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Don’t know your oolong from your pu’erh tea? These tea houses and tea masters will set you straight 

While Melbourne is renowned as a world-class coffee capital, it's also got the chops when it comes to tea. Check out our comprehensive guide to Melbourne's best tea temples.

Royal Elixir

You can blend your own perfect brew in Prahran’s new tea shop. The Imperial Teas Group has supplied high quality tea to more than 60 countries for decades, but Royal Elixir is its first retail outlet where customers can blend tea to make their own dream cup. Prahran.

The Tea Centre

The Tea Centre boasts wall-to-wall teas (black, green, white, herbal and tisanes, including specialty organic blends by naturopath Mim Beim) as well as an extensive range of pretty tea wares (teapots, cups, saucers and brewing tools). Melbourne.

T2 Hybrid Brew Bar Emporium

Things just got even more exciting for tea fanatics with the introduction of a melded T2 store and tea brewing bar at Emporium. The concept store allows patrons to enjoy their cuppa of choice and follow up with a shop for home tea brewing necessaries. Melbourne.

Impala & Peacock

Enjoy high teas, tea tasting sessions under tea sommelier Sarah de Witt's expert guidance and then purchase one of de Witt's custom tea blends for home brewing. Brunswick.


Tucked away in Artemis Lane, Japanese tea specialist Lupicia boasts over 400 teas sourced from all over the world. Melbourne.

Porcelain Tea Parlour

Serving tea on proper porcelain, this is a place to comfortably unwind with the right tea accoutrements. It's no museum though – you're welcome to play a quick hand of cards with your mates over a pot or two of tea. Carlton.

Tea Drop: South Melbourne Market

Tea Drop's charming staff will let you sample wares, including their brewed teas on tap and iced tea goodness, but make sure that you save space for their specialty – the iced chai (they make their own blend and it's the stuff of which daydreams are made). South Melbourne.

Travelling Samovar Tea House

Let tea aficionado and proprietor Pascale Sameli guide you through a tea tasting journey, while enjoying tea-related sweet things. If the weather is good, venture out into fairyland charm of the backyard, but if you're feeling the chill – pull up a chair near the fire. Carlton North.

Hopetoun Tea Rooms

It's hard to go past here for some old-school charm. Enjoy a fancy pot of tea in the salubrious environs, safe in the knowledge that they've been serving tea since 1891. Melbourne.

Vue de Monde

French ex-pat Sarah Harleaux holds the enviable title of tea sommelier at Vue de Monde. Harleaux sources her teas from the best tea-producing spots on the globe and matches each to Shannon Bennett’s intricate menu. Melbourne.

Oriental Teahouse: Little Collins Street

Go nuts with over 60 types of teas, covering every choice of black, white, green, oolong, fruit and herbal. You can stop for a drink, or buy it and brew it at home. There's also a great choice of yum cha – and each traditional dish is paired with an appropriate tea. Melbourne.

The Tea Salon

Enjoy a decadent, old-world setting where warm cheddar and thyme scones sit atop triple tier stands, and loose-leaf tea steams from cute china cups. Melbourne.

The Tea Room

The Tea Room is part of the NGV serving a dozen kinds of cuppa including Chinese white peony, which arrives blossoming in a clear pot, and their house blend of chai. Pair your brew with dainties and scones as part of high tea, or stick to lamington macarons. Melbourne.

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Cristina Re: Just because it's no longer with us in a bricks and mortar sense, it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy its object-of-desire tea wares (check out the leopard print tea cup).

Storm in a Tea Cup: If you're still mourning its passing, you can take some comfort from the fact that Storm in a Tea Cup's specialty teas are available online.

Just in case coffee is more your jam, check out our guide to the cafés polling for place in Time Out Melbourne's best café awards.   

Updated on 15 Dec 2015.

By Meg Crawford   |  
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