From Leh to Kalimpong: the mountain cafes that the stars are crazy about this summer

Imagine filming in the desert of Rajasthan or a village in Haryana in scorching 40 degree temperatures and revisit your longing for the life of an actor. However, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Tiger Shroff, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Suhana Khan were lucky. Not only did they swap the scorching heat of the plains for the cool hill stations, but they also found the mountain cafes perfect for relaxing. From Leh to Ooty, Kalimpong to Srinagar, here are the mountain cafes stars love.

From tiramisu to thukpa: here’s what the stars feast on in these hillside cafes

Alchi Kitchen, Leh

This Ladakhi restaurant run by Nilza Wangmo, winner of the Nari Shakti Puraskar, showcases the region’s traditional cuisine and ingredients. In the six years since it opened, Alchi Kitchen, an all-female business, has gained enough of a reputation to entice people to travel 66 km from Leh to eat here. Maybe that’s why Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, Jackky Bhagnani, Rakul Preet and the rest of the crew of Ganapath landed here recently after finishing a day of filming. After a leisurely meal of Tibetan delicacies, the whole team also spent time with the staff and posed for photos. Bollywood endorsement aside, the restaurant deserves its spotlight for preserving and promoting authentic Ladakhi cuisine in a venue dominated by cookie-cutter momo-Maggi joints.

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Neena’s Kitchen, Kalimpong

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement