Delhi’s reputation as a coffee-lover’s delight is well known in India. The city is dotted with many trendy cafés which offer sumptuous coffees in a pleasing ambiance and promise coffee-buffs, netting tickets on flights bound for this vibrant capital of India, memorable experiences.

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“Black as devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel and sweet as love”! Coffee is indeed one of the most desired drinks around the world and why not? For its lovers, a sip of coffee is as rejuvenating as a whiff of fresh air and so effective that it evokes, almost instantly, an intense passion for strong opinions and lively conversation. If you are a coffee lover who is in Delhi for leisure or business, you will be spoilt for choice of cafés right from the time you disembark your flights at the airport. The city is home to abundant popular places – both international and local – to get your hands around a refreshing cuppa coffee! Here are just a few that promise the best of this delectable beverage along with wonderful ambience!

Starbucks

Starbucks is synonymous with fine coffee; and coffee-lovers in India as well as those arriving on flights from far and wide needn’t settle for anything less perfect. Delhi is home to more than a dozen Starbucks outlets. You can satiate your craving for that rich and flavoursome coffee varieties as soon as you disembark your flights to the capital city of India; the airport houses two of the brand’s outlets. Besides, Starbucks’ coffeehouses in popular tourist and business places of Delhi like Connaught Place, South Ex-1 and 2, GK-1 & 2, Nehru Place and Saket to name a few are never far and difficult to spot. Those perfectly crafted smooth and versatile Espressos, frothy Cappuccinos that promise to leave a milky moustache on your upper lip, from the hot Caffè Latte, Caffè Americano, and Caffè Mocha or their iced variants, coffee buffs, particularly foreign tourists, simply love Starbucks in India with their beverages served with quintessential Indian hospitality.

Costa Coffee

With around 30 outlets dotting all corners of National Capital Region, this UK-based café chain is noted as a pioneer of city’s coffee culture. Even at the IGI Airport (Terminal 1 A), the brand has a swanky outlet that doles out a diverse range of lip-smacking drinks, along with a mellow ambience and swift service, making it an ideal spot for tourists to have some relaxing moments just before or after their flights. Some other prominent areas in the Indian capital where one can relish sips of Costa’s coffee include Connaught place, South Extension 1, Saket, Nehru Place and Vasant Kunj. The one located at DLF Courtyard, Saket is often seen chockfull with locals and tourists alike. The area is a popular shopping precinct of Delhi and brims with branded stores that shopaholics find truly worth their money invested on air tickets; adding a cup of your favourite coffee at Costa Coffee only enhances the overall shopping experience.

United Coffee House

When they are done with shopping and other fun in Delhi’s commercial and tourist hub, the Connaught Place, many jaded tourists and locals alike, head to the United Coffee House to unwind! This relatively lavish café will spoil you with a wide choice of coffees and various delicious snacks. Apart from the usual Esspresso, Cappuccinos, Cona Coffee, the place is popular for its natural fruit juices, shakes and teas. For those who would love to grab a bite, the menu at United Coffee House includes some signature recipes that won’t be found elsewhere. The flagship store has been applauded not only for its diverse menu of drinks and delicacies, but also its exquisite old-world decor. How about sharing a selfie relishing coffee in the Victorian setting of this landmark? In fact, a snap exhibiting the oriental, colonial decor and unique quaint design at Delhi’s United Coffee House could be a perfect souvenir that coffee lovers would love to take on flights back home.

Café Coffee Day

From a brand that brought café concept to India, you can expect nothing less than a great brew. The coffee menu at Café Coffee Day is quite expansive and unique and is a treat for every sense. The brand’s outlets are quite common at major metro stations and malls in the city. For domestic as well as international tourists booking tickets on flights to and from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, CCD owns a trendy store at Terminal-3. While here, try the delicious Choco Latte or the hot Cappuccino to give your glands a delectable flavour and a smooth aftertaste. The nicely decorated interiors and cordial service make the outlet worth dropping by for a coffee when you’re in the capital city of India.

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