Black-and-white and sepia pictures of erstwhile rulers of Travancore adorn the cream walls. Small red sofas and tables make cosy corners on either side. A pleasant woman named Kala greets you and brings you the menu. Two young guys from Manipur wait behind the counter for your orders.
News flashes, entertainment bits beam from the flat-screen, wall-mounted television.
That is HotSpot Cafe, the three-month-old eatout on the Kowdiar to Ambalamukku road.
“We specialise in coffee, all kinds of them,” says Kala. Everything from filter coffee to cappuccino to cold coffee is covered in the menu. “And then there are burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, etc.”
The ambiance and choice of menu seem to lure in the youngsters of Trivandrum to the joint, the concept of which comes from Chennai, according to Kala. “Many college kids visit us. The students of PA Aziz college frequent us the most,” she adds.
“I like the place for its compactness and cosiness,” says Arjun, a college student.
The cafe is open on all days, including Sundays, from 9am to 10pm.