Tchai Ovna

Price guide: Budget

42 Otago Lane, Glasgow, G12 8PB

Price guide: Budget

Tchai Ovan

By Mike MacEacheran, your Glasgow expert

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#29 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
3.8
3.8
Service:
3.9
3.9
Location:
3.7
3.7
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Seasoned travellers, Art, Celebrity spotting, Escaping the crowds, No fuss, People watching

Expert review of Tchai Ovna

Glasgow’s premier teashop blends Czech style with celebrity endorsed cosmopolitan chai.

More fun than Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter’s tea party, Tchai-Ovna is a wonderland of tea leaves, shishas, fresh brews and more than 80 different varieties of chai. A short walk from Glasgow University, Tchai-Ovna is a premier student space (I studied English Literature just down the road) with a funky reputation for hosting poetry reading, exhibitions and alternative music events. It’s also the West End’s best vegan and veggie hang-out.

Food and drink: 

With an ever evolving list of teas, including such sweet delights as cherry, chocolate and caramel, its teas provide the perfect tonic for its list of healthy veggie and vegan options. It also sells Oolong Fancy, which is the coolest name for a pot of tea this side of Timbuktu.

Ambience: 

Inspired by the teahouses of the Czech Republic, the teahouse has become a fans favourite with the Glasgow based bands Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura and Franz Ferdinand. Belle and Sebastian's 2003 album art for Dear Catastrophe Waitress was shot in Tchai Ovna's West End venue, so it’s the epitome of cool.

Service: 

Happy go lucky and wistful, the staff have an encyclopaedic knowledge of all matters tea related.

Location: 

Just round the corner from Kelvingrove Subway station and off Great Western Road.

Price advice: 

Perfect for tight budgets.

More information on Tchai Ovna:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Coffee shop, Tearoom
Food:
Snacks, Vegetarian
Address:
42 Otago Lane, Glasgow, G12 8PB
Telephone:
0141 357 4524
Website:
http://tchaiovna.com
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Monday to Sunday: 11.00am to 22.00pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Tchai Ovna? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

Worshipped and adored by students at Glasgow University around the corner, Tchai Ovna is an insitution that has in recent years been the focus of a well organised social media campaign to save it from closure/redevelopment. Has many famous and high profile fans and regulars. Bit of a hippy/veggie hangout and feels like being in some eccentric trendy auntie's house. Well worth trying at least once so you can say 'I've been there'. Who knows, you might end up smitten with the place!