Latte, loose leaf, or brewed in a ceramic teapot, there's something wonderfully soothing about a cup of chai. Whether you prefer the traditional and aromatically spicy mix of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg, or a modern splash of vanilla—here are nine of Sydney's best spots to get your chai intake.
Gertrude & Aice Cafe Bookstore | Bondi
Renowned for their smooth, spiced soy chai, settle in for an afternoon at Gertrude & Alice, and immerse yourself in literary classics. The chai is served in charming traditional teapots with a side of honey to taste.
The Bondi Farmers Market | Bondi
At the Bondi Farmers Market chai is brewed in deep vats, which sends a waft of spicy ginger throughout the lines of stalls. The folk operating the chai tent kindly lay out large picnic blankets for market goers to laze upon, whilst sipping their delicious blend.
Circa Espresso | Parramatta
Winner of this year's SMH Good Café Guide Award for best café, this laneway haunt is putting Parramatta on the map, with its Five Senses coffee and great-tasting food. The Blue Mountains Sticky Chai is loose leaf, soaked with spices and organic honey. Rest against the large-scale graffiti mural, atop a low stool, and prepare your filters for the perfect café snap.
Cleveland's | Redfern
Goblin Cafe | Summer Hill
Summer Hill's newest eatery, Goblin Café, oozes rustic charm, and is a cosy spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The loose-leaf sticky chai is guaranteed to satisfy and sooth.
Kawa | Surry Hills
This Surry Hills institution is a relaxed, down-to-earth gem in the heart of the neighbourhood. At Kawa, lingering is accepted, contemplation is correct, and the share pot of chai brewed with milk is simply delicious!
Sadhana Kitchen | Enmore
Serving up a comforting blend of Rabbit Hole Chai, Sadhana Kitchen is a great spot to get your chai fix. Top it off with a pick from their fabulous range of guilt-free desserts!
The Little Marionette | Balmain
This diminutive coffee powerhouse is punching way above its weight with superior coffee knowledge. The team also knows a thing or two about chai—offering a creamy and fragrant concoction in a latte, or brewed teapot form. Add a dollop of honey for the perfect chai drinking indulgence.
Single Origin Roasters | Surry Hills
This Surry Hills local has well and truly established itself as offering some of the best coffee in town. Having mastered the coffee bean, it is no surprise their pot of chai is infused with spicy, rich and delicious flavours.
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