Café Ivy | Landour’s coolest den

Cafe Ivy - Interiors Sofas
Cafe Ivy – Interiors Sofas

The ‘cool’ new addition to the quiet colonial town of Landour

A few months ago, three friends, Ashish, Mohit and Deepankar got together and opened Café Ivy in the beautiful surroundings of Landour. Made with recycled wood, the cool little café is modern and minimalist in its approach. The stairs leading to the café are beautifully decorated with a canopy of LED lights and flower pots. There’s a cozy little fireplace, naked bulbs to light up the place and most notably, an open balcony seating.

Aarti, Ashish’s sister has designed the interiors of the café. No wonder, young energy ran throughout the atmosphere of the café and reflected in its design as well. The café reminded me of iHeart Café Himalayas, which I had visited, back in April this year.

Saurabh and I, visited the café after having bun maska and waffle at Char Dukan’s Tip Top Shop, hence, we weren’t too hungry. So, we just ordered a plate of Mama Rose Chicken Pasta and a Cold Coffee.

The café, overlooking a valley, offered a view of sprawling greenery covered in mist. I could just spend an entire day sitting here, listening to music, reading a book, chatting with fellow travellers or perhaps, just enjoying the view, in solitude.

As for food, I really relished the creamy Mama Rose Pasta made with penne, tomatoes, cheese, olives, chicken, broccoli and the tastiest dried oregano. I felt the oregano had other mixed dried herbs, which also included garlic powder that enhanced the flavour. This was as creamy and comforting a pasta can be. Those who gorge on cheesy pastas would love this.

Although, I don’t take coffee, I took a sip of the cold coffee (Saurabh kept insisting) and I quite liked it. It wasn’t too bitter and had a good amount of sweet. Ardent coffee lovers might not agree, but I really liked it.

While we were eating, Ashish (one of the co-owners) joined us. He told us stories about growing up in Mussoorie and having Ruskin Bond and Vishal Bhardwaj as neighbours. Hailing from a construction business, he took great pride in the way the café had been put together. He later introduced me to Mohit and Deepankar, both engrossed with looking after various chores in their commercial kitchen. I had fun chatting up with the young restaurateurs, so I decided to visit them one more time.

Cafe Ivy - Ashish, Mohit and Deepankar
Cafe Ivy – Ashish, Mohit and Deepankar

I guess besides the food, it was the quiet, cool and laid-back vibe of the place that made me spend most of my time there. I could never really associate with the madness of Mall Road, overflowing with hordes of holiday shoppers. For me visiting the mountains means enjoying the food, landscape and sounds of nature to the fullest. And Café Ivy gave me a perfect set up, to do just that!

Address: Char Dukan, Landour Cantt., Mussoorie, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India


In a nutshell:

Location: Located right opposite Char Dukan, next to State Bank Of India’s ATM. It’s very easy to spot.

Atmosphere: Cool, casual vibe with outdoor balcony seating, from where one can enjoy the view of the valley.

Service: Hospitable and efficient staff, with quick service.

Food: Go for Pastas, Burgers, Pizzas, Nachos, Pancakes and Sandwiches. It’s all about comfort food here.

Must HavesMama Rose Pasta, Cappuccino and Veg Pizza.

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