Planning to spend some quality ‘me time’ over the weekdays or letting your hair down with friends on weekends? Thanks to the rapid growth and development, Bhubaneswar is opening up to a number of eateries and restaurants which promise to give a different and innovative experience. With more and more innovations pouring in, the city has welcomed the metro concept of theme-based restaurants and cafes, which have become the new hang out zones.
MCL visited a few such places to help you choose the best.
If you are looking to wrap up the last bits of your day’s work not in the cubicle of your office, but a more sombre yet cool place, Bocca Café is where you need to head to. The minimal interiors with basic furniture gives you that positive vibe the moment you enter in. In fact, there is a special ‘co-workers’ section where you easily finish your work, away from the chit-chatting of fellow customers.
Food-wise, from the basics variants of coffee, iced tea and lemonade for the quick refreshment to the Caprese Sandwich, Cheese Salami Sandwich and Egg Bruchetta, there is ample choice for your hungry tummy. To add to it, the café organises poetry recitations, musical evenings and stand-up comedy at regular intervals.
The café, already a hit among the youth, is located in Master Canteen.
A must-visit for the sports lovers in Bhubaneswar, The Dugout is a recent addition to the host of themed restaurants that have emerged. The franchise, which is already an established brand in Kolkata and Jamshedpur opened its fourth outlet in Bhubaneswar. Right at the entrance, you feel Goosebumps when you notice the replica jersey of international and national stars including Sachin Tendulkar, Neymar and Ronaldo.
Inside, the restaurant has two sections – one for softer and calm crowd which prefers to enjoy sandwiches or pasta over some classic Coke Studio music, and the other is meant for those who can scream their hearts out while cheering for their team during a live match.
Classified as ‘casual floor’ and ‘raw madness,’ the restaurant can suit any side of your mood. The interiors have wall-hangings of special sporting movements. There are a couple of board games as well, to try your hand out.
As far as food is concerned, it has the best of Mexican, Continental, Thai, Indian and Chinese counters. For those who wouldn’t mind taking a puff, Dugout’s Hookah promises to be the best. The location of the restaurant adds to the advantage. Located in a shopping mall in Nayapalli, the mocktails could refresh your tiring experience.
What’s more? Though the restaurant is open from 11am to 11pm, the owners are in for extending the working hours till late, if the response gets better!
For a Bibliophile, this book cafe is heavenly! Imagine lazying around a sunlit room with lots and lots of books. The book shack, which turned into a book café recently, is a hub of avid readers. Started by bibliophiles Akshay and Satabdi, their first task was to promote books and take it to the remote areas in Odisha. Soon, the duo started a book shack, where they rolled out new books with massive discounts.
Now, the book store has turned into a café, giving you soul-satisfying experience of sipping tea or coffee and taking bites of sandwich while enjoying your favourite author.
With an exclusive collection of children’s books, the café could multitask as an intellectual hub for the little ones, and could help them inculcate the reading habit early on. Located in Khandigiri, Walking Bookfairs also organises author signings, book launch and many other exciting and inspirational events at regular intervals.
The Big Bike Hub Café
Bikers’ Den would be the other name for this café which is a part of a motorbike showroom located in Patia. A common hang-out place for all the biker clubs in the city, The Big Bike Hub is the first ever bike-themed café in Odisha. The interior of the café is simple and the emphasis has been laid more on the activities.
One side of the café has a number of photographs of the bikers with their super trendy bikes, the other has a pool table for anyone who wants to try their hand in it. For those, who prefer multi-player games, there are board games like Monopoly to enjoy. Those, who want to strictly follow the café’s theme and stick to bikes, there are a number of coffee table books and bike magazines to brush your knowledge on the machine.
What makes the café more interesting is their specially designed menu, which has a special Bikers’ Breakfast and other snacks including hotdogs and burgers, their speciality.
For the young film makers, the café holds film screenings every Sunday besides musical performances and stand-up comedy.