Best Cafes In Rishikesh Where Hippie Is The Way Of Life

Aaditee Kulkarni - Jan 29, 2019 - 2.1K Views

Rishikesh has about 500 cafes and bakeries, they say! Serving both as a relaxed meeting place and a place to eat, these contemporary-styled cafes in Rishikesh dish up a range of delicacies from around the world. From Iranian breakfast to “authentic” Madras filter coffee, these places are famous for their all-day breakfast menus. 

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Here are some of our top picks as to where to eat and where to chill in Rishikesh. 

1. Little Buddha Cafe

As one of the best cafes in Rishikesh, the Little Buddha Café, with its tables overlooking the Ganges River, serves healthy plates and comfort food from around the world. A popular hangout place in Rishikesh, Little Buddha is a tree house styled café that is a must visit to satisfy the hunger pangs. The café is buzzing at all times and overlooks the serene calmness of the river Ganges. The food here is awesome. It is moderately priced, and its lip-smacking international and Indian food dishes are made with the freshest possible ingredients. 

Where: Laxman Jhula

Try: Ice Cream Pancake, Veg Tofu Burger, Nachos, Avocado Salad

Price for two: ₹700

2. Freedom Café

One of the best hippie cafes in Rishikesh, the Freedom Cafe offers a perfect view of Rishikesh and the mighty Ganges. Along with its super-duper ambience, the café is also famous for its Chinese and Italian food offerings. Its open-air seating is surely the highlight. What’s more, having the best food in town while mingling with fellow travellers is the most Rishikesh-ey thing you can do. 

Where: Laxman Jhula

Try: Tulsi Tea, Apple Brown Sugar Pancakes, Pesto Pasta

Price for two: ₹550

3. Cafe Karma

The next time you are in Rishikesh, a visit to Café Karma will redefine your definition of ambrosial food. This multi-cuisine restaurant in Rishikesh is a great place to lounge and bite-in at. The ambience is cosy, the furniture is woody, and with its huge glass windows, this is a great place to watch the sun dip down. The café is located along the Badrinath Highway and is a must stop. 

Where: Badrinath Marg

Try: Potato Chilly, Paneer Momo, Kitkat Shake. 

Price for two: ₹450

4. Bistro Nirvana

This café in Tapovan, Rishikesh is a melting pot of all-you-can-savour. This place has it all - Indian to Italian and Chinese to Continental. The environment of the café is something that keeps pulling people back. The service is a bit slow, but we are sure you won’t be complaining when you are immersed in the beautiful views of the town. With its rustic ambience and bamboo furniture, this is one of the best cafés in Rishikesh. 

Where: Tapovan

Try: Shakshuka, Falafel, Momo, Masala Chai

Price for two: ₹500

5. Ganga View Cafe

Located just a few steps away from the Laxman Jhula, the Ganga View Café is a riverside café that is all things pretty. The café’s not-to-be-missed delicacies include a range of organic pizzas, soups, pancakes, and waffles. The taste may not necessarily be authentic, but this snug and sunlit café in Rishikesh is definitely worth stopping by.  

Where: Laxman Jhula

Try: Avocado Sandwich, Lemon Sugar Pancakes, Mash Potato

Price for two: ₹650

6. The 60’s Beatles Café

Also named 60’s Cafe or 60’s Cafe Delmar, the Beatles Café in Rishikesh is themed like, you guessed it right, the 60s. The ambience is quaint, sober, and very rustic – almost perfect to make new travel plans, share travel stories, meet new people and socialize. A place so popular among tourists that this café makes it to the top of the list of best cafes in Rishikesh. Healthy smoothies, vegan burgers, fantastic views, and exceptional music makes this place even more awesome.  

Where: Tapovan

Try: Pizza, Pasta Pan Grilled Pesto, Lasagne, Tea, Burgers

Price for two: ₹600

7. Cafe De Goa

Looking for a quaint café with a view of the roaring Ganges? Check out Café De Goa. The food here is global and the views are spectacular. The café is especially beautiful in the evening as you can hear the temple bells and see hundreds of twinkly lights come up, which makes this a great place to blow off some steam. Their playlist is very mood-pleasing and the food of course, is mouth-watering and scrumptious. 

Where: Laxman Jhula

Try: Jasmine Tea, Nutella Toast, Lemon Rice

Price for two: ₹600

8. Madras Café

As the name suggest, the Madras Café in Rishikesh serves some of the best South Indian food up north here. For those who are looking for cheap places to eat in Rishikesh, Madras Café is the place to be. Established in 1960s and revamped in 2000, this place is a pioneer of South Indian delicacies. The menu is quite attractive, and the prices are attractive.

Where: Opposite Ram Jhula Parking

Try: Banana and apple pancakes, Israeli Salad, Thali

Price for two: ₹500

These gorgeous cafes are Instagram-famous. Is it the food or the views? Why don’t you find out?