Image credit: Kit Baker at Zensation Tea House
Despite being seen as a bit of a nana drink, everyone from Mick Jagger to Bear Grills has admitted their unadulterated love of tea. Sure, we’re a city of coffee hounds, but sometimes you just can’t beat a good cuppa.
Zensation Tea House
A tea house that also does yum cha? Sign us up! Unlike many of the frenetic yum cha joints around town, Zensation maintains a sense of tranquility as guests sip fine Chinese tea and nibble on some damn tasty dumplings.
Owner Amber Hudson grew her brand off the back of many visits to tea plantations throughout India, Sri Lanka and China. Combining her love of travel and tea, Hudson now offers a range of specialty blends and exotic brews at her Newtown popup store. It’s here that you can also take part in tea classes to learn about the beneficial properties of different herbs and how to blend them to make the perfect cup.
Penelope Sach Organic Tea
Naturopath and herbalist Penelope Sach created her eponymous brand from Australian grown organic ingredients like lemon myrtle and liquorice root. Sach is one of Australia’s best-known medical herbalists and her teas are touted as a top shelf remedy for a range of ailments.
Tea with Alice
This subscription tea service is cute as a bug’s ear and makes for a great winter treat. Basically you sign up, give a brief explanation of the types of tea you’re into, and Tea with Alice will deliver handpicked hampers of the best and most adventurous teas from around the world.
Dragon Well Chinese Tea House
Specialising in super duper premium loose leaf Chinese tea, this Pyrmont cafe is housed in a 19th century sandstone terrace and decked out with rosewood furniture and antique tea ware. There are plenty of tables from which to kick back and listen to guzheng music or you can sip your tea while shopping the extensive range of tea accessories.
Despite our strongly held belief that tea houses should be the antithesis of modernity (i.e. poky, eclectic and just generally Harry Potter-esque), T2 successfully manages to kick tea into the twenty first century with a sleek wooden finish that can be found in more than forty stores Australia wide. There’s also a huge range of top-notch white, green, black and red teas, creative flavour combinations and some rather kitschy accessories on offer.
White Rabbit Teahouse
Nestled within a quirky Asian gallery hidden in the backstreets of Chippendale, this tiny teahouse serves up oolong and chrysanthemum, strong blacks and iced varieties to artistic types or really anyone looking to stop in for a bit of time out. Most of the teas hail from China and Taiwan and are served alongside a range of dumplings, scones and other nibbles.