6 Charming Teahouses in the Philadelphia Suburbs
From hip, Persian-inspired hangouts to formal British offerings, here’s where to experience global tea culture.
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A Taste of Britain brings a touch of Picadilly Circus to Wayne. Afternoon tea is served throughout the day and the menu includes trendy items like an apple and brie panini, as well as drool-worthy English favorites like a savory beef cottage pie.
503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, (610) 971-0390.
Located in a charming two-story Victorian home, the Painted Teacup is both a teahouse and specialty shop. Make reservations for high tea complete with hot drinks, desserts and homemade sandwiches, or shop hundreds of tea blends, locally-made jams, jewelry and more.
220 S. State Road, Upper Darby, (610) 352-2334.
Find Middle Eastern flavors and communal tea culture in the heart of Manayunk. Chose from a variety of specialty teas or work with an in-store expert to create your own signature blend. Its rotating menu of Persian pastries and snacks, like made-from-scratch hummus, make Safa the perfect spot to unwind with a cuppa.
4165 Main St., Manayunk, (267) 748-2503.
Bright and cozy, this Chester Springs spot offers traditional high tea. Its knowledgeable staff can guide you in your selections of individual bites or curated experiences like the Princess Margaret Tea for Two. It includes two personal pots of loose tea, fresh fruit, a soup or salad, tea sandwiches, scones and tea bread.
110 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs, (610) 458-0120.
This quaint Chadds Ford spot has been a local institution for 14 years, and if you visit you’ll see why. With an extensive tea list and finger food menu, Special Teas has something for everyone. Be sure to try the pastries, which are homemade by one of the owners.
100 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 358-2320.
TranquiliTEA specializes in the connection between tea and zen in Chinese culture. Owner Tracey Wang Stuligross learned from her grandparents, who owned a teahouse in China. Now, she shares that knowledge in her West Chester outpost. Bubble teas are a must-try. Be sure to stop in for tastings and traditional Chinese tea ceremonies, too.
127 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 429-8926.