It’s time for tea in Melbourne

Is it ever not a time for tea? If you’re a tea-lover, the art of creating the perfectly brewed cuppa is a serious affair. If you haven’t already, ditch those tea bags and enjoy tea the proper way.

Tea and dumplings at Oriental Tea House

With over 30 different teas waiting to be slowly sipped, Oriental Tea House is a restaurant and one-stop-shop for discerning tea lovers. Owner, David Zhou, has created six exclusive signature tea blends, such as ‘Happy Tea’ and ‘Relaxing Tea’, and his extensive menu also includes the ‘Peach Melba’ fruit tea, ‘Silver Needles’ white tea and famous oolong ‘Iron Buddha’. Enjoy some dumplings while you’re there, or why not have Yum Cha? There’s no rush.

David Zhou of the Oriental Teahouse

David Zhou of the Oriental Tea House

Tea degustation at Vue de Monde

Splash out on an unparalleled tea experience, with Vue de Monde’s impressive tea degustation. Tea sommelier, Charles Serveau, matches superior teas with the five-course lunchtime degustation menu. Be dazzled by Sichuan Dancing Bamboo tea, Nilgiri black tea from India’s Blue Mountains, and more. It’s available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12pm and bookings are essential.

Nocturnal tea at Porcelain Tea Parlour

Porcelain is open from 2pm until late and offers a thoughtful seasonal menu of fine teas, freshly made infusions and matched accompaniments. ‘Tea Flight’ is a three-tea mini degustation, or if you love the age-old art of letter writing, ‘Tea and Post’ includes writing materials and a postage stamp. The Porcelain experience is a relaxed, yet stylish affair, where you can play cards with friends or take some solo time with a good book. There’s even a friendly Thursday night knitting group that you’re welcome to join.

Porcelain Tea Parlour

Experience tea the traditional way at the Porcelain Tea Parlour

Tea and scones at The Tea Salon

After a long day shopping, rejuvenate inside the rather glamorous The Tea Salon at Emporium. You’ll find a grand selection of iced teas (we like ‘Orange Brulee’), as well as traditional and flavoured black teas, herbal infusions, white and Chinese green teas. Make sure you investigate their famous ‘Top Ten’ scone menu – white chocolate and cranberry will suit sweet tooths or if you have a more savoury palate, try the rosemary, leek and parmesan.

Chilled tea at Chatime

Influenced by the hugely popular Taiwanese bubble teas and iced teas, Chatime creates a diverse selection of sweet pearl milk teas and modern Asian chilled teas, brewed from Assam, green, oolong and other varieties. Favourites include the ‘Matcha Tea Latte with Red Bean’, ‘Coconut Milk Tea with Sago’ and the energising ‘Special Smoked Plum Tea’.

Tea and cake at Hopetoun Tea Rooms

A Melbourne icon in The Block Arcade, the gorgeous Victorian-era Hopetoun Tea Rooms is the place to raise your pinky. Their splendid organic tea menu offers something for everyone and includes the peachy ‘Buddha’s Finger’ oolong, fragrant ‘Lemon Myrtle’ and the ‘Marquise Grey’ with lavender flowers. High tea is served from 10am–2pm, but the mouth-watering cakes window will most likely get your immediate attention. It gets incredibly busy, so you’ll need to book in advance.

The sensational window display at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms

The sensational window display at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms

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 Where is your favourite spot in the city to sit back with a good cuppa?