Tip Top Tea Shop at Char Dukan in Mussoorie

Char Dukan in Landour, Mussoorie has been around since nearly the beginning of this former British summer retreat town. The name “Char Dukan” literally means “four shops” in Hindi. Although in the last 100 years an extra shop or two has sprung up.

 

There are many resorts in Mussoorie and it’s a popular destination with Indian tourists partly due to the lovely Mussoorie weather. When the rest of the country is roasting it’s nice and cool in this old British hill station. Click the Agoda ad below to find hotels in Mussoorie for as low as 12 US dollars.

 


 

Char Dukan, then and now.

 

Char Dukan in Mussorie, India

 

 

 

Char Dukan, Mussorie, India.

 

Naturally, Mussoorie tourism is booming in the summer months and Char Dukan is practically crawling with visitors on any Saturday of the year. Serving up typical Indian snack foods like parantha (<-click for recipe), maggi noodles, and paneer pakora, these old shops keep the masses fed before they venture out for a hike in the Himalayan foothills.

 

Char Dukan, Mussorie, India.

 

Tip Top Tea Shop

 

Tip Top Tea Shop at Char Dukan

 

There are many places to eat in Mussoorie but our favorite shop at Char Dukan, by far, is Tip Top Tea Shop. When facing the shops, Tip Top is on the far right. It serves up much the same menu as the rest of the shops, including the staple bun omelet (an omelet served in a sweet bun).

 

Indian Snack foods at Char Dukan, Mussorie.

 

But what kept us coming back week after week, were the pancakes. These are not your mama’s pancakes. No stacks of thin, flavorless flap jacks, here. When you order pancakes at Tip Top what you get is one, literal, pan-cake.

 

The best pancakes in Mussorie, India at Tip Top Tea Shop in Char Dukan.

 

Thick, sweet, and delicious, you really don’t even need the syrup. They come in a variety of custom flavors including banana, apple cinnamon, and chocolate.

 

Apple cinnamon pancake at Tip Top Tea Shop at Char Dukan in Mussorie, India.

Hot and crispy apple cinnamon pancake.

 

You can guess which flavor our boys preferred.

 

Choclate pancake at Tip Top Tea shop at Char Dukan in Mussorie, India.

 

This is India so be patient, your food will not come quickly or at the same time. Our boys loved to watch the cook work his magic.

 

Top Top Tea Shop at Char Dukan in Mussorie, India.

 

Ginger Lemon Tea

 

Before leaving make sure you don’t miss out on another Mussoorie specialty – Hot Honey Lemon Ginger Tea. It’s a nice alternative to the classic Indian milk chai.

 

Hot honey lemon ginger tea at Char Dukan in Mussoorie, India.

 

I preferred the bun omelet (I’m a salty, not a sweet kinda gal) but the rest of my family never left Tip Top without a scrumptious, fried pancake.

 

Have you ever been to Char Dukan or seen a pancake cooked this way?

 

Jessica