Islamabad! The federal capital , the seat of the executive, the city of trees clean roads and as our brethren from all over Pakistan put it “the city of burgers” has developed a very interesting Neo tea culture over the course of just a few years.
Now don’t get us wrong! Tea has been a part of the local culture for hundreds of years as a beverage that would complement the main course or would be served before a main course and this continued well into the modern age. What changed in the last couple of years was that tea or Chai as it’s locally known has become a social norm for young folk to socialize.
Now before I explain further let me tell you a bit about Islamabadis especially young folk. Islamabad is a young city with a sizeable youth populas. A large part of the city comprises of government officials working in the public sector, university and college students with a comparatively small business community if one compares to the thriving business centers of Lahore and Karachi. People have tight working schedules, classes and modest pay cheques ( seddhi si baat hai paisa nahi hai rooz rooz dinner karnay ky lia!!) people don’t have the means or the spare time to eat out every day.
Here’s where the chai solves these problems for most islamabadis especially the youth. Chai does not take a long time to consume, is cost effective and provides a great opportunity to socialize. Over the course of the past few years a vast number of chai spots have sprung about offering all sorts of chai from all over Pakistan.
These are the 5 best tea spots our team chose from all over Islamabad:
Situated in the heart of the cosmopolitan Islamabad, Chikachino offers an amazing roadside experience. With live music on the weekends, it has the perfect ambiance for teens and families alike.
A personal favorite Naan stop offers the best stuffed Naan in town however the tea is unmatched with a unique touch of cardamom and the staff’s smile. You’ll always end up chatting for hours on end.
Jungle spot Margalla Hills
Jungle spot is situated in the canopy of the lush green vegetation of the margalla’s just as one ascends for Pri Sohawa. The place offers a range of snacks however we’d recommend the chai over everything else
La vista Shah Allah ditta
La Vista is a little hard to reach we’ll admit however the rather long ride from downtown Islamabad is worth it especially the views and the historic caves you’ll pass on the way from the D12 sector
Quetta tea and teas F10
With all the recommendations we’ve provided we believe Quetta Tea and teas is the perfect place (jab baba paisay zada na dain). Great tea in the best price plus their Chini wala Paratha complements perfectly with their tea. We will mention that we are referring to their branch in f10!