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Oct 25, 2009 06:30 PM

Seeking a store with a nice tea selection in Seattle

I just moved to Seattle from San Francisco and am having a hard time finding a store with a nice variety of affordable tea. The Cost Plus/World Market stores in CA have a wonderful assortment of brands and flavors but I have yet to find something similar up here. I have heard of a few shops that sell loose teas (one in Ballard but I think it's $$$ and one at Pike's Market which I haven't tried yet) but would love to see what other users come up with. Thank you for your help!

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  1. I suppose, if you like World Market, you will not be interested in this, but other readers might: Teahouse Kuan Yin on 45th in Wallingford has the best selection of teas I've found in Seattle. They will cost you more than supermarkets and chain outlets, but the quality is much, much higher, and the prices are reasonable for what you get. It is not Tao of Tea in that respect, for instance. (ToT has some nice leaf, but you really pay.) There is a range at Kuan Yin, and you can drink decent stuff even at the low end.

    1. Remedy Tea on Capitol Hill is awesome.

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      1. re: adeptation

        I just looked up both websites and they look fantastic. Bonus points for Teahouse Kuan Yin in Wallingford because they are a tea house AND cafe so I can study there.

        Thank you for your help!

        1. re: aiacopi

          Remedy is also a cafe. I've studied there before and they have free wifi.

          1. re: aiacopi

            Don't know if they sell tea for home use, but the Panama Hotel has tea service, wireless internet, and is housed in a historic building in the ID.

        2. I second Remedy Teas on 15th on Capitol Hill. Their teas are wonderful and they people who work there are fantastic.

          1. World Spice Merchants near Pike Place Market has a great selection of loose teas. Or you can have them shipped to you. (they don't take cards though, cash/check only)


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            1. re: jlbwendt

              There is also the newly expanded Tea Cup on Queen Anne. They aren't a teahouse per se, but have a lounge area similar to a coffee house and a wide variety (and price range) of teas. I am not a tea expert, but one of the Monsoon staff told me that they have the best jasmine pearl selection in seattle.

              1. re: bluedog67

                Since this thread is bumped up, I should mention that Teacup closed. At the other end of the Ave, at Galer, Cederberg Tea House specializes in rooibos.

            2. There are Cost Plus/World Market stores in the Seattle area, for example in Redmond Townsquare.

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              1. re: paulj

                I visited the one in Belltown and was disappointed with their tiny selection...