Step away from the busy coffee houses, local bars, and fast food joints and head to one of DC’s local tea shops.

Whether you’re quitting caffeine or looking for healthy alternatives to sugary drinks, these unique shops offer artisan collections and calm vibes.


Loved by tourists and locals alike, this tea shop offers a diverse food menu and deep collection of teas. Step into each shop ready for breakfast, afternoon tea, or pick up a bento box on the go. The atmosphere is warm and hip, perfect for a lunch break or brunch with friends.

Address: 400 8th Street NW, 2009 R Street NW, or 800 Connecticut Avenue NW | Website

Capital Teas

Interested in a DC tea shop with over 200 premium teas and infusions? Visit Capital Teas to expand your tea knowledge and find a new go-to drink. The prominent “Stop and Smell the Teas” wall invites customers to smell the large variety of teas and try free samples.

If you’re looking to browse, Capital Teas sells an array of teaware– from glass teapots to iced tea brewers and even skincare. You can expect personal service when you step into the store as they take pride in their mission to “educate people and inspire lives through the wonders of tea, one cup at a time.”

Address: 731 8th Street SE or 1627 Connecticut Avenue NW | Website

Ching Ching Cha

Ching Ching Cha, a Chinese teahouse located in Georgetown, has been in business since 1998. Along with a great selection of Chinese & Japanese teas, Ching Ching Cha offers small plates and traditional desserts. The teahouse is an oasis with rosewood tables and chairs, comfortable cushions, and overhead skylights. Stop here for dinner or make a date with yourself at this eclectic spot. 

Address: 1063 Wisconsin Avenue NW | Website

Lady Camellia

If you’re looking for a cozy place to relax with friends and family or have a fun date, head to Lady Camellia. Enjoy their many options of afternoon teas, which provide savory bites and pastry treats. Want to host tea time at home? This DC tea shop supplies a catering menu with your choice of a full tea, high tea, boxed lunches, bulk orders of macarons and more.

Address: 3261 Prospect Street NW | Website

The Spice & Tea Exchange

Searching for more than tea? Step inside The Spice & Tea Exchange to view a vast selection of teas, peppers, spices, salts and herbs. Products line the walls of this shop with its unique trading post store concept. Don’t hesitate to treat yourself to the numerous recipes on offer, where you’ll find the exact ingredients you’ll need to make any tasty dish.

Address: 1069 Wisconsin Avenue NW | Website

Empress Lounge at The Mandarin Oriental

Inside the Mandarin Oriental is the lavishly decorated Empress Lounge. Their afternoon tea is served Friday to Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm and features teas from around the world; as well as a collection of tea sandwiches and desserts.

Address: 1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 | Website

Photography by Eva Anzola