Albuquerque tea rooms offer the tradition of afternoon tea, along with places to pick up loose tea or enjoy a cup with a sandwich. Tea is becoming as popular a drink as coffee, and whether you're looking for a bubble teas, tisane or traditional cream tea, it can be enjoyed in a wonderful variety of flavors and ways.
The St. James Tearoom provides a traditional three course afternoon tea in a parlor setting. Expect to spend a two hour period of time enjoying the sandwiches and cakes along with a variety of teas. Each month features a theme, such as romance in February or Guinness in March. Special events happen throughout the year, with children's etiquette teas, holiday shopping extravaganzas, or a masquerade ball. The Tearoom offers events for special occasions such as birthdays, showers and anniversaries.
Boba Tea Company takes tea drinking in a unique direction. Boba tea is made from the starch of the cassava root, which is similar to a sweet potato. Boba tea, or bubble tea, originated in Taiwan in the 1980s. The Boba tea rooms have a youthful, energetic vibe. In addition to a wide variety of flavored teas, they offer slushies and ice blends. They do the traditional hot tea as well. In addition to tasty "bottoms" which have boba flavor at the bottom of the cup, they offer nunu yummies in fruit flavors and gobi poppers. Boba Tea is a completely different kind of tea experience.
Figments sells loose tea and a place to sit and enjoy a cup or two. Have a scone or dessert while enjoying a freshly brewed pot. The shop contains tea accessories and an array of arts and craft gift items such as hand made cards and metal garden sculptures. A fragrance blending bar lets you mix perfumes. Afternoon tea events happen on designated Sundays; reservations are required. Each event features a theme, such as Steep & Steam, with a steampunk motif, or Leprechaun Tea near St. Patrick's Day. Tea education classes teach participants about tea basics, Japanese tea ceremony, English teas, and more.
The Fragrant Leaf features fresh, small batch, organic teas from Asia. Hundreds of teas are tasted each year, and only a small number are selected. The Fragrant Leaf is also a resource for the tea traditions, such as the Chinese art of gongfu tea or the Japanese tea ceremony. The Fragrant Leaf has a selection of teas and tea pots, as well as monthly teas with food. Find their shop in Nob Hill.
Hadley's provides an intimate space for sipping tea and enjoying a sandwich or scone. They carry loose black, green, oolong, herbal, decaf and wellness teas. You'll also find tea pots, cups and accessories such as cozies, infusers, canisters and whatever's needed to brew a great cup of tea. A small refrigerated case also contains hand made chocolates and petit fours.
New Mexico Tea Company has a large array of fine loose-leaf tea, herbs, mate and spices from around the world. The varieties and blends are profuse, so if you enjoy chamomile tea, you can find chamomile lavender, a chamomile for bedtime, or chamomile with spearmint. Like chai teas? Get a chai spice mix, along with a variety of spices to complement your teas. This is the place for the serious tea drinker, with oolong, black, green, pu-erh, white and rooibos teas by the ounce. Some teas are blended in house. Most products are organic. You'll also find infusers and teaware such as kettles. Find 150 different teas to choose from. Feel you don't know enough about teas? This is the place to learn. Talk to the proprietor, or take a class. Find the Tea Company in the Wells Park neighborhood.
Teavana is a chain tea store in Uptown shopping center. It features packaged and loose tea, teaware, gifts and tastings.