Coffee with a Cause: 5 Unique Cafes in India That Offer More Than Just Food
Cafes are not just about the food; it is the ambiance, service and the experience that contributes towards their popularity. Culinary culture in our country is evolving fast and cafes are paying more attention towards the conceptualisation. They are slowly becoming focal points to create awareness, fight social stigma and support social causes.
Check-out these 5 out of the league cafes that are based on noble ideas–
Sheroes Hangout Café, Agra
This unique cafe is run by acid attack survivors who believed in fighting back. Sheroes was started in the year 2014 and is located in proximity with Taj Mahal. It runs on a pay-as-you-wish model and offers free Wi-Fi. Also, there is a well-stocked library inside the cafe that gets books through contributions. The cafe has outlets in Lucknow and Udaipur too and is planning to expand further.
Address: Fatehabad Road, Opposite The Gateway Hotel, Taj View Chowraha, Agra, UP
Cat Studio Cafe, Mumbai
Feeling blue? There is nothing like a little cat therapy to make you feel better. Spend some leisure time with rescued cats and kittens at this wonderful cafe. All the cats here are up for adoption and waiting to find a loving home for themselves. Cafe owners take good care of cats and ensure they are healthy, de-flead, de-wormed and litter-trained. You can also help in this noble cause by donating cat food, medicines, cat toys, cash and other necessary items.
Address: 63, Harminder Singh Road, Aram Nagar Part 1, Aram Nagar, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai
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Seva Café, Bengaluru
Ever received a restaurant bill of INR 0.00? Visit the Bengaluru’s Seva Cafe where your meal is a gift from someone who came to the cafe before you. If you wish, you can also gift a meal to someone. Isn’t it cool? Visit the cafe and try for yourself. If you are not in Bengaluru, don’t be disappointed as the cafe has branches in Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.
Address: Shopper’s Plaza, 4th Floor Opp Municipal Market, Chimanlal Girdharlal Rd, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009
Tihar Jail food court, New Delhi
Tihar Jail Food Court, an initiative by Tihar prison, is situated half-a-kilometre from prisoners’ dormitories. The inhabitants of this prison are given an opportunity to bring a positive change in their lives. Prisoners who are to be released within 2 years are eligible to work at this restaurant. Jail authorities trust them enough to let them commute on their own.
Address: Tihar Food Court, Jail Road, New Delhi
The ‘Giving Tree’, Pappadavada, Kerala
In an attempt to feed the hungry and contribute towards a better society, Minu Pauline – owner of Pappadavada Restaurant has installed a fridge outside the restaurant. This restaurant keeps 50 packets of food inside the fridge every day to be consumed by the needy. This fridge is accessible 24*7 and is monitored by a CCTV camera for security.
Address: Opposite Kaloor Bus Bay, KK Road, Ernakulam, Kerala
Isn’t that cool? You are paying for your regular coffee and indirectly contributing towards a social cause.
Visit your nearest cafe and spread smiles 🙂