July 18, 2016

Nothing gets the job done better than a hot cup of tea. It’s the unanimous choice of caffeine and India thrives on it. Whether you’re the designated Chaivinist or someone who recently discovered the goodness of chai, choosing the perfect cup might not always be easy.

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While there is no consensus on what makes for the perfect chai, there are some who swear by its milkiness and others who can’t live without their green tea with a hint of lemon. Here are some of the choicest places where you can find the perfect brew for your soul.

1. Mister Chai

Located in Connaught place, it offers a typical chai-chakna like setting to its guests. They have almost all the varied tea flavors found in India. The best is their cutting chai  to be taken along with some delectable tidbits.

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Address: 19, Ashoka Rd, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

2. Teasta

A popular student hangout, this quaint joint attracts huge traffic all through the day. The shop offers an exciting range of the beverage including a wide variety of iced teas as well.

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Address: 63, RWA Marg, Arun Vihar, Sector 37, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201303

3. Sancha Tea Boutique

This beautiful place in Chanakyapuri takes the experience of tasting and buying tea to an entirely new level. The various blends and essences offered in the shop are a sheer treat to the senses.

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Address: Race Course Rd, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110011

4. Anandini Tea Boutique

Enter the place and you feel as if you are in a tea garden with the delightful aroma of various teas wafting in the air. A perfect place for tea aficionados, the place is thronged by visitors all through the day.

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Address: 10-A, DDA Flats, Shahpur Jat, Siri Fort, New Delhi, Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110049

5. Chaayos

Chaayos offers a wide range of teas that promises to delight everyone who walks in through their doors. They believe in putting a fun twist to every cuppa – you have hari mirch chai, god’s chai, sab kuch chai, aam papad chai and pahadi chai. Take your pick.

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Address: Building No: 5, DLF cyber city, Near Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Gurgaon, Haryana 122002

6. Everest Bakery Cafe

This small cafe and restaurant in Pahargunj offers a range of teas including milk tea, masala tea, black tea, lemon tea, mint tea, jasmine tea, ginger and honey tea, and the much loved Darjeeling tea. You can also dig some delicious pakoras and sandwiches while savoring your cup of tea.

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Address: 4591, Main Bazar, Main Bazar Rd, Aram Bagh, Sidarth Basti, Aram Bagh, Paharganj, New Delhi, Delhi 110055

7. Firdaus Mithai Shop

These people have been in the business for over six decades and are one of the most well-known places for chai in the city. Almost everyone who loves tea in Delhi swears by this famous shop.

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Address: Near Mirza Ghalib Haveli, New Delhi-06

8. Elma’s Bakery, Cakes and Tea room

This cafe with its old furniture, an old telephone and a white piano creates the ambiance of the bygone Victorian era. Apart from an excellent tea menu, the charming place also offers a range of cakes, sandwiches and baked food items to go with your beverage.

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Address: 31, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, Delhi 110016

9. Mittal Tea Store

This beautiful tea store in Connaught place is one of the oldest tea joints in the city. It has a charming ambiance complete with shelves stacked with a wide variety of tea boxes. Whether it is exotic Indian teas or teas from Japan, China and other countries that you are looking for – you will find them all here.

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Photo Credits: mittalteas.com

Address: GF-6 New Delhi House, 27, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

10. Trivenu Tea Terrace Cafe

As the name suggests, it is a cute open roof cafe in Mandi House Market. If you are looking for a great place for some quiet conversations and pleasant afternoon tea, look no further.

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Address: 205, Tan Sen Marg, Opp. FICCI Auditorium, Mandi House, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

These are not the only tea options in the city, you can also consider Tea Lounge at Taj Palace Lobby, Tea Lounge at Eros Hotel Delhi, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, AMA Cafe, Jug Mug Thela, T’Pot Cafe, The Tea Place by ManjuShree, Cha Bar, Oxford Book Store and Aap Ki Pasand Sancha Tea Shop among others.