Chai is Kolkata’s caffeinated beverage of choice, and we wouldn’t want it any other way considering Kolkata has been named India’s capital of tea many times. If you are in the city and looking for a cuppa, here are seven places you should not miss.
The Tea Junction
This popular chain beverage stall has locations across Kolkata and provides a wide range of tea options, from cutting chai and masala chai to refreshing lemon chai. They also offer a delicious selection of cakes and other treats, as well as coffee for your non tea-drinking friends.
For high tea in the heart of Kolkata, look no further than this historic tea house dating back to 1927. With tastefully warm décor, outstanding service and a rich legacy, Flurys is an experience that everyone ought to have. Pair your chai with their popular cakes and pastries for a satisfactory snack.
Flurys, 18A, Park Street, Park Street area, Kolkata, +91 33 4000 7453
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Balwant Singh’s Eating House
This modest but popular dhaba in Bhawanipur serves not just some of the best vegetarian North Indian food in Kolkata, but also some of its finest chai. The kesar (saffron) chai is a hit among regular patrons, as is the standard masala chai. Pair your tea with warm samosas for a hearty treat.
Sharma Tea House
This popular roadside tea stall is perfect for a quick dose of heady masala chai and a snack – particularly during breakfast time. Freshly brewed and delightfully flavourful, the chai is served in a small clay pot as is the practice with streetside chai stalls across the country.
Arun Tea Stall
This landmark tea stall makes among the city’s finest kesar chai, as well some of its finest kachori (spicy snack). A modest streetside tea stall with no seating and quick service, this is the perfect spot for a quick pick-me-up in Central Kolkata.
Dolly’s The Tea Shop
This historic and delightful tea shop is the tea-lover’s ultimate paradise. Tiny but adorned with souvenirs and other cosy décor items, The Tea Shop offers a wide range of tea beverages and snacks, as well as tea leaves for purchase. True to its popularity, the shop is almost always packed with people, so plan your trip accordingly.
The Tea Lounge
For a luxurious tea experience in Kolkata, The Tea Lounge at the Lalit Great Eastern Hotel is among your best options. Finely brewed teas are accompanied by delicious tea cakes, biscuits and other snacks at this tastefully decorated space, making it ideal for a quick tea break from your daily routine.