Oolong Flower Power
We sat down with Tea Expert, Richard McDermott of Oolong Flower Power, to find out where his perfect day in DublinTown would take him…
My perfect day would have to start in Grafton St, stopping by in Bewley’s Cafe, a truly iconic building with a great history. Then I would stroll down to Stephen’s Green to enjoy the vibe and beauty of this world-renowned green oasis.
To satisfy my sweet teeth, I choose Cocoa Atelier as a perfect treatment packed with hand-crafted chocolates and pastries. I would also visit The Westin and Fitzwilliam Hotel which offer unique delicacies such as tea-infused cocktails. Another indulgent shop on my list is The Queen of Tarts in Dame Street with a mouth-watering dessert menu and lovely ambiance.
To relax, I would take a walk to Trinity College and Christ Church Cathedral, two breath-taking places that simply radiate cultural energy. And these are just a few spots among many that are worth peeking in: Keeling Gallery, The Olympia Theatre, The Gaiety Theatre and JJ Smyth’s to mention but few.
Adventurous cuisine mixed with European style aims at shaping remarkable non-alcoholic retreat here at Oolong Flower Power. We dive into opulent luxury of the tea world, with new culinary experiences and events such as tea tasting matched with dishes, Jasmine tea-infused cupcakes or teazza (tea-enhanced pizza).
Each element of the decor, from Parisian chandeliers to English textile designer William Morris’ wallpaper, braids into this unique feel of timeless leisure. Our tea emporium is also about bringing the best of tea and coffee to people, thanks to our shop corner and online site. Nesting in the Creative Quarter encourages us to collaborate with unusual businesses such as Cocoa Atelier who created Blueberry & Blackberry inspired tea-chocolate treats or Paris Bakery, in Moore St, whose bread we use in-store. It follows our belief how the creative can redefine city’s spirit and this is what we pursue.
For me, Dublin is a cosmopolitan village that celebrates individuals and bring them together, creating this intricate vibrant urban make-up that cannot be found anywhere else. Just like tea we can add flavours making the world more exhilarating for eyes and minds.
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