In a land of coffee-lovers, if you are a tea-lover, you might consider yourself a minority. But it is not the case. The city boasts of fair share of tea-holics as well. You would have often heard people in the city cribbing about the dearth of good tea places in the city. Numerous places in the city serve your favourite brew. Tea varieties from UK, China and Japan to those from closer home like Assam and Darjeeling, you can take your pick. Here are a few options in the city, where you can savour a cup of tea:
Chai Nasta, Alwarpet
This is the newest kid on the block and is centrally located right next to Raintree hotel on St. Mary’s Road in Alwarpet. As the name suggests, you can go with family or friends to have some pakodas, pav bhaaji or other snacks and a cup of milky masala chai. It is just the kind of chai you will find in the dhabas enroute Punjab or in UP, Delhi and Haryana. Sugary and milky, this is the perfect bet for all those who like the traditional tea. Location : https://her.is/2n7lmQ9
Tea Trails, Ashok Nagar and ECR
It is a part of a chain, headquartered in Mumbai and has been expanding rapidly across the country. In Chennai, it has set up two ‘tea boutiques’ already. It is a place to savour gourmet tea. Apart from choosing from a variety of teas, you can also try out bubble teas, tea-infused dishes, and tea and food pairings. The place offers teas from China, Japan, London, Assam, Darjeeling and Nilgiris. Location : https://goo.gl/maps/qFFWLd8xSxT2
Lloyds Tea House, Gopalapuram
Imagine sitting in a beautifully decorated tea house and sipping on a warm cup of Franconian Peppermint tea. Very English, right? But at Lloyd’s Tea House you are meant to feel that way. The place has been a steady favourite of tea-lovers in the city. Many swear by the varieties and the food pairings. Interestingly, the place also has the staff trained to offer advice on how to consume the tea you have ordered. Check it out for the experience and trying out some of the best tea varieties from India and abroad. Location : https://goo.gl/maps/d7QUZBoyTNt
Chai’ce, T Nagar
One of the oldest tea kiosks in town on GN Chetty Road, the place offers 20 varieties of chai. You can order anything from simple ginger tea to Kashmiri kahwa. It also serves some great brews including vanilla chai, Mumbai cutting chai and pudhina chai among others. Their Kashmiri kahwa is a big draw owing to its invigorating flavour.
First Cup, Nungambakkam
A well-curated choice of teas in a beautiful setting, this place is perfect for when you want to chill with a cup of chai.Their menu includes five different flavours including cardamom tea and masala tea besides which they serve Indian snacks with a twist. The place has a laid back vibe with bamboo furniture and swing chairs. Try their home-made ginger tea and classic black Ceylon tea.