Offering loose-leaf brews, exotic blends, and good old fashioned English Breakfast cuppas, here’s our guide for where to find the best tea houses in Vancouver.
Shaktea prides itself on selling and serving high quality loose-leaf teas (black, green, rooibos, white, oolong and herbal) in a laid-back and comfortable setting. Indeed, the quaint Main Street tea house, which adorns their teapots in knitted cozies, is the perfect place to retreat to if you’re looking for somewhere to relax and read a book, study or enjoy a quiet moment to yourself.
Address: 3702 Main Street, Riley Park
Sitting on the edge of Gastown, this corner café is perhaps better known for their stellar baguettes. However, as their name suggests, Finch’s Tea and Coffee House also serves chai and many fine loose-leaf teas, all made using purified water. Charming, cozy and kitted out with old-world decor, Finch’s is a wonderful spot to enjoy a cuppa.
Address: 353 West Pender Street
Quirky and charming, the Neverland Tea Salon in Kitsilano offers visitors a whimsical space to enjoy a quick indulgence, as well as a more drawn out high tea extravaganza. The Victorian-esque tea house is home to a range of teas, which are served in mismatched tea sets, in addition to a variety of different lunches, snacks, and desserts.
Address: 3066 West Broadway, Kitsilano
With a vast amount of teas on offer, a range of homemade miniature sweets and scones, and an inviting atmosphere, The Secret Garden Tea Company is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of tea with friends. Choose from a variety of specially blended teas, like the vanilla almond black tea, served steaming hot in a teapot with a teacup and saucer.
Address: 5559 West Boulevard, Kerrisdale
This stylish West Georgia tea salon and store, pours and sells an outstanding variety of high-end teas daily. Indeed the Urban Tea Merchant boasts a Loose Leaves Library, offering a selection of over 250 fine harvest and exclusive blends from TWG (a luxury tea brand). The Urban Merchant’s tea which includes rose vanilla, fruit and more traditional brews like earl grey are best enjoyed in-house with a plate of colourful macarons, a fresh scone with cream and jam, or as part of a traditional tiered afternoon tea.
Address: 1070 West Georgia Street
This cozy and delightfully decorated English-styled tea house in Kerrisdale offers customs an array of high quality loose-leaf tea, in addition to freshly prepared scones, cakes, and dainty finger sandwiches. Adonia’s tea menu has a good selection of black, herbal, rooibos, white, oolong, green and Japanese varieties, which can be purchased either by the cup or pot.
Address: 2057 West 41st Avenue, Kerrisdale
Located on East Hastings Street, Steam Tea House is one of the smaller tea houses in Vancouver. It is so tiny in fact that there is actually nowhere to sit down. Serving a range of organic, single estate and small batch blended loose tea, Steam Tea House operates more as a take-away tea room, rather than a full sit-down beverage bar. Nevertheless, this tea emporium of sorts, serves wonderfully fragrant brews and is the perfect spot for a morning pick-me-up.
Address: 2342 East Hastings Street
Fine teas, coffees and pastries is what patrons visiting Soffee Café can expect to find. Served in elegant surrounds, family-run Soffee Café, offers avid tea drinkers a varied selection of premium loose-leaf teas, in addition to signature fresh fruit teas.
Address: 1426 West 8th Avenue, South Granville
The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda Company, currently residing in a pop-up shop at McArthur Glen with Hawkers Market, is Indigenous-owned and plant-inspired. Owned and operated by mother-daughter duo Michelle and Paisley Nahanee, The Capilano serves both packaged teas and ready-to-drink blends, which pair local foods like juniper berries and nettle with global favourites, including rooibos and green teas. Follow The Capilano’s social media pages to find out where they pop up next.
O5 Tea is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill tea house. It is decidedly modern in design, so much so it resembles a stylish wine bar, and boasts a distinctly calm ambience. Serious about tea, this West 4th tea bar sells only selected, rare teas from around the world. More of sit down and savour the moment type place (as opposed to somewhere you duck into for a quick grab-and-go brew), O5 showcases pure, high quality products.
Address: 2208 West 4th Avenue
This small tea bar on Homer Street offers drinkers many kinds of teas (30 varieties in fact), from the standard blacks and greens to more unique variations, like the blended mixture of chamomile and lavender. O-Cha Tea Bar also offers iced teas, tea lattes and a Cold Blaster – a special tea blend of orange juice, honey, ginger, and lemon, topped with a sprinkling of cayenne powder.
Address: 1116 Homer Street