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February 16, 2016

10 Must-Try Trending Cafes in Kochi

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Trending Cafes in Kochi

With new food joints coming up around every corner of the city, it’s hard to keep track of what’s the most happening place at the moment. Here, in no particular order, are ten cafés located in different parts of Kochi city. By the end of the list, you’re sure to be wanting to pay each one of them a visit.

1. Kashi Art Café, Fort Kochi


Serves: European cuisine
Cost for two: INR 600
Starting from the art gallery at the entrance which showcases the local art scene, to the courtyard space with wooden tables and brass handicrafts, the vibe of Kashi is sure to please the aesthetic in you. Situated in a rustic corner of Fort Kochi, the food is on par with the beautiful ambiance. As the place is always bustling with the locals and tourists alike, morning hours would be perfect to land a table without much waiting time.
Must try: Western Breakfast, Cold Coffee, Iced Tea, Cheese Omelette, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate pie

2. Kahawa, MG Road
Serves: Italian & American cuisine
Cost for two: INR 400
One of the best bistros in the city, Kahawa is located in a relatively silent part of Kochi. Funky colors on the walls, soft lighting, book collection and good music will help you unwind. Also known as a sports café, the place comes alive during match nights, be it cricket or football. One of the plus points of Kahawa is that it’s open until 4 the morning, making it your go-to spot if you’re out late in the night.
Must try: Chicken A’la Champagne, Beef Steak, Native Belgian Shake, Peanut Butter Shake

3. The History Terrace & Grill, Fort Kochi

Serves: Portuguese & Kerala cuisine
Cost for two: INR 2000
Set up facing the waterfront in a heritage building (Brunton Boatyard), the atmosphere at The History Terrace & Grill is nothing short of classy. The waiters are courteous and the service, exemplary. Though a tad bit overpriced in comparison with other cafés, it’s worth it, considering the lovely location, scrumptious food, occasional live music and not to forget, the complimentary home-brewed wine they serve as a welcome drink.
Must try: Seafood platter, First Class Railway Mutton Curry, Fernandes Roast Pork, Pork Vindaloo, Chemeen Choru

4. David Hall Art Gallery & Café, Fort Kochi


Serves: Casino food
Cost for two: INR 600
Vouched as the best pizzeria in town, David Hall is an age-old Dutch bungalow that was restored and turned into a café with a dedicated space for performing arts. The place has minimum yet vibrant furniture and allows you to see the greenery and feel the fresh air around. The artworks displayed accompanied by mellow music, sets a relaxed tone for the mind; definitely a place for art lovers.
Must try: The Thin Crust Pizzas, Tacos, Quiches, Fruit Juices

5. Big Fat Momo, Kacheripady

Serves: Fast food
Cost for two: INR 350
Tucked away in a side lane across a bustling junction in the city, Big Fat Momo proves you can indeed do wonders with small spaces. Right from the cheery music, the stunning graffiti on the walls, the friendly staff, and of course, the delicious food, Big Fat Momo is all about good vibes. On alternate weekends, the place also hosts gigs which makes the place ‘housefull.’ Almost always packed, be sure to get there earlier in the day if you want to catch your favorite spot to sit and chill.
Must try: Panzerotti, Thukpa, Schezwan Momos, Fries Burger, White Walker, Passion Fizz, Chocolate Falooda

6. Qissa Café, Fort Kochi
Serves: Quick bites
Cost for two: INR 400
Airy, bright and quirky, Qissa Café fuses western style, antique elements and uber-cool trends which strike you almost immediately. The high-rise wooden stools, the collection of books, warm colours and the vintage typewriter all create a unique mood. A fairly new café, Qissa has become a quick favourite amongst city dwellers as well as tourists.
Must try: Chicken and Cheese Omelette, Cardamom Black Tea, Cappuccino, Banana Pudding, Chocolate Cake topped with White & Dark Chocolate Chips

7. Tonico Café, Kakkanad
Serves: Fast food
Cost for two: INR 400
Set in a pretty large space, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Tonico café is sure to satisfy your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet. You can pick between an indoor and an outdoor seating arrangement according to your fancy. The café is a usual chilling spot for biker gangs and riders. The upbeat music helps you enjoy your meal and cherish the experience.
Must try: Steak, Juicy Lucy Chicken Burger, Hungry Joe, Tuna Sandwich, Pasta, Oreo Shake

8. Café Papaya, Palarivattom
Serves: Continental & Kerala cuisine
Cost for two: INR 600
Café Papaya resonates music, movies and mocha. The outdoor seating area has an earthy vibe, with creepers covering the walls and overhead space. The indoor seating area has a strong artistic theme and is cozy, owing to the plush furniture and the small library set in a corner room. There is also a stage setup for gigs and other performances, which are a regular affair at Papaya. Their Kerala cuisine is a little tweaked, incorporating exotic and traditional elements in the food combos.
Must try: All Day Breakfast, Pazhampori and Beef Combo, Kozhi Porichathum Hummusum, Banoffee Pie, Cold Coffee, Manga Sambharam

9. Pepper House Café, Fort Kochi
Serves: European
Cost for two: INR 500
Situated on the lakeside, Pepper House is an old warehouse turned into an uber café. Apart from the café, there is also a contemporary artspace, a whimsical library and a quaint design shop. The artspace features works of recognized as well as lesser-known artists. On a whole, the café environment is calm and serene. Head here for a lazy Sunday brunch and you won’t be disappointed.
Must try: Breakfast breads and Omelettes, Pasta, Coffee, Vanilla Shake

10. French Toast, Panampilly Nagar
Serves: Bakery titbits
Cost for two: INR 700
A high-spirited café situated in a posh neighborhood, French Toast has fine furniture, exciting wall art sporting legendary posters and quotes, chic decor and probably, the best baked goodies in town. They promise great flavors and quality. The cake orders are a bit pricey but they are worth the price.
Must try: French Omelette, Gouda Cheese French Toast, Strawberry Red Velvet Cake, Chicken Pie, Coffee

I’m sure your mouth is watering by now, so what are you waiting for? Go café hopping around the city and make that tummy of yours happy!

Comments to 10 Must-Try Trending Cafes in Kochi

  • Kahawa has lost it after management changed. Tonico literally sucks. The new french toast in panamapilly seems to be not going well. The author missed out the panamapilly cocoa tree and included big fat momo. Weird.

    Matt February 18, 2016 3:35 pm Reply
    • The management may have changed and there probably are a few downsides to it, but Kahawa is still one of the best bistros in town. French Toast is doing well, both of them in fact, the one in Panampilly Nagar and the one in Kaloor. Big Fat Momo deserves to be on this list. They hit it off pretty big as soon as they started and is one of the most happening cafes in the city as of now, you’d know if you visited them. Not saying Cocoa Tree isn’t good, but yeah this list is based on cafes that are trending right now in Kochi and whatever made the cut, is here :)

      Deepti February 20, 2016 3:21 pm Reply
    • And, I highly disagree with your comment on Tonico. I’ve personally not had a terrible experience at Tonico, nor have I really heard of anybody who has a bad opinion about Tonico. Of course every place has pros and cons, but Tonico is doing super good as of now :)

      Deepti February 20, 2016 3:27 pm Reply
  • Thanks for your valuable comments. I am sure, you will publish another list as there are other restaurants as well in that area. C p Chandra das from USA d

    C p Chandra das February 20, 2016 4:45 am Reply
    • Thank you giving it a read. Yes, of course, a new list with different restaurants is bound to come up soon, given the number of new places opening up in the city almost every other day :)

      Deepti February 20, 2016 3:24 pm Reply
  • cafe papaya :) is just wow

    Williams Dominic February 20, 2016 11:35 am Reply
    • Indeed is! If you have visited Papaya when they have live bands/artists performing, it’s all the more wow :)

      Deepti February 20, 2016 3:25 pm Reply
  • We went to the Cocoa Tree…I thought it was pretty good. Trendy, good service and value…

    Giju - South Africa February 21, 2016 2:26 am Reply

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