Inside India’s ‘Dying’ Irani Cafés

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From the BBC series ‘India on a Plate’, about the Irani cafés of old world charm in Mumbai that used to be hugely popular. Published June 29, 2016

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Persian-style cafés, known as Irani cafés, have been a part of Mumbai’s culture since the 19th century. Many believe that the cafés broke down social barriers and religious taboos to become an important part of the city’s public life. But these institutions are steadily dying out.

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The food is fresh, delicious and much more reasonably priced than many of the swanky cafés that dot the city. But nice prices and exotic confectionery don’t seem to be saving the day for these cafés.

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B. Merwan. 100 year-old restaurant in Mumbai; known as Irani restaurant and a land mark of Mumbai.

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