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Winter and tea go hand in hand. They are just made for each other. A cup of hot, spiced and aromatic tea sets the tone right for the day. Let’s explore few of Delhi’s best tea spots this winter. Let the aroma of ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom fill your senses!
Located in Delhi’s prettiest lane called Champa Gali, Jugmug Thela has basic wooden décor, wide-open space, gravel path that gives a Parisian feel, and a nice positive vibe that flows here, make it one of the most wanted hangout tea joints.
Jugmug Thela’s Masala Chai, 12 Secret Herb Chai, and Hojmi Cha Black Lemon have made a mark for themselves. The exclusive collection also sees herb-infused teas like Kinnow and Rose Earl Grey - pretty distinct and different, Te Mourno (Moroccan Tea) to name a few. Pair your tea with Banana Walnut Marble Cake, Open sandwiches like Wasabi Cream and Pear or the Chilli, Potato Mozzarella Toast.
Shangri-La’s - Eros Hotel has transformed its lobby lounge into a tea room called Mister Chai.
The Namkeen Ka Dabba is a great combo with Cutting or Meri Apni Cutting Chai. Their fermented tea selection sees collection from estate like Waltrim, Kenilworth - bright and brisk with a minty spice feel. The Camomile and Peppermint herbal collection is available in variations of infusions. Their regional infusions Kahwa and Kali Mirch are fine examples of cultures across India. They brew tea in front of you, so, customize it to suit your palate.
Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge is a perfect hangout place to indulge in some of the finest tea and conversations.
Sip over 45 variety of handpicked teas (from the hills of Darjeeling, Assam or from anywhere across the globe). Spread across two floors, this spacious outlet offers the best Masala Chai, apart from their classics Nilgiri Tea, Oolong Tea and tea cocktails. Pair it with all-time favourites like Bran Panini, Baked Vada Pav, Veg Focaccia, Chocolate Brownie or a warm Chocolate Muffin. And, if you are highly impressed with their teas then you can even buy their Wagh Bakri Packaged Tea.
There are quite a few places where you can pick a book of your choice and sip your favourite tea. One such place is Cha bar.
This urban contemporary space tucked inside Oxford Bookstore offers an enviable choice of teas from Flowering Teas, Organic Teas, Herbal Teas, Diet Teas, Fruit Teas, to an exclusive range of Darjeeling, Nilgiri, Sikkim and Oolong along with some best of the Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Moroccan and more. One can even enjoy a great variety of savouries like Falafel Hummus in Pita Pockets, Erachi Pathiri or salads like Classic Caesar and more. Do not miss their Walnut Cookies.
Elma's Bakery, Hauz Khas
Vintage European crockery, pastel walls, an old grandfather clock are a few things that will entice you once you step in Elma’s Bakery. Tucked in the lanes of Hauz Khas Village, this is an Instagram-worthy place.
Their High Tea comes in a three-tier tray, available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options offering a mix of scones, homemade cakes, finger sandwich with tea of your choice (choose from Darjeeling, Assam, Earl Grey, Jasmine, Red Rose, Grany’s Garden and more). Their sandwiches are made with some great breads, one can pack their Baguettes home too. Do try Elma's signature cakes such as Victoria Sponge, Berry Fudge, New York-style Cheesecake, Carrot Cake and more.
A former journalist with 11+ experience, is now an eminent home chef in the Ayandrali, is fond of reading about the history of food, travelling to explore different cuisine and more. With her years of practical food knowledge and hands-on cooking experience, Ayandrali is currently teaching in NIFT spreading her culinary knowledge along with keeping up her zest for Travel and Food alive. Her work has also been published in Times of India, Times Food, Food Tak, The Hindu, Mail Today, HuffPost India.