Even though most of the city seems to be obsessed with coffee these days, it’s tea that most of us grew up with.
While coffee will wake you up and energise you, sometimes you just wanna chill out with mates with your hands wrapped around a cuppa.
If you’re looking for some the best surroundings in which to enjoy some tea this afternoon, you’ll be in safe hands with these 9 spots…
Plopped right into the middle of Temple Bar, this is the perfect spot to escape the mad bustling streets in the tourist hotspot. Designed to feel like you are stepping back in time and has the perfect name to make it onto this list.
A couple of bustling little cafés just off Dame Street (we prefer the smaller original one), where the quality of cakes is matched by their wonderful tea. Nowhere else on the list is so well set up for the perfect cuppa and a slice of something sweet. Friendly staff and the bustling atmosphere make this a must visit.
7. Oolong Flower Power
This is a real hidden gem on Stephen Street, the perfect place to catch up with friends over a pot of tea downstairs on one of the leather couches. The tea is awesome and there are countless loose leaf varieties to choose from, a must visit for a true tea expert.
6. The Fumbally Café
Mainly here because the place is brilliant in general. Plus, if you like a bit of novelty with your cuppa, their smokey tea makes a great replacement for bacon in your breakfast.
5. The Shelbourne
This isn’t just any cup of tea, but rather a beautiful experience to be enjoyed in the most iconic hotel in Dublin. Walk into the bar as if you own the place and mingle with the great and good of Dublin society. It won’t cost that much for a pot of tea and some of the best people watching in Dublin.
4. Tea Garden
This is something very different located down on the North Quays. You get to sit on the floor on cushions or in little alcoves and drink your tea. The big selling point here is that you can have a sheesha with your tea. The combination will help you escape the outside world and relax in a whole new way.
3. Afternoon Tea – The Gresham
So this is going to set you back a lot more than a normal cuppa, but it’s the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon at the weekend with friends. Enjoy the sandwiches and cakes and feel as elegant as is possible sipping tea in one of Dublin’s oldest hotels.
This is one for the real connoisseurs of tea. A huge menu lets you select all sorts of exotic teas, with many coming from as far afield as Japan (where they’re even more mad for tea than we are). Made with precision and love, with super knowledgable staff to help you through your choices.
When I think of tea, this is the first spot that comes to mind. Not only do they have a massive selection of teas but they also supply many of the cafés and bars around Dublin with their unique blends. Perfect to sip with one of their great gluten-free cakes. Something for every taste here and they’ll be more than happy to help with suggestions.