Where To Get Your Stash

The Tea Merchant

Running low on tea and need to stock up on a few interesting blends? Look no further, the Tea Merchant has everything you need for your brewing pleasure. For starters, they have a broad selection of tea types, ranging from flower teas and matcha to fruity variations, herbals and even tea espresso pods. Now, for the perfect teapot to brew or steep your tea... they have teapots for Africa! Cast iron, glass, Kinto, Sama Doyo, stainless steel – the list goes on. And don't forget the cups and accessories (tea infusers and thermometers are a must). Best of all, you can do you purchases in store or online!

Peacock Coffee & Tea Traders

If you're looking to take your tea experience to the next level, make a stop at Peacock Coffee & Tea Traders. Although their physical store is in Cape Town, you can get their 'tea-lightful' goodies delivered right to your door, as they offer countrywide delivery. Their products range from lots of tea (think white, black, oolong, exotic, tea flowers, Rooibos tea and presentation boxes) to classy house ware (cups and saucers, glassware, spoon rests, coasters, teapots, trays and much more) to cool accessories (candy sticks and milk frothers) and plenty of coffee delights (origin, capsules, organic and flavoured coffees).

The Tea & Coffee Emporium

No matter what your flavour, the Tea & Coffee Emporium will have it! Tea lovers will covet their varieties and brands of tea, while coffee connoisseurs can check out the coffee beans, coffee grounds, ready-to-drink beverages and the cool gadgets the emporium has to offer. There's also a selection of indulgent hot chocolates and syrups if you have a little bit of a sweet tooth, and to top it all off, they have a bunch of accessories for you to check out. You can't enjoy a tea party without tea warmers, infusers and diffusers!

Contessa

This lovely little spot in Rivonia is a tea-lovers paradise. Not only can you stock up on a wide assortment of flavoured teas and grab some traditional tea-ware, including teapots and glass cups, you can also sit back, relax and pour yourself a spot of tea. Contessa hosts a delightful high tea, which offers you and your fellow tea-loving friends a pot of exotic brew, accompanied by a glorious selection of sweet and savoury goodies from their high tea menu. This is the perfect place if you're looking to enjoy a tea tasting, sip on a few bubbles or indulge in a slice of cake (or two).

Yswara

For a tea experience that is purely African, you'll definitely want to get your hands on some tea-ware and stock from Yswara. Their mission is to make African teas a prestige product and create a tea-drinking experience like no other by introducing African tea rituals and locally made tea paraphernalia. Yswara also boasts a beautiful tea room where you can relax and indulge your senses.

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Bubble Tea In The City!

Happy.Me

Happiness comes in bubbles. And tea. So why not combine the two and get your hands on some refreshing, yummy and moreish Happy.Me Bubble Tea? Best of all, you can create your own, custom bubbly treat. First, you pick your base from three options - rooibos, wild berry or jasmine green – then, you pick a flavour you'd like to infuse your tea with (in my case, green apple or passion fruit), and then choose your popping pearls, which are also all flavoured (my favourite is cherry). Swirl it all together and BAM... you have your very own personalised bubble tea. Just a fair warning; it gets addictive.

Simplicity Coffee & Tea

I haven't been to this side of town in a very long time, but the last time I visited Simplicity Coffee & Tea in Chinatown, Cyrildene, it was the best place to get a delicious Chinese pearl milk tea. They specialise in bubble tea, but also offer a variety of other drinks from smoothies to coffee.

Coco Fresh Tea & Juice

Another bubble tea hotspot in Chinatown, Cyrildene, is Coco Fresh Tea & Juice. Not only do they have refreshing bubble teas, but they also offer a variety of smoothies, juices, lattes, milk teas, coffee, ice teas and slushes. There's something for all tastes, whether you're on a health binge or need something to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are a few branches throughout the city too, so if you spot them, do give them a try! I know for a fact there's one in Cresta Shopping Centre as I'm there every weekend.

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High Tea Musts

For the ultimate tea experience accompanied by little cucumber sandwiches and decadent tarts, make your way to one of these indulgent high teas in the city! Click here for more options.

The Maslow Hotel

At the Maslow Sandton, high tea has received new life with a modern twist. You can now expect and enjoy decadent tea-time treats perfectly paired with handpicked specialty teas in a delightful five-stage, palate-pleasing journey. In the comfort of luxurious arm chairs overlooking the hotel’s exquisite garden, guests can enjoy a sumptuous selection of gorgeous treats, paired with some of the most perfect teas available in the country.

Details: www.suninternational.com[email protected] | 010 226 4652 | Rivonia Road and Grayston Drive, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg

Level Four At 54 On Bath

Not only is Level Four in Rosebank an upmarket and snazzy restaurant to visit if you’re looking to impress, but it also offers a delectable Afternoon Tea served daily from 14:30 – 17:00. This lovely little ‘time-out’ offers you a choice of English tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones, moreish pastries and premium tea leaves. Take your pick from the Traditional Afternoon Tea (R260* per person) or the Royal Afternoon Tea (R300* per person), compete with a glass of kir royale.

Details: www.tsogosun.com | [email protected] | 011 344 8500 or 011 344 8442 | 54 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

The Tea Room at Crabtree & Evelyn

Whether you want a traditional afternoon tea or are planning something to mark some of life’s greatest moments (think stork parties and kitchen teas to birthday and kids’ parties), the Tea Room offers you a delightful venue for just these occasions. Spoil yourself with delectable cupcakes, decadent cakes and sweet or savoury tartlets along with a relaxing cup of tea. And, if you just want to kick back, relax and delight your taste buds with a selection of confectionery and finger snacks, they serve their traditional English high tea too. Booking is essential.

Details: www.crabtree-evelyn.co.za | [email protected] | 011 792 7572 | Shop 147, Design Quarter, William Nicol Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg.

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What Is It?

Steven from Yoga Works will teach an invigorating morning yoga session in the Rose Gardens, with stunning views over the city. After the yoga session you can expect the catering team from Four Seasons Hotel - The Westcliff to treat you to a selection of healthy fruits, snacks, juices, smoothies and teas/coffees which you can enjoy on the lawns of the amazing location. This is a great way to start your day make sure you do not miss it.

When Is It?

Saturday, 09 June 2018 from 09:00 - 11:00.

Where Is It?

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg, 7 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R300 per person at webtickets.co.za.

For More Information.

For more information click here or contact 011 481 6000.

As South Africans, we're spoiled for choice when it comes to the variety of food we can chow down. From the old pizza place around the corner to Moroccan food in Maboneng, we have our mouths full of the good stuff. Now before you shrug Saravanaa Bhavan off as just "another Indian restaurant" in Joburg, I would like to stop you with a "hey, buddy, his is South Indian food, ya goof".

With that said, it's good to note that there is as big a difference between North and South Indian cuisine as there's between a chicken and a duck. The ingredients in both regions are similar but the difference comes in the cooking methods and mixtures... and the fact that the south is predominantly vegetarian. Yup. Vegetarian food enjoys widespread popularity in the south of India – and that is where one of the largest vegetarian chain restaurants was born.

Hold my hand and let me walk you through the wonderful world of good vegetarian food... and yes, there is such a thing. The menu at Saravanaa Bhavan in Rivonia is packed with delicious dishes. Patrons can expect mini-idlis (fermented rice dumplings) immersed in delicious lentil gravy garnished with ghee for starters, a wide selection of dosas (massive Indian pancakes) with delicious fillings for mains, and for dessert they have the most velvety ice creams, Falooda (made from mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, sweet basil seeds, and pieces of jelly with milk) and fruit salads in town.

The menu is massive with an extensive list of different veggie curries, a Chinese wok (yup) and lovely treats made in their clay oven. In fact, this restaurant is so South Indian that their entire kitchen comes from that region. Another interestingly South Indian thing is that all the plates, cups, spoons, forks, knives, etc. are similar to those you can find when eating at a restaurant in India. They also recently included a juice bar where you can enjoy 100% apple, pineapple and mixed juices... oh, and they have madras coffee. If you don't know what that is then you're in for a treat. You can also find them on UberEats – just remember to be in the 3km radius of the restaurant to order from them.

All in all, it's a hit and a half. If you like authentic Indian food or struggle to find a lekker vegetarian restaurant, then make sure to pay Saravanaa Bhavan a visit.

Find more information here.

Here's a little video I shot of the chef at Saravanaa Bhavan making a dosa.

By Shawn Greyling

Have you been to Saravanaa Bhavan in Rivonia? Let us know what you think of it in the comments section below. Sharing is caring, so show those vegetarian friends of yours this cool review. 

Who Are They?

Bliss Juicery makes 100% natural cold pressed juices and healthy snacks designed to fuel, nourish and energise your body with a healthy burst of vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

Their juices have no additives or preservatives and are freshly cold-pressed and bottled each morning to ensure maximum freshness.

Bliss Juicery also offers three-day, five-day and seven-day cleanse programmes to assist you in looking and feeling your best.

What Do They Offer?

Bliss Juicery has a delicious and nutritious selection of all-natural products to enjoy anytime:

bliss juicery selection of natural cold pressed juices

Where Are They Located?

The Colony Centre, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg.

Safety Precautions In Place

Their store is currently closed due to the national lockdown but they look forward to seeing all their customers again once they've reopened.

Do They Deliver?

Yes, they deliver frozen products to Johannesburg and Pretoria. No delivery is available during the lockdown period.

For More Information

For more information, visit www.blissjuicery.co.za.

Details: 064 084 5612 | [email protected]

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