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The Cafe Collective | The Rabbit Hole

A few weeks ago I was completing a shoot in the gentrified inner city suburb of Redfern when I stumbled upon the little tea house, The Rabbit Hole.

When I say stumbled I mean literally tripped and fell outside their store. I guess you could say I brought a whole new meaning to falling down the rabbit hole… see what I did there #sorrynotsorry.

Despite my social embarrassment it was a blessing in disguise as The Rabbit Hole has become one of my favourite places in Sydney. As an avid tea drinker not only a result of never crossing to the dark side of coffee addiction but I am a firm believer in all the health properties that tea drinking promises.

The last time I fell in love with a tea house I was in picturesque Stockholm where a blend of berries and sheer witchcraft cured an impending flu brought about by my first European winter. Needless to say I was curious to sample the organic blends on offer at The Rabbit Hole. Now as a realist I accepted I was not going to find a blend that could erase the feeling of recent public humiliation but I was confident I could find something soothing to restore my damaged ego.

With over 34 blends on offer I was spoilt for choice but settled on Tumeric, Lemon and Honey followed by their Berry Bomb … because you know – antioxidants are my life force and all. The names alone will leave you salivating: choc orange fudge, Turkish delight, tiramaisu to lavender cream to name a few. Now for the coffee connoisseurs amongst us you haven’t been forgotten as their recent partnership with Mothersky Coffee has brought a new level of caffeine to this little joint with beans sourced from Australia, Indonesia, Colombia and Brazil. However, for those not looking for a buzz The Rabbit Hole offers seven caffeine free blends whilst their menu further caters to other dietary requirements by offering gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.  When it comes to their prices they are standard for Sydney with organic tea leaves sourced from China and Australia being the hunting ground for their fruit.

For appreciators of the aesthetic life, The Rabbit Hole doesn’t disappoint with interior decorator Matt Woods having created heaven on earth . With the forever elegant white and black colour theme paired with hints of yellow, timber finishing’s and exposed brick a modern yet warm atmosphere greets patrons. In keeping with the heart and soul of the café, Chilean artist Valeria Burgo’s art installation hangs over a display of tea inspired gifts which make for the perfect stocking filler, souvenir or house warming present. This is a place where you can truly relax and though technically located in the hustle and bustle of the inner city remains relatively quiet and a serene place to study, write or lose yourself in a great book.

So embrace your inner Alice and fall down the rabbit hole.