What if we told you, you can experience the mesmerising charm of Shillong at the new Cafe Shillong in Zoo Road? Tucked away in a cosy corner at The Guwahati Address (TGA) by Center Point, you will be instantly transported to the ‘Shillong vibes’ with wallstones from Cherrapunji at the main entrance, and wooden interiors and rooms festooned with lush green plants.
With an outdoor sit-out space – a signature mark Café Shillong – the café also has a third dimension in the form of a mezzanine that looks out to the street in front. It has vibrant aesthetics and colours, incorporated cleverly to signify the energy of the fast-growing Guwahati city and its youth.
The cafe serves up some popular dishes and the ones we recommend are Momos, Thukpa, Café Shillong noodles with Fresh/Smoked Pork, Pork Bastenga, Pork Spare Ribs and Lasagne. The pork that it serves gets sourced from the Highlands of Shillong, making all their pork dishes special, and its coffee beans are produced in a particular coffee estate in Chikmaglur, Karnataka! It also has a great collection of wine and beer, and serves up some delicious cocktails.
Cafe Shillong at TGA has some exciting events to look forward to – live music on Saturdays, electronic sun-downers on Sundays, and screening of live gigs and football matches, including other sports on a big projection screen!
Cafes and art go hand-in-hand. Hanging proudly is a painting that depicts a tale of the two dynamic cities of the North East – Shillong and Guwahati. Painted by Benedict S Hynniewta (artist, musician and professor of art) and Benjamin Syiem, it symbolises the journey and connection between these two cities, and incorporates many facets and landmarks of both the places through the medium of comic humour. Besides spending several days in the city themselves, for the Guwahati canvas, they took inputs from Professor Bedanta Kalita who teaches Art History at NEHU.