I had a lot going on in my life and wanted a quick break. A cup of tea and a good conversation with my friend were exactly what I needed. That’s when I tried Chiya Ghar. If you’re looking for a space where you can relax, and have a good conversation, with a hot cup of tea on the side, this place might be just right for you. And the good thing is, you will find their outlets in Old Baneshwor, Kumaripati, Putalisadak, and Pepsicola.
My friend and I went to the tea house right on the roadside at Old Baneshwor. At this location, parking is always a problem but not in the case of Chiya Ghar. Although the parking space is a two-minute walk from the tea shop, it’s better than being forced to park on the roadside.
What caught my attention as soon as I entered was how airy and fresh the space felt. Most of the tables were occupied. The place was a little dusty but I couldn’t fault them since they are located right next to a busy street.
Generally, Chiya Ghar has tea and bakery items. But the day we visited the place, they were just serving tea. Unfortunately, we couldn’t taste their bakery products. But we were fine with that because we wanted tea and amazing tea was what we got.
The first thing we ordered was Matka Chiya. It is apparently one of the most popular drinks on the menu. It comes in two sizes but we decided to get the small one. The tea was good. They used the right amount of tea leaves and the spices they used tied the drink together. I liked the fact that they placed dried and grated coconut on top that I could taste in every sip I took. However, I wasn’t happy with the portion they served. The size of the cup was too small. So, for your visit, I suggest you order a large one to actually enjoy your tea.
Another one of Chiya Ghar’s specialties is Creamy Milk Iced Tea. Although the look of it was quite appealing, I wasn’t a big fan of this drink. It wasn’t exactly how I anticipated it to be. The texture was too rough for me, even though the flavors were well-balanced. It tasted somewhat like the ‘Panchamrit’, a drink typically served during poojas in a Hindu household. It was also slightly on the pricey side.
When we asked for some of their specials, the staff suggested we try the Lemon Iced Tea. I didn’t really like it. The drink was too sour for my taste although the aroma was good. All the flavors were imbalanced, and the actual flavor of the tea was completely missing. If only they had used a little less lemon, the drink would have been better. I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone. But for anyone looking to try new things, maybe it’s worth a shot.
This place is both good and bad. It depends on what you are looking for in a cafe because, despite everything, the place was totally packed. I believe this place is well-suited for students who are looking to have an affordable cup of tea with friends. There is no internet so you won’t be distracted by social media. A really good thing about Chiya Ghar, one that I really appreciated, was that their service was superb. Even during their busiest hours, the staff was kind and assisted us in picking the house specials.
- Matka Tea
- Creamy Milk Iced Tea
- Lemon Iced tea
Opening Hour: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location: Old Baneshwor
Drink for two: Rs 300
Online payment: Accepted