LE 15 CAFÉ IS A SANCTUARY IN COLABA
Le 15 Café is a sugar lover’s delight. In addition to the desserts, it also has a savoury menu that includes salads, sandwiches, and croissants along with coffee and tea.
Le 15 Café, Shop No. 18, Lansdowne House, Behind Regal Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai 400 001. Phone: 097693 41994
Walking into Le 15 Café if you don’t eat sugar is not for the faint-hearted. The first thing you see through the glass front door, before you even set foot inside, is the dessert display – rows and rows of macarons, cupcakes, and desserts lined up and sitting pretty, looking as delicious as they no doubt taste. Avert your gaze and walk right past it to the tables. The coast is clear.
It’s 5 p.m., and the café is surprisingly empty. I’m not complaining. This is when I get to enjoy a few minutes of solitude before my friends get here. Acoustic Ellie Goulding is playing from the speakers, and the evening light is streaming in from the large bay windows. You can almost forget you’re mere feet away from the noise, crowds, and pollution of Colaba Causeway. This is a little sanctuary in one of the busiest neighbourhoods in the city, the perfect spot to take a breather and slow down a busy day while sipping on a good cup of coffee.
You have to give them full marks for tying up with Blue Tokai. It’s easily the best coffee in town, and Le 15 Café makes an excellent iced Americano. Pair your coffee with a croissant – a buttery, flaky, fresh croissant I devour – and it’s the perfect slice of Paris without actually being in Paris. For those who do eat sugar, I’ve heard the desserts are divine. You wouldn’t expect any less from Pooja Dhingra.
Feature photograph courtesy Le 15 Café