A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published May 23rd 2016
A Store full of Qualitea and Antiquitea
Tea-lovers will be deligh-tea-d to find little Topo Tea tucked away in the heart of Chinatown. Just a market stall for years, owner Shane Shu has now grown it into a store full of beautiful teaware and a cosy lounge ideal to unwind in and have a taste of some traditional oriental teas.
Abundant with exotic, hand-crafted sets, the store is a wonderland for the collector. Many fine details and intricate art will catch your attention. Find cute Chinaware, elegant Calligraphy, jewellery pieces, table covers, and more. I wouldn't mind taking home one of the glossy carp vases.
The quaint tea haven also welcomes you to take a seat in its ambient seating area. This is quite the hideaway from it all. You may embark on a tea tasting. No tea bags included. Choose from a range of green, herbal, oolong, and blooming flower teas. To truly experience these the traditional way, brew your tea with a Gong Fu Cha set.
We took the casual tea table corner, with a choice of Oolong already prepped and served in a glass tea-pot. Sipping on this steamy, delicately-flavoured Chinese specialtea was a relaxing end to the afternoon. This is one of the culture's most famous teas and is lightly fermented - perhaps why I felt a little 'tea drunk'.
Try a casual tea tasting session for yourself for just $15 per person. Enjoy the tea, enjoy the art, and leave inspired. You're spoilt for choice at Topo Tea if you're looking to take a piece of this tea culture home, whether that be some pretty little tea cups, a Gong Fu Cha set of your own, Chinese tea leaves, or one of many other collectibles in store.
For everything you need to know about getting started with Gong Fu Cha, check out this neat guide I just found.