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The Tea Parlour: A Sydney treasure

Written by 27 October 2011 One Comment

The hustle and bustle of Sydney, Australia can really be overwhelming and send a girl in a tizz, making a travelette need a cosy place to just have a cup of tea and rest their sore feet. Where better than the quaint Tea Parlour? This little gem tucked in the Redfern inner-city suburb of Sydney is a ladies place to sip, nibble and revel in the delights of all things beautiful. The perfect place to seek out after a hard day pounding the city streets in your heels.

Photograph via Carine Thevenau

It’s high tea at its most quirky and charming. Antique treasures adorn the walls and flowered tablecloth-covered tables with old china and silver platters serving you your chosen treat.

The extensive tea menu that stocks local brands to overseas suppliers, are housed in second-hand vintage books for you to peruse while you sit in the eclectic Victorian armchairs. The food menu is small but hits the spot. Jeez, what to pick?? Huge scones with jam and cream? Cucumber sandwiches? Fudge slices? Chocolate walnut liquor drops? A decadent but girly haven that amazingly has gin and wine available too. And with a tarot card reader in on the weekends, it results in the parlour being just too darn endearing for words!

Photograph via Francesca Percy

Photograph via The Cake and The Knife

The perfect place to “hang out with fun girls all day and listen to good music” as Amelia Hepburn (the owner and innovative tea-drinker) puts it. It’s the delusion of grandeur with a stuffed peacock centre-piece, elegant teapots (unlimited top-ups!), a deer head mounted on the wall and tea roses among the Victorian candlestick holders. All founded in thrift shops.

Photograph via The Thousands

Photograph via Side Street, Sydney

Photograph via Peregrine Wanderer

Many describe the warm and affordable Tea Parlour as a granny’s lounge room, which is the exact atmosphere Hepburn was aiming for. She wanted a quaint hideaway for tired city girls who fancy an alternative to a bar or coffee shop.
The world can be a hectic place, but the traditional British girl inside me knows that a cup of tea in this Sydney treasure is the perfect remedy.

Photograph via The Cake and The Knife

Tea Parlour
579 Elizabeth St
Redfern NSW 2016

Open Thursday-Sunday 1pm-8pm

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  • Michaela said:

    I wish I had a nice experience of this place. I have been wanting to go to this place for close to a year now and was super excited to go for my 30th birthday. I didn’t worry about not getting a response to my online enquiry, I just texted instead. We agreed on a booking and I gave a number of people saying I’d confirm the exact number in a week. I admit I left it very late to confirm the number but when I did the proprietor could not recall my booking and offered a time two hours later. I accepted the time but expressed that I was frustrated as I had the text reflecting the original booking. To that I was told “don’t come at all”.
    I can understand being busy but how do you run a business if you can’t manage bookings? I had no intention of being rude and I don’t think I was out of line to simply state that I felt frustrated – I felt genuinely hurt by the response I received.

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