Try to visit tea shops while in India! Well known for its plentiful tea plantations, India is home to various tea varieties, including the infamous Assam tea and Darjeeling tea.
In recent years, they have started a new way of enjoying tea in terms of the way tea is presented and packaged.
India’s tea is widely sold in contemporary tea shops and cafés as the addition of the more traditional tea stalls. Make sure to pay a visit to the following tea houses and cafés in India and explore the taste of each tea variety!
Being India’s largest organized Chai retailer, Chai Point is perfect for you who’d love to try various types of “Chai” (a Hindi term meaning “tea”), which refers to spiced tea blends.
The spiced tea mixture usually includes black tea mixed with strong spices such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, black peppercorns, and ginger.
Like a coffee chain, Chai Point is for offices and professionals with the services they provide and the simplicity of the cafés. The chain stores also opened in another city like Bangalore and Delhi. They sell over 300,000 cups per day.
Chai Point also offers snacks and whole leaf green tea (which you can brew at home) as well as delivery service.
Tea Villa Café
Tea Villa has a goal to popularize tea across India as the drink is considered as the nation’s pride and identity. To embrace this idea, they have expanded their branches to cities including Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad.
Their café also targets kids, teenagers, friends, executives, as well as the elderly in an attempt to bring the philosophy of tea, which is “the meeting point of many different generations in almost all Indian families”.
Aside from serving more than 100 variants of the world’s best teas, this café offers 35 exclusive tea flavors for you to taste. Tea Villa has a live kitchen serving freshly cooked food with refreshing home-made tea.
Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House
Located in Bandra, Mumbai, Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House appeals to visitors with their elegant, serene 3,500 square foot Portuguese bungalow. More than 40 tea varieties are even curated by the in-house sommeliers.
This tea house was established by the company that owns the Brooke Bond Taj Mahal tea brand, so they also sell both tea bags and loose bags of some sort as well as gourmet chai of the brand—you can even buy gift packages.
As an addition to the tea-drinking experience, Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House is home to live Hindustani music performances. They also host some tea testing ceremony and Tea Festival on the International Day of Tea
Tasse de Thé
Tasse de Thé (meaning “Cup of Tea” in French), is such an elegant place to chill. This British themed ambiance is full of pastel-colored and luxurious interior are quite Instagrammable, perfect for taking some selfies and shots.
Other than the visual delights, you’ll be impressed by how they serve tea with the medicinal and health benefit. You’ll find teas that address various health concerns such as cholesterol, diabetes, menstrual cramps.
To top it off, Tasse de Thé offers meals and other food menus devoted to tea like tea-infused soups and salads.