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Friday Afternoon, in Wallingford, features geeky tea blends inspired by books, movies, and TV.
Rich Lilly

Where to Get a Soothing Cup of Hot Tea in Seattle

Some of the best shops in the city that sell Japanese green tea, roasty oolong, medicinal herbal blends, and more

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Friday Afternoon, in Wallingford, features geeky tea blends inspired by books, movies, and TV.
| Rich Lilly

Even though Seattle is most known as a coffee town, its tea game is stellar as well. From cafes selling true tea (made from the Camellia sinensis family of plants), herbal tisanes (chamomile, rooibos, and spearmint, for example), and various flavored and blended teas, there are many good options out there to help soothe the soul. Included on the list, organized from north to south, are tea retail shops that are open during the pandemic. All have takeout options, while indoor dining is nixed.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Coyle's Bakeshop

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8300 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 257-4736
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This modern bakery's concise tea selection and thoughtful preparation are the perfect match for its exquisite pastries, such as delicate chiffon cakes, cream scones, and crunchy twice-baked hazelnut croissants. The shop’s afternoon tea events are on hold during the pandemic, but there’s a walkup window for takeout orders and an online croissant class.

2. Queen Mary Tea Room

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2912 NE 55th St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 527-2770
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This small Ravenna shop is the primary place in Seattle to get traditional English tea. The interior is decked out in full Victorian splendor, flaunting plenty of frills and flowers; even the shrubs surrounding the entry are neatly manicured.

3. Miro Tea

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5405 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-6832
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This minimalist Ballard cafe is serious about tea education and simultaneously casual enough for novices. It boasts around 200 teas, with some bonus sweet treats (such as macarons) sitting in a pastry case. Currently open for takeout with curbside pickup and delivery, including some kits that feature fancy teapots for retail.

4. Tea Republik

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4527 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 497-7631
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As with any teahouse worth its salt, the U District’s Tea Republik has jars upon jars of loose-leaf teas to choose from. There are also fruit or cream tea blends, including highlights like the Chocolate Chimp Chai or Lavender Cream Earl Grey.

5. Friday Afternoon

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4228 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-2798
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An online shop that added a retail location in Wallingford, Friday Afternoon serves a wide variety of true tea, herbal blends with a medicinal focus, and geeky mixes based on films, games, and literature, like Mrs. Bennett’s Nerve Tonic, inspired by Pride and Prejudice, and combatting frazzled nerves with chamomile and sage. Available for preorders and pickup.

6. Perennial Tea Room

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1910 Post Aly
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 448-4054
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This little brick store, tucked away from Pike Place Market’s bustle in Post Alley, has an old-timey British feel and some of the most complex-tasting teas in the city (often supplied to other cafes). On weekends, customers can peruse the huge selection of leaves by the ounce, but the shop encourages people to order online in advance with curbside pickup.

7. MarketSpice

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85 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-6340
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Long a Pike Place favorite, the scents wafting in from this small shop nestled in a corner of the market are worth the trip alone. There’s no sitting and sipping, just retail sales — but the sheer variety of (357 teas at least count), gear, and trinkets, make this place a must-visit, and a pretty good option for holiday shoppers.

8. Panama Hotel Tea and Coffee

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607 S Main St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 515-4000
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This historic hotel is still operational, and its cafe is a lovely place for tea, particularly Japanese green tea and an array of ginger-flavored varieties, which customers can use to make their own blends.

9. Seattle Best Tea

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506 S King St Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle, WA
(206) 749-9855
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This International District teahouse is steeped in the culture of Taiwan. Owners Joe Hsu and Lydia Lin bring a spirit of well-being to their shop even as they continue to acquire and build knowledge of oolong and other tea varietals. This is one of the friendliest places in the city to learn about leaves, and it has an online shop as well. Delivery available through apps like GrubHub.

10. Phoenix Tea

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447 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 495-7330
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Burien’s gem of a teahouse is everything that Burien itself is: charming, off the beaten path, and generally underestimated. Phoenix Tea’s international selection, focusing on traditional, single-origin specimens. is truly worth traveling for, although the shop also carries non-tea infusions and blends. Open for curbside pickup with online preordering and delivery.

A closeup of Kenyan green tea in a white mug
Ball-rolled green tea from Kenya
Phoenix Tea/Facebook

1. Coyle's Bakeshop

8300 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This modern bakery's concise tea selection and thoughtful preparation are the perfect match for its exquisite pastries, such as delicate chiffon cakes, cream scones, and crunchy twice-baked hazelnut croissants. The shop’s afternoon tea events are on hold during the pandemic, but there’s a walkup window for takeout orders and an online croissant class.

8300 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Queen Mary Tea Room

2912 NE 55th St, Seattle, WA 98105

This small Ravenna shop is the primary place in Seattle to get traditional English tea. The interior is decked out in full Victorian splendor, flaunting plenty of frills and flowers; even the shrubs surrounding the entry are neatly manicured.

2912 NE 55th St
Seattle, WA 98105

3. Miro Tea

5405 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This minimalist Ballard cafe is serious about tea education and simultaneously casual enough for novices. It boasts around 200 teas, with some bonus sweet treats (such as macarons) sitting in a pastry case. Currently open for takeout with curbside pickup and delivery, including some kits that feature fancy teapots for retail.

5405 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Tea Republik

4527 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

As with any teahouse worth its salt, the U District’s Tea Republik has jars upon jars of loose-leaf teas to choose from. There are also fruit or cream tea blends, including highlights like the Chocolate Chimp Chai or Lavender Cream Earl Grey.

4527 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

5. Friday Afternoon

4228 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

An online shop that added a retail location in Wallingford, Friday Afternoon serves a wide variety of true tea, herbal blends with a medicinal focus, and geeky mixes based on films, games, and literature, like Mrs. Bennett’s Nerve Tonic, inspired by Pride and Prejudice, and combatting frazzled nerves with chamomile and sage. Available for preorders and pickup.

4228 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Perennial Tea Room

1910 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

This little brick store, tucked away from Pike Place Market’s bustle in Post Alley, has an old-timey British feel and some of the most complex-tasting teas in the city (often supplied to other cafes). On weekends, customers can peruse the huge selection of leaves by the ounce, but the shop encourages people to order online in advance with curbside pickup.

1910 Post Aly
Seattle, WA 98101

7. MarketSpice

85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

Long a Pike Place favorite, the scents wafting in from this small shop nestled in a corner of the market are worth the trip alone. There’s no sitting and sipping, just retail sales — but the sheer variety of (357 teas at least count), gear, and trinkets, make this place a must-visit, and a pretty good option for holiday shoppers.

85 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Panama Hotel Tea and Coffee

607 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104

This historic hotel is still operational, and its cafe is a lovely place for tea, particularly Japanese green tea and an array of ginger-flavored varieties, which customers can use to make their own blends.

607 S Main St
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Seattle Best Tea

506 S King St Seattle, WA 98104, Seattle, WA

This International District teahouse is steeped in the culture of Taiwan. Owners Joe Hsu and Lydia Lin bring a spirit of well-being to their shop even as they continue to acquire and build knowledge of oolong and other tea varietals. This is one of the friendliest places in the city to learn about leaves, and it has an online shop as well. Delivery available through apps like GrubHub.

506 S King St Seattle, WA 98104
Seattle, WA

10. Phoenix Tea

447 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166, Burien, WA 98166
A closeup of Kenyan green tea in a white mug
Ball-rolled green tea from Kenya
Phoenix Tea/Facebook

Burien’s gem of a teahouse is everything that Burien itself is: charming, off the beaten path, and generally underestimated. Phoenix Tea’s international selection, focusing on traditional, single-origin specimens. is truly worth traveling for, although the shop also carries non-tea infusions and blends. Open for curbside pickup with online preordering and delivery.

447 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166
Burien, WA 98166

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