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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Smack bang in the middle of the city, there’s a shop in Rundle Mall that dishes up two of southern China’s two most storied traditions: yum cha and tea. Tea House Yum Cha provides a fresh taste of Cantonese cuisine as well as steaming hot cups of traditional brews, and there’s a second location in Westfield Marion, too.
Located within Westfield Marion, this award-winning cafe has been named the best teahouse in South Australia by the Golden Leaf Awards. With rustic bags and crates of leaves displayed on the walls, this relaxed tea and coffee joint is the perfect place to unwind after a dose of retail therapy in the shopping centre.
This is a cafe that delivers what it promises on the tin: a teahouse, and a mighty nice one. The Teahouse is a Glenelg favourite right in the hubbub of Jetty Road, curating a large collection of dozens of fragrant blends for tea lovers who want to pop in for a cuppa before hitting the beach.