By Katrina Wild & Lorela Lohan
Whether you're a seasoned tea enthusiast or a casual sipper, Europe's tea houses offer a kaleidoscope of experiences. From the grandeur of historic establishments to the contemporary allure of modern tea houses, each destination invites you to embark on a journey of flavour, culture, and relaxing ambiance. From historic establishments to avant-garde gems, the continent boasts an array of tea houses that cater to diverse palates and preferences. At WanderlusTEA, we are passionate tea explorers - join us on a journey through ten European countries and one of their best tea houses, each offering a distinct and delightful experience.
Image source: Eastern Leaves Tea Room.
Nestled in Milan, Eastern Leaves is a tea sanctuary offering a curated selection of exquisite teas sourced directly from their tea forest made by skillful Chinese producers. They are proud of their hand-made ceramics from Yixing and Jingdezhen and from the Yunnan Dai minority. The minimalist decor of Suyuan wooden furniture coupled with educational workshops, invites patrons to immerse themselves in the art and culture of tea.
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Parisian charm meets Japanese elegance at Ogata, located in the heart of Paris. This tea house exudes sophistication, offering a serene environment where patrons can experience meticulous Japanese tea tasting. The fusion of French aesthetics with Japanese tea culture paired with exquisite kaiseki cuisine and alcoholic beverages makes Ogata a unique destination.
Moychay.nl Tea Culture Club
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In Amsterdam, the Russian tea brand Moychay stands out as a haven for tea lovers seeking authenticity. Moychay offers an extensive range of teas and tea ware brought to you directly from the source of origin. The warm and welcoming atmosphere invites exploration and appreciation of diverse tea varieties with the opportunity to book a tea ceremony.
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Meetea in Prague is a blend of modernity and tradition. The sleek interior design harmonises with a diverse tea menu that spans global flavours. This contemporary tea house hosts events and tastings, inviting tea enthusiasts to discover new and exciting terroirs within a beautiful community of tea aficionados.
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Tetere, nestled in the vibrant streets of Madrid, celebrates tea as an art form. This cosy tea house offers a wide array of teas from China, Taiwana and Japan. Its bohemian ambiance, complemented by a special opportunity to experience authentic Gong Fu Cha ceremony, creates a delightful escape from the bustling city.
Casa del tè - monte verità
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Overlooking the stunning Monte Verità hill and Maggiore lake in Ascona, Switzerland, Casa del tè embodies serenity. This tea house combines breathtaking views with a selection of teas curated for wellness and relaxation. Visitors can indulge in teas while taking in the beauty of the surrounding nature, including one of the rare tea gardens in Europe. You can book a Japanese tea ceremony in their traditional tea house Chashitsu nestled in a Zen garden, and if you visit at the right time around May, you may be able to witness tea harvest and processing also.
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Sing Tehus, located in Copenhagen, is a charming tea house steeped in Danish cosiness. With a focus on high quality teas personally sourced from Japanese and Chinese small producers, this establishment offers a tranquil space for tea enthusiasts to unwind and savour unique leaves. Events such as tea tastings, Japanese tea ceremonies and matcha workshops are also offered.
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Tucked away in Vienna's historic streets, Channagasse is another charming tea house that focuses on Chinese teas and the art of Gong Fu Cha. The cosy ambiance and personalised service makes it a delightful destination for tea enthusiasts seeking a taste of the Austrian tea scene.
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Tucked one hour away from Ghent in the tranquil Meulebeke, Kaori Experience is a workshop space that combines tea tasting with multisensory experiences with a touch of Japanese philosophy. This innovative establishment allows patrons to engage all their senses while exploring a curated selection of teas, sake, and Japanese cuisine creating a truly immersive and unforgettable journey.
“Make Tea Not War” (Kos-tea)
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