I stopped here while in New York and really enjoyed it! It’s truly a tea drinker’s take on Starbucks, but there’s a niche I’d like to see filled in every city. Their specialty seems to be the frou frou lattes made on a tea base, and the one I had was outstanding. They also had a good supply of loose tea if you’re looking for something a bit more traditional. There was limited indoor seating and it was all occupied. When the weather is nice, there’s also outdoor seating and a nearby park.
I adore Tealuxe. This one is a bit out of the way if you’re visiting Boston proper, but if you happen to make it to Cambridge, it’s an excellent place to stop. It’s a bit more crowded than the Newbury Street shop, and doesn’t have the downstairs cafe, but still has the same great tea selection.
I adore Tealuxe, and go several times every time I make it to Boston. This Tealuxe features a cafe downstairs, and a shop upstairs. The cafe offers a full tea menu as well as food options ranging from sandwiches to desserts. The shop is fairly standard tea ware as well as bulk loose tea and a counter where you can order tea to go. They keep 2 iced on tap each day as well as a few other options such as chai and/or bubble tea. I got one of my favorite teapots there, and could easily loose hours sitting in the cafe sipping cups from a large pot of tea.
Extremely knowledgeable owner. I went in once and said, “I once had a tea that tasted like X and I miss it.” And he found something very very close to what I was remembering. Another time I went in and said I wanted to learn the difference between Japanese and Chinese green teas. He gave a good overview, then sold me several samples of each so I could try them for myself. What keeps me from giving a five star rating? The store is not heavily trafficked, so you’ll often be the only person in there, which can get to be a little bit weird. Also, the teas are stored in clear glass containers, which makes me wonder how long they’ll last. But if you want to learn about tea or talk to someone who knows their stuff, this is a great place to go.