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Rose lover milk tea at Prince Tea House.
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The Most Sublime Cups of Tea in Philly

Elegant pots of Chinese green tea, iced Taiwanese bubble teas, herbal blends, and bold British-style high tea with scones

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Rose lover milk tea at Prince Tea House.
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Philly seems to run on coffee, but tea — the second-most popular drink in the world after water — has its place here too, if you know where to look. In and around the city, these cafes and dedicated tea rooms are perfect for a simple cup of hot tea in the winter or iced tea in the summer, a monthly tea subscription to broaden your knowledge of tea from around the world, loose-leaf tea for steeping at home, or a posh afternoon tea experience with scones and champagne alongside herbal tisanes and house tea blends.

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Mi ’N Tea

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Along with fresh banh mis, this family-owned Vietnamese cafe in Manayunk serves made-to-order Taiwanese bubble teas and other inventive specialty drinks. Try Mi ’N Tea’s matcha hot chocolate, coconut Earl Grey, or Almond Soother, a blend of oolong tea, almond, cream, and a Vietnamese phin-drip espresso.

Sunset Moon Wellness Center

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Sunset Moon Wellness Center is a superfoods cafe on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr. The shelves are covered with large jars of loose-leaf teas from Mountain Rose Herbs that you can take home in increments of 4 ounces, including black teas, yerba mates, red teas, and herbal blends intended to aid in digestion or provide fertility support for women. You can also grab a seat and order a specialty drink like the matcha latte with a hint of lavender syrup or the chaga chai latte with spiced syrup.

The Story

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Just a skip out of the city in Ardmore, the Story’s an inviting place to grab a hot drink and stay for a while as you admire soulful vintage artwork and tucked-away corners. The cafe and bookstore’s menu sources Rishi Tea for specialty tea lattes, classic teas, and modern ones like Orange Blossom, Jade Cloud, and Rose Melonge, but the star of the show is the Blue Jasmine Tea. The butterfly pea flower is responsible for its deep blue-purple color and pairs well with the distinct aroma of the jasmine. Take it hot or cold with a light touch of honey.

A cruller, dusted with rose petals and pistachios, and the signature Lebanese chai latte is an excellent way to start your morning at Suraya. But you also can’t go wrong with one of their teas. Their selection, which includes earl grey, chamomile, and pear green, pairs well with any one of their sweet or savory pastries.

Pera Turkish Cuisine

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The moment you step inside this Northern Liberties spot, your eyes will dart to the baked goods behind the counter. It’s crucial that you commit to ordering dessert then and there because no meal here is complete without baklava or künefe and çay. The restaurant even serves its black tea in the famous tulip-shaped glass.

The Random Tea Room

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The Random Tea Room is a whimsical and lively tea house in Northern Liberties with knowledgeable staff happy to help you find the perfect selection for a freshly steeped cup in-store or to take home for later. The sustainability-focused and zero-waste tea room also offers $20 monthly subscriptions with categories like light or dark, low- and no-caffeine, or a surprise mix of teas.

The Painted Tea Cup

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Located right outside of Philly in Delaware County, the Painted Tea Cup is a Victorian-style tea room and boutique. Thursdays through Saturdays, the British-inspired shop offers high tea reservations, loose-leaf retail teas, and house-made jellies and fruit butters. On warmer days you can enjoy a la carte tea services on the shaded outdoor patio. Headed to a fancy tea party? Dress the part with accessories like galleria umbrellas and fascinators from the boutique.

Prince Tea House

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When you want an upscale yet reasonably priced tea experience, head to Prince Tea House in Chinatown. The chain’s Philly location offers two-hour reservations for a daily afternoon tea that blends French and Asian influences. Detailed teaware sets with a sophisticated floral aesthetic match well with a selection of beautiful blends like the popular Prince Passion Fruit Tea and Lavender Hot Milk Tea.

Ray's Cafe & Tea House

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While Ray’s Cafe & Tea House is probably known best for its siphon-brewed coffee, the Chinatown staple has been offering delicious Taiwanese comfort food and a handful of gorgeous teas from Taiwan since 1989. You can take these elegant green teas, oolongs, and charcoal-roasted black teas home in loose-leaf form or by the cup, along with other tasty tea blends like lemon-ginger, bubble tea, and matcha smoothies.

The Dandelion

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This homey pub from Stephen Starr offers afternoon tea Monday thru Friday from 3 pm to 5 pm. The menu features three tea tiers, all recommended for two guests, but you can easily split the $50 “Royal Occasion” (three tiers of sandwiches and pastries served with a pot of tea) between three or four people. Just make sure to order extra scones because you won’t want to share those.

Mary Cassatt Tea Room

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The Mary Cassatt Tea Room, named for a renowned Impressionist painter from Pennsylvania, is tucked away in the illustrious Rittenhouse Hotel, providing a moment of serenity amid the city noise. Order afternoon tea Thursday through Sunday, a tasteful experience brimming with canapes and tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and chamomile curd, and sweets like matcha and yuzu macarons; posh upgrades include pink Champagne and caviar service. The tea list here is robust, from traditional teas like Chinese silver needle and earthy pu’erh to house tisanes like the Philly Special featuring peppermint, anise, and lemon balm.

Menagerie Coffee

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Whether you’re playing tour guide or you just happen to be in the area, this Old City outpost of enticing tea blends (think: blueberry rooibos, jasmine green, and turmeric-ginger), good java, and tasty sandwiches will serve you well when you need a break from all the noise of the tourist zone.

Thank You Thank You

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Cody McGregor’s Thank You Thank You brews some of the best coffee in the city, but one sip of the toasty, nutty hojicha latte and you’ll wonder how this small corner cafe wasn’t your regular java joint sooner.

Herman's Coffee

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Yes, you can order stellar coffee and seasonal lattes at Herman’s, but don’t sleep on the extensive tea menu. Any one of their various blends—turmeric peppercorn, lavender mint, blood orange white, cinnamon lemongrass—will kickstart your morning or keep you warm during colder months. 

Rival Bros Coffee

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In addition to roasting their own coffee beans, Rival Bros also offers their own line of teas. Whether you’re in the mood for a robust breakfast blend, a cooling peppermint, or a spicy-sweet masala chai, they’ve got you covered.

Mi ’N Tea

Along with fresh banh mis, this family-owned Vietnamese cafe in Manayunk serves made-to-order Taiwanese bubble teas and other inventive specialty drinks. Try Mi ’N Tea’s matcha hot chocolate, coconut Earl Grey, or Almond Soother, a blend of oolong tea, almond, cream, and a Vietnamese phin-drip espresso.

Sunset Moon Wellness Center

Sunset Moon Wellness Center is a superfoods cafe on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr. The shelves are covered with large jars of loose-leaf teas from Mountain Rose Herbs that you can take home in increments of 4 ounces, including black teas, yerba mates, red teas, and herbal blends intended to aid in digestion or provide fertility support for women. You can also grab a seat and order a specialty drink like the matcha latte with a hint of lavender syrup or the chaga chai latte with spiced syrup.

The Story

Just a skip out of the city in Ardmore, the Story’s an inviting place to grab a hot drink and stay for a while as you admire soulful vintage artwork and tucked-away corners. The cafe and bookstore’s menu sources Rishi Tea for specialty tea lattes, classic teas, and modern ones like Orange Blossom, Jade Cloud, and Rose Melonge, but the star of the show is the Blue Jasmine Tea. The butterfly pea flower is responsible for its deep blue-purple color and pairs well with the distinct aroma of the jasmine. Take it hot or cold with a light touch of honey.

Suraya

A cruller, dusted with rose petals and pistachios, and the signature Lebanese chai latte is an excellent way to start your morning at Suraya. But you also can’t go wrong with one of their teas. Their selection, which includes earl grey, chamomile, and pear green, pairs well with any one of their sweet or savory pastries.

Pera Turkish Cuisine

The moment you step inside this Northern Liberties spot, your eyes will dart to the baked goods behind the counter. It’s crucial that you commit to ordering dessert then and there because no meal here is complete without baklava or künefe and çay. The restaurant even serves its black tea in the famous tulip-shaped glass.

The Random Tea Room

The Random Tea Room is a whimsical and lively tea house in Northern Liberties with knowledgeable staff happy to help you find the perfect selection for a freshly steeped cup in-store or to take home for later. The sustainability-focused and zero-waste tea room also offers $20 monthly subscriptions with categories like light or dark, low- and no-caffeine, or a surprise mix of teas.

The Painted Tea Cup

Located right outside of Philly in Delaware County, the Painted Tea Cup is a Victorian-style tea room and boutique. Thursdays through Saturdays, the British-inspired shop offers high tea reservations, loose-leaf retail teas, and house-made jellies and fruit butters. On warmer days you can enjoy a la carte tea services on the shaded outdoor patio. Headed to a fancy tea party? Dress the part with accessories like galleria umbrellas and fascinators from the boutique.

Prince Tea House

When you want an upscale yet reasonably priced tea experience, head to Prince Tea House in Chinatown. The chain’s Philly location offers two-hour reservations for a daily afternoon tea that blends French and Asian influences. Detailed teaware sets with a sophisticated floral aesthetic match well with a selection of beautiful blends like the popular Prince Passion Fruit Tea and Lavender Hot Milk Tea.

Ray's Cafe & Tea House

While Ray’s Cafe & Tea House is probably known best for its siphon-brewed coffee, the Chinatown staple has been offering delicious Taiwanese comfort food and a handful of gorgeous teas from Taiwan since 1989. You can take these elegant green teas, oolongs, and charcoal-roasted black teas home in loose-leaf form or by the cup, along with other tasty tea blends like lemon-ginger, bubble tea, and matcha smoothies.

The Dandelion

This homey pub from Stephen Starr offers afternoon tea Monday thru Friday from 3 pm to 5 pm. The menu features three tea tiers, all recommended for two guests, but you can easily split the $50 “Royal Occasion” (three tiers of sandwiches and pastries served with a pot of tea) between three or four people. Just make sure to order extra scones because you won’t want to share those.

Mary Cassatt Tea Room

The Mary Cassatt Tea Room, named for a renowned Impressionist painter from Pennsylvania, is tucked away in the illustrious Rittenhouse Hotel, providing a moment of serenity amid the city noise. Order afternoon tea Thursday through Sunday, a tasteful experience brimming with canapes and tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and chamomile curd, and sweets like matcha and yuzu macarons; posh upgrades include pink Champagne and caviar service. The tea list here is robust, from traditional teas like Chinese silver needle and earthy pu’erh to house tisanes like the Philly Special featuring peppermint, anise, and lemon balm.

Menagerie Coffee

Whether you’re playing tour guide or you just happen to be in the area, this Old City outpost of enticing tea blends (think: blueberry rooibos, jasmine green, and turmeric-ginger), good java, and tasty sandwiches will serve you well when you need a break from all the noise of the tourist zone.

Thank You Thank You

Cody McGregor’s Thank You Thank You brews some of the best coffee in the city, but one sip of the toasty, nutty hojicha latte and you’ll wonder how this small corner cafe wasn’t your regular java joint sooner.

Herman's Coffee

Yes, you can order stellar coffee and seasonal lattes at Herman’s, but don’t sleep on the extensive tea menu. Any one of their various blends—turmeric peppercorn, lavender mint, blood orange white, cinnamon lemongrass—will kickstart your morning or keep you warm during colder months. 

Rival Bros Coffee

In addition to roasting their own coffee beans, Rival Bros also offers their own line of teas. Whether you’re in the mood for a robust breakfast blend, a cooling peppermint, or a spicy-sweet masala chai, they’ve got you covered.

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