For alcoholic drinks, try the locally brewed wines such as apricot, plum and apple & ginger cider. In predominantly Tibetan areas, a rice wine known as Chang is popular.

Lobby Lounge
Chaura Maidan
Drinks Rs 200-300
24 hours

The Lobby Lounge is in the soaring 5-story atrium of the Oberoi. A good place to enjoy tea or a quiet drink in an elegant atmosphere. A roaring fire in the winters adds to the colonial charm.


"Rendezvous", located less than a minute walk from Christ Church on The Mall, across from "Alfa Restruant". Somewhat hidden, this restaurant/bar offers good Bollywood tunes, a nice cozy interior and strong drinks. Try to order the monkey glad but it's not guaranteed they will have the ingredients.


Cafe Coffee Day
5 The Mall
Cappuccino Rs 120
in The Devicos

Similar to Barista, although not quite as good. Another branch at Mama's Kitchen NH22, Dharampur, Solan District.

Indian Coffee House
The Mall

Indian Coffee House ICH, Mall Road. Indian coffee house ICH is a favourite with the locals, although not as trendy as barista or ccd, ICH retains the charm of bygone era. Cheap coffee and town gossipp make it a favourite with locals.

Fire Station Cafe
Indian Institute of Advanced Study

IIAS is the erstwhile Viceroy Lodge which is a Victorian era building. The IIAS has renovated its old fire station complex. The old structure which housed fire station, post office, squash court, and now swimming pool, besides a garage during British era was converted into a ‘Book shop-cum- souvenir shop’. Once you have completed the conducted tour of the IIAS, you can relax over a cup of coffee or tea and soak in the environment.

Himachal is known as the fruit-bowl of India. It has a thriving food processing industry that churns out fruit-based drinks, squashes and concentrates. The most famous flavors are plum, litchi, strawberry, mango and guava.

You can also try the real aqua minerale spring water available near the source if you are trekking!