The Best Teahouses in Adelaide, Australia

Afternoon tea
Afternoon tea | Photo by Matt Seymour on Unsplash
Tom Smith

Tea might not be the drink that Adelaide is best known for — wine claims that distinction — but the South Australian capital does know how to brew a quality cuppa. Check out the eight best teahouses in Adelaide, Australia.

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Topiary Cafe

You’d expect a teahouse in a suburb named Tea Tree Gully to serve a lovely cup of tea, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The Topiary Cafe is surrounded by the gorgeous greenery of Newman’s Nursery, and the stone cottage’s alfresco dining area is the perfect setting for a plate of freshly baked scones or some modern Australian cuisine that harnesses local produce as well as ingredients picked out of the garden.

Thea Tea Shop

The exterior of Thea Tea Shop in Adelaide

This plant-powered cafe serves an Asian-inspired menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes, and also boasts an extensive selection of oolong tea as well as a wide array of bubble teas. This inner-city Taiwanese joint also has a takeaway coffee stand out the front to satisfy their customers with a quick caffeine fix.

Shanghai Tea House

This Burnside Village venue claims to be the only place in Australia that performs a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, an ancient ritual of preparing and serving refined oolong teas sourced direct from China. An all-day menu of Shanghai-style yum cha complements the fragrant aromas and delicate tastes of the traditional Chinese teas on offer at this eatery just east of the city centre.

Kappy’s

Kappy’s tea shop in Adelaide

Kappy’s has been roasting, wholesaling and retailing coffee in the Adelaide Central Market since way back in 1932, and added Sri Lankan teas to their repertoire in the 1980s. The historic retailer has returned to its roots near the Markets with a stylish shop on nearby Compton St displaying a huge range of high quality organic coffees, teas, herbs and spices.

T Bar

T Bar prides itself on becoming Adelaide’s first specialty tea salon back in 1999, and these days, the veteran tea purveyors source quality products from plantations all over the globe to curate a collection of well over 120 blends. T Bar has three locations around Adelaide — the head office in Torrensville as well as tea salons in the Adelaide Central Market and Rundle Place in the city — plus a huge retail shop on their website.

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