Pak Tea House - Once A Galaxy Of Urdu Literature

Qasim Khan Lahore

Historical Pak Tea House - Lahore

Pak Tea House had remained a favourite sitting place of some of the most celebrated intellectuals of the Subcontinent for many decades since 1932 (then India Tea House).

Among the literary personalities who used to visit the Pak Tea House on daily basis since the pre-partition British India times, the names of the likes of Saadat Hassan Manto, Josh Malihabadi, Sahir Ludhianvi, Amrita Pritam, Munshi Premchand, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Dr M D Taseer, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Krishan Chander, Ismat Chughtai, Ibn-e-Insha, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, the legendary Ahmed Faraz, the revolutionary Habib Jalib, Kaifi Azmi, Nasir Kazmi, Muneer Niazi, Ustad Asmabnart Ali Khan, Kamal Ahmed Rizvi, Intezar Hussain, Rajinder Singh Bedi and Firaq Gorakhpuri.

This Historic 75 year old Restaurant was originally established as India Tea house in 1940 by Boota Singh and was taken over by two sikh brothers Surtej singh bhalla and Kaiser Singh Bhalla in 1944.

After partition the restaurant was alloted to Sirajuddin Ahmed who renamed it to "Pak Tea House" in 1950 and ran this restaurant successfully from 1947 to 1978. After his death his son Zahid Hasan managed the restaurant and shut down in 2000.

This historic restaurant has been renovated and reopened in 2013.