Review: Wake & Bake Café, The Mall Road, Shimla, India

The balmiest café I have visited so far.

The brown wooden stairs lead us to Wake & Bake Café; two (one and a half, given that one is headless) cats welcome us. My eyes lit up as I enter. Misha with her warm smile receives us. I and dad grab a seat as he admires the wall with abstract figures. My hands continue to tremble and shake but the balmy café quickly warms me up. I look at the seat next to mine, it is occupied by a young couple, they look happy in their world (the newly wed world).

Wake & Bake Café offers a blend of Italian, Continental and Middle Eastern cuisines. I decide and order a cappuccino, Margherita pizza, and dad orders Chai (tea). Unlike the everyday pizza we eat, in Wake & Bake Café you get square shaped pizza. The Margherita pizza is neatly done, nicely topped with cheese. The crust is not very crunchy but I would say it is on the gooey side and I have no complaints as it melts in my mouth. At Rs. 70, the dish is a good deal.

The hot cup of cappuccino is divine and goes well with the Margherita pizza. The Chai has a calming effect on dad as he forgets that mum has asked us to come back as soon as we can.
By the way you must try the Engadine and Carrot cake, they are extraordinary and the sweetness is apt.

Interiors of Wake & Bake Café

The interiors have been artfully designed and shouts and horns for Misha, the lady who painted the mystical wall and the work is in progress. The tone of the interior is warm with wooden ceiling and furniture, and yellow walls. You can sip your coffee and munch your lunch with the colossal Himalayas, just grab your plates (you can ask for some help here) and climb up the stairs. The porch, with tables for 6-8 people, provides a stunning view of the mountains and trust me, you cannot ask for more.

Trance music fills the café and brings out the creativity (if you happen to be a writer, poet, musician or dancer). I am in love with the whole look and feel of this place and would highly recommend my readers to come here and have a tasty time.

Rating: 4.5/5


The Last Haiku for September and more

Free Haiku

The wanting exists

you are happiest with her

my feelings must die.


Battlefield Haiku

Every day without you

is like fighting a battle

my heart yearns for you.


Agile Haiku

He comes with his tool

and his fingers run like spider

as he nails it.

To Alex Webster for being so awesome.


Waltz Haiku


she starts her session

and I gape.


Sleep Haiku

His lifeless body

rests calmly near the road

we watch and walk off.

To us who want tragedy from a safe distance and enjoy.


Paradox Haiku

Blossoming friendship

enter chaos, confusion

can someone save it?


Hummingbird Haiku

Tiny you start to fly

the nectar invites you

O! my hummingbird.


Birth Haiku

Half dead I drag myself

the much needed hot brew

I am born again.


September was a month I can’t forget, so much has happened in life, but one thing that stayed with me was haiku. I tried to write everyday, sometimes missed the prompts but in the end I am so happy that I composed on all the prompts. I met some really cool haiku poets at Haiku Heights. April, O! April please come soon.