A tea house is essentially a place which is centred on serving tea, and while most of the Melbourne establishments are associated with British tea culture, for example Devonshire tea or High tea, Chinese tea culture can also be found right here in Melbourne.
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Of course tea culture is found all over the world and there are various types of teas consumed; for example there is Bubble tea which originated in Taiwan, Thai tea with originated in Thailand, Butter tea which originated in Tibet, Noon Chai which originated in Kashmir and Sweet tea which is popular in the Southern United States.
One of the most popular tea houses in Melbourne is the Oriental Tea House, which serves various types of tea, including black, white, green, oolong, fruit, herbal and signature teas created by David Zhou. They always have a tea of the month and in addition to serving tea with delicious Yum Cha, you can also purchase divine tea leaves and tea ware.
Another top tea house is The Tea Room found on level one of the NGV International. It is the perfect location to enjoy an afternoon tea. There are different types of specialised menus to choose from, such as Afternoon Tea for Two ($70) and Sparkling Afternoon Tea for Two ($90). Some of the delightful teas to sample here include Darjeeling – 2nd Flush Sungma Tea Estate, Jin Mao Hou – Golden Monkey (China), Bai Mu Dan – White Peony (China) and Spring Snow. You can read the Weekend Notes review of The Tea Room here.