A quaint northern suburb, Andheri West is becoming an increasingly popular neighborhood for young working professionals and families alike. “Andheri” which means “darkness” in Hindi is anything but gloomy today, boasting a quality assortment of cafes, breweries, and restaurants.
For remote workers looking to work out of coworking spaces, options are somewhat limited, with the two most accessible options being The Boardroom and Star Coworking. Both are affordable no-frills spaces suited to young coworkers, but The Boardroom offers event and shoot spaces too—perfect if you’re a makeup artist, fashion designer, photographer or stylist, or someone working with film industry clients from the next door suburb of Versova.
What Andheri West lacks in coworking spaces, it makes up for in work-friendly cafes. Apart from the usual suspects (Starbucks, Coffee by Di Bella), check out Magari, which has a lovely outdoorsy feel with plenty of light and plants. Other options include Bistro 1, 1BHK (where you might spot the odd Bollywood celebrity) and Cat Cafe Studio, home to tens of furry felines for you to play with on your breaks.
Working out of a cafe in Andheri West is far more wholesome (and dare I say, peaceful) than other neighborhoods most days, because there’s no office crowd wandering in once work is done. You can easily settle in for the whole day and, depending on where you choose, stay till late (Bistro 1, for instance, is open between 10 am and midnight).
The neighborhood is also home to several bars for post-work drinks. If you’re looking for a cold beer on a hot, muggy Mumbai day, head to Independence Brewing Company. For a space that’s a little more about the “vibes,” try The Little Door. This is an especially popular brunch spot that lies behind a little blue door; check their social media for updates on their weekly live music set.
Akanksha Singh is a writer and journalist based between Mumbai and Lisbon.
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