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6 Charming Teahouses Around the Main Line and Philadelphia Suburbs

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From hip, Persian-inspired hangouts to formal British teahouses, here’s where to experience global tea culture around the Main Line area.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on September 27, 2019 and was updated on December 28, 2021.

A Taste of Britain

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.

 

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Chaikhana Chai

Do you love chai? Chaikhana Chai is a local coffee and tea bar that makes all-natural chai concentrate in different flavors. Organic tea leaves, fresh organic ginger, chai spices, vanilla beans and organic wild-flower honey are used in the brewing process to create the rich flavors.

227 Birch St., Kennett Square, (610) 644-0829.

The Painted Teacup

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.

Safa Persian Teahouse

*Temporarily closed for renovation.*

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 hummus prepared in-house, make Safa the perfect spot to unwind with a cuppa.

4165 Main St., Manayunk, (267) 748-2503.

Special Teas Tea Room

This quaint Chadds Ford spot has been a local institution for over 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 Temple

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.

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