5 Best Tea Shops in Philly That’ll Help You Get Warm Today

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Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop in Northern Liberties. | Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

A toasty caffeine fix needn’t be limited to coffee. Here’s how to best enjoy tea’s indisputable resurgence.

For cozy atmosphere:
The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop, Northern Liberties // This whimsical tearoom and herbal apothecary sells a bevy of authentic loose-leafs — like its tried-and-true chai — that have garnered quite the fan base. The quaint interior is irresistible — knickknack-strewn counters, pillows piled high in the booths, a clientele usually enthralled by a game of chess — making it the perfect place to curl up with a book and transport yourself. // 713 North 4th Street. 

For the novice:
Premium Steap, Rittenhouse // Those transitioning from Lipton to loose-leaf should head to this Rittenhouse mainstay — it’s been there for 10 years — and talk to owner and tea sommelier Peggy Stephens. She’ll point you in the direction of the best blends and give you a crash course in infusion techniques. // 111 South 18th Street.

For quirky flavors:
DavidSTea, King of Prussia // Though its mall location is short on charm, DavidsTea is worth the trip for its deliciously out-there offerings, like Chocolate Chili Chai, Blueberry Jam, and Movie Night, a surprisingly good green tea blend of apples and buttery popcorn. The Canadian-born shop balances its eccentric offerings with a host of super-practical accessories (like a travel mug with a built-in infuser). // 160 North Gulph Road.

For tea parties:
A Taste of Britain, Wayne // The tony tearoom serves up a full afternoon tea in its truest form, with freshly baked scones dotted with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves along with an assortment of miniature pastries and a pot of brew. Or host a private party in the posh dining area, which features a menu of traditional English favorites. Here, going full-on Anglophile is encouraged. // 503 West Lancaster Avenue, Eagle Village Shops.

For the serious sipper:
Capital Teas, Rittenhouse // The recently opened tea bar and boutique offers 64 tea varieties ranging from local favorites like On the Waterfront, a refreshing herbal blend, to Gyokuro, an organic Japanese green tea. Ask the unpretentious staff to brew you a cup, or peruse the smelling wall — a massive display of loose-leaf teas available to sniff — to pinpoint a blend to take to-go. // 1804 Chestnut Street.