If your diet consists of pizza, cupcakes, and coffee, well you’re one of us! Luckily, Gangtok boasts a dizzying array of coffee shops, as well as pastry shops and bakeries. And over the years, the city has perfected the café culture of sitting for hours, reading, sipping, discussing, and observing passersby.

Whether you’re a coffee snob who likes to discuss beans and roasts, or just someone who wants a good flat white, we’ve cut through the noise to bring you the best cafés in Gangtok at which to get your morning jolt. Check out our roundup; we’re sure your taste buds will love you for life.

The Local Café

The Local Café

This quiet gem is where you are immediately transported away from the hustle of the city. A favourite amongst the locals, the coffee shop has a cheerful vibe. Relax with your Americano, with the morning paper, and then dig into their signature freshly made hand-stressed pizzas – we recommend the Bacon Tomato Pizza. Other best-sellers are Homemade Tibetan Bread Sandwich served alongside Fries and Salsa and Laphing. Not to forget the cakes and bakes. However the real deal here is the Himalayan Breakfast – homemade Tibetan phaley served with eggs of your choice, along with hot spicy potato and Tibetan butter tea. They also offer complimentary Wi-Fi!

  • Timings: 8.00 AM – 10.00 PM
  • Price for two: Rs 600++
  • Location: New Market, below Bank of Baroda

The Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop

The Coffee Shop is a convenient cafe with various types of coffee, grubs, lots of space to sit and work, and laid-back, rustic furniture. Take a spot at the outdoor seating area to get a spectacular view of the sky. People throng to this place for their extensive breakfast spreads – choose from Himalayan, American, Waffle, and English. We also love their Tuna Sandwich, Tenderloin Burger, Cannelloni, and Neapolitan Pizza. Team up with a cup of steaming hot Cortado or Macchiato – you’re sorted for the day. If you’re fond of cold coffee, their Iced Latte wouldn’t disappoint.

  • Timings: 9.00 AM – 10.00 PM
  • Price for two: Rs 800++
  • Location: Anola Building, MG Marg

Bibliothéque

Bibliothéque

If you love the company of books, this place must be on your list. Designed like a reading space; shelves stacked with several books – from best-sellers to budding authors – cuddle up with your favourite read and enjoy the mountain views. Order up a Cappuccino or Latte to start with, and then dig into their signatures – Breakfast in a Pot with Traditional Thai Roll. Belgian Waffles served with Seasonal Fruits and Ice Cream, Peri Peri Chicken Wings, and Bangers and Mash. The portions are generous, and flavours comforting and delicious.

  • Timings: 11.00 AM – 10.00 PM
  • Price for two: Rs 600++
  • Location: Tharo line Lal bazar, lower, MG Marg, near Denzong Cinema Hall

Baker’s Café

Baker’s Café

One of the most popular and picturesque cafes in Gangtok, Baker’s Cafe is done up in shades of brown and adorned with cute artefacts. The ambience is cosy, making it perfect to enjoy a laidback afternoon. Hazelnut Latte and Mocha Java are their stars, but we cannot deny their food enjoys equal attention as well. Egg Shakshuka, Cinnamon French Toast, Walnut-Caramel-Mozzarella Dessert Pizza, Rosemary Focaccia, and Chicken Cutlets are our favourites. They also have an excellent selection of teas.

  • Timings: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Price for two: Rs 800++
  • Location: MG Marg, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim

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