During my visits to Shimla, one thing that I’ve always missed is the easy happy culture of small cafes that one enjoys in Manali, Chandigarh or even in Delhi. Though everyone goes to Shimla for its amazing climate, clean air and open skies, during stroll on the Mall Road, or walks around the city, only options you’re left with is Fine Dining, road side dhabas or old restaurants.

I recently came across a Cafe quietly sitting in the middle Bazaar down the stairs which are famous for Chhole Bhatoore, run by a young couple passionate about food and music. Cafe EBR is a new addition to the town and pretty much answers the question. When I visited this place for the first time, I actually had this thought that Cafe Culture in Shimla is giving itself a second Chance!

 

EBR Cafe

 

This new delight cafe is a small venture of a young couple out of Shimla, Shiven and his wife Vipasha. Shiven is a cheerful guy, a musician and finance industry expert before he started out with the cafe and Vipasha is a locally known professional dietician. The menu is healthy and planned by her keeping in view the health aspects of the food and offers a separate health menu to the health conscious!

The EBR Cafe offers Mexican and Italian food with a few experiments on Indian Street food. They also have Super fulfilling wraps and Salad Bowls. Do not forget to ask for Malaai Momos if you are serious about yummy experiments. If you want to feel extra special they even offer Detox Shots to get your  metabolism on track. Rs. 500 for two feeds you well.

Other Well known Cafes in the town have paved the way for new entrants by setting the tone. Wake n Bake, a cafe located on the Mall Road stands out to serve you Italian food.

Then there is Cafe Under Tree with its unique concept of interiors and and amazing location at the top of Shimla, nestled in the middle of deodar trees behind the famous Jakhoo temple, you’ll not find new anything in terms of food, but its a fantastic place to chill with your dear ones.

Cafe Shimla Times is one place that won’t let you miss the glitz of the Cafes in big cities. They offer you a variety of food and Bottled Beer.

If you’ve been an old timer to Shimla, you must be missing the Park Cafe that once served as the centre of youngster’s retreat in the town but closed at the moment. Apart from these places, Shimla as a town didn’t have anything to boast about any place as a Cafe that you could enter carefree and enjoy.

 

Cafe under Tree

Cafe culture seems to take a grip in the once colonial town of Shimla with youngsters showing their interest in culinary arts.

 

To experience the town of Shimla from an insider’s view and get along the local way of living, check out these experiences.

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Health Food Tour in Local Cafe

Health Food Tour in Local Cafe run by a Local Professional Dietician in Shimla. Chat with the Local expert while
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Healthy Italian Food Experience and Chat with Pro Dietician

Health Food Tour in Local Cafe run by a Local Professional Dietician in Shimla. Chat with the Local expert while
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Romantic Date at Café Under Tree (Highest Café in Shimla)

Special Romantic Date at Café  Under Tree (Highest Café  in Shimla). A fairy tale treatment to the couple to never forget
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Rent a Mountain Bike in Shimla

Rent a mountain bike in Shimla and explore the trails and valley roads around the town. Feel the freedom and
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There are numerous interesting avenues in Himachal when its comes to experiencing the local culture and enjoying the scapes of nature. Walk and Monastery visit in Dharamshala with Jubin Mehta is one packed experience where the well known writer/ journalist Jubin takes you on a walk to visit local villages and a monastery in Dharamshala.

 

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Exploratory Village walk with a local writer

We'll walk from Gyuto Karma Monastery (Sidhbari, 9km downhill from Dharamshala town to village Banordu from there along fields and
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Jubin Mehta

Jubin is an old timer at YourStory. Deeply entrenched in the Indian startup ecosystem, he is currently focused on building ‘Slow Tech’ for YourStory. He operates from the mountains of Himachal Pradesh where he plays with technology, farming and eco-construction.

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Jubin moved to mountains leaving the noise of cities behind and chose Dharamshala as his place of choice. He is learning local ways of living, farming and running a print publication named “Sadho”. An engineer from NIT Surat, he explores new startups in India across domains. His interest in sustainable living has taken him to Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.

Its time to join him on this interesting experience of Walk and Monastery visit in Dharamshala.

 

Shimla Summer Festival

Shimla Summer Festival is an extravaganza organised by the state administration every year in the month of June at the historic Ridge ground. Though making an exception this year due to water crisis in June, Shimla summer festival has been rebranded as Shimla Fest and is being organised in the month of September.

Shimla Fest 2018

Shimla Fest 2018 begins on 20th September 2018, inaugurated by the governor Acharya Devvrat at around 4:30 PM and will continue upto around 10:00 PM in the night.

The conclusion of the Shimla Festival will be observed on 23rd September 2018 with Chief Minister Jairam Thakur’s presence.

Enthusiastic school children will be participating and presenting cultural and musical performances. Musical Performances by local celebrity singers and a star night are the main attractions of this festival.

Mohit Chauhan to Perform at Shimla Fest 2018

It is being announced in the media channels that star performer Mohit Chauhan , who hails from the state of Himachal Pradesh itself would be performing this year at the summer festival Shimla fest. Locals as well as tourists are excited about it and flocking to the hill station to attend the event.

Mohit Chauhan will be performing on 23rd of September 2018 as a closing mega act.

 

LocalGuy is offering cool micro tours in Shimla while you enjoy your vacation

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Phone Call Tour Guide in Shimla

Phone Call Support Local Tour Guide in Shimla is an easy and cost effective way to simplify the travel experience.
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Tour of Sacred Gurudwara in Shimla

Tour the 4 must visit Gurudwaras in Shimla, and meet the local community. Offer prayers and experience the richness of
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Healthy Italian Food Experience and Chat with Pro Dietician

Health Food Tour in Local Cafe run by a Local Professional Dietician in Shimla. Chat with the Local expert while
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Eco-Camp Setting Experience in Jakhu Hills

One of the pleasant outdoor experience in Shimla is a gentle walk around Jakhu Hill and a small camp setup

Shimla is a well known hill station known for the Snowy Winters, British Architecture and lush green hills in the surroundings. With a lot of things to do in Shimla, mostly the local aspect of the British era town gets shadowed under the magnificence of the old architecture and cool climate.

Apart from having a close connection to local community, the local food, local clothing, people and cultural aspects get mostly ignored. To take you to this hidden land, we’re going to talk about 10 Local Things to do in Shimla.

 

5 Local Things to do in Shimla

Connect with Local People

Connect with local people, considered one of the most helpful and easy to get along with community in India, people of Shimla are supportive, will help you around and tell you how life gets along in Shimla. Share your story with them and hear local tales from the local people of Shimla.

Eat Local Food in Shimla

Being a hilly region, the way of life is completely different here. So is the food. Himachali food is known for its richness in flavour and protein along with carrying an old traditional touch. Better Served as a meal called “Himachali Dham”.

Visit Local markets, places around Shimla

Mostly people visiting Shimla are well acquainted with The Mall Road and The Ridge Ground, most of the local places and markets around get ignored and travellers do not get the real essence of the place.  Three local markets and places around Shimla worth visiting are Sanjauli, Nav Bahar and Hussan Valley.

Local Walks on traffic restricted roads in Shimla

If you’ve heard people complaining about traffic on the roads to Shimla or the local roads in Shimla, you must get on local walks to avoid the traffic. Shimla is internally very well connected and with the help of a local host, an outsider can enjoy beautiful sunsets, sunrises and different colors across the town at different time of the day. Walk on less crowded scenic roads inside Shimla, traffic is restricted on these reads.

Eat Momos in street food shops around Mall Road

If you’re in Shimla, you just cant miss the Momos and the love for the Chinese delicacy the locals have. Don’t feel shy to ask locals where to find the best ones, you may start with Krishna Bakers on the Mall for simple yummy momos and The EBR Cafe in the Middle Bazaar for a more youthful version of Malaai Momos.

 

Though, the list can go on and on, its better to find a local host and explore the untouched aspects about Shimla. Find all the experiences hosted by locals and experience places like locals.

 

Experiences offered by Local Hosts in Shimla

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Healthy Italian Food Experience and Chat with Pro Dietician

Health Food Tour in Local Cafe run by a Local Professional Dietician in Shimla. Chat with the Local expert while
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Early Bird!

Eco-Camp Setting Experience in Jakhu Hills

One of the pleasant outdoor experience in Shimla is a gentle walk around Jakhu Hill and a small camp setup
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Rent a Mountain Bike in Shimla

Rent a mountain bike in Shimla and explore the trails and valley roads around the town. Feel the freedom and
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Mountain Biking in Country Side around Shimla

Splashing through waterfalls, streams and rivers enjoy an outdoor lunch by a riverside and drive back with wonderful Himalayan memories.
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Warm Welcome Ceremony on Arrival in Shimla

A Warm Welcome Ceremony on Arrival in Shimla is all about a pre-organised small ceremony specially designed to make you feel
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Himachal Pradesh is a peaceful and quiet state with very friendly local residents. People are welcoming and seldom create any trouble to the tourists. You should be mindful about the following things when you come to Himachal Pradesh:

  1. Avoid indulging with commission agents and explore the local attractions in the state.
  2. Be kind to local community, connect with as many locals as possible and ask them for recommendations about local experiences in Himachal.
  3. Find reviews of local businesses on internet before making bookings.
  4. Use information provided by Tourism Information Centres setup by Tourism Department.
  5. Find Local Experiences rather than touristy destinations and experiences.
  6. Keep enough cash handy because you will not find al lot of local businesses accepting digital payments.
  7. Try to visit Himachal during fruit crop seasons mostly ranging from April to October other than the snowy winters.

For more information check out local experiences hosted by locals on the LocalGuy | Local Experiences by Local Hosts

Picnic and SightSeeing at Bhanuti Near Shimla

Simple, a short walk through the forest to enjoy the beauty of nature, best for photography and camping.
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Plant a tree in Shimla | Leave Trees not Trash behind

Take this activity and we'll take you to the nearest green zone where you can plant a a sapling, which
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Cycling Through Mashobra and Rafting in Chabba

Shimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets;
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Bike and Hike Adventure Bashleo Pass, Jalori Pass, Tirthan Valley

Cradled within a yet untouched forest heartland, the Jalori Pass offers Nature’s breathing life– bountiful flora and fauna amidst the
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Kasol, Tosh & Kheerganga with Local People

Breathing, Eating and Walking on the Nature's lap. Mesmerizing Kasol, Tosh and Kheerganga Trekking and camping is one way to leave
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Mountain Biking in Country Side around Shimla

Splashing through waterfalls, streams and rivers enjoy an outdoor lunch by a riverside and drive back with wonderful Himalayan memories.
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