When I was growing up, if you ordered tea from a Brooklyn coffee shop, your options were severely limited. In fact, I knew someone who brought their own tea bags to restaurants. If you did order an herbal tea, it wasn't a loose tea, but it usually came with a literary quote on the tea bag's tag. Today, Brooklyn has many options for those who love to indulge in a robust cup of tea. From herbal tea to matcha, here’s our eight ultimate spots for Brooklyn tea lovers.
This Australian based tea shop recently opened a location on Smith Street in Boerum Hill. The spacious store has shelves lined with a vast selection of loose teas. There's no buyers remorse at this shop because the staff will brew samples cups of the various blends, and you'll know exactly how your cup of tea will taste. They'll even offer up interesting suggestions of tea combos. In addition to loose teas, the store also sells tea related products including tea canisters and unique gift sets.
Two for the Pot
You don't have to hop across the pond to London for good tea and biscuits, just head to this local tea shop in Brooklyn Heights. The store has a nice variety of teas and biscuits from England. If you're a honey aficionado, Two for the Pot sells local Cobble Hill Honey. Just to note, the shop is cash only.
Puerth, a divine Williamsburg tea shop has a collection of teas from around the world. The shop "recognizes tea as not just a beverage, but a lifestyle and an artful practice." Their shop "is a space to relish in the global cultures of tea." Peruse their collection of tea or if If you want to learn more about tea, consider signing up for a class at Puerth. They offer classes on how to make matcha and other tea related subjects. Puerth also hosts a weekly tasting on Wednesdays at 3pm.
If you're apart of the matcha craze, you should head to the family-owned Matcha Bar in Williamsburg. Since 2014, the Matcha Bar has been a mecca for all matcha lovers. If you don't know what matcha is, it's powdered green tea high in antioxidants and has been a staple in Japan for centuries. Matcha Bar offers a wide range of matcha drinks and foods. They also opened a location in Manhattan in 2015.
Treat yourself to a trip to Bellocq Tea Atelier located in an industrial section of Greenpoint. The charming tea shop is a sanctuary for tea lovers. Purchase tea at this artfully designed shop and savor your cup of tea.