Zen Cafe, Ahmedabad
Contributed by Anna Kirsten Le Harivel
With its trees, open layout and proximity to Amdavad ni Gufa (Ahmedabad’s Cave), Zen Cafe is one of the most popular and relaxing hangout spaces in the city. The outdoor cafe is moulded around the edge of the gufa, a beautiful work created by architect B V Doshi and painter MF Husain. The cave is fascinating to explore from inside and out, the interior being decorated with paintings by MF Husain. Next to the cafe is an art gallery which periodically holds exhibitions by artists from Ahmedabad and beyond.
The cafe serves a limited menu of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Their small espresso machine cranks out decent lattes, and they also serve French press coffee. This time I tried their iced tea, which was cool and with just the right sweetness. The mint was a nice addition. Alongside I had a brownie, it’s one of the best places I have found for brownie – it’s soft and has that trademark slightly chewy and moist kind of brownie texture to it. You can have it with ice cream if you feel like a treat. A small vegetarian menu is available including pizza, panini, kathi rolls and a couple of sandwiches. The portions are suitable for snacks rather than as a whole meal and are more steeply priced than the drinks.
The cafe, Gufa and art gallery are open Tuesday-Sunday from 4-830pm. A coffee and snack for two is around Rs. 250.
Zen Cafe, Amdavad ni Gufa, Nr CEPT University, University Road