Mumbai is hands down one of the best places in India to get yourself a Garam cup of kadak chai. The tea here is not just considered a relaxing drink, but an emotion. When it's teamed with hot, crunchy pakoras on a rainy day, life is beautiful. Calling all the chaivinists out there, your tastebuds are going to be in for a treat!
Whenever life gets too extra, you might want to indulge in some 'me' time at any of these iconic chai spots we've recommended for you below. Happy slurpin'!
New to Mumbai? You HAVE to make a trip here! It's a super low-key Parsi joint that serves the yummiest bun maskas, kheema pav, mawa cake and of course, Irani tea! A perfect place to grab breakfast if you're in South Bombay. The best part is that the place won't burn a hole in your pocket. The food is delicious, the chai is on point and the tiny restaurant gives off vintage vibes.
Timings: 7am - 9pm
Phone No: 022 61229437|
Address: JSS Road, Jer Mahal Estate, Opposite Metro Cinema, Marine Lines, Mumbai
Bang opposite the famous Mehboob Studios in Bandra, you'll find this quaint restaurant. If you ask us for a quick review, we'll tell you it's definitely worth your time and moolah. In under 500 Rs, you and your bestie can get a delicious meal with a hot cup of chai. Whether you plan to drop by for breakfast or dinner, this place does justice to its menu. To tell you the truth, their chai feels like a warm hug!
Timings: 7:30am - 12am
Phone No: 022 26422250
Address: Opposite Mehboob Studios, Near Bandstand, Bandstand, Bandra West
A great place for people to watch plays, indulge in deep conversations and enjoy long chai breaks. Founded in 1942, Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer Kapoor, built this theatre in memory of Shashi's father, Prithviraj Kapoor. Meant for people of all age groups, this place is always packed with people from all walks of life. The ambience is aesthetic and the costs are pretty reasonable too! Also, you must try their Suleimani chai! It's a mix of lemon, tulsi, tea and mint leaves. Sounds yum, right?
Timings: 10:30am - 10:30pm
Phone No: 022 26174118
Address: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Mumbai.
This is one the best places to have Adrak Ki Chai! Just thinking of it makes our mouths water. The strong flavour of ginger makes one feel alert and refreshed. Another tea that hits the spot is Sukoon Ki Chai. They use ingredients like Saunf and Dalchini in this tea. Right now, they have about 10 outlets in Mumbai which are scattered all over Town and the suburbs. You can also enjoy playing board games while you relish your tea.
Timings: 9am - 10pm
Phone No: 022 24220008
Address: Shop 4, Prabha Vinayak Building, Near Prabhadevi Mata Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai
If you do manage to find this tea stall in Kandivali, you are indeed lucky. It's a tiny tea house that has nothing much to offer in terms of decor aesthetics, but their chai is out of this world! Try their special cutting chai. It's made with crushed ginger, cardamom powder and oodles of love.
Timings: 9am - 7pm
Phone No: 099673 86071
Address: Shop No. 1, Opp. Manj majd, S.V. Road, Mumbai 67, Kandivali, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chembur peeps, you guys are living next to a gold mine! We know it's a very tiny place, but it really does have a lot to offer. They sell 'Tandoori' chai (Yep, you read that right). The tea has such a strong flavour, it will keep you awake and attentive all day. Along with your chai, you can enjoy a plate of maggi and cheese aloo sandwich. Don't forget to dunk a toasted biscuit called 'Rusk' into your cup of tea.
Timings: 7am - 11pm
Phone No: +91 9769661643
Address: Opposite Vaswani Book Depo, Dr Choitram Gidwani Road, Chembur Colony, Chembur, Mumbai
We bet you've never heard of cocktail chai before! Minus the alcohol, this chai is a mix of many ingredients like mint, lemongrass and ginger. If that's not your cup of tea, you can settle for the classics--ginger, lemongrass or cutting chai. They're all equally YUM!
Timings: 5 am- 9:30 pm
Phone No: No phone number available
Address: Near Famous Studio, Dr E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi
More than 20 years have gone by since two brothers, Gopal and Rup Bhatt, lived in Mumbai. They have a tiny tea shop in Andheri (West) and their tea sells like hotcakes. Office goers love to stop by before they head out to work so that they remain calm and peaceful for the rest of the day.
Timings: 11 am - 8 pm
Phone No: 9167042711
Address: Behind Janki Centre, D Salvi Marg, opposite New Ambivali CHS, Andheri (W)
The boy who works at this tea stall is Ashok Patil. He lost his father during the 1992-1993 Mumbai riots. The 20-year-old sells tea to support his family and fund his education. We highly recommend that you try his masala tea! It's amazeballs. He's also one of the most familiar faces at the Mumbai Marathon. He never fails to participate every year!
Timing: 5 pm onwards
Phone No: Not available
Address: At Crawford market
If you're ever strolling around at night around Matunga Circle, make sure you keep an eye out for a man named Jagatram. He's a cycle tea vendor who serves tea only at night. If you do bump into him, order his 'Special Instant Chai'. It's made from fresh tea leaves, sugar, milk and spices. The man has two sons, and he supports them and their education with his tea business. Hats off to this strong father!
Timings: Post midnight
Phone No: Not available
Address: Matunga circle
If your office is in Lower Parel, you must drop in here for a chai break! The owner of the tiny tea stall is Ashok Pujari. He's a very busy man and his tea is loved by most office goers who visit this place. His tea business starts in the morning and goes on till evening.
Timings: 10 am - 8 pm
Phone No: Not available
Address: Dr SS Rao Road, opposite Peninsula Park, Parel
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