A tiny cantonment area housed inside Solan, this is a chirpy tourist spot in the Himalayan range.
If you see Himachal from the eyes of a wayfarer, you would hardly find a corner that is not picturesque enough. The lush green landscapes or the snow-capped peaks of Himalayas, a river flowing nearby or the pink sunsets of the clear sky above, there would be a scenic view to capture at every moment you spend in the hills. Such is the beauty of the hilly terrains and its tiny hamlets. One such popular place is Kasauli. Not to confuse it with Kasol, which is another famous tourist hub in Himachal, the vibe of Kasauli is the hub of cute cafes and good food.
Red-coloured hut-shaped cottages line up the path leading to the peaceful and serene Gilbert’s nature trail that is a major attraction of the region. The mornings are chirpy and bright while the sunsets are a sight to behold. Being a cantonment part of Solan, Kasauli is only a few hours away from Shimla. While the place has plenty of pizza cafes and coffee houses, you'd be amazed at the small food carts and street-side shops which offer samosas, kachoris and sweet nibbles. The tall Himalayan oaks surrounding the edges of the Mall road and the monkey point located on a hilltop seem to top the list of places to see on anyone’s list when visiting Kasauli.
We believe that the best way to intake its beauty is by dining at these picturesque eateries in town. Here’s a guide to take you through them.
1. Café Mitti
This heavenly abode would surely be the top of our list of recommendations when it comes to Kasauli. The homely vibe of the hut-shaped café is what resonates the most with the public. The simple yet colour-coordinated interiors capture the essence of the hill station really well. Sip on their mugs of hot chocolate or gulp down a plate of hot momos while overlooking the mountains at its best.
Where: Near Sanawar Lawrence School, Kasauli
Timings: 9 am-7 pm
Cost For Two: ₹400
Cuisines Offered: Continental, Fast Food
Sandwiches, momos and coffee are a must-try, https://www.instagram.com/p/CVmw2P0PSF-/
2. Café Rudra
Yet another iconic café for avid travelers and hikers, Café Rudra offers some of the best views from the top of a cliff. This musical café has an energetic vibe that is contagious with the aromatic Irish coffee. Hog on their fresh crepes for breakfast or else grab a bite of the grilled sandwiches to make the most of your day.
Where: Heritage Road, Shop Number 24, Kasauli, Kasauli Tehsil
Timings: 9 am-9:30 pm
Cost For Two: ₹500
Cuisines Offered: Italian, Continental
Crepes to pancakes, you'll find everything here, https://www.instagram.com/p/BuRT5gPFKJF/
3. Cliff Houzz Restaurant
Moving away from the café culture up in the hills, this place offers some divine views that you would definitely want to capture. A perfect place to relax and enjoy with friends and family, this restaurant has minimalistic interiors yet the menu offers everything, from Chinese and Asian to a range of vegetarian delicacies from northern India.
Where: VXWW+G5X, Solan, Himachal Pradesh 173202
Timings: 8 am-10:30 pm
Cost For Two: ₹1,000
Cuisines Offered: North Indian, Asian, Chinese
Eat amidst lush greenery, https://www.instagram.com/p/B2cOGO9HuY_/
4. Old Town Coffee House
Coffee lovers, get ready to be caffeinated at one of the most Instagram-worthy cafes of Kasauli. Covered in ceramic white, the wooden miniature seating complements the walls really well. Cold coffee is a must-have and you can pair it with some chocolate pastry and oreo shake if you like.
Where: 39, Heritage Market Road, Kasauli
Timings: 9 am-10 pm
Cost For Two: ₹350
Cuisines Offered: Beverages, desserts
Chocolate pastry cannot go out of your sight, https://www.instagram.com/p/CRv1YWPB0bc/
5. Hangout Rooftop Café
Do you wish to hang out with friends but can’t find a place in Kasauli? This cool rooftop café will let you soak in the pleasant breeze while relishing some delicious cocktails. They’ve got Italian spreads and their chopsuey from the Chinese fare is a must-try.
Where: Hotel Kasauli Regency, Village Kimughat, Garkhal, Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
Timings: 7:30 am-11:45 pm
Cost For Two: ₹500
Cuisines Offered: Chinese, Italian
Pretty skies and beautiful nature, https://www.instagram.com/p/CT4ZnpJsS7v/
6. Freq Café
This may not be centrally located in Kasauli but is definitely worth a visit. Lying on the Delhi to Shimla route, you can spot this quaint and pretty café from a distance. The place is popular for their crusty pizzas and waffles so do try them here.
Where: Kalka- Shimla highway, NH-22, Dharampur, Himachal Pradesh 173209
Timings: 10 am-10 pm
Cost For Two: ₹500
Cuisines Offered: Continental, Italian
One of the most exhilarating experiences of the trip would be staying at this heritage luxury hotel. With a cosy vibe and a great ambience, you can try the best of Himachali cuisine at their in-house restaurant. The foodie in you shouldn’t skip this place at any cost because they serve the most authentic chha gosht and bathu ki kheer which will leave you wanting more.
Where: Monkey Point Road, near The Abbey, Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh 173204
Timings: 9:30 am-9 pm
Cost For Two: ₹800
Cuisines Offered: North Indian, Himachali, Chinese