Posted by: Lauren | May 11, 2012

Washington, D.C. Visit – and Tea Shop Stops, of course

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Washington, D.C. It was a great city, and I had a fantastic time exploring the city, food and a lot of the museums. And, of course, no trip is complete for me without visiting some tea shops!

My first tea shop visit was at Teaism, a fantastic little restaurant. The website describe it as:  “A collection of Asian-inspired teahouses that infuse the cultures of tea and the ideals of teaism with the informality and casualness of America. A collection of critically acclaimed restaurants that produce simple foods from the cuisines of tea, Bento boxes from Japan, curries from Thailand, and tandoor breads from India.”

Boy, was the place hopping! It was great. I was in a bit of a rush, so I didn’t get to stay around for too long. I tried a salty oat cookie, which was FANTASTIC. (So good that I’ve even tried to replicate the cookie recipe at home). I also had a green mint iced tea, which was delicious (and they offer free refills – awesome!). If you live in D.C. and haven’t checked this place out, I highly recommend it! I can’t vouch for the meals, but I did hear that they are great. There’s a nice selection of loose tea as well.

On my way to Teaism, I spotted Capital Teas. Wow, these fifth generation tea merchants have an amazing selection of loose tea! I was in heaven – and the store smelled AWESOME (as most tea shops do). I picked up some flavoured Yerba Mate, which I haven’t tried yet, so stay tuned for my review!

I also left the store realizing that I had missed out on the Pear au Chocolat blend, so I found the Bethesda location the next day to buy some more tea. This green tea is great! While I didn’t notice much on the chocolate flavour, the blend is still delicious if even for the distinct pear taste.

Overall, a great trip to D.C. and I’m glad to see that loose leaf tea has sprung in popularity in the city!


  1. Sounds delicious!

  2. You’ll have to check it out and try it 😉

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