Where to Get a Good Cup of Tea in Seattle

On a dark winter’s day, there’s nothing better than a hot cup of tea or hot cocoa served with dainty sandwiches and sweet treats. Special events or spur of the moment outings, frilly to casual - we’ve got a list of Seattle's best tea houses fit for every occasion.

If you're feeling experimental, and want to try something you may not have been exposed to before, give Vital Tea Leaf a shot. They're a "modern twist on the age-old tradition of Chinese drinking." This doesn't mean you won't find the canon of white, green and black teas, but you'll also find others that you haven't tried before, like their underground fermented Pu-erh Tea. They've got two locations in the Seattle area, on 1st and on Western avenue, but both are guaranteed to provide excellent service and knowledge to the tradition of Chinese tea drinking.

Take your little princess to Queen Mary Tea in Ravenna, it's is the spot for princesses of all sizes. The decor is far from understated, with chintz, lace, and flowers covering nearly every square inch of space; the tables are set with silver trays and sparkling bowls of colored sugar. The children’s tea includes fruit, cookies, and kid friendly sandwiches (PB&J or grilled cheese) complete with a pot of tea, cocoa or juice. Insider tip:  for the full princess experience, ask for a tiara to wear while you sip your tea. If you just can’t bear to part with the sparkly headpiece, they're sold in the gift shop, alongside sweets, tea sets, and other tea-related goodies. Be sure to make a reservation, as seats fill up quickly.

Read the full list of Seattle tea houses to try at Red Tricycle.

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