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Teawana Tea House

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by Kirsty Dummin Smith (subscribe)
Food blogger, avid cook, aspiring artisan baker and occasional freelance writer.
Published August 28th 2012
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.

Teawana shop front, James Place

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.

Once you've picked your tea, sit back and relax or play on one of the several iPads secured to the benches, while you wait the required time for your tea to brew.

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.

The only downside - you can't actually purchase tea leaves to take home from; a crying shame if you happen to fall in love with one of their unique flavours.
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Why? A unique range of exotic teas from all over the world.
Where: 8 James Place, Adelaide
Your Comment
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.

Do they do ice teas as well?? Or just hot.
by Natasha Stewart (score: 4|10437) 2955 days ago
How completely wonderful! I'm a confirmed tea drinker, and have almost given up going to cafes, because so many of them don't know how to make a cuppa tea. Must visit next time I'm in the city.
by sueca (score: 2|113) 2800 days ago
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