Luxebook February 2023

The era of sipping on a cup of artisanal coffee while interacting with art is here. Today, cafés are becoming a space for artists and art enthusiasts to spend time at leisure, and broaden their creative horizons. They are also being used as spaces to organise art and craft events and bring in displayed paintings from local or world-famous artists to function as an unconventional exhibition and gallery wall. An added bonus, is that these add to the decor and aesthetics of the establishment. This isn’t the first time cafés have emerged as venues for performance and creativity. The hybrid space of café-cabaret saw a phenomenal increase in the past. The burgeoning dining culture in the country has given rise to some of the most beautiful cafés in India that are going beyond the conventional café culture. Incorporating a creative element into cafés the introduction of the sip-and-paint culture in India ignited a spark amongst millennials. In the recent past, India has become home to several art galleries that double up as cafés. Acting as spaces for quiet contemplation and creative stimulation, art cafés in India offers delicious food with a side of an artistic paradise. If you appreciate art in its different forms, we’ve rounded up some art cafés in the country that will rekindle your creative spirit. You & I Arts Café, Shillong Nestled in the stunning city of Shillong, the You & I Arts café takes a hands-on approach to inclusive creativity by placing a whiteboard for visitors to doodle and rekindle their creative side. They also have a small space for indulging in doll-making, hand-puppets, and other crafts that often use different senses and experiences. The café also features handicrafts made by local artists that can be purchased as souvenirs. You & I keeps its doors wide open for young, budding artists who wish to display their work. A not-for-profit initiative that runs on a sustainability model, the café offers over 110 flavours of tea, with rosella flower tea being the most sought-after. The menu includes traditional Khasi food and the woodsy, rustic interiors has our heart. If you want a bit of Kashi Art Café, Kochi space also hosts art workshops and exhibitions. Every corner of this café speaks the language of art. Highly recommended options from the menu are French croquettes, tuna melt sandwiches, chicken Florentine, cold mocha, chicken salad sandwiches, and vegetable stroganoff. Address: HB MIG Colony, Koramangala 8th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka The Gallery Café, Hyderabad Making your way into The Gallery Café in Hyderabad is like stepping into an artist’s paradise. From the minute you enter to the moment you exit; this café is a visual and sensory treat. Your eyes are driven towards a tree that is the centrepiece around which the café has been built. This is the quintessential art café, a living-breathing fountain of creativity. Everything in the café demands a picture, and the interiors are beautifully decorated with literature, modern art, and pictures that have been chosen thoughtfully. Staying true to the artistic spirit, each piece of furniture is hand-painted, and the furnishing choices are equally unique. The huge space is enhanced by creative elements like curated books, contemporary art, and photographs. But what really sets the gallery apart is that you can buy anything you like, including the furniture! Address: H. No, 8-2-465, Street No. 4, Green Valley, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500034 added fun, they also have old-school board games placed across the café. The interiors are earthy and made from bamboo, and have a rustic vibe. The café does its bit for the environment by using eco-friendly materials. Address: Mawroh-Mawtawar Road, Umshing-Mawkynroh, Shillong, Meghalaya DYU Art Café, Bangalore Located in the heart of Koramangla, DYU Art Café is built as a Kerala-style bungalow focusing on Tharavadu architecture. Stone benches decorate the veranda by the entrance, and an art gallery adjoins the space with paintings by international artists decorating its walls. DYU Art Café is a vibrant space without being loud and relaxing without being boring. The café was inaugurated about seven years ago and now the art pieces are refreshed every three months with works from around the world. On the walls, youcanfindpaintingsby famous Indianartists like Ram Achal and Roshani Ingole. The café is a gallery, with works from children as well as local and international artists and the The Gallery Café, Hyderabad 14|L U X E B O O K|F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3 F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3 |L U X E B O O K| 15