If you had to pick just one word to describe Tea for Tu it would have to be “cute”. “Quirky” would make the shortlist too, but cute definitely wins out in the end. To put it another way, if Tea For Tu was a person it would be a pretty hipster girl wearing horn rim glasses and a vintage polka-dot dress playing the ukulele and singing an ironically funny song about dragons. It would, in short, be Zooey Deschanelle from the TV show New Girl. As with Ms Deschanelle, this kind of cutesy, twee, left-of-centre vibe is either going to win you over completely with its idiosyncratic charms or come off as super pretentious and annoying. Luckily enough I definitely fall into the first category and am a big fan of both the actress and this adorable little Northbridge café.
Tucked away down an alleyway right next to the entrance for Mechanic’s Institute, Tea for Two is a tiny little hole-in-the-wall joint that serves up quality tea, coffee and delicious snacks to those lucky enough to stumble across it or cool enough to know where it is. Once you’ve placed your order amongst the eclectic retro chic downstairs you’re then free to sit back and enjoy the urban alleyway atmosphere in the wee courtyard seating area. As well as good coffee from Northbridge Coffee Roasters and a decent selection of leaf tea they also have a small but interesting selection of yummy looking cakes a savoury snacks for those of you looking to recharge your batteries after a hard days op-shopping. In keeping with the cutesy vibe everything is served on floral fine bone china too. Special mention must also be made of the fact that they use bagels from the Kosher Providore (the only real bagels in town in my humble opinion), so bonus points are awarded there.
Discussion of little hipster-esque places like this one often invite comparison to a certain other Australian city that shall remain nameless (starts with M, rhymes with Shellbourne), but this time round I’m going to resist the temptation to do so and instead just appreciate it for what it is; an encouraging sign of Perth’s development as a cosmopolitan city and a great little spot to stop off at for a cuppa and bite to eat whilst in town. So if you like you’re cafes small, cutesy as all get out and hidden down alley ways then Tea For Tu definitely has your name written all over it. I wouldn’t plan on taking the lads from your footy team there for a celebratory bagel after the game thought, you won’t fit for a start, plus it’s really hard to look macho and manly whilst sat on a tiny chair clutching a dainty, flowery tea cup.