I am new to English. I don't know what is meaning of it and also I don't know where to use ‘not my cup of tea’ and in which situation.

I read this sentence in one website

Looking at old paintings is not my cup of tea.

Could you please tell me what it means and when I should use it.


'not my cup of tea' is an idiom - if something is not your cup of tea, you do not like it or you are not interested in it. There is also a positive version of this expression, 'it's my cup of tea', used to describe something you like.

For example:

Listening to heavy metal music isn’t really my cup of tea.

It would be considered a British english expression, and is synonymous with the more American expression 'not up my alley'

Listening to heavy metal music isn’t really up my alley.


This means that they do not enjoy looking at old paintings. See My cup of tea

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