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Where is Sydney's Best Tea Room?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published November 14th 2011
Tea is fast becoming a very popular drink. Whether it means people are subscribing to the old English belief that tea can cure any worry, or simply that there are now so many flavours out there, whatever the case tea rooms are the new chic place to hang out. We're looking for Sydney's best tea room or tea house, and we need your help. From the decadent rooms serving up macarons and petit fours on the side, to the cosy casual places that warm you from the inside out. Let us know your favourite place to get a pot of tea.

For the height of luxury check out the Tea Room in the QVB. They feature a three page tea menu, to rival some wine lists, and these can be enjoyed with a range of afternoon tea choices. You'll dine on sandwiches, petit fours, pastries, and of course scones with cream and jam. You can even compliment your meal with a cocktail or a glass of French champagne. Everything about the Tea Room is elegant, from the room, to the chairs, and of course the dainty china.

If you're after the elegance of the Tea Room, but like something a little bit more casual, then perhaps the Victoria Room Tea Salon is more your cup of tea. It isn't located in the iconic Victoria Room, instead it is a small cafe in Westfield Sydney, surrounded by a white picket fence and plenty of pink. It almost feels like you're at an indoor garden party, and there are plenty of teas and tasty treats to make you feel pampered and poised.

Heading away from high-class elegance, the Tea Cosy Irish Tea Room has a focus on cosy comforts rather than glitz and glamour. It sits in the courtyard of the Irish Design Shop, and they serve up scrumptious scones with a great selection of jams. You won't need to put on any airs and graces, just sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice cup of Irish tea.

Or for something a bit different, there are always the T2 Tea Houses. They add a bit of a modern twist to tea culture, drawing inspiration from tea traditions all over the world. Grab a pot of tea, and something to eat, and soak in the fun vibe that T2 exudes. While you're there you can also stock up on all of your favourite teas and teatime accessories, to make sure that you can create your own little tea room at home.

So if you enjoy a cup of tea, or perhaps a pot or two, let us know where you like to go. We're sure there are plenty of other tea rooms out there, from the classy to the cosy, and we want to hear about them all.
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