Conversations & Camaraderie over Chai at Cha Bar, Delhi

Got a cup of tea with you? If no, get it right away & then read on.

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;

If you are too heated, it will cool you;

If you are depressed, it will cheer you;

If you are excited, it will calm you”

– William Ewart Gladstone

I grew up in a middle class, north indian, baniya family. We celebrate everything over chai.  People have come over lunch – we make tea. They have had lunch – we offer tea. They have stayed back till evening – we force tea. And once they have gone, we soothe ourselves over sips of tea.

I never realised when & how I fell in love with tea & mugs. And how I grew from small china cups to full size mugs. To indulge the ‘chai lover’ in you & me, I present to you a place that every tea addict and/ or the friend of a tea addict would love to visit – the Cha Bar, Delhi.

Sister at Cha Bar, Delhi

What do you find at Cha Bar?

You find Chai, Chai & Chai at Cha Bar. All kinds of tea, from all the places across the globe in all kinds of mugs, cups & glasses with a variety of snacks to go with.

They have got an extensive menu that runs into at least 5-6 pages of tea varieties. Every tea has got a description attached to it that takes you straight to the place from where the leaves were picked – to the kitchen where it is brewed – to your table for you to have it.

You may choose either a sandwich or a pasta or a couple of pastries to accompany your chai & let the magic happen. I loved their pastries/ cakes specially the red velvet one.

Simple pleasures over tea!
Cinnamon tea with red velvet cake at Cha Bar, Delhi. Yummy!

What should you do at Cha Bar?

It goes without saying that you should order a tea for yourself. You should order an English Breakfast, a truck driver, a ginger tea, a cardamom tea & anything else that you like. Order a lot to eat along with it & spend at least a couple of hours either reading a book or chatting up with a friend.

Pour the tea through the sieve & listen to the musical sound, add some milk & experience the color change, sprinkle some sugar, if you want- and there, your cup of tea is ready!

Listen to the magical tunes of tea!
Experience the life change!


Can’t wait to visit Cha Bar?

Address: – N-81, Barakhamba Road, Block N, Cannaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Commute:  Either take the metro to Rajeev Chowk & an auto from there or get down at Barakhamba metro station & walk across the street. Oh yes, take metro either way. I am a big fan of metro (post on that coming up soon).

Seating/ Ambience: Excellent Ambience & comfortable seats. Perfect for two or a group of four.

Best day to visit: Monday to Friday & Weekends 🙂

Best time to visit: Morning around 11 am (before lunch time as Cha bar gets populated pretty soon).

Cost: INR 500 (average)/ INR 1000 (if you really hog)

Secret: Don’t try their pasta!

Selfie Tip: The best selfies can be clicked near the entrance area, around the stairs, in the oxford book store (next to the Cha Bar) & of course, while sipping tea.

Chai Cheers!

P.S. – They serve coffee too.

Got any recommendations for great tea cafes in & around Delhi? Let me know in comments.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Geetika Khanna says:

    Go to The Hippie Trail in Hauz Khas. A quaint, little cafe! I am sure you will love it! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Just Yamini says:

      Sure. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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