With no morning starting off without a cup of chai (tea), we Indians are always on a hunt to explore chai addas (places). If you are a true connoisseur of chai unlike me, then chances are you won’t be satisfied with outlets such as Starbucks, Café Coffee Day or even Barista. Are you also surrounded by people who keep asking you to meet them at Starbucks or any other coffee place? Here are some of the best places that serve you a cup of chai/tea to satisfy your cravings.
Chai Point is an Indian tea company and a cafe chain which focus on the tea-based beverages. This Indian Café specializing in tea, is an ideal place for people Chai-lovers. Whether you prefer hot milk tea or black tea, Chai Point has it all. Apart from chai, you can also enjoy ice teas, milk shakes, and an all-day breakfast. They have got some nice food options such as Sandwiches, Maggi, Bun Maska, Poha and Casa Pao to go with your cup of tea. It is great for when you just need that mid-day snack between lunch and dinner, or even when you are running low on cash.
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This chain of cafes is a great place to catch up over a cup of chai. It is a casual cafe that works perfectly as a venue for meetings, catching up with friends over a cup of tea and small nibbles. They are known for their range of teas including Kulhad Chai and Tulsi Green Tea. The food here is more of a snacky affair with sandwiches and Nashta such as Bun Maska, Poha and Vada Pav as well as some sweet treats. The Samosa Chaat is an all-time favourite here as well. The Kashmiri Qwaha Chai is perfect for winters. In case you do not want to sip on to the chai’s on offer, you can go for the signature shakes like Cake Shake, Chocolate Shake and more. Also, you can customize the tea according to your choice and preferences under their ‘Meri Waali Chai’ menu.
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The concept of having long gup shups, reliving best moments on tea is lost in the fast-moving world. Hence, Tpot developed to bring back the concept of gup shup. They not only offer one of the best Masala Chai but also serve a wide variety of flavoured teas, ice chai, shakes and different varieties of nastha. The main attraction of the cafe is that they serve chai by the pot, and in kullars. Choose from hot pots such as Chamomile, Darjeeling, Oolong, Green and White, or cold numbers such as Berry Iced Tea, Chilled Masala Tea and Hibiscus Iced Tea. When the hunger pangs start acting up, order quick bites such as the Butter Chicken Wrap, Lamb Burger, pasta, paos, Malaysian Laksa, Chicken Nuggets or their freshly-made Tiramisu or Banana Walnut Cake.
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The Chai Story, Galleria Market, Gurgaon
The Chai Story came in 2015 with the focus to bring back the love of tea. This café chain or a tea room has a relaxing ambience with live kitchen, and nothing is pre-made. Every chai has a story to tell and the memories of those stories are cherished forever. Hence, The Chai Story makes that conversation a memorable one. The chai here is prepared fresh all day, every day, using the rarest and purest of the ingredients. Along with teas they also offer a wide range of snacks from pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, pita pockets, waffles, Maggie, momos and many more. Overall, it makes for a perfect tea break and The Chai Story understands that. Do not miss the Dark Chocolate Nutella Waffle, Chicken Momos, and Pizza Samosa.
Cha Bar, Connaught Place (CP), Central Delhi
The most comprehensive, serious collection of teas from India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan and even further afield. Not surprisingly, there are several single estate teas as well as rare specimens like white tea. Ayurvedic tea as well as cultural preparations make this delightful hub in the heart of Connaught Place an unmissable treat. There are snacks too, to go with your cup of tea, including chaat and patties. In the same premises is Oxford bookstore where you can linger over the books and enjoy a cup that cheers. The Strong Bop, Cha Bar Blend, Hindustani Cha and Red Velvet Cake are must-tries.
Jugmug Thela, Saidulajab, South Delhi
A great joint to enjoy a party after work. It serves a wide array of items from various cuisines and is quite well-known for its unique selection of dishes. This beautiful cafe is the charm of Champa Gali as the quirky decor captivates everybody's attention in seconds. You just can not miss out on this one as it is one of the best chai places in Delhi for sure. You must not miss the Hot Chocolate, Masala Tea, Brownie, Club Sandwich, Bombay Sandwich and Veg Sandwich.
Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge, D Mall, Netaji Subhash Place
This place welcomes you with aromatic wafts of cardamom the minute you enter. It is nice to see this old brand of tea re-invent itself as a chic café. The décor is interesting with a teacup chandelier, colorfully hand-painted teapots and framed posters of tea trivia and history; interesting to read as you wait for your cuppa. They have an elaborate and interesting menu which holds specials like Lemon Grass tea, Achari Paneer Sandwich, Blueberry Muffin and even desi Matthis to munch on.
No matter what time of day it is, we need our chai fix. As nothing is probably more refreshing than a hot of cup of chai after work or on one of those dull, slow days. And so, make a quick pit-stop at these places to grab exclusive combos/offers while you book through EazyDiner. Maybe you should convince your friends to visit these instead!
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Kruthika Dixit Kandpal, is an in-house creative writer for EazyDiner Pvt Ltd. She is a food enthusiast, social worker and blogger. She has contributed to the Safari India Magazine, The Statesman Newspaper, Wedding Vows Magazine, Sanchar Times and several other publications. Nothing is dearer to her than the joy of writing with her passion for food as the connection of food is not just with your tummy, but with your heart. In addition to writing a lot, Kruthika likes to eat and experiment with her cooking and gallivanting. And, if not inside the kitchen or at work, one can find her volunteering for NGO’s, exploring places, partying, travelling and shopping. She dreams of owning a restaurant one day and provide some notable contributions to the world of food.