Cha Bar -Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place (BookStory)

Tea @ChaBar
Tea @ Cha Bar

Now it’s a well-known fact that there is no bigger Book Café than Oxford. The collection of books is humongous. Formed in 1920, this place has retained its essence even when the times have changed.

I’ve been regularly visiting the Bookstore for few years now and have witnessed the store go through its makeover. However, it has managed to retain its serene vibe, where one can just sit for as long and enjoy a read. I have spent days here, going through different books. I have learnt, felt inspired and motivated, just by observing or meeting different people out here.

Library @Oxford
Library @Oxford
Books and Girls
Books and Girls
Reading section @ChaBar
Reading section @ChaBar

While Oxford bookstore helps you immerse yourself in a varied range of books, Cha bar, the bookstore’s café let’s you savour an equally diverse array of teas and food items. You can choose from exotic flavors like Moroccan mint, South African Rooibos, or the healthier options like herbal, green or Ayurvedic teas. In case you are looking for something simple, the ever-popular cutting chai never disappoints.

Over the years, the food menu has also become bigger and the quality has certainly improved. The sandwiches and rolls are tasty and filling and provide a much needed respite from hunger pangs to avid readers. The Falafel rolls, English Sandwiches, Pita Wraps, Samosas, Frankies are delightful dishes.

Roll @ChaBar
Roll @ChaBar

The dessert counter is full of pastries, muffins and cupcakes, that make you salivate. The colorful counter immediately catches your attention and all you want to do is dig into the pretty looking Red Velvet pastry.

Red Velvet @ChaBar
Red Velvet @ChaBar

The masala tea I ordered for myself was divine. It had flavours of saunf (fennel), cinnamon and numerous other spices. It certainly becomes very difficult to choose from such a vast variety of teas, sourced not only from all parts of India, but the whole wide world.

The presentation is earthy and unusual, the kettles look different and some of the teapots look quirky.

Tea Kettle @ChaBar
Tea Kettle @ChaBar

I also like the café for being so affordable. The classic ‘masala cha’- a fine blend of exotic spices, costs a humble Rs. 35-40. The pricing of the food and beverages is excellent, the main reason why it’s so popular among the students.

The downside is, the bookstore or café don’t provide Wi-Fi or any kind of charging points. So, you can’t really work on your laptop, for too long.

Another rider is that the music can get a bit too loud for those looking to enjoy a quite reading session. For obvious reasons, you’re not allowed to take any book from the bookstore to the café for casual reading.

A place to read, eat and get lost in the world of books, Oxford Bookstore and Cha-bar, serve a ravishing combo for book lovers who cherish their tea.

Cha Bar
Cha Bar

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