a secret tea parlour

It’s moments like this that I love living in Sydney.

The nondescript door is locked ย and only opened after a little furtive knuckle rapping. Opened, and in we go… I’m in heaven. The place is tiny and filled with antique loveliness, vintage books, puffy chairs, and cruisey beats coming from the corner. We are here for high tea and if I was more of a girly girl there would have been a high pitched squeal of delight and a little hand clapping with glee. Instead, I smiled from ear to ear and willed our late friends to hurry up so I could see we what the cake selection was like.

They have a long tea selection, with the menu slotted between pages of old books. Tea comes out in individual tea pots, and the cakes sit beautifully on their tiered elegance. Put a cucumber sandwich on an every day plate and I’ll easily pass it up. However, cut it in to triangles, place them on a beautiful antique plate and you’ll hear a little sigh of contentment.

High Tea is something that I love. I love every little part of it and this little secret place might just be my favourite so far.


Tea Parlour

579 Elizabeth Street, Redfern

Book beforehand

30 thoughts on “a secret tea parlour

  1. Oh My.


    I think I would be in heaven here. Those cups, the dainty cakes, the quaintness of it all….

    What tea did you order? I think I would’ve tried the lavender.


  2. Pinkies up! That looks like so much fun…here we have tea parties for little girls (at a ridiculous price due to the swank party part of it.) I miss high tea with my grandmother’s next door neighbor from Scotland…I miss her shortbread.


  3. Yes, something immediately swoon-inducing about fine china, nibble sized morsels and wonderful company. That said, those petite servings are very deceiving – there has been more than one occasion where I’ve waddled out of a tea room. I see clotted cream and raspberry jam and it seems to activate something dangerous within!


  4. how beautiful – this looks like just the sort of place that would gasp in horror at the idea of using tea bags! want to drive up the hume highway and visit this gorgeous place


  5. Love the peacock feathers, they add a touch of loucheness to the whole story. Where is it supposed to be reminiscent of do you think? Is it an old Aussie style tea room? I know little of the history of eating establishments but I’m guessing they were very popular at one point in time. Kind of reminds me of the Welsh community in Gaiman in Patagonia, an even more unlikely spot to find cucumber sarnies.


    • It’s just an old shop front that they have converted and really tiny, bringing in lots of mismatched everything which pulls it all together beautifully. I think there is a touch of loucheness to the whole place, (which is probably why it appealed!)


  6. Oh how splendid, and what a wonderful treat. Perfectly perfect, the teacup is gorgeous, Mom has a beautiful set like that, oh its times like this I wish I lived in Sydeny, we dont have anything like that. Thanks for sharing this lovely find. Enjoy your day. ๐Ÿ™‚


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