Chai-time is ‘me’ time for anyone and Dubai has a lot of spots to satiate your all-time craving! From the famous cutting chai to the local favourite- Karak, here are 5 places in the city that serve a range of blends and flavors.
P.S: They are pocket-friendly too!
1. Raju Omlet
If you love all things egg-y, this one’s for you! A humble eatery hidden in the busy lanes of Karama, Raju Omlet is where you must head for all things egg-cellent! The place serves over 50 different varieties of freshly prepared egg variations. And that’s not all! Raju Omlet also serves the best chai in town, letting you wash down your egg-y meal. From the all-time favourite cutting chai to Karak, Adrak, Pudina and Elaichi, there’s a lot you can choose from. Have a look at our amazing time at Raju Omlet.
Where: Mubarak Building, Near Park Regis Hotel
Price: AED 4
Contact: 04 388 5522
2. Al Hara Cafeteria, Karama
Looking for a pocket-friendly spot to curb evening hunger pangs? Al Hara is just where you must head. Nestled in Hamdan colony, this age-old cafeteria is known for their Disco chai and Zafrani chai. The cafeteria is a humble hub, with indoor and outdoor seating. Apart from soul-warming chai, the cafe also serves burgers, combo sandwiches, club sandwiches, wraps, and more. And now the icing- they are open 24 hours! Chai addicts, are you listening?
Where: 12 8 B St
Timings: 24 hours
Contact: 04 396 5133, 04 379 5659, 056 586 8189
3. Al Ismaily Cafeteria
Serving customers since 1995, Ismaily cafeteria is a favourite among Emiratis craving parathas and a steaming hot cup of Karak chai. The crowd starts around 10:00 am when Emirati and Asian men and women pass by to grab some hot breakfast, along with a cup of their favourite chai. The place gets packed again at 6:00 pm when people return from work. The cafe serves green tea, Karak tea, lemon tea, and ginger tea, apart from coffee, boost, and Horlicks. And your jaws might drop if you know the price of their chai- AED 1!
Where: 93 Al Mina Rd
Price: AED 1
Timings: 4:00 am – 3:00 am
Contact: 04 398 6845
4. Karak House
Nestled in the picturesque Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, the Emirati owned gem has garnered much love ever since its inception in 2014. The cafe has indoor and outdoor seating, both decked with enough comfort to sip on your much-loved chai. While the indoor seating boasts a large tree, the outdoors overlook the majestic Burj Khalifa. Need more? The cafe is known for its Karak chai- a homemade recipe by the owner. And the best part is- the chai is served in a jar alongside two glucose biscuits (good old days), both of which are served on a small wooden platter.
Apart from the regular Karak, the house also serves an extraordinary variety including iced Karak, iced caramel Karak and iced chocolate Karak for those who like a little twist in their teas.
Where: Next to Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown
Timings: 8:00 am – 1:00 am
Price: AED 13 Onwards
Contact: 04 5516852
5. Filli Cafe
What started off as a humble tea joint in Al Mamzar beach, has now become the name for lip-smacking chai in Dubai. The history of the name FiLLi traces back to his school days, where his friends gave Mr. Rafih the title FiLLi. Little did he know that this name would fetch him name and fame! The cafe serves two varieties of chais- Filli Signature, and Filli Zafran along with a variety of tea snacks ranging from samosas to parathas and sandwiches. Their fresh juices, milkshakes, and energizers are also a huge hit.
Where: Multiple outlets in Dubai
Price: AED 4 onwards
Timings: 7:00 am onwards