Dublin is host to numerous quirky and independent cafes, most of whom boast a broad selection of herbal teas and exotic coffees. With the New Year now in full swing, we’re all looking to start fresh and adopt healthy habits, and what better way to approach these new resolutions than with a new tea addiction.
Tea is renowned for its healing abilities, as well as being the ultimate comfort beverage. Oolong Flower Power Tea Shop on Stephen's street, couldn’t have come at a better time, with a large array of colourful, pungent teas to ease those January blues. This charming cafe is home to a huge variety of flavoured teas (and coffees!) most of which are displayed beautifully in large glass jars. These teas range from the fruity variety, such as a gorgeous banana and cherry blend, to more rich, coffee-like flavours such as caramel. Also available are beautiful Chinese flower teas, which make for a very unique and aesthetically pleasing tea experience. You don’t need a vast knowledge of tea in order to enjoy a trip to Oolong, as the staff are well versed in their practice and are at hand to help you choose the right tea during your visit.
The folks at Oolong Flower Power also have a food menu, including pizza, or ‘teazza’, which consists of a stone baked artisan base, topped with a tea infused passata sauce. This venture is a unique practice, with all food prepared using tea elements, and presented with tea pairing options, similar to the nature of wine. This experience can be enjoyed exclusively as part of their upcoming ‘Afternoon Tea’ events, in which groups will be treated to a delectable selection of teas and complimenting edibles. Tea has never been more adventurous, and if you are trying to cut down on your alcohol intake in 2014, the iced tea smoothies presented as elaborate summer cocktails can make a very healthy and satisfying substitute to that strawberry daiquiri.
Oolong boasts an impressive interior, beautifully decorated down to every detail from the cups and saucers to the ornate light fixtures. The café environment upstairs is ideal for a quick stop off, while downstairs provides a very cosy setting, ideal for a meeting with friends or some quiet time. It is obvious that every detail has been carefully considered, making a cup of tea now a very exciting endeavor indeed.
If this place ignites a new tea obsession, you’ll be glad to know that you can buy all your tea paraphernalia in store, with a great range of teapots, tea strainers among other bits to get you started.