Any tea aficionado best sharpen their sleuthing abilities and set out to find Tchai-Ovna. Squirrelled away on a residential street in the Glasgow Uni ’hood, this cosy tea house is a welcome reprieve from the damp cold that seats itself into your bones after a day of traipsing about.
Once settled inside, you can’t help but imagine you’ve stepped back into a cafe in India’s north (Manali anyone?), though it’s actually an ode to the teahouses of the Czech Republic. I wondered why I wasn’t clod in my best boho gear, dripping with scarves and beads, but the patrons were welcoming nonetheless. Tchai-Ovna offers up over 80 types of tea hailing from far-flung locales like Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Afghanistan, to name a few. Just flipping through the detailed menu is like a lesson in itself. In addition to the teas, vegetarian dishes like red dahl and falafel are served. Overall, Tchai-Ovna is a great little spot to while away an afternoon.