Spilling the tea

Tea experiences steeped in tradition and modern takes on classic brews — downtown has plenty of options for grabbing a cuppa.

TSUJIRI (Pictured)
The Japanese tea ceremony is about more than simply drinking tea – it’s about hospitality, taking a break from the fast-paced world, and pouring your heart into the preparation. TSUJIRI balances the tradition of preparing matcha with modern favourites like floats, shaved ice, and soft ice cream. Try pairing a hot cup of Hojicha with a daifuku or have a slice of yuzu cheesecake with an O-Matcha black sesame latte. 10173 109 Street

Tee Pee Treats
For tantalizing teas you can take home to steep, head to Tee Pee Treats at  CO*LAB – Community {Arts} Laboratory. All of the tea blends are made and packaged locally with many of the ingredients hand-picked. Pair a package of tea with one of their contemporary Indigenous dishes like bannock pizza pops or bannock burgers. 9641 102A Ave

Fairmont Edmonton
Feel like getting fancy? There’s no finer high tea experience than the Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Edmonton. Every Saturday & Sunday, you can sip exquisite loose-leaf teas in the luxurious Harvest Room while dining on a selection of delectable finger sandwiches and pastries served on a three-tiered stand. Pinkies up, it’s time to get dainty. 10065 100 St

Remedy Café
Find an antidote for the mundane at Edmonton’s own Remedy. Do your chai lattes feel like they’re missing something? Try the Kashmiri Chai garnished with crushed pistachios and rose petals. Feeling blue? Try the Ocean Fog butterfly pea latte with lavender. With over 90 types of teas served hot or cold, Remedy will have the cure for whatever you’re craving.  10279 Jasper Ave OR 10104 103 Ave (inside Bell Tower)

Russian Tea Room
Fancy having some fun with your cup of tea? Try the tasseography, or tea leaf reading, at Russian Tea Room, one of Edmonton Dowtown’s oldest businesses. The tea readers have over a decade of experience and continue to shock guests with astounding accuracy. Have a taste of tasseography and you might be surprised. Psychic consultations are available in English, French, Croatian, Serbian, and Russian. 10312 Jasper Ave

Distemperance Saskatoon Earl Grey Teatotaller at AGA
100% Edmonton-made Token Bitters is in the tea-loving scene with Distemperance Saskatoon Earl Grey Lavender Teatotaller. Sweetened with beet sugar, this luscious pour is perfect for a patio visit on a hot summer day. Simply pour it over ice and sip the notes of black tea, bergamot, lavender, and orange blossom. Find it downtown at the AGA gift shop. 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square