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Where to eat in Mysore

Looking for the best food in Mysore? For Where Chefs Eat, chef Dina Weber shares her list of local haunts to eat.

Sourdough, choux pastry, pies and eclairs aren’t the baked goods you’d immediately associate with Mysuru, which is best known for its crispy ghee dosas, idlis, vadas, kesari bath and saagu Poori. . But Sapa, a quaint bakery in Jayalakshmipuram has brought all this and more to the city. Dina Weber, baker and founder of Sapa, originally started baking in her home kitchen. Now she has people traveling from Hyderabad and Bengaluru coming to Mysuru to try her pastries.

A barista and bartender at her home in Germany, Weber made frequent backpacking trips to Asia to feed her travel bug. During her trip to India in 2015, she met her husband in Hampi and the two traveled the country together before finally settling in Mysuru. Food has always been important to Weber, who grew up in a family where eating well and eating together was of the utmost importance. During her travels, she found ways to feel more connected to food – the baker worked on farms in Kerala, Uttarakhand and Auroville, in cafes in Goa and Leh and as a cook canteen in Krishnamurti’s schools.

Although Sapa started in the kitchen of her home, her popularity among the locals quickly grew. Weber would post a new menu every week on a Whatsapp group with customers, who would arrive on Saturdays to pick up their favorite pastries and cakes. “It was a pretty hidden thing that ended up creating this secret studio bakery atmosphere where you can get something special every Saturday,” she says. Thanks to pandemic deliveries and baking experiments, the bakery has become what it is today. “I wanted to have a place where there are pastries and coffee and where people can sit and read a book. I’m not a big fan of chains, I love small cafes where you know the waiters and where you can feel very comfortable.”

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Here, Weber lists local gems you need to bookmark for your next visit to Mysuru.

Where to eat in Mysore

Chow Chow Bath Cafe

“It’s a local’s retirement project, it’s him and his wife who cook. They just do really good simple home cooked meals for breakfast and dinner that aren’t oily or greasy, plus coffee. Every day there is a new dish on the menu and the seats are just stools. It feels very down to earth and local. There are people from all walks of life at this place – more traditional and older customers who enjoy this type of food as well as young people. It’s really affordable too. I usually get kesari bhath, idlis and dosa. Next to the corner house, Valmiki road

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