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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

Seattle is known for coffee, but even the most dedicated espresshead gets tired of Americanos once in a while. If you do yourself the favor of checking out Seattle’s tea scene, you’ll soon find yourself staring at endless shelves of jars filled with black teas, green teas, herbal teas, and custom blends inspired by the Lord of the Rings.

Here’s a list of places to start your tea journey or expand your tea palate. We’re focusing mostly on places where you can get a cup of tea rather than tea leaves to take home, though plenty of the entries on this list will do both. As usual, this list is not ranked but organized geographically, east to west. If you know of something we missed, email us at seattle@eater.com.

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Story Coffee and Tea

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This unassuming place in the middle of Mall Bellevue will shock you with everything it has on offer — not just matcha lattes but hojicha lattes, and coffee cherry tea, and a bunch of other tea-based drinks. And a strong selection of all sorts of teas, AND a lot of Asian-influenced pastries to go with your beverage of choice. (Not for nothing, Story has one of the more interesting egg tarts around.)

Queen Mary Tea Room

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This small Ravenna shop has for decades been 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.

Seattle Best Tea

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This International District teahouse is steeped (get it?) 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 most welcoming places in the city to learn about leaves.

The Crumpet Shop

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For nearly 50 years this old-timey crumpet bakery has been holding down a corner of Pike Place Market. Are you going to get a crumpet if you come here? Yes, and not just because “crumpet” is a fun word to say. But you should take the time to grab a tea here too. Given that crumpets are the English-est breakfast food this side of tomatoes and beans, it’s no surprise that the black tea here is a lot more flavorful than the sad bagged stuff sold at many coffee shops. You get free refills too, in case you want to linger over your Mickey Rourke (a crumpet with jalapenos, ham, cheese, cream cheese, and egg).

Friday Afternoon

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The sign on the door says that Cosmo has declared this Wallingford spot “The gayest tea shop on the West Coast.” It might be the geekiest too — Friday Afternoon’s website has a whole section dedicated to “fandom blends” that reference Star Wars, Studio Ghibli, and so on. But it’s also gotta be one of the friendliest tea rooms in Seattle as well, with a staff happy to walk newbies through the extensive (almost intimidating) array of teas on the wall. Note that this is one of the few places that as of winter 2023 was still asking customers to wear masks, though if you don’t have one you can pick one up by the door.

Perennial Tea Room

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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). It sells not just leaves but a wide selection of brewing equipment; for online orders, shipping is free if you spend more than $100 (which is surprisingly easy to do).

Miro Tea

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This minimalist Ballard Avenue cafe is serious about tea education and simultaneously casual enough for novices. It boasts more than 150 varieties as well as plenty of pastry treats. Most weekdays the tables here are crowded with laptop warriors; but you can buy tea to take home if you’d rather not brave that scene.

Story Coffee and Tea

This unassuming place in the middle of Mall Bellevue will shock you with everything it has on offer — not just matcha lattes but hojicha lattes, and coffee cherry tea, and a bunch of other tea-based drinks. And a strong selection of all sorts of teas, AND a lot of Asian-influenced pastries to go with your beverage of choice. (Not for nothing, Story has one of the more interesting egg tarts around.)

Queen Mary Tea Room

This small Ravenna shop has for decades been 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.

Seattle Best Tea

This International District teahouse is steeped (get it?) 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 most welcoming places in the city to learn about leaves.

The Crumpet Shop

For nearly 50 years this old-timey crumpet bakery has been holding down a corner of Pike Place Market. Are you going to get a crumpet if you come here? Yes, and not just because “crumpet” is a fun word to say. But you should take the time to grab a tea here too. Given that crumpets are the English-est breakfast food this side of tomatoes and beans, it’s no surprise that the black tea here is a lot more flavorful than the sad bagged stuff sold at many coffee shops. You get free refills too, in case you want to linger over your Mickey Rourke (a crumpet with jalapenos, ham, cheese, cream cheese, and egg).

Friday Afternoon

The sign on the door says that Cosmo has declared this Wallingford spot “The gayest tea shop on the West Coast.” It might be the geekiest too — Friday Afternoon’s website has a whole section dedicated to “fandom blends” that reference Star Wars, Studio Ghibli, and so on. But it’s also gotta be one of the friendliest tea rooms in Seattle as well, with a staff happy to walk newbies through the extensive (almost intimidating) array of teas on the wall. Note that this is one of the few places that as of winter 2023 was still asking customers to wear masks, though if you don’t have one you can pick one up by the door.

Perennial Tea Room

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). It sells not just leaves but a wide selection of brewing equipment; for online orders, shipping is free if you spend more than $100 (which is surprisingly easy to do).

Miro Tea

This minimalist Ballard Avenue cafe is serious about tea education and simultaneously casual enough for novices. It boasts more than 150 varieties as well as plenty of pastry treats. Most weekdays the tables here are crowded with laptop warriors; but you can buy tea to take home if you’d rather not brave that scene.

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