We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Klein Kronendal | 144 Main Road, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 21 790 0887
Website
Description:

Socially responsible tourist destination where visitors are introduced to...

Socially responsible tourist destination where visitors are introduced to the team that makes functional art out of recycled tea bags that are sent to us from far (all over the world) and near!! The tour is free, tea is available (of course)and we have a shop on site. Our heart warming story will make your day.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 51 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 40
    Excellent
  • 2
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
'Tea'riffic...

Original T Bag Designs make a range of bags, table wear, jewellery and other items using used tea bags. Prices are very reasonable and you are also supporting the local community... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
UncleDads
,
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 42: English reviews
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Original T Bag Designs make a range of bags, table wear, jewellery and other items using used tea bags. Prices are very reasonable and you are also supporting the local community when buying your souvenirs. Worth a visit.

Helpful?
Thank UncleDads
Shropshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
414 reviews
212 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

The tea bag factory was mentioned on the commentary of the open top bus. We were intrigued but it was too late to investigate at the time. Having seen the designs in the V&A shop we made the journey especially to visit the factory. It was hard to spot because it is set back from the road and not well... More 

Helpful?
Thank laNyonsaise
Seminole FL
Level Contributor
34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We were a group of 8 gals from Florida...5 yrs. ago...stayed in Cape Town and found this place and never wanted to leave!! Loved everything in the shop, and the owner couldn't have been nicer. Don't miss this inspiring shop if you are anywhere nearby!!

Helpful?
Thank beachgmaSeminoleFL
Malvern, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
189 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We have bought items from the Waterfront store a couple of times but after chatting to the lovely shop assistant we decided to visit the workshop on our trip to Hout Bay and I am so glad we did. On arrival we were warmly welcomed and given tea and coffee while watching a very interesting DVD about how the company... More 

Helpful?
Thank mabel98
Ohio
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

For 17 years people from the nearby township have made beautiful items from discarded tea bags -- ornaments, lacquered trays, candle holders, stationery, and much more. This location is special because they give tours and show visitors the workshop. Items can also be purchased at the Waterfront shop, but we would recommend the trip to Hout Bay to meet the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank OhioSuzanne
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Just down the road from Imizamo Yethu settlement Original T Bag Designs is a great end to the settlement tour. The women working there are wonderful, enthusiastic and pleased to have a chance to earn money to support their families or learn skills that may lead to other work. If you have time they will show you a dvd about... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank jvalise
Cape Town, South Africa
Level Contributor
156 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

Original TBag Designs provides employment for people living at Imiyano Yetho (Mandela Park) township. you can visit the shop to purchase gifts made from a humble tea bag including cards, toasters, tea pot stands, trays, bags, pictures etc. Tea bags are dried and then emptied of the leaves leaving one side of the tea bag untouched and ready as a... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank olive c
Dubuque, Iowa
Level Contributor
136 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

This craft workshop was founded to help men and women of the Hout Bay area earn a living and improve the quality of life for themselves and their children. The participants found much, much more. They produce beautiful handmade items using recycled T-bags...you have to see them to appreciate it. Inspiring.

Helpful?
1 Thank OlGreyMare
York, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Visited as part of the walking Township tour off the open top bus. A truly wonderful inspiring experience. You must visit to see how the humble tea bag has helped develop a way off earning a living for the local community. wonderful products charming people.

Helpful?
Thank barrysusan99
Hastings, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

When a trip was recommended to me I couldn't imagine how it could be of much interest. I nearly didn't get off the open-top bus (blue route) as I was a bit tired after visiting Kirstenbosch - but I'm so glad I did! It is a truly inspirational venue, the people working there are so happy and pleased to show... More 

Helpful?
Thank selford74

Travellers who viewed Original T Bag Designs also viewed

Hout Bay, Cape Town
Hout Bay, Cape Town
 
Cape Town Central, Cape Town
 

Been to Original T Bag Designs? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Original T Bag Designs staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?