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Time for cha cha

A cosy hangout, a cup of garma garam chai and great company — what else do you need on a rainy day?

india Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:10 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times

It’s that time of the year again — steaming hot cuppas and pakoras beckon you as the rains fall free. HT City brings you some
tea-rooms in the city, where you can sip on some sweet (and spicy) garma garam chai.

Cha Bar
Located inside Oxford Bookstore, the place is perfect for some chai with books for company The place serves dozens of varieties of tea, some with fancy names, such as Bollywood Masala, Truck Drivers, 100 Meel Ki Cha, and Purple Rose, among many others. Do try out the ham sandwich and walnut muffin. Take a seat by the window and enjoy the view.
Where: Oxford Bookstore, Statesman House, Barakhamba Road;
Tel: 43587122

Aap Ki Pasand
The first thing that greets you when you enter this shop is the aroma of freshly brewed tea. Though this is more popular as a shop that sells several varieties of tea, you can also come here and select your favourite tea leaf and ask for it to be prepared fresh for you. Try out the full-bodied Summer Tips Darjeeling tea.
Where: Sterling House, 15, Netaji Subhash Marg, Delhi Gate Road (Opp. Post Office) Daryaganj;
Tel: 23260373

In A Tea Cup
This tea lounge on the second floor of Legends of India restaurant overlooks Connaught Place – a perfect view on a rainy day. Select from any of the vast range of exotic teas. Pair your cuppa with an assortment of pakoras to make your chai-in-the-monsoon experience even better.
Where: Legends of India, N50, Outer Circle, Connaught Place;
Tel: 9899906060

Passion—My Cup of Tea
This swanky tea lounge is quite popular with the young crowd. They have a variety of tea offerings, though some have been changed to suit modern taste-buds, and are thus different from the traditional preparations. Try Caramelised Cinnamon, almond or hazelnut teas, or the elaichi and ginger tea if you prefer traditional brews.
Where: 60, PVR Community Centre, Vasant Vihar;
Tel: 41669580

Teasta—The Tea Shop
This quaint little tea shop in Noida’s Godavari complex market is a hit with high school and college kids. Pick a tea from the jars on display and have it freshly brewed. The range includes orange pekoe Darjeeling tea, ginseng tea, and some great iced teas, among others. Spread a cane mat on the porch outside and sip while along watching the rain.
Where: Shop No. 16, Godavari Complex, Sector-37;
Tel: (0120) 2432492

Where to shop for exotic teas
Manjusha, Bengal Emporium, sells a variety of Darjeeling tea. It is a big hit with foreigners.
Address: A-2, State Emporia Complex, Baba Kharak Singh Marg

Craft House, apart from 25 varieties of whole-leaf tea, also sells Ayurvedic tea.
Address: The Metropolitan Hotel, Bangla Sahib Road

Premier’s is a high-end showroom that sells branded, packaged tea. One is always welcome for tea-tasting. Flavours include cinnamon, mint, apple, caramel, banana, mango, chocolate, fruit punch, rose, caramel, cherry.
Address: Premier’s, 16/7 Doctor's Lane, Gole Market

First Published: Jul 16, 2010 15:39 IST