There's much ado about the brew of the bean in Stumptown, but our tea scene holds its own. If you're in the mood for a high-quality cuppa, here are the city's leaders of the leaf.
It’s hard to find a better blend than half tearoom, half bar, which is exactly what you’ll get at this cozy Pearl District favorite. Choose from over 100 carefully sourced loose leaf teas, and treat yourself to a homemade scone with Devonshire cream and lemon curd, and a few dainty tea cookies.
Driving by, you'd hardly notice this laid back little teahouse, but every time I go, it’s filled to the brim with loyal regulars enticed by the serene setting, late hours, internationally-influenced menu (try the signature coconut date flatbread), and huge selection of teas.
Hands down my favorite spot for some authentic tea time, this ethereal teahouse in the middle of the Lan Su Chinese Garden is like another world. Spring for the Gaiwan ceremony style or Gongfu tasting, and the 5 Treasures Come Knocking snacks.
Good luck picking which tea you want at this eclectic Northwest nest...there appear to be something like 1000. Equally compelling is the layout of the place, there's a nook for every mood you might be in--people-watching or people-weary, and even a cute balcony overlooking NW 23rd.
Widely revered for its airy high-ceilinged loveliness and vast tea selection, this elegant Sellwood tea house also makes a mean bowl of beef pho. Get the bright green Vietnamese wedding cake for dessert.
If you love secretish spots and trying to find parking, this teariffic little hideaway is your kinda place. Darling tea shop hidden round the back of Division Street's Ford Buildling, where you can nerd out tasting leaves both well-known and slightly more mysterious, like pu-erh, or bombilla cut yerba mate. Lots of tea accessories too, and if you spend $10 they give you a complimentary cup o' tea to go.
As versatile as its quirky-awesome neighborhood, this relaxing teahouse is the ideal spot to curl up with your laptop and a pot of flawlessly-brewed Coconut Oolong on a rainy day. In the summer, savor the sun with iced strawberry Sencha in the peaceful tea garden.
You could easily spend hours sampling teas at this pretty tasting room—just tell the staff what you’re interested in and they’ll brew it on the spot so you can try before you buy. Location is very central despite the beautiful building’s off-the-beaten-track feel.
The fantastic Mr. Smith blends and brews his high-end teas in this elegant brick atelier hidden away down a quiet NW Portland side street, and the tearoom adjoining his workshop is the perfect secret spot for a rainy day Mao Feng Shui break.
This quaint café and tearoom tucked into an old bungalow just a few blocks from the Hawthorne District’s commercial core brews a long list of Townshend’s Teas and mixes inventive tea cocktails like the ginger chai-laced toddy, ideally paired with a house scone or rainbow cookie. With advance notice, they can even host a tea party for you and your Wonderland friends.
Bringing tea to well-fed but largely leafless Division Street, this simple space lures you in with cushy couches and ample outlets, plus all 100+ of Townshend’s teas (love the White Peony), and their entire line of kombuchas too (Lemon Ginger Cayenne is just the thing to quell an incoming virus).