Tea is touted as the second most consumed drink in the world, behind water, and fortunately for residents and visitors of Sacramento who love this healthy drink, there are a number of great tea houses in and around the city. Although Sacramento isn't known to produce any teas of its own, there's certainly a culture around the favorite drink.
Whether you're out for a quiet afternoon shopping or plan to work the whole day out of one of these fine establishments, the following five tea rooms will satisfy your thirst while offering a unique variety of snacks and experiences, from afternoon tea to public readings and poetry slams.
Since 2009, Tea List has been serving up high-quality teas, delectable pastries, delicious tea cakes, and small soups, salads, and sandwiches to its patrons. Located in Davis, a suburb of Sacramento, this little tea house has expanded its collection of tea serving dishware over the years, amassing a variety of different cups and pots include the 100-year-old tea set that's been passed down through the owner's family.
This cute shop specializes in tea and tisanes that even the biggest tea skeptic will enjoy—from strawberry-infused green teas to seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice. You can also purchase a complete Afternoon or High Tea service, which comes with your choice of tea and scones with Devonshire cream and fruit preserves as well as an assortment of small tea sandwiches, pastries, and fresh fruit.
Although a little far from Sacramento proper, this suburban family-owned tea house and distribution center is well worth the 20-minute drive to Dixon. Linde Lane not only provides a variety of great teas to sample on location in their tea room, they also supply gourmet teas to tea rooms, restaurants, coffee shops, and various other retailers across California and other parts of the United States.
Nestled in the Old Dixon Fire Station, the 2006-renovated tea room for Linde Lane features Victorian decor and a large menu of specialty-made in-house teas for patrons to try. With a large selection of loose tea and tea accessories, including tea sets and dental tea floss, this specialty shop and manufacturing facility is perfect for tea aficionados to discover the process behind making tea.
Check out their website for more information about weekend reservations or to learn more about weekly and monthly events at Linde Lane.
A Dash of Panache (Roseville)
With a tagline of "Celebrating Friendship with Style and Pizzazz" written right on its awning, A Dash of Panache is the trendy tea room, cafe, and event space to visit if you're in the northeastern Sacramento suburb of Roseville.
A Dash of Panache is a great way to spend a day in Sacramento because it not only features Roseville's only tea parlor but also an upscale lunch cafe with reasonably priced gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches. They also host bridal showers and birthday parties. As an added bonus, this cute shop is pet-friendly—so you can have tea with your four-legged friends, too.