There are no shortage of gorgeous views in the peaceful town of Rishikesh of Northern India. And sometimes, you just want to find a cozy place to sit, enjoy a great cup of coffee and take it all in.
Fortunately, there are many cafes in Rishikesh right along the magnificent Ganges River (or River Ganga) that are perfect for this.
Here are 3 of the best cafes in Rishikesh for wonderful views, delicious coffee and a comfortable atmosphere to savor the moment.
1. The Ganga View Cafe
The Ganga View Cafe is charming from corner to corner. It’s modern decor and open-air patio give the cafe a fresh feel with native artwork adorning the walls. The main focus, however, is the spectacular views of the Ganges just below.
To get there, just cross the iconic Luxman Jhula bridge to the southeastern side, and then swing a left at the end of the bridge. We only got to visit The Ganga View Cafe once since we found it on our last day, but it remains one of our favorite go-to cafes in Rishikesh.
They also serve food, and offer comfy seating for reading books, journaling or catching up with friends. Don’t miss their fun selections of magnets and small trinket on your way out.
The Ganga View Cafe • Laxman Jhoola, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302, India • +91 99970 28057 • Website
2. Pumpernickel German Bakery
Pumpernickel was the silver lining to a very scary/hilarious situation. On our first day in Rishikesh, a huge monkey came charging at me (more on that later) which then bumped me into two awesome folks on the road. It was destiny, because once we caught our breath and started to chat, we talked food.
They recommended Pumpernickel for its delicious chickpea omelet, and after our first visit we were hooked. And then went back. Every. Single. Day.
What we loved most about the cafe was their signature coffee art (!!!) which is displayed proudly in photos on the wall. The coffee itself was some of the best we had in India, and we were very thankful that they offered non-dairy milk; hard to find in other cities.
But let’s get back to reasons why it’s one of the best cafes in Rishikesh for admiring the Ganges. This cafe is on the south end of the river, with both patio and rooftop seating. To get to the rooftop, you’ll need to enter the building next door and walk up some stairs.
Pumpernickel German Bakery • Lakshman Jhula Road, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249304, India • +91 84491 26859 • Website
3. Shanti Shanti Cafe
We found Shanti Shanti by happenstance on Instagram when we were looking for cool places to check out in Rishikesh. It had just opened a week or so prior, so many locals didn’t know about it. (We figured that out because no one could help us with directions.)
It’s pretty hard to find if you aren’t looking for it – tucked into an alley inside another alley way. But if you look for the painting on the walls of the alleyway you’ll see arrows pointing you in the right direction, and find one of the best cafes in Rishikesh to enjoy the sites.
There are at least a dozen cafes and restaurants right off this particular pathway and they all face West upon the Ganges – perfect for catching the sunsets.
Some are more well-known spots like the Beatles Cafe, so it was great to find Shanti Shanti before it became just as crowded. We spent a lot of time here just for the evening views alone.
Shanti Shanti Cafe • Laxman Jhula Rd, Tapovan, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249137, India • +91 95574 44268 • Website