I’m a Melburnian and I’m a non-coffee drinker.


My hot drink of choice is actually tea and finally, in amongst the million excellent coffee shops in my neighbourhood, Storm in a Teacup has arrived to cater to those who are discerning about their tea leaves (and maybe even convert some diehard hipster coffee drinkers).

I can’t believe the venue used to be the garish orange Trippy Taco. It’s now a calming white and pastel space with seating starting from the window and wrapping around the bar, with a few small tables and a communal bench at the back. I love the stormy lightning bar stools!

Storm in a Teacup is a teabag-free zone. Instead you receive three infusions from a tiny, single serve teapot of your tea leaf selection from a mind-bending choice of black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong and tisanes.

I enjoyed the fine flavours and delicate aroma of my green tea served in a ceramic cup alongside my choice homemade sweet treats (they also have a small breakfast menu). I highly recommend the daily freshly-baked muffin – mine was a fluffy concoction of blackberry and spices – as well my giant hunk of macadamia praline cheesecake.

You can go home with your tea of choice and they also sell tea wares from local and international artists.

At night Storm in a Teacup offer dessert tea,  frappes and cocktails with a savoury menu and starting from Wednesday 30 May they’re hosting monthly sessions of Cake Bar – a pop up dessert degustation by Cake Boy (in the picture below). The first Cake Bar event has the theme of ‘art’ with three disparate artists providing inspiration – Pollock, Caravaggio and Mondrian. [Update: Event has sold out! Be quick to book for next month’s event, provisionally called ‘Will Contain Nuts’]

Storm in a Teacup is a modern tea salon that appreciates the ancient arts of tea and the tea making ritual. Yay a place for non-coffee drinkers! I love it.

Storm in a Teacup, 48 Smith St, Collingwood +61 3 9415 9593

Tue & Wed 10am–5pm
Thu to Sat 10am–11pm
Sun 11am–4pm

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