We all know that the coffee game is strong in Berlin. The third wave craft coffee scene doesn’t stop developing, with newcomers and established cafés opening second, third addresses – and even their own roasteries.
Coffee lovers are certainly delighted with the variety of good quality places they can find in Berlin. But what about tea lovers? Indeed, the tea scene is not as big, but there are some tea houses and tea shops that are definitely worth a visit if you are “a tea kind of person”.
It does not matter if you like the British tradition or the Japanese tea ceremony. There is always a pleasant tea house waiting for you in Berlin. We selected five of the best tea houses and shops in town. Enjoy!
It is definitely the paradise on Earth for herbal tea lovers! At this Greek tea house and shop, you will find a great selection of herbal and rare mountain tea options. We dare say that this is the best place to enjoy tea in Berlin!
The seating area is small, but the back room is really cozy. It is a perfect spot to spend an afternoon reading over tea – and enjoy yummy sweets.
If this was not enough, all the products, including honey and olive oil from the Peloponnese, are organic. Plus, the owner will give you precise advise about the ideal mix of herbs according to your taste. And, on top of that, the prices are bellow average for this hip area of Kreuzberg.
Forget about the hip Asian restaurants in Neukölln and don’t be fooled by the unattractive building façade: this little Korean tea house and restaurant is a hidden gem in the southern neighborhood of Friedenau.
The cozy wooden interiors, full of small details, are perfect to enjoy an afternoon green tea, solo, or after a Bibimbap or an Udon. Dabangg offers green tea from the Hadong region in South Korea, harvested according to the first rain showers in May. The leaves can be infused up to three times. Tip: the second time is considered the most tasteful. There are also floral teas, prepared with lotus, mulberry or kaki flower and the classic ginger-cinnamon-honey tea.
The green tea can be also served cold, which is an ideal pick for a hot summer day in their small outdoor terrace.
Located in a quiet courtyard on the busy Rosenthaler Strasse in Mitte, this Vietnamese tea house and restaurant serves great teas in cute clay pots. Among their specialties, you will find exotic flower tea options, like blue butterfly, lotus and chrysanthemums, that can be mixed with rice milk, and “Viet tea staples”, like ginger or jasmine tea.
The high ceilings, the vegetation and the hanging paper lamps create a romantic, yet fancy-ish atmosphere, which is perfect for a Bumble/Tinder date or a chill break after a shopping stroll around the neighboring Torstrasse.
Sencha, genmaicha, yamecha, matcha… If you are into Japanese green tea, Mamesha is your place! This Japanese café and shop in Mitte is open from 12h until 19h, except on Sundays, and also serves bento-style small dishes until 15h.
After picking a favorite green tea, we often go for a delicious Japanese pastry, like the matcha cheesecake, the rice balls or the mochi ice cream.
Their iced matcha latte is to die for and is a must when the weather asks for it!
Following the British tearoom tradition, the thatched cottage located in the beautiful English Garden in Tiergarten, close to the Victory Column, serves afternoon tea with a variety of small cakes, light snacks and meals.
Besides the indoor seating room, the large terraced area turns into a charming Biergarten during the summer. We highly recommend booking a table if you are in a group, since they host a lot of events. Unfortunately, the Teehaus is closed during the cold season, from November until beginning of March.
With two shops, in Charlottenburg and in Mitte, Paper & Tea is not only about beautifully packaged high quality tea presented in a minimalistic atmosphere. They offer a great selection of tea from all over the world, including rooibos, mate, matcha and chai blends. They also have a huge choice of tea accessories and fine stationary goods.
And to help you make the best choice, the teas are displayed with open samples, so you can see and smell them!
The tea assortment of this shop in Charlottenburg is for sure one of the biggest in Berlin. They offer all kinds of Asian tea, from Japan, China and India (check their impressive list here!), stored in beautiful metallic canisters, and also lovely tea accessories, like porcelain tea cups and kettles.
And, as the name implies, you can also enjoy one of their infinite options in one of the tables spread around the shop.
If you would like to have a tea experience in quirky West Berlin-style, King’s Teagarden is for you. A classic in Ku’damm, this shop provides Berliners the finest teas for more than 30 years.
All varieties of tea are offered in bulk. Don’t be afraid to ask everything you have always wanted to know about tea: the owner will kindly explain all the details on how to make the perfect tea bowl!
Following the motto “drink global, brew local”, this small shop, hidden in a courtyard at Paul-Lincke-Ufer in Kreuzberg, makes amazing cold, fresh and raw tea beverages, including kombucha in three different flavors.
They are only open from Thursday to Saturday, between 12h and 18h, but you can find their products in other shops, organic groceries and cafés throughout Berlin. Check their “Where to find” interactive map here.
This little shop in Prenzlauer Berg aims to show the richness of the yerba mate, offering the herb in bottled drinks, raw and even as an ingredient for skincare products.
Awesome Berlin also has an extensive list of recommendations for coffee lovers!
This article was written by Domingos Lepores and edited by Tulio Edreira.