Qilin Tea House

Monday8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Tuesday8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Wednesday8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Thursday8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Friday8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Saturday9:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Sunday9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

8/64 Dixon Street, Te Aro

04-213 9439

Named after the Chinese mythological dragon whose appearance is said to be an auspicious sign, Qilin Tea House certainly feels a magical place to be if you’re a tea lover (with the impressive rainbow breathing dragon mural by Gina Kiel a sure way to know you’re in the right place).

Proudly prepared to bring the word ‘teafé’ into everyday use, owner Lesley He hopes the modern teahouse will allow everyone to taste what good tea should be. Sourced from China, Korea, Japan, Brazil and Sri Lanka, the teas are then blended in here in the Wairarapa before hitting the shelves in Qilin. No stranger to running a successful community eatery, Lesley has made sure Qilin is very much its own beast when it comes to central city style and swagger.

The menu has been designed in house, and the staff here are able to produce high-quality brunch and lunch meals quick as you like behind the counter. Choose from the Next Level Bowls, Fancy Toast or Artisan Sandwich sections, and be wowed by the teams attention to detail when it comes to presentation. (We recommend the Xian Burger with slow cooked lamb, radish pickles and famous Xian sauce for an easy and tasty lunch).

Tea not your thing? There’s kombucha on tap, as well as nitro coffee and espresso coffee too - but if there’s ever a time to try out tea served hot, iced or in latte form, it’s at Qilin where you’re likely to leave with a whole new appreciation for the humble drink.

Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs

8/64 Dixon Street, Te Aro

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