Eat for a cause: Restaurants in India that offer more than just food

Eat for a cause: Restaurants in India that offer more than just food
Eat for a cause: Restaurants in India that offer more than just food

Social inequality has become one of the top recent concerns of India, and it is now time to contribute towards the society besides the environment. We need to be humble and helpful towards those people who find it difficult to sustain in the Indian society. Some of the ways to contribute include spreading awareness, helping the underprivileged through different mediums, and from feeding to creating jobs for the differently-abled.

Here are some unusual restaurants and cafes in India that serve delicious food behind a particular cause.

Echoes Cafe, Satya Niketan, Delhi

At Echoes Cafe, you can be greeted by the smiling faces, where the differently-abled servers understand the dishes through codes and signs. You will be given notepads to write down your order, and for frequent requests, there are placards, and light bulbs are placed on all tables when the orders are ready to be placed. Another outlet has opened in North Campus where students are found indulging in the mouth-watering shakes.

Where: 1st, 17, Satyaniketan Marg, Satya Niketan, South Moti Bagh, New Delhi

Call: +91 9999258597

Timings: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM

Book Cafe, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

This cafe serves delicious coffee, snacks, and other beverages and offers gorgeous views of the mountains that surround it. The cafe is run by four prison inmates named Jai Chand, Yogi Raj, Ram Lal, and Raj Kumar serving life-term in Kaithu Jail close to Shimla. An in-house library is also available in the cafe where you can sit and read.

Where: akka Bench, The Ridge, The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Call: 01772628851

Timings: 10.00 AM – 7.30 PM

Kalakkal Cafe, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Started by an NGO named Vidya Sagar, this cafe is an unusual one that serves meals to the differently abled. The menus are presented in Braille, flooring is fall resistant, along with handrails and ramps in two colours for the wheelchair-bound.

Where: No 1, Ranjith Road, Kotturpuram, Chennai

Call: 04422364712

Timings: 5.00 PM – 9.00 PM (Saturday)

Mirchi & Mime, Mumbai, Maharashtra

This restaurant is supported by the hearing and speech impaired servers. The communication between the guests and servers takes place through sign languages and through images representing the dishes on the menu. Guests need to point out the selection and communicate the number of portions.

Where: Trans Ocean House, Lake Boulevard, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, Mumbai

Call: 02241415151

Timings: 12.30 PM – 3.30 PM, 6.30 PM – 11.00 PM

Cafe Positive, Kolkata, West Bengal

Cafe Positive is the first coffee shop in Asia run by HIV-positive youth. Located in Jodhpur Park in Kolkata, the purpose of the cafe is to widen the minds of the people who are still stuck up in the HIV stigma. Kallol Ghosh is the owner of the place who thought of doing something to help the HIV-positive patients.

Where: 524A, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata, West Bengal

Call: 07044266000

Timings: 11.00 AM – 8.00 PM

Sheroes’ Hangout, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Started in 2014 by the Stop Acid Attack NGO, the aim of Sheroes’ Hangout aims to build confidence and the spirit of independence among the acid attack victims. Besides just food, you can also purchase crafts and paintings made by the staff of the cafe, and performances are also held on the stage.

Where: Sheroes’ Hangout Opp The Gateway Hotel (Taj View) Fatehabad Road, Agra

Call: 05624000401

Timings: 10.00 AM – 9.30 PM


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