffee and a Thai Style Latte. The freshly baked goodies are worth ordering too.
Do not we all love a place that allows you to mull over your coffee and conversations for as long as you would like. That is where this coffee shop, open 24 hours, wins us over. While the hot coffee is passable, it is the home-style Cold Coffee that is perhaps the best in the city.
A seasoned journalist, Jagmeeta has worked with The Indian Express for 16 years writing extensively on food, popular culture and fashion. A Master's in English, she completed her honours in Journalism from Delhi University and started her career in journalism with New Delhi Television (NDTV) as a reporter. She was part of the launch team for NDTV.com. Having turned a freelance writer and editor in 2016, she has been writing for The Hindustan Times, Chandigarh and is also a contributor for The Voice of Fashion steered by IMG Reliance Ltd as well as Chandigarh's popular lifestyle portal - simplythecity.com. When she's not reviewing food or dissecting the season's trends, she likes to travel with her daughter and husband, a professional photographer. A photography enthusiast herself, Jagmeeta has also curated photo exhibitions and calls herself a collector of cookbooks and recipes and a proud 'fauji' daughter and sister.