Ah, the humble cuppa.
Perfect for so many occasions: afternoon tea with grandma, a late-night study sesh, early morning ritual, high tea with the girls, yarn ‘round the campfire with the boys…
There’s something oh-so comforting about brewing your favourite flavour; those delicious scents rising as you take your first careful sip. There’s a reason this particular beverage is almost 5,000 years old and still going strong (pun intended).
Come on, if the Queen of England is a fan, you know you’re in good company. Read on as we find the best cafés on the Gold Coast for tea drinkers.
It’s no surprise that one of our faves, Fixx at QT Gold Coast can be counted among some of the best cafés on the Gold Coast for tea drinkers. Book yourself into QTea (high tea, at QT, get it?) and enjoy some damn good brews and equally fantastic quirky snacks such as savoury cupcakes, slices, and sweet sushi surprises to feast on. If you’re feeling fancy, for a little extra moolah there’s the option to add champagne. But, let’s be honest, this isn’t really an option to ponder, because the answer to champagne is always yes.
Tea & Niceties
Heading to the mountains? There’s no need to go without your favourite cuppa while exploring Mount Tamborine as the exquisite Tea and Niceties at Eagle Heights has got you covered. This place is pretty as a picture and about as girly as any tea house you’re likely to encounter. Think sugar cubes adorned with sugar flowers, darling flower-print china, and floral everything—definitely an occasion to break out nana’s pearls. Book in for their beautiful high tea (with champagne too, naturally) and eat your weight in mini everything.
Make your way west to gorgeous Tallebudgera Valley for a visit to the equally lovely Teavine House. There’s some delightful pomp and pageantry involved here with the ringing of a bell heralding the beginning of your high tea experience. Try and keep it a little lady-like though, if possible while stuffing your face with delish cakes, sandwiches, and savouries, all washed down with some excellent teas. Pinkies up!
The Old Teahouse Gallery
This charming old Queenslander, built in 1911 and nestled in a lush rainforest setting, is a firm favourite between locals and visitors alike. Our tip? Grab a seat in the garden, pick your favourite flavour (ours is the Stockholm blend: black tea with orange peel, safflowers, calendula, rose petals, vanilla, and apricot) and treat yourself to The Old Teahouse Gallery‘s fabulous Devonshire tea. ‘Cause, really, life does not get much better than a nice strong pot of tea, warm homemade scones piled with sweet, sticky jam and fresh, whipped cream. Droool.
The Coffee & Tea Factory
Once you’ve shopped until you’ve (almost) dropped, recharge those batteries at this 1920s-inspired teahouse located in Pacific Fair. With an impressive tea menu on offer including organic herbal, traditional, bubble tea, iced tea, and oriental, there are no bad choices at The Coffee and Tea Factory. Our personal pick: a pot of the Oriental tea, Buddha’s Tears (sorry, Buddha) paired with high tea for one. #nosharingnecessary
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