Tea, glorious tea! If you're a tea lover or even just like the odd cup of tea now and then, you are going to LOVE Teawana. From the cave-like decor to the funky names and full bodied flavours of each individual tea, this place is as unique as a tea shop can be.
Located down the buzzing James Place, which runs between Rundle Mall and Grenfell Street in the CBD, passers by will no doubt be grabbed by the name, colour and intrigue. While a far cry from its phonetic cousin: Tijuana, this place serves nothing but the best herbs on the planet; the type you steep in hot water and sip throughout the day.
It may be a little daunting when you first walk in. All of the teas available are listed on the rather large blackboard wall, categorised by the base tea leaf (think black, white, herbal, oolong, etc). Don't worry too much if you can't decide just by reading the list of names (or ingredients) the staff are super educated and seem to know their tea like the back of their hands. Let them know your favourite flavours and they'll pull down a variety of teas for you to smell. The old-school library ladder is a quirky touch.
Another great thing about Teawana is that it's a one size fits all sort of place. That is, they only serve one (very large) size cup (takeaway or reusable available) for $4.50. They also have a range of milk and sweeteners available, including cow, soy and almond, plus raw sugar or honey.
I'm going to have to try this place sometime! I actually walked in the other day - but I did get completely overwhelmed. And I was rushing off to get somewhere else so I didn't take the time to find out what it was all about.