This discreet tea house under the Nakameguro train tracks is home to Chiya-ba, a chai tea specialist run by the folks behind nearby Nepalese restaurant Adi. The cosy space, though dominated by blacks and dark tones, has a gorgeous Zen-like quality. It's tasteful yet rustic, especially the hidden little lounge behind the tea counter, which feels like a luxe boutique hotel lobby.
As for the tea menu, go for the classic masala chai (available hot or cold), or one of two special chai creations: lemon masala chai or the spiked Khukri Rum chai. If you prefer something less milky, opt for one of the speciality Nepalese teas, coffee, natural wine or craft beer. There’s also a small food menu offering light snacks like curry pan (served on weekends only), scones, granola and vegan doughnuts.
Teas are also available for purchase, along with beautiful ceramic mugs and plates which are displayed in-store. If you can’t make it out to Nakameguro, check the café’s online store which sells bags of tea, spices, tableware and even rattan lampshades like the one hanging in the café.