There is nothing quite as comforting as hot cup of tea on a cold winter’s day. Enjoy it with scrumptious eats, surrounded by a set of friends, and every sip turns into an occasion.
Helping you make the most of teatime this winter are the owners and purveyors of Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour, Nigiro Tea and the Tibetan Teahouse. These are three alternative tea spots and suppliers, and well worth an afternoon of your time.
Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour
Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour is a “purveyor of imported loose-leaf tea and herbal infusions, hand blended and packaged in Cape Town”. You can find their shop in The Woodstock Exchange, with bags of Green, Black, White, Oolong and Puehr tea nestled next to each other on the shelves.
Tea tastings happen as and when required, and you can either choose a selection yourself or let the friendly tea merchants guide you. Tea pairings happen too, but have to be booked beforehand.
Lady Bonin believes that much like wine or coffee, certain teas go better with certain tastes. You’ll receive a complimentary pairing of sweet and savoury eats with your cups of tea to discover her beliefs for yourself.
Visit the Nigiro Tea website and co-founder Mingwei’s love for tea is obvious. His dream, in his own words, is to “bring tea, positive energy and relationships to the western way of thinking”. One part of the strategy is Nigiro’s extensive range of teas.
The other is tea ceremonies and tea tastings. Both the ceremonies and tastings infuse ancient Eastern traditions and beliefs, making them unique experiences you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. For more information on either, contact Nigiro or O’Ways Teacafe in Claremont.
The Tibetan Teahouse forms part of the SOPHEA Gallery in Simon’s Town. Here, tea is sipped from a wooden cup, as prescribed by Tibetan folklore. Choose your favourite from homemade spice Chai or butter tea and enjoy it overlooking the breath-taking beauty of False Bay.
Vegetarians and vegans will be delighted to learn that the Tibetan Teahouse is renowned for its delicious Tibetan-style meals, free from meat and animal products. Made onsite from only the finest ingredients, even meat eaters are known to love the offerings on the Tibetan Teahouse’s menu.
For more teatime options, speak to a concierge at any of the prominent hotels in Cape Town. Many host high teas themselves or, if not, would be able to point you in the right direction.