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Where's the Best Chai Tea in Sydney?

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Published February 1st 2018
The coffee drinkers of the world are creatures of habit - they have their coffee-milk combination set in stone and when at brunch, will spout out their coffee order even before glancing at the menu. As a non-coffee drinker, the phrase "can I get you started with any coffees" as I'm sitting down at the brunch table fills me with irrational, low-level panic as I riffle through the menu to the drink section.

My preferred drink order would be a chai tea, by which I mean a good chai tea - brewed with actual chai spices in frothed milk, finished with a touch of honey. We are not talking about chai lattes which are brewed from a powder in a box, or the chai teas which are essentially water and a tea bag. There is an art to picking these good chai tea's out of a cafe menu - it's usually a good sign when "chai tea" is separated from the rest of the tea bag selection, the words "brewed" or "sticky" usually seem to hold promise.

Here are my top three:


Kafeine
For me, the chai tea and Kafeine in Balmain is the clear winner. First off - it comes in a saucepan and (after trying their version) I do strongly feel that all real chai tea should come in a saucepan. Kafeine is also the home of a respectable brunch menu as well as delectable little pastries.



260 Darling Street
Balmain, NSW
Monday to Friday 6:30-4pm
Saturday to Sunday 7am-4pm
www.kafeine.com.au


Luxe bakery
Luxe used to have a branch on Missenden Rd Newtown which was perfect for all your gourmet sandwich needs (but that has since closed and now it has shopfronts in Barangaroo, Miranda and Bondi). For a bakery, I am told the coffee is spectacular and more importantly their take away chai tea is made such that it still has a little kick of spice that punches through the frothed milk - delicious!

Westfield Bondi Junction, Level 3
Westfield Miranda, Level 2
Queens Court Coollahra
Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
luxebakery.com.au


3 Williams - Redfern
3 Williams on Elizabeth St is a popular haunt for hipster brunch and known for their Instagrammable food. The cafe itself has a converted warehouse feel and there are enough seats that the meal is less of a hurried affair with foodies lining up waiting for your table. They also brew a respectable chai tea, which is smooth and full of flavour.



613a Elizabeth St
Redfern, NSW
Open 7am-4pm daily
threewilliamscafe.com


I am curious to know how other chai tea aficionados feel about the topic. Tell me your thoughts, where is the best chai tea in Sydney?
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