If a cup of tea is a cup of peace then you are sure to find serenity at The Brisbane Arcade Tea Centre. The Centre is a specialty tea retail store which offers over 180 different varieties of tea from around the world. Located in the beautiful Brisbane Arcade, the shop is now in its fifteenth year, having opened its doors in 2002.
Tea itself is steeped in tradition. According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water. Suddenly, some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, took the chance to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created. The tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.
The Types of Teas
Th variety of teas has certainly grown since Shen Nungs' experience. On stepping through the doors of The Tea Centre, I was met by rows of red and black Chinese tea containers filled with premium, loose leaf teas. The containers are neatly lined like soldiers on the wood-panelled walls of the shop ready to be selected.
There you will find a range of traditional teas from Australia, China, Ceylon and India, along with fragrant, flavoured teas with dried flowers, fruits, herbs and spices. Other specialties include chai, decaffeinated, and herbal varieties. Take your pick. The staff are happy to provide useful information to help inform your choice.
Accessories After choosing your perfect tea potion, it must surely be enjoyed in just the right tea pot, teacup or mug. And the Brisbane Arcade Tea Centre can help you out there. The stock ranges from delicate fine bone china tea cups and saucers to the fun farmyard animal mug collection featuring cheeky cows, chickens and cats.
Tins, teaspoons and animal printed tea towels, as well as strainers, infusers, and gift boxes are available for Christmas gifts, perhaps.
The Standout While there is much to love about this shop, my favourite items are the flora,l knitted teapot holders. They are not called "tea cosies" for nothing and are sure to keep that perfect cup of tea snug and warm. Okay, so they remind me of afternoon tea at Nanna's house, but there is something wonderfully familiar and comforting about that. All that it needs is a side of warm scones and melting butter to complete the occasion.
Anything else While the Centre is small, it packs a punch in its quaintness and charm. The Tea Centre is open 7 days a week and can be found at the Queen Street Mall entrance to the Brisbane Arcade. Find your own variety of liquid peace today.