Tea lovers, have you discovered these 5 tea rooms in Cape Town?

In the West, coffee and wine conquered the drinking culture. But in the East, it is tea that is most valued in the daily culture of its people. While tea drinking and tea appreciation in South Africa are still quite young, the tea scene in Cape Town – the city where wine, coffee and tea come together in harmony – is blossoming with great potential.

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Here are four Cape Town gems that every tea lover absolutely must visit:

Nigiro Tea Cafe

Do you remember that little cafe called O’ways that used to be outside of Cavendish, in that unassuming, vibrant little patch of land? It’s still quite vibrant thanks to the likes of Nuri sushi and Jack’s Bagels, but the quaint glass-encased tea cafe with its touch of serendipity will be forever missed.

That’s until you realize he’s just reborn in Plumstead as Nigiro Tea Cafewith the same touch of serendipity where the artistic culture of tea making and drinking is alive and well.

Here you can sample 18 categories and over 130 varieties of teas, feast on their tea-inspired menu featuring a range of vegan or vegetarian dishes with its perfectly matched tea recommendation, or revel in a flower bud tea experience. Chinese as you watch the unraveling of a beautiful flower encased in tea leaves inside a glass teapot.

And if you want to take a little piece of Nigiro home with you, their tea ranges and a selection of teaware are available for purchase. Every first Saturday of the month, you can join the tea club and learn about the art of tea making while exploring the wonders of specially selected teas.

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  • Location: 71 Gabriel Road, Plumstead
  • Business hours : Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Website: nigiro.co.za

Massive tea merchants

Founded in 2011 with a mission to elevate the art and culture of tea drinking with their passion and innovative tea blending skills, Massive tea merchants have done this and more.

They have 18 different types of carefully selected loose leaf teas and a timer to brew it to the perfection of your taste buds. All of their teas are blended in Cape Town and where possible they do their best to source locally.

Massive tea merchants have revolutionized the tea game for tea lovers, chocolate lovers and those who can’t choose a side with locally artisan tea chocolates. Combining the fragrant essence of tea with the decadence of milk, white and dark chocolate.

But that’s not all. They’ve also created soul-warming magic in a cup: a more bubbly, bubbly soup-flavored meal by combining specialty teas with small batches of dehydrated soup ingredients. Tea soup, who would have thought?

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  • Location: 125 Hope St. Gate 2 Gardens
  • Business hours : Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Website: enmassetea.co.za

Jasmine tea grinder

If you ever venture to Somerset West, your adventure will be incomplete without a trip to Jasmine tea grinder. From oolong, pu-er and herbal teas to white, black and green teas, this friendly neighborhood Chinese tea shop has everything a tea lover could want. Not to mention a wide range of tableware and accessories in glass, bamboo, ceramic and cast iron.

If you are closer to the city, you don’t have to worry about suffering from any kind of FOMOyou can find Jasmine tea grinder at the Oranjezicht market every weekend (if you manage to spot mini Krillin of Dragon Ball Zyou will know that you are in the right place).

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  • Location: Shop 1 Twin Oaks Centre, 144 Main Road, Somerset West
  • Business hours : Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Website: teamill.co.za

Mainland China food market

Not only is Mainland China food market a super convenient and well-stocked one-stop supermarket for all your needs for Asian food, snacks, fresh or dried ingredients and utensils, but they also have designated areas in the store dedicated to everyone’s needs budget tea lovers.

From jars and jars of loose leaf tea and boxes of bagged tea leaves to a range of teapots of all kinds, tea sets, cups, saucers and every tea accessory you can think of.

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  • Location: 12 Grove Avenue, Claremont
  • Business hours : Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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