They don't make charming and quaint places like these any more...'The Cafe', which is a part of Valley View Homestay, is so reminiscent of cottages and shops with an old-world charm as opposed to the thoroughly modern coffee shops these days.
Located bang on the main road somewhere between the Army Golf Course and Majkhali, it catches your attention because of its quaintness. And when you enter the place you feel as if you've stepped back in time when hill stations had similar places with a strong British flavour. The place is done up beautifully with red and white curtains and tablecloths and interesting decorative pieces placed in nooks and corners--the rooster motif is rather strong! There's seating arrangement in the long balcony too, where one can enjoy the view of the Himalayas and clouds playing about in the valley below. Aah, bliss--for a weary traveller!
The menu on offer is different from what one expects to find in those parts. The open sandwiches and cold coffee were really good. There's a small gift shop "Fine Things' next to it and another outlet selling locally-made products (especially shawls, stoles, etc.)
We'd stopped for some snacks this time, but I'd definitely want to go back there another time to experience the homestay as well.
Travellers have left their comments on paper napkins and tissues which are pinned to a board near the entrance. Oh yes, they also sell homemade cakes and tarts and so on!