Top 15 Mumbai Cafes and Restaurants To Enjoy A Refreshing Tea
In a country of tea lovers, it is essential to have a few places where you can enjoy this aromatic beverage. In a megacity like Mumbai then, it is no surprise that some exotic places have opened up which serve this flavor-filled beverage. The scene in other regions of the country is similar too.
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Mumbai is popularly known for its ‘cutting chai’, which is half a cup of tea served typically in tiny glass cups throughout the city. On the other end, there are many places where you can sit back and sip your tea in a sophisticated manner. Here, we’ve listed the best of these places for you to try out!
1. Sea Lounge
Where: Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
This lounge in one of the best five star hotels in Mumbai has an amazing selection of teas from all across the world. The sophisticated ambience and the huge windows which let light in make this lounge extremely glamorous, especially for afternoon tea. Along with the tea, you can have some freshly-prepared vada pav and toasties.
2. Tea Centre
Where: 78 Veer Nariman Road, Resham Bhavan, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra
This quaint establishment in the Churchgate area of Mumbai has wooden interiors and thick walls to give you a peaceful tea sipping time. The entire ambience and the selection of teas will take you back into the British era. Do not miss out on trying the Hot Buttered Apple Tea here along with the city’s favorite Masala Chai!
3. Tea Trails
Where: Bandra Kurla Complex, Vile Parle, Thane, Mumbai, Maharashtra
This cafe has a wide range of teas from all around the world. Not only will you be able to try some exotic teas like the Chinese Green Tea and the Japanese Sencha, but also the regular ones which you get in Mumbai. The pleasing interiors have made this a popular hotspot for tea lovers who come here to have their favorite beverage.
4. High on Tea
Where : Shop 113, EMP 46, Evershine Insat CHS, Thakur Village, Kandivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Its location near Thakur College makes it very popular among the youth. More than getting high on any alcohol, get high on the quality of tea they provide. It’s a small and silent place with a calm atmosphere. Whether you want to catch up on your reading or just chill with your friends, this place is suitable for all. Refresh yourself from boring long lectures and workdays here.
5. Kyani and Co.
Where: Kothari Heights, Lamington Rd, Navjeevan Society, Ratan Tata Colony, Dalal Estate, Mumbai Central, Mumbai, Maharashtra
This city is incomplete without Kyani and Co, one of the best Irani cafes in Mumbai. This 100-year-old establishment is always packed during the day, especially in the mornings when people come down to have their favorite Bun Maska with Irani Chai. Many swear by this tea and have been coming here for years. A must-try!
6. Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House
Where: 36/A, Sanatan Pereira Bungalow, St John Baptist Rd, General A.K.Vaidya Marg, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
This tranquil place in Bandra is named after one of the most famous tea brands of India, and has very sophisticated decor. You can find people sipping their favorite teas all day long while enjoying the Indian classical music playing in the backdrop. Not only do they have aroma-filled teas but also have one of the best desserts in Mumbai, the Chocolate Explosion.
7. Wagh Bakri Tea Lounge
Where: Vile Parle East, Juhu, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Coming from the house of Wagh Bakri Teas, these lounges in Mumbai have some of the finest teas produced by the company. Not only will you get the typical Ginger Teas and Masala Chai but also other dishes like Kothimbir Vadi and Bun Maskas. If you fancy some desserts, they have a mean Vanilla Muffin too.
8. Prithvi Cafe
Where: 20, Janki Kutir, Janki Kutir Rd, Mumbai, Maharashtra
This cafe in the Prithvi Theater premises is popular among all Mumbaikars as a hangout spot. Do not miss out on the typical Mumbaiya cutting chai here in the monsoons. Along with the teas, the food here is absolutely otherworldly and draws praise from all over. The lively ambience of the cafe is what brings people from all over here.
9. Kala Ghoda Cafe
Where: Bharthania Building A, Block, 10, Ropewalk Lane, Opp. Trishna Restaurant, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra
This quaint cafe in the Kala Ghoda square of Mumbai has become a popular spot among the city folks for its splendid ambience. You can choose from the finest selection of organically grown, homemade teas here like Organic Fennel Infusion and fall for their aromas. Apart from these, you can also enjoy the freshly-baked treats here.
10. Tandoori Chai
Where: Shop no. 6, Ganga Niwas New Link Road, Next to Icchapurti Hanuman Mandir, Chincholi Bunder, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Enjoying chai at an urban kind of place, doesn’t it sound cool? The name and the price attracts the people here though it is small but still attractive. It’s fantastic if you are looking for a less crowded place to have a cup of tea with your friends or partner and enjoy the crazy uncontrollable monsoon with gossiping and chit chat to lighten your heart. The prices are unbelievably affordable and it serves great quantities as well. The ambience here is casual and cozy, which makes it popular among youth especially. What more can you ask than a cute place to hang out without going broke early before the month ends?
11. Chai Pe Charcha
Where: 263, Ground Floor, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort Road, Opposite Sher-E-Punjab, Ballard Estate, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001
The reasons for you to visit this place are numerous, starting off with the fact that it is easily accessible due to its proximity to CSMT Railway Station. Secondly, time is everything in Mumbai and this place values it. Here, the service is very quick and the staff is very welcoming and generous. The quantity and quality is worth the price. The place is unique, which makes it very popular among the youth. It has multiple branches spread over the city as well. One unique thing which attracts a lot of crowd here is; the experiments they do with the multi-cuisine dishes, which are delicious and loved by all.
12. Tea Pea
Where: Shop 2, Dama Villa, Kalpana Chawla Chowk, Haridas Nagar near Kora Kendra Grounds, Borivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400092
If you are searching for a place to experience tapri kind of cutting-chai with bun-maska, this is your place. The place has impressive décor and is done by applying the best-out of-waste technique. The atmosphere is calm and cozy with some live music. It is definitely a place to hang out with friends and to recharge yourself in between work.
13. Chai Tapri
Where: 13, Elphinstone House, near New Empire Theatre, A.K Naik Marg, Fort, Mumbai
Enjoying chai at an urban kind of tapri, doesn’t it sound cool? The name and the price attracts the people here though it is small but still attractive. It’s fantastic if you are looking for a less crowded place to have a cup of tea with your friends or partner and enjoy the crazy uncontrollable monsoon with soothing music to lighten your heart. Again, the proximity to CSMT station makes it popular in the area. The prices are unbelievably affordable and it serves great quantities as well. The ambiance here is casual and cozy, which makes it popular among youth especially. What more can you ask than a cute place to hang out without going broke early before the month ends?
Unfortunately, few of the best tea cafes in Mumbai were not able to stand firm and are shut down permanently. Below is the list.
14. Teapot Cafe
Where: 15A, Bansilal Mansion, Homi Modi Street, Opp. Bombay House, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra
This cafe is tucked away in the Fort area and has a different charm in itself. From the wide range of flavored teas to the simple pastries, everything here is made to perfection and you can even try out some of the unique desserts that they have on display here. Some munchies like Akuri and Toasts are available as well.
15. XVII Tea Room
Where: Shop No.1, Darvesh Royale, Perry Road, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
This sophisticated tea room in Bandra is made to look like a Parisian café, and you can grab some of the finest snacks and cakes here. They have an extensive collection of teas which you may not find anywhere else in the city like Chai Creme and Orange Chai! If you love teas and like to explore their world, this is the place you should head to.
If you haven’t entered the tea universe yet, it’s never too late. While coffee is a worldwide favorite, tea is definitely catching on. So, go ahead and give these places a shot and don’t forget to let us know your reviews later in the comments below!
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