There’s a new place to eat at Char Dukan! Cafe Ivy is big news for the famous snack stands in Landour. It’s quickly become one of the best places to eat in Mussoorie.
Our favorite place to eat in Char Dukan proper is Tip Top Tea Shop. But Cafe Ivy is something different entirely. While the regular Char Dukan eateries offer classic Indian snacks in a humble outdoor setting, Cafe Ivy is a real, indoor, sit down, full menu restaurant.
If you’ve been in India long you know it’s easy to get tired of street food. You can only eat so many noodles, pakoras, and paranthas. And while there are a lot of good places to eat in Mussoorie, they’re mostly located on Mall Road, far from Landour Cantonment. This makes Cafe Ivy an unprecedented edition to Char Dukan.
Oh, and did I mention the view?
There is a gorgeous outdoor sitting area with a view of the Himalayan foothills that you can’t beat. It’s really beautiful.
TIP: Do NOT eat outside. While the view is gorgeous, it’s not a safe place to dine because of the local monkeys.
We went straight to the balcony because who wouldn’t? We started with lattes and sat relaxing and drinking in the scenery.
Unfortunately, not long after our food arrived, so did an aggressive monkey. I literally ended up holding my plate in one hand while kicking at the monkey with another, while my daughter stood by and did the classic fake-out throw to scare it off. A staff member came out pretty quickly to help us but it was clear that our outdoor dining experience was over and we finished our meal inside.
Mischievous Monkeys at Char Dukan
Monkeys are a particular nuisance at Char Dukan because it’s such a hot tourist spot and there’s always food lying around. But at Char Dukan proper there are also crowds, dogs, and enough activity to keep them relatively at bay. Not the case on this isolated balcony. Be warned. Take a coffee outside, but not a burger.
Thankfully, the ambiance inside is nearly as good as the one outside, maybe better actually. The decor is really fantastic, straight from someone’s unattainable Pinterest board.
Truly the loveliest restaurant I’ve visited in all of India.
Just look at those floors! It makes you want to come in and never leave. There are all manners of places to sit. Couches, long tables with benches, arm chairs, high stools; something for everyone.
There’s also a bookshelf with a random collection of books to curl up with. And they were playing classic rock the whole time we were there. This American was quite comfortable and happy. :)
The food was good, nothing too fancy but excellent quality. My daughter went straight for the nachos because that’s something she misses dearly from the states. They weren’t a bad representation, for India. A bed of Cornitos (Indian Doritos) topped with grilled chicken, baked beans, and cheese.
I went for the chicken burger because, as stereotypical as it sounds, hamburgers are one of the things I miss most from America. The chicken burger had a good flavor but the patty was a bit small and didn’t appear to be hand made, but possibly frozen. Also, there was way too much mayonnaise for my taste. But again, it had a good flavor, the bun was nice, and it was an overall enjoyable meal.
We topped our experience off with a little dessert, because why not. There were both ice cream, and brownies on the menu so I asked if they could be combined. The message didn’t get conveyed clearly so they were brought separately but I used my American wiles to concoct the dish I wanted. Voila!
Good Service, Good Prices at Cafe Ivy in Mussoorie
I was surprised to find the menu very reasonably priced. With the quality of the food and restaurant I expected it to be more expensive. For only 725 rupees (approximately 11 US dollars) we enjoyed:
- 1 nacho appetizer
- 1 latte
- 1 cappuccino
- 2 sodas
- 1 burger entree with fries
- 1 brownie
- and 1 scoop of ice cream
Best Place to Eat in Landour
I highly recommend visiting Cafe Ivy at Char Dukan. It has proven itself as one of the best places to eat in Mussoorie. I was sad that they were opening their doors just as we were leaving town. I would have visited over and over!
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