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The Tea Cosy

#130 of 4,994 Places to Eat in Sydney
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Central Business District
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33 George Street | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9247 4955
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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  • 9
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Awesome scones

Old fashioned cafe that serves delicious scones.. They can even make gluten free version but you need to call them to organize in advanced. Very nice tea options also. Its a small establishment but we have never had a problem getting a seat. Good service. Recommend

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tony_99x
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Australia
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129 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old fashioned cafe that serves delicious scones.. They can even make gluten free version but you need to call them to organize in advanced. Very nice tea options also. Its a small establishment but we have never had a problem getting a seat. Good service. Recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for morning tea and all enjoyed Maple scones with cream and jams. I was impressed with the value for money and the fresh baked scones were delicious and still warm from the oven. The iced tea was also very nice and refreshing. My children had a jug of berry iced tea and were delighted with the variety of... More 

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Thank Panther888
Perth, Western Australia
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I arrived at this quaint tea house absolutely drenched and bedraggled from unexpected summer rains. The friendly staff took care of me, allowing me to secure a coveted table on the upper balcony (great for people watching The Rocks Markets below). I was on my own so they took my order at the table, usually you find a table, then... More 

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Thank aquabeachdays
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this lovely place in peak holiday season - I will definitely seek it out in quieter times so I can just chill and enjoy the lovely place. I had the Galway salmon special - absolutely divine! My friends shared the ploughmans lunch - very generous and a great balance of flavours. The teas were great!

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Thank cb_from_oz
Bangkok, Thailand
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cute little cafe's decor and food presentation really suits the feeling of history you get being at The Rocks. Very reasonably priced food, all delicious! All very delicate and girly but my husband loved the aptly named "ploughman's lunch" obviously added to the menu for the men (like mine) who are dragged along to the women's afternoon teas! Actually... More 

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Thank Vivien J
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a refreshing pot of tea with my daughter and son-in-law at The Tea Cosy this afternoon. Lovely atmosphere, delicious scones and refreshing pots of leaf tea. A real gem in Sydney! I knit tea cosies and my only criticism is that the cosies are looking a little tired. Time for a refresh I think.

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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is my 3rd visit to this quaint little cafe. I love the history of The Rocks area of Sydney...and the Tea Cosy compliments its vibe nicely...normally! Yes, it's holiday period. Yes, it's summer. But the general feel of the TC yesterday was tired! My daughter and I ordered ribbon sandwiches, scones and 2 pots of tea. They all came... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

I went back to Tea Cosy after my first visit, this time with a different friend. When I first came, they had a tea tasting for 2, which consists of 3 scones, choices of 2 jams, and 2 pots of tea. They have changed this to an individual Devonshire tea menu, with 2 scones, 1 jam, and 1 pot of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I have been back a few times.. great place that's a little different for high tea... with scones (including gluten free)...and sandwiches... and baby cino's for the kids... all kinds of tea and staff are very nice.

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Thank Deejayz
Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I had our Xmas day out at the Tea Cosy today. As it was quite humid when we arrived we decided to go upstairs to the front dining room which had air conditioning. The decor was old world with balloon back chairs, lace table cloths and baskets of wool and needles to play with. We chose the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33 George Street | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9247 4955

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Irish, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.