Pak tea house (since 1948)
originally set up as the india tea house by a sikh family in 1940, the café acquired its current name when, after partition, it was leased to one sirajuddin. situated off the mall (now sharae quaid-e-azam) near anarkali bazaar, it holds a special place in the memories of those who know about lahore’s vibrant literary and cultural past.
the house became the birthplace of the influential literary movement, the progressive writers' association. it was a place for the writers, thinkers, artists and reformers to come and interact, to address the issues faced by the community at the time and indulge in enlightening discussions for the betterment of everyone on the whole. it maintained a reputation as a forum for people of diverse backgrounds to voice their opinions in a non-judgmental atmosphere. notable personalities who often visited the cafe included; faiz ahmed faiz, agha shorish kashmiri, ibn-e-insha, ahmed faraz, saadat hassan manto, ahmad rahi, muneer niazi, kamal ahmad rizvi, nasir kazmi, professor syedd sajjad razavi, ustad amanat ali khan, dr. muhammad baqir, intezar hussain and syed qasim mahmood.
a home to writers and artists, pak tea house has been and will always remain one of the places in lahore with a rich history that truly fascinates you.