Where: Washington, D.C.
Tea Selection: 20+ loose leaf teas
Teatimes: Daily, 2:30 to 5
Reservations: Walk-ins welcome
Cost: $25 Indian Afternoon Tea; $25 Japanese Afternoon Tea; $25 Moroccan Afternoon Tea
Destination Tea Tips: Come hungry for this hot meal. Select a table in the spacious lower level for teatime by the indoor koi pond. And consider going with at least two friends to give you an excuse to sample all three menus.
Destination Tea Notes: At Teaism Penn Quarter (one of three sister locations around DC), we step outside the British-style afternoon tea box and (for the first time) step up to a counter to pick up our afternoon tea trays. We love the way Teaism combines a casual, non-fussy vibe with a serious foodie dedication to their totally homemade, international afternoon tea menus. We order an Indian and Japanese afternoon tea, select our teas, go to our table, wait less than ten minutes, and tadum! Our full order is up. It feels like being called up to receive a prize, “show them what they’ve won…” and the kids’ eyes grow large with awe as they discover the treats on each tray. Here’s another great choice for groups of women and men, who will definitely walk away sated by these generously portioned meals, which require fork and knife. After falling in love with our tasty teas, we decide a visit is in order to Teaism’s tea shop next door, where the staff is some of the most knowledgeable we’ve yet to experience. They expertly guide us to three teas new to us, while our 9-year-old reviewer already knows she wants to use her spending money for her own bag of Teaism’s Organic Chai (#raisingtealovers). We recommend any adventurous DC tea tour include stops to Teaism’s restaurant — for its multinational cuisine — and tea shop — to broaden your tea palate.