Kashmir is known about lot of things- breathtaking views, snow capped mountains, magnificent beauty, hospitality and some amazing food! But have you heard about some a really quaint cafe aka our Tea Room- Chai Jaai.
Getting to know this place
Opened in 2016, this is a known place among tea lovers of Srinagar. I however got to know about this place when I was on a vacation in Kashmir. I found this place first on Instagram which was liked by lot of locals and travelers. So, I liked their official page and messaged the owner to tell me the exact location. She was warm and quite prompt. Post her message, we asked our driver to drop us here (who had no idea that such place existed) and we spent the afternoon enjoying this place.
This cafe by the river in Srinagar is inspired by the tea rooms in Cotswalds, England and brings a local Kashmiri flavour to an otherwise English concept. When you sip oolong tea in a Cotswolds-inspired tearoom housed above the iconic Mahatta & Co. photography studio, there’s a mix of cultures brewing in the air. A tea lover’s abode which also doubles as a space for conversations about arts, literature, music, and more. Serving around eight different varieties of tea from Kashmir and 25 from across the globe, the elaborate menu also includes local treats such as hirsa.
A safe space, it was so different from the various restaurants we visited. We saw girls sitting alone on laptop and guys reading a book on Rumi poetry.
One of the prettiest cafés to which I have ever been, decked with knick knacks, this place is a visual delight. You can also shop some really 'expensive' crockery starting from Rs 12000 for 4 pieces to well...sky is the limit ;)
Infact, it is not only a chai place. As the writer described, "It’s a place many girls come, to ‘breathe in’ and stay safe from staring eyes. It’s also where cultural conversations happen. It’s where people, art, sugar, opinions and tea all seamlessly mix with each other to give richness to conversation".
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