Long before the entire planet began squandering its disposable income on coffee brewed by men with waxed mustaches, Tea was the only game in town.
And while it’s starting to re-emerge from under the frothy shadow of its caffeine-kicking rival, in some places it never went away.
From charming buildings steeped in history to ornate architectural gems, these 11 tea houses prove that the beverage is more popular around the globe than ever before.
Rokhat, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Literally translated chaikhana means “teaplace,” and they can be found all over Tajikistan.
Folks — mainly men — once gathered inside chaikhana for discussions, but these days they’re a place for anyone to socialize over a cup of tea.
The ornate Rokhat in Dushanbe is one of the finest places to lounge and sip tea while enjoying city views.
Locals favor the rich milk-infused tea common in Tajikistan, paired with Tajik food such as osh and shashlik kebabs.
Rokhat, Rudaki Avenue 84, Dushanbe, Tajikistan; +992 90 793 1347