Shimla’s Barista to close by month end

Shimla: The well known Barista coffee shop located in the heart of Shimla is closing down by the end of this month after around nine years.


Located on the Mall opposite the historic Gaiety theatre, the Barista outlet has been a popular haunt with locals as well as Indian and foreign tourists who throng this hill station round the year.

Tommy Hilfiger apparels has come up with a far more lucrative rent offer and will oust Barista which is unable to pay such a high rent.

“The Barista store on the Mall has emerged as a landmark. Besides tourists it attracts Shimla’s whos who in the last decade or so of its existence,” said one regular coffee drinker

Barista has so far failed to find a suitable place to shift into on the Mall. Which means coffee drinkers here will have to learn to get used to without Barista coffee.

Shimla’s Mall road houses some of the best known MNC brands. Apparel MNC stores out-number the rest in fashion crazy Shimla.

(The news story was published earlier with the byline of Baldev S Chauhan in Business Standard)

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8 Responses to "Shimla’s Barista to close by month end"

  1. Renzen Lopden Bodh   October 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Ouch! Lots of hearts are going to be crushed.

  2. Earthling   October 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    How dissappointing! It was indeed a lovely place to hang out and watch the world go by. I, as a westerner, find the western fashion brand stores totally uninteresting.

  3. Ashwanikaul   October 7, 2010 at 1:21 am

    A very -2 sad news to me , Barista is only fav, place

  4. VarunM   October 7, 2010 at 4:41 am

    To whom is the rent paid by shops on the mall, All pay to govt or are there private players involved as well?
    Tommy Hilfiger for a Coffee house, sad state,
    Yet another clothes shop, just what Shimla needs, utterly unnecessary overpriced products made dirt cheap in India & co. countries but sold as if imported from the moon.
    Foreigners need to find a new place i guess now 🙂

  5. viplav   October 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    never been there….was it any good

  6. VIVEK MOHAN.   October 8, 2010 at 5:04 am

    My fav hang out while there…sad !

    • NITYIN   October 8, 2010 at 5:51 am

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  7. VIVEK MOHAN.   October 14, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Also TH may pay obscene amount as rent whwt about the designer line of TH ? Who’s going to buy the designer TH line so often anyway…so BARISTA returns!


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