In between the numerous coffee shops located in Brunswick is a humble tea room with scores of loyal fans who return again and again for a taste of the custom tea blends at Impala & Peacock. The vision of tea sommelier Sarah de Witt, this Brunswick tea room serves artisan teas alongside a variety of sweets including vegan and gluten-free treats. Pop in and purchase one of 10 take-home packets or stay for high tea. There are also guided tea tastings, and the venue can be booked for bridal and baby showers.
With over 60 tea varieties on offer ranging from black, white and green to herbal, fruit and oolong, the Oriental Teahouse has something for everyone and offers a genuine Chinese experience with a side serving of yum cha and dumplings. With three locations (Chapel Street in South Yarra, Little Collins Street in Melbourne and Chadstone Shopping Centre in Chadstone) the stores are modern while incorporating traditional red and gold décor; but if you’re in a rush, don’t fret: you can always buy their tea and brew it at home.
Melbourne is a fast-paced city where outings are rarely enjoyed without the buzz of social media, but at Porcelain Tea Parlour in Carlton, patrons are encouraged to slow down and switch off. This cozy hole-in-the-wall serves seasonal teas accompanied by sweets, including gluten-free macaroons and handcrafted chocolates, as well as cheese boards and Tamari almonds. Porcelain also provides puzzles, board games, colouring books and card games you can enjoy with friends or in solitude.