Having Tea at Chaipedia is the Best Thing on Your Dubai Itinerary
Travelling can be a constant on-the-go exploration mission. It is for me anyway. I’m not the slow travel type. I like to keep going and see as much of the place i’m visiting as possible. Which type of traveller are you? Perhaps while you’re discovering the gems of the UAE you will want to stop for a little break. Aneesha of Om Nom Nirvana knows just the place to add to your Dubai itinerary.
Chaipedia is a small, but quirky tea stall opened up in old Dubai, UAE. It is near the iconic Clock Tower in Deira; which has now become the landmark of the older part of the city. It’s a far cry from the Burj Khalifa and the modern skyscrapers that are synonymous with Dubai as a city these days. This little hole in the wall cafe has a massive selection of tea. Tea drinking or karak culture in Dubai is huge; and this is a transient place somewhere in between; with its modern, quirky decor and homage to the predominantly Keralite Indian population here.
The name ‘Chaipedia’ means a spot for chai in Malayalam, a southern Indian language native to the state of Kerala in India. They have a selection of famous Kerala snacks, including the banana fritters. I also really like their chicken bun – which is a lovely buttered bun stuffed with minced chicken. If you’re sick, you should try their signature ‘chai shots’ that vary from a chili chai shot to the very peppery chai shot. I personally love the rose mint chai. There aren’t any coffees here, only tea made of the same Red label brand that Indian households have been using over years.
The prices are also very reasonable; with a cup costing less than US$1. Because of its attractive price point, you’ll find members from all parts of society from your rich Arab to a laundry man enjoying a cup of tea at any given time of the day. It’s formed one of the most interesting parts of old Dubai for me, and it amazes me how this little stoop has become such an organic part of the old city despite its modern appeal. The cafe was started up by an Indian software professional who ditched his computer for his first love: tea.
Aneesha is a guest writer for Fill My Passport. She is the blogger behind the delightful site Om Nom Nirvana. Check it out for further travel insight and be inspired by her Instagram feed. All opinions in this post are hers and not influenced by Fill My Passport.
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