What’s more relaxing than indulging in a delicious cup of tea? Drinking tea in an amazing place, of course!
Imagine enjoying your tea in an adorable stone-cottage tea house tucked away in a secluded area, with beautiful nature just outside your window. Inside this dream location, you can find plush and comfortable couches and armchairs and shelves full of classic books. Meanwhile, you’re serenaded with the gentle sounds of tea brewing, birds chirping, and the water running in a nearby water fountain.
Feel relaxed yet?
Believe it or not, locations like this actually exist around the world — they offer amazing tea and an unforgettable experience. Where are these places? Read on to find out.
- The Bat’s Wing Tea Room
It should come as no surprise that the United Kingdom is home to some of the oldest and most interesting tearooms in the world. The Bat’s Wing Tea Room is one of these amazing spots located in the United Kingdom’s Godshill, Isle of Wight.
It’s a historic 16th century tearoom that’s a sight to behold — it looks more like a cottage than a commercial tearoom. It’s right off a main road with gardens and quaint shops nearby. (They also sell hand-made lace, adding to the historic feeling.)
- Fort Mackinac Tea Room
Mackinac Island is located at the tip of Michigan in Lake Huron and the island is home to Fort Mackinac, which housed soldiers in the 1780s.
The Fort Mackinac Tea Room sits over the edge of the historic Grand Hotel. If you want to relax while sipping on your tea and having lunch, this is a remarkable place you need to see — the views from the patio are amazing and feature lush trees, green grounds, historic buildings, and a breathtaking view of the harbor.
- Mary Eats Cake
Mary Eats Cake, previosly known as Impala and Peacock is located in Melbourne, Australia, and is considered one of the top teahouses in the world. The ambiance is old fashioned, yet high-end and glamorous, with a cozy feel — it’s a fantastic place to catch up with friends and enjoy their wide array of cupcakes and pastries.
They even have tea tastings! This place is a tea-lover’s dream and, if you’re planning a trip “Down Under,” you might want to add it to your list.
In Japan, tea is practically an art form. (In fact, Japan is known to have tea ceremonies to showcase the tea-making procedures for matcha green tea.) At Happo-En, meaning “garden of eight views,” you can walk in the garden and enjoy the natural views of Edo Japan. The colors of the trees in the spring are astounding and the nearby stream creates an enchanting ambiance that visitors adore.
Also, their teahouse is traditional, complete with service on floor mats. They even offer packages to walk through the garden, have lunch, and witness an authentic tea ceremony. They do require reservations ahead of time, so plan accordingly.
- Le Meurice
Although Paris is perhaps better known for its outdoor cafés and coffee, it’s home to some of the most beautiful tearooms in the world.
Within the five-star hotel, Le Meurice, lies Restaurant Le Dai, which serves afternoon tea. It’s an elegant environment with large historical paintings, a beautiful ceiling mural, and gorgeous lighting. The hotel even calls the interior “quirky” because of its unique designs, which include canvas drawings on the back of the chairs. Next time you’re in France, stop here to relax and enjoy an amazing pairing of afternoon tea and delicious French pastries.
Relaxing at Home
Fortunately, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own town! Amazing teahouses are more common than you think and you might be able to plan a tea-inspired escape in your local area.
And if not, head outside or go to your favorite room, pour yourself a cup, sit back, and relax with your favorite tea.