Seattle is certainly known for its java joints, but it also has plenty of places to get your tea fix. As diverse as the people who love Seattle, there are many options from which to choose. English tea houses, fresh Taiwan teas, traditional Chinese brews, bubble teas, and much more can be found, and all of the above are close our our lovely vacation homes.
Seattle’s Best Tea Co.
Walking into Seattle’s Best Tea Co. is an experience for the mind, body, and soul. Boasting decades of tea knowledge and a large selection of Oolong and Chinese teas, along with a comfortable, welcoming environment, visitors will walk out with much more than a bag of fresh tea. The owners welcome devoted regulars as well as newcomers to sit and experience a tasting, where you will learn about different teas and how they are served. Beautifully decorated, this is a must-visit stop for both locals and visitors.
Vital T Leaf
Located near the Pike Place Market, Vital T Leaf is a great place to explore your tea interests. This cozy place sells bulk teas and offers free tastings for visitors. You’ll enjoy learning about the wide variety of Oolong, green teas, herbals, pu-erh tea, as well as a nice selection of premium and exotic tea. Large groups or small, the proprietors will be happy to seat you and pour you aromatic blends that will have you walking out with brand new steeped indulgences.
Cederberg Tea House
Named for the region in South Africa where the Rooibos tea grows, Cederberg Tea House offers a variety of tea and edibles to its loyal visitors. This place creates a range of spiced tea lattes, Rooibos espresso (yes, made in an espresso machine), chilled red tea, and hot tea. Each beverage is complemented by homemade pastries as well as breakfast and lunch offerings. The beautiful décor, friendly staff, and ever-present aromas keep visitors lining up for a tea fix that takes them out of the norm.
Queen Mary Tea Room
If taking High Tea is more to your liking, then the Queen Mary has you covered with all the splendors that go with a traditional English tea. Its Victorian décor is complete with a classically dressed landscape and a look that takes you across the pond. This tea room is designed to enchant. Enjoy the full menu of tea selections and a large variety of edibles. The Queen Mary provides an atmosphere that is welcoming, fancy, and traditional, right down to the flowered China tea sets and well-appointed tableware. Find a selection of gifts as well as bulk teas to take back home.
If you want to try something different than your favorite roasted bean, then visit some of Seattle’s many tea places and explore flavors steeped in tradition.