Hauz Khas village is one of my favorite places in Delhi. Sure it’s very hipster & all round pretentious, but I love the vibe. Also, I find it astonishing how so many stores (many of them quite high end) & maybe 50 different restaurants & cafés can be crammed into such a small & untidy area.
A little over one year ago, I went to Delhi for a work trip & decided to extend it into a mini vacay by staying in my favorite borough. Visiting different cafés (& blogging about them) was one of my favorite things to do while there so I knew that I wanted to repeat the activity without repeating any of the places. But I digress, let’s get on with it…
The Tea Room by Blossom Kochhar
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m crazy about tea. When I mentioned to Bhumika that I was going to be staying at HKV, she quickly recommended the (then very new) tea room by Blossom Kochhar. HKV on the whole can be quite a maze, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the Blossom Kochhar store was maybe just 12 metres away from my airbnb.
If you’re unfamiliar with Blossom Kochhar – she’s famous for her Aroma Magic line of skin + body care products. On the ground floor of the building you’ll find her store. I swear by her under eye gel, it’s very affordable & so good. Availability of her products seems quite limited outside Delhi, so I did go a bit crazy in there & even filmed a haul video with everything I purchased.
The first floor has the spalon (spa + salon). Go one floor higher & you’ll reach the tea room.
Also worth noting – most of the buildings in HKV are older & don’t have lifts. I wouldn’t have cared at all about it, except that I sprained my ankle in the HKV parking lot & ascending or descending a staircase sent shooting pain through my foot. I loved the chilled out vibe of the café as soon as I entered.
Old style switchboards, rustic whitewashed walls, fairy lights & linen curtains – it was such a pretty sight. The menu is all vegetarian with a lot of vegan options too. As it had just been open for a while, there wasn’t too much to choose from (they seem to have expanded their menu a lot since then).
Mom got a Banana & Coffee shake (the coffee was strong!) while I went with a relaxing warm cup of almond milk, infused with lavender & honey. We weren’t too hungry then so we got a quiche to go. The prices were fairly reasonable too.
Here’s a picture of me looking surly on the way back down… that area of the village is just beside the deer park, & we had just seen some monkeys!
All in all, though I was disappointed with the food selection, I still really liked the vibe of the place! If you’re in the area, it’s a lovely place to go get some healthy food, if you’re catching up with friends or even some alone time.
The Tea Room from Blossom Kocchar, Part One, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi
We also went to the famous Coast Café by OGAAN for dinner & were met with overpriced, mediocre food & snooty staff. Most definitely would not recommend!