From to-go counters to five-star services, these high-design spots are perfect for your next afternoon cuppa. Tour the most beautiful tea shops across the globe
With innovative tea stores and tasting rooms popping up everywhere from Brooklyn to Tokyo, the reign of the coffee shop may be coming to an end. Both casual tea shops and luxury tearooms are gaining popularity, thanks to their delicious offerings and gorgeous interiors to match. With options like a colorful tea boutique in Paris and an elegant tearoom in England, you can enjoy some midday tea in a variety of high-design environments. These 22 tearooms and shops—from a trendy tea lounge in San Francisco to a gourmet tea kiosk in São Paulo—are perfect for grabbing an afternoon pick-me-up. Take a look at some of our favorite impeccably designed spaces from around the world and make sure your next spot of tea is enjoyed in style.
SunnyHills Minami Aoyama Store
3-Chōme-10-20 Minamiaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo, Japan
Designed by Kengo Kuma, this wooden structure certainly stands out in Tokyo’s Minato City neighborhood. It houses the SunnyHills cake shop, which serves cake with various types of tea. Though it sits in a very cosmopolitan city, the three-story building looks more suited to a forest.
Bellocq Tea Atelier
104 West Street, Brooklyn
Founded by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia alums Heidi Johannsen Stewart and Michael Shannon and interior designer Scott Stewart, Bellocq offers full-leaf teas and handcrafted blends out of its Greenpoint design and tasting studio. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the shop carries an array of intriguing small-batch blends with quirky names like National Parks Dept and Little Dickens (created for children).
95 rue de Seine, Paris
Bamboo forests inspired architect Kengo Kuma’s tranquil design for the Jugetsudo teahouse in Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. The store, which is half retail shop and half tasting room, sells fine Japanese teas from Maruyama Nori and serves a selection along with sweets at a cypress counter. Downstairs, the stone cellar frequently hosts authentic matcha tea ceremonies.
Samovar Tea Lounge
411 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Time-pressed tea lovers will be pleased with the latest iteration of Samovar Tea Lounge, which offers a grab-and-go alternative to lingering over a pot at the San Francisco mini-chain’s other outpost. Located in the Mission, the minimalist stone, reclaimed wood, and concrete shop, designed by local firm Arcanum Architecture, serves an edited menu of teas brewed in futuristic-looking glass crucibles for consistent flavor.
T2 Brew Bar
48–50 Redchurch Street, London
Landini Associates created the bold interiors of Australian company T2’s first international location in London’s hip Shoreditch neighborhood. (A second global shop just opened in New York.) A far cry from the city’s traditional apothecary-like tea sellers, the store’s black interiors are punctuated by the bright packaging displayed on modern open shelving. Shoppers can choose from over 250 varieties or grab a prepared cup, tea latte, or matcha tea.
TeBella Tea Company
420 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida
227 East Davis Boulevard, Tampa, Florida
After browsing books and design finds at Oxford Exchange, stop by the marketplace’s outpost of local tea purveyor TeBella. Shoppers can stock up on loose-leaf blends or enjoy a full tea service on Friday through Sunday afternoons in the 100-year-old building’s glass conservatory. At the TeBella on Davis Island location, guests in a hurry can also grab a cup to go.
Harney & Sons
433 Broome Street, New York
Family-run tea company Harney & Sons brings a bit of rustic tranquillity to SoHo with its second café and shop (the original is located upstate in Millerton, New York). Connecticut-based firm Poesis Designs used reclaimed barn siding, a sliding library ladder, and walnut shelving for the tasting bar area, where guests can sip more than 250 varieties of tea.
Chuo-ku, Fukuoka Kego 18.104.22.168F, Fukuoka, Japan
Located in Fukuoka on the Japanese island of Kyushu, 151E—pronounced ichi-go ichi-e (a phrase that was also the Japanese title of the movie Forrest Gump)—sells tea produced in each of the region’s seven prefectures. Design and branding firm Planning ES is responsible for the interiors—a contemporary take on traditional teahouses—and the pristine white product packaging. The shop also offers sweets like the popular matcha green tea granola.
Great Wall Tea Co.
810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, British Columbia
At Great Wall Tea located in New Westminster’s River Market, architect Marianne Amodio made the most of the 155-square-foot space by creating an eye-catching—and extremely functional—mosaic backdrop. Each of the 568 teacup images is actually a magnetized tea canister, providing storage for the over 150 available blends and a constantly changing display for customers.
1 Parliament St, Harrogate, England
This nearly 100-year-old teahouse is located in the chic spa town of Harrogate. Inside the historic building, you’ll find traditional English decor and artworks lining the walls. Whether you want to enjoy classic afternoon tea (with a silver tray of scones included) or a tasty three-course meal, Betty’s has it all.
Paper and Tea
Alte Schönhauser Strasse 50, Berlin
Following the success of his Charlottenburg concept shop, owner Jens de Gruyter has recently opened a second branch of Paper and Tea in Berlin’s Mitte district. The new shop—conceived with product designer Fabian von Ferrari—sells tea accessories, loose-leaf teas, and handmade notebooks and cards. Guests can try teas prepared Gong-Fu style—a traditional, ritualistic Chinese practice of serving tea—at the tea bar.
110 SE Washington St., Portland, Oregon
Smith Teamaker, the Portland company started by Steven Smith, who also helped found Stash and Tazo, is headquartered in a nearly 13,000-square-foot space in the Central Eastside Industrial District. Tea lovers can enjoy a cup while watching the production process through a large glass window. The tasting room serves flights of tea; draft tea, including Nitro Chai and Sparkling Strawberry Honeybush; and small bites.
Al. Soutsou 19, Athens, Greece
For a tea shop in the middle of Athens, local firm Georges Batzios Architects took inspiration from Japanese architecture. The interior is framed with 200 panels of laminated timber and the shelves are backlit, evoking the feel of a lantern.
1207 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Leckie Studio Architecture + Design created the minimalist space that houses Cha Le, a café and tea shop in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood. The firm devised a Baltic birch plywood matrix that is incorporated into the displays and lighting feature. A massive center tea bar houses the high-tech Alpha Dominche brewing system.
Lin Mao Sen
No. 195-3, Section 2, Chongqing North Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Architecture firm Ahead Design took inspiration from the traditional tea ceremony for the Lin Mao Sen shop in Taipei. The eye-catching woven ceiling tops the space, which is outfitted with dark wood and metallic accents.
Smith Teamaker Café
417, Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Smith Teamaker went for a more contemporary look for their first international location, which opened last summer in South Korea. The space, located in the Beat 360 building, serves tea smoothies in addition to the signature offerings found in the brand’s Stateside tasting rooms.
Song Tea & Ceramics
2120 Sutter Street, San Francisco
For those who appreciate the vessels that contribute to the tea-making process as much as the actual tea leaves, Song Tea & Ceramics is a place to indulge in both. Owner Peter Luong collaborates with ceramic artists in Taiwan, China, and the U.S., for the shop’s beautiful collection of teapots, bowls, and cups. Visitors can sample the expertly sourced teas from China and Taiwan at the communal tasting table.
The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th St., Boulder, Colorado
This ornate teahouse was built in Boulder by its sister city Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The building features elements created by 40 artisans, including hand-carved and hand-painted ceilings, colorful ceramic panels, carved plaster panels, and seven copper sculptures. The teahouse hosts an annual tea festival with workshops and tea bag art.
The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop
713 North 4th Street, Philadelphia
If you like to shop and sip, The Random Tea Room provides a wide selection of furniture in the indoor-outdoor space. Customers can scout for furniture while also taking in the rotating art displays and catching live music in the venue. Some of the 40 teas offered include the organic Simmer Down, made of chamomile, lemon balm, lavender, peppermint, and passionflower. If you’re hungry, the shop offers gluten-free cakes as well.
P & T Concept Tea Store
Bleibtreustrasse 4 10623, Berlin
Located in the neighborhood of Berlin Mitte, P & T’s design reflects fast-paced environment of the Alte Schönhauser Strasse. Teas are systematically organized by oxidation—including white, green, yellow, oolong, black, pu-erh, and scented and blended teas—and arranged along the store’s main feature: a seven-meter-long tea shelf. The venue also includes a brew bar, a collection of authentic tea accessories, and a selection of handmade paper products like greeting cards and original origami accessories.
1 Chome 34-15 Kamiuma, Tokyo
The world’s first hand-drip green tea specialty shop in Japan opened in January 2017. Tokyo Saryo has a minimalist interior design with stucco-finished walls and natural wood that is a reinterpretation of a traditional Japanese tearoom. Their transparent teapot and tea leaf package was awarded the Good Design Award in 2018. The store also hosts a nighttime tea ceremony during which you can learn how to measure, brew, and pour your own tea, as well how to pair it with Japanese desserts.
Avenida de Cotai, Macau
Puccini Group’s new retail cafe Cha Bei (which means “teacup” in English) features 5,500 square feet of open space that includes a 56-seat café, floral shop, tea lounge, and bar—not to mention a kitchen designed for hosting cooking classes. Guests may select from over 15 varieties of XO TEA while seated atop “tulip” chairs and blush-color sofas. The pastel color palette with peaches, greens, and blues takes charge, while vintage teaware brings home the theme of the space and large graphics add a playful and stylish touch.