In a city known for its coffee and diehard coffee lovers, Seattle is also a place to find amazing tea shops and devoted tea sippers. There are tea rooms, specialized tea shops, quaint locations and some tea venues that mirror the delight of coffeehouses.
Here are Seattle Refined’s favorite places to enjoy an afternoon, take in a tasting ceremony or just grab a cuppa.
Located in Ballard, this tea shop encompasses both the feeling of a cozy place to hang out on a damp day and a contemporary tea bar with oodles of tea choices. They have over 150 different kinds of tea and herbal selections. Don’t let their vast assortment intimidate you though. The knowledgeable staff works hard to assist with tea selections for the novice and the advanced tea lover. The London Fog Latte will lift spirits on a rainy day while the Hemingway Ice Tea Fusion is a delight on a crisp, sunny day. Feeling peckish? Dive into their assortment of crepes, sandwiches and salads. If you have extra time, look for the corner in the shop missing a brick where secret poems, letters and notes have been left for the past 10 years.
Miro Tea 5405 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle 98117 206-782-6832 mirotea.com
Tea traditionalists will love the traditional Chinese tea served up daily at Vital T Leaf’s two Seattle locations. Tastings are offered anytime at the Western Avenue Tasting Room and their cozy tasting room offer a great place to settle in with a pot to sip for awhile. The Jackson Street location has more of a coffee shop feeling with cups and pots of teas to sample. They also have a small cafe menu available. Vital T Leaf also sells their high quality Chinese loose leaf teas online at vtlseattle.com.
Vital T Leaf Western Ave. Tasting Room 2003 Western Ave., Suite 109 Seattle 98121 206-441-7476; Jackson St. Tea Lounge 651 S. Jackson St. Seattle 98104 206-682-7486 vtlseattle.com
Traditional Taiwanese tea tastings can be found at Seattle Best Tea in the heart of the International District. The shop carries all different types of loose leaf oolong, jasmine, black, green teas and owner Lydia Lin can share her wealth of information about all of them. Tea lovers will be able to find authentic mountain oolongs, a traditional semi fermented Chinese or Taiwanese tea, in this shop along with a great place for conversation or meditative thought.
Seattle Beat Tea 506 S. King St. Seattle 98104 206-749-3565 seattlebesttea.com
Perfectly situated on the Ave, this tea shop stays open late as a U District hangout. The jars and jars of loose-leaf tea feature amazing tea with daily specials featuring aromatic combinations. Tea Republik also has fruit and cream tea blends.
Tea Republik 4527 University Way NE Seattle 98105 (206) 497-7631 https://www.facebook.com/TeaRepublik/
Fans of traditional English tea time will adore the Queen Mary Tea Room which serves a formal afternoon tea or even just a cup of tea with a scone. The quaint shop in Ravenna is perfect for gatherings with lots of lace, flowers and sparkles. Bring your favorite little princess or prince in and introduce them to a proper cup of tea.
Queen Mary Tea Room 2912 N.E. 55th St. Seattle 98105 206-527-2770 queenmarytea.com/pages/about-our-tea-room
This tea house in the International District features pots of tea, historical artifacts and many interesting finds. Built in 1910, the Panama Hotel, Tea & Coffee House serves a wide range of teas from white teas to black teas, herbal infusions, green teas and oolong teas. The tea house is also designated as a National Treasure
Historic Panama Hotel, Tea & Coffee House 607 S. Main Seattle 98104 206-515-4000 panamahotel.net/teahouse.htm
Located in downtown Seattle, Steepologie founders Andrea and Joe Raetzer pride themselves on carrying some of the freshest tea. Their 300-plus loose leaf options mean there is a tea flavor for anyone. While their selection is vast, they keep limited inventory on hand to ensure tea leaves are kept as fresh as possible. This is a great place to stop for the freshest cup of tea in town.
Steepologie Teas 1905 4th Ave Seattle 98101 206-624-7745 https://www.steepologie.com/
This Pike Place Market staple may not have a tasting station but it does have shelf upon shelf of glass jars with hundreds of different tea leaves and spices. The classic MarketSpice tea with orange overtones can be purchased along with many other flavors in bulk and prepackaged.
MarketSpice 85 A Pike Place Seattle 98101 (800)735-7198 https://www.marketspice.com/
Head to this tea room for a crumpet and a great cuppa from this whimsical shop in Pike Place Market. The Perennial Tea Room has been serving up a variety of bulk and packaged teas since 1990. Make sure to snag some simple scone mixes and jar-filled jams before heading home with tea leaves for later.
Perennial Tea Room 1910 Post Alley, Seattle 98101 (206) 448-4054 https://perennialtearoom.com/