Here are my top picks for..
Melbourne Tea Houses
The inner north seems to be the place to go for specialty tea..and here are a few good reasons why. In each of them you’ll likely meet the owners – and their passion for tea – as they brew you up a pot.
Porcelain Tea Parlour 149 Elgin Street, Carlton
Melbourne’s delightful new tea room has an elegant European feel – and opens from the afternoon until late evening daily (great for a post-movie cuppa if you’re at Carlton’s Cinema Nova). Served in beautiful vintage cups and tea pots, paired with cheese and sweet treats – you can even order the tea writing set and pen a letter as you sip!
Travelling Samovar 412 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
Tranquil and atmospheric, not unlike stepping into a traditional Chinese tea house – with a delightful courtyard out the back. The owners serve you with knowledge and passion, and provide you with all the tools to brew the tea just how you like. For a serene experience to read your book or enjoy a gentle conversation with a friend.
Impala and Peacock 558 Sydney road, Brunswick
Fresh and modern with lots of natural light and pale timber, the extensive range of quality teas are carefully-brewed and delightfully served in glass teapots on little candle warmers. The go-to teahouse for weekend high teas.
Storm in a Teacup 55 High St, Northcote
Fantastic range of quality teas, carefully sourced direct and organic where possible. Now open Wednesdays only for tastings and education. Check out the bar stools with the lightening bolt supports.
Quali-tea (next to South Yarra train station, no website!)
Not to be confused with the tea-house with the same name on nearby Chapel Street, owner Terry offers this authentic Chinese teahouse experience. To the uninitiated it may seem confusing; you may be given tea to taste without a menu. (The Chinese way is to taste tea with the owner to find which one you may like to buy.) Some rare and unusual teas to be found here as well as lots of interesting tea equipment!