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Published June 8th 2012
The Rocks is a great place for hang out on the weekends - you can go shopping at The Rocks market, indulge yourself in the pursuit of creativity at museums and galleries, enjoy street performances and more. After all these activities, there is nothing better than taking a rest and having an afternoon tea at great cafes and restaurants. Here are my top picks for you, offering you a variety of choices to meet your taste buds.
The Tea Cosy - Irish Tea Room In the rear courtyard of the Irish Design Shop, you'll find The Tea Cosy, which is a traditional Irish tea house. My favourite is the shop specialty - the tea set comes with home-made scones and imported Irish tea or coffee. The scones are warmly served with cream and jams, and are available in different flavours. You can choose to sit inside or in the courtyard. As its name suggests, the shop truly offers a cosy atmosphere. Additionally, the shop is in 130 year old heritage listing building, and so it's a unique place to enjoy an afternoon tea with your friends.
When: Thursdays and Fridays 10am - 4pm; Saturday and Sunday 10-5pm.
Where: 33 George Street, The Rocks (behind the Irish Design Shop)
MCA Cafe and Sculpture Terrace Another great place for you to enjoy afternoon tea is the rooftop café at the revamped Museum of Contemporary Art. This is a perfect place before or after viewing the exhibitions at the Museum. The view of rooftop café and sculpture terrace is terrific - overlooking the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Soak up the spectacular views while enjoying your food.
MCA Cafe and Sculpture Terrace
When: Open 10am-5pm Daily Where: Level 4, MCA. 140 George Street, The Rocks
Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café After visiting the Rocks market or finishing your activities at museums, why not relax yourself at the famous cafe at the doorsteps? Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café is definitely a great place for high tea; in particular, if you are a chocolate lover. You can indulge in a delicious journey of discovery – the fine hot chocolate and sweet treats. Window seats are the best spots where you can see the street scene. However, if you are after a quiet place, upstairs would be equally a good choice.
When: Sun to Thurs 8am - 11pm; Fri & Sat 8am - Midnight Where: 91 George Street, The Rocks
Pancakes On The Rocks
Further down The Rocks, you'll find the Pancakes restaurant. As its name suggests, you should not miss the shop specialty. However, if you want something else, the shop actually offers you a huge variety to choose on the menu – from pancakes, desserts, pizzas, ribs, salad and much more. If you and your friends are keen to try more food on their menu, you can re-visit the shop anytime as it opens 24 hours. Just a warning; you have to be patient as there is always a queue.
I visited the Tea Cosy after reading a recommendation for their scones and it's worth a visit. The scones were lovely and they had a great selection of jams, and if it's a nice day go outside to the courtyard and soak up the rays :)