There really is nothing quite like that warm and fuzzy feeling that comes from a steaming hot cup of tea. Whether its an English Breakfast in the morning, an afternoon Earl Grey or a cup of camomile before bed, this humble potion has powers akin to none other. If it’s tea that gets you up in the morning, its time to take a trip down The Rabbit Hole, Sydney’s first organic tea bar.
Co-founders, Corinne Smith and Amara Jarratt, opened the doors to The Rabbit Hole in Redfern in 2015 having been frustrated by Sydney’s lack-lustre specialty tea scene. Making it their mission to spice up the market within the harbour city, the duo crafted hand-made, organic loose-leaf teas that were lapped up by top tier cafes and restaurants across the country. Corinne and Amara have also been instrumental in coordinating Sydney and Melbourne’s first ever Tea Festival, and putting together the Australasian Specialty Tea Association. Combining their business expertise with endless creative vision, the partners are pushing boundaries like no tea has pushed before.
In the absence of coffee, the extensive tea list is more than accommodating for those wanting something sweet, sour, rich or creamy (though if you really must, you can order matcha or ginger snap lattes with a shot of espresso). Fresh infusions like turmeric, ginger and lemongrass will provide a much-needed zing, while brews like the lavender cream provides a velvety blend of vanilla, oolong tea and lavender petals to sooth and relax. If you just can’t decide, opt for the premium tea flight and don your tea connoisseur persona to sample a range of The Rabbit Hole’s most popular and exclusive blends.
To eat, the menu is, of course, tea inspired and comes equipped with a suggested leafy pairing. Brunch bowls like the chai infused chia pudding with fruit compose pairs beautifully with a steaming cup of ginger snap tea, while the pear, honey and caramelised onion sandwich goes down nicely with a sip of the limited edition Kung Fu Fighter tea with rosehip and Echinacea.
Sydney’s tea lovers have responded fondly to this tea bar that strives to redefine what it means to drink and experience tea. As such, a second shopfront opened its doors in Barangaroo in 2016, providing a soothing ambience in the midst of the business district for busy tea-lovers. In their utterly instagrammable spaces designed by Matt Woods, The Rabbit Hole is covering all bases for those wanting to sit back and relax with a cuppa.
Showing no signs of slowing down, it seems it’s time for the blessed bean to take a backseat, as the lovely leaf is here to stay.