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Poignant photos of the last of Mumbai’s iconic Irani cafes

Mumbai is famous for many things, and one of those things is its street-corner ‘Irani cafes‘ which ‘sprouted up in the late 18th and early 19th centuries due to an influx of Persian immigrants’.

They sell ‘sugary milk tea and bun-muska (freshly baked bread lathered with butter)’, where actors, workers and out-of-work youth spent loads of time. Today, the cafes are closing down and making way for fast-food restaurants and chain cafes. In fact, no more than 25 of these cafes survive. Take a look at these photos to see the quaint charm of each cafe and hope that history doesn’t get bulldozed in favor for profit.

Via Al Jazeera

One of the iconic Irani Cafes in Mumbai, populated with local youth, workers and even actors
One of the iconic Irani Cafes in Mumbai, populated with local youth, workers and even actors
Workers at one of the Irani Cafes in Mumbai
Workers at one of the Irani Cafes in Mumbai
Workers at one of the Irani Cafes in Mumbai
A selection of treats behind the counter of a Mumbai Irani Cafe
One of Mumbai's Irani Cafes
One of the iconic Irani Cafes in Mumbai, populated with local youth, workers and even actors
Locals gather outside a popular Mumbai Irani Cafe

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.