Every tea lover out there will testify to the unparalleled satisfaction of sipping on a cup of piping hot cup of well made milk tea. Mysteriously, this satisfaction is somehow heightened when the tea is purchased off a roadside tea stall or a thela. So when recently, an article in The Guardian declared Kolkata’s tea as the best street tea in India, we thought it was only apt for us to list out a number of places that one can go to, to enjoy a fulfilling cup of the hot beverage.Also Read - 6 New Flight Routes in North-East India Become Operational From TODAY. Details Inside
Kolkata takes its tea very seriously. You will rarely find any roadside tea stall or food joint, selling tea in paper or plastic cups. The matir bhaar or the earthen pot is synonymous with tea in this city of joy, which believes in spending a good amount of its leisure time in having long winding conversations over chai and biscuits or a smoke with friends. ALSO READ: Best tea joints in Delhi for all budgets: Top 14 restaurants to have chai at in Delhi and NCR Also Read - Kolkata Restaurants Run Out of Food After 'Revenge Dining' During Durga Puja; Close Eateries Before Time
Tea stalls are a dime in dozen in Kolkata, with one stationed at every nook and corner of the narrow streets. However, some of these places have earned a name for themselves and attained an exalted ranking among the tea-loving crowds of the city. These are the top 10 stalls, cafes and restaurants of Kolkata, that serve the best teas for all budgets and pocket sizes: Also Read - COVID-19: India's R-Value Below 1 Since Sept, Says Researchers; THESE States Rank Higher
Jadavpur University Tea Stall
Jadavpur University in Kolkata runs on the fuel provided by the unassuming tea stall owner of the college, Shamolda. The small tea stall, near Gate No. 3 of the University is a huge hit among the students. Shamol has been running the stall for a couple of years now and the students love having chai here before, after and in between lectures. One cup here costs anything between Rs 4 to Rs 18, depending on the size of the cups and the place is always buzzing with energy and cheerful banter and conversations. ALSO READ: This time lapse video of Kolkata will make you fall in love with the city!
What to Have: Tea, Noodles and egg toasts
Where: Prayukti Bhawan, 188, Raja Subodh Chandra Mallick Rd, Jadavpur University Campus Area, Jadavpur
Cost for 2: Rs 70
If the words chai and samosa gets you drooling as much as us, then Tiwari’s is the best place to visit. Not only are the Tiwari brothers pretty well known for their singaras (what they call Samosas here), but their chai is pretty famous and has been pulling tea addicts to this humble joint for years together. They have five outlets all over the city, but the Burra Bazaar one is the most popular one among them all. The place opens at 7 in the morning and is always crowded, throughout the day.
What to Have: Tea, samosas and jalebi
Where: 144, Cotton Street, Bara Bazar, Kolkata
Timings: 6:30 AM to 9 PM
Cost for 2: Rs 100
Balwant Singh Eating House
This Punjabi joint serving some of the best parathas in town, also serve the best teas. Their lassis and kesar chai are the most selling beverages, that are best enjoyed with some piping hot kachoris and jalebis. You won’t mind driving long distances to come to this particular street food joint, that is always serving hot and lip-smacking food to road trippers and travelers and is open almost 24 hours. They also offer something called doodh cola, which marries cola with milk and is a rare beverage offered only here. ALSO READ: 5 best Durga Puja pandals in Kolkata
What to Have: Kesar chai with jalebis and kachoris
Where: 10/B, Harish Mukherjee Road, Near Bhawanipur Gurudwara, Bhawanipur
Timings: 4 AM to 3 AM
Cost for 2: Rs 250
Tea Stalls at Princep Ghat
If you’re a tea lover, you must try teas from all the various tea stalls at Princep Ghat. An ideal evening in Kolkata will most definitely comprise of a stroll along the river, enjoying a delightful union chanachur, lemon juice and onion called Ghoti Gorom, along with some hot tea. Ghoti Gorom is the ultimate go-to street munchie of all Kolkata street food lovers, so you can trust us with this one.
What to Have: Ghoti Gorom with tea
Where: James Prinsep Ghat, Fort William, Hastings, Kolkata
Cost for 2: Rs 20 onwards
Arun Tea Stall
When you’re broke and all you want is an honest-to-God, awesome cup of chai and some amazing snacks to go with it, Arun Tea Stall is the place you must visit. The humble joint has achieved legendary status among the college-going crowds of the city, not just because of the affordability, but also because of the droolworthy goodies and of course, chai, available here. They also have something called the Club Kachori, that is sold out in the morning itself, if you don’t make it to the Stall, early enough. ALSO READ: This amazing drone video footage of Kolkata will leave you spellbound
What to Have: Hing Kachori, Club Kachori, Jalebi and tea
Where: 25/1, Shakespeare Sarani, Theatre Road
Timings: 7 AM to 10 PM
Cost for 2: Rs 90
Sharma Tea House
What lures street food and tea lovers to this place is the smell of spices mingled with the smell of crispy puris being fried in large cauldrons. The usual suspects here are early morning joggers, who after a hike, forget all about their health goals and dive into the enticingly yummy treats served with kulhad tea at Sharma Tea House. This one’s for those who love to start their day with some grease and don’t mind eating with complete disregard for their waistlines.
What to Have: Kulhad chai with nimki and aaloo puri
Where: 5C, Shambhunath Pandit Street, Bhawanipur
Timings: 7 AM to 10 PM
Cost for 2: Rs 100
Another place that bonafide Kolkata foodies will recommend to you for your morning grub. Kaka Tea is one of the best places to visit for for tea, simply because they also serve the best jalebis in the whole of Kolkata and the combination is just too alluring to be given a pass, a fact that food lovers will testify! The quantity and quality of the food here will pleasantly surprise you. They also serve a lot of other street foods like dhoklas and uttapam, along with some Chinese dishes. ALSO READ: Top 5: Kolkata’s best street foods (and where to have them)!
What to Have: Tea and Jalebis
Where: 5, Mango Lane, Dalhousie BBD Bagh
Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM
Cost for 2: Rs 150
The Tea Junction
If you’re a die-hard non-vegetarian and want to enjoy some chicken samosas and chicken sandwiches with your cuppa masala matki chai, then you can hit one of the various Tea Junction outlets for that. The food is tasty and filling and the masala tea is especially good. Our of 18 locations, the Salt Lake one is the most popular.
What to Have: Masala chai with chicken samosas
Where: Ground Floor, Block B, City Centre 1, Sector 1, Salt Lake
Timings: 9 AM to 10 PM
Cost for 2: Rs 200
Dolly’s the Tea Shop
This tiny and quaint tea shop is one of the best places both to slurp at an amazing cup of tea and shop for some authentic Darjeeling tea leaves. The proprietress of the boutique, Dolly Roy who is also a professional tea taster, is also around sometimes to help the customers with the purchase. Being a proper urban cafe, you won’t get the satisfaction of enjoying tea from a kulhad here, but if you’re a certified tea lover, it would be criminal for you to miss out on this one. It’s best suited for fans of full English high tea, complete with a selection of cakes and other treats to go with the drink. ALSO READ: 11 places to visit near Kolkata after Durga Ashtami
What to Have: Ham Sandwiches, Flavoured Iced Teas and a variety of Darjeeling teas
Where: G62, Dakshinapan Market, 2 Gariahat Road South, Dhakuria
Timings: 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Cost for 2: Rs 400
With all its old-world charm and sweet treats that will leave you spoilt for choice, Flury’s is an undisputed winner when it comes to breakfasting in the city. It’s a classic place for indulging in high tea and savouring an authentic full English breakfast. The place has been retaining its position at the top, for over nine generations, since it was founded by Mr and Mrs J. Flury in 1926.
What to Have: Tea, coffee, English breakfast, croissants
Where: 18, Park Street Area
Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:45 PM
Cost for 2: Rs 1350