I love this place! They are passionate about their tea, and it shows. The selection is impressive and the space is lovely. Go there if you are in the area!
Although I no longer live in Philadelphia, this remains my favorite tea shop in America. The atmosphere is perfect, the space is curated to allow you completely relax and feel instantly at home. The selection is excellent, the staff is helpful and knowledgeable, and there is always something new brewing.
Great ambiance and they even served me a pi lo chun on a full bamboo tea tray with a gaiwan, cooling pitcher, and tasting cups. A cast iron tea kettle was presented with a little tea light underneath. It was very impressive.
My only knock on them is the tea selection. Far too many flavored teas and not enough oolongs.
As far as I know, it’s the best tea room in Philly.
The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop Review
On June 28 there was a deal on buywithme.com to purchase $5 and get $10 worth of Tea OR $13 for a 20 minute Aromatherapy Massage ($26 value) at The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop (therandomtearoom.com). I bought one of each.
The teashop is located 713 North 4th Street, Philadelphia PA 19123
On July 24th MilitiaJim and I went for some tea and snacks before going to Dorian’s Parlor (). We had also wanted to redeem the massage certificate but the masseuse was unavailable that day.
The place itself is a tiny thing, with a bar counter, and random furniture and art. A bit like dropping into the mad hatter’s grandmother’s place for tea. There was china and random interesting things all around. We ordered genmaicha and selected a pound cake and scone from the side table (serve yourself) for snacks. The tea came out in a glass teapot with two nice pottery cups. The place was not full but did have other customers the entire time we were there.
The genmaicha smelled seaweed, earthy
The taste was rice, vegetal and felt a little gritty, not in a bad way but textured and not silky butter
The after taste was like toasted rice
It had a medium body
The color was a translucent yellow-green
Yelp.com has some great pictures: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-random-tea-room-and-curiosity-shop-philadelphia
Saturday July 31 MilitiaJim went back for his massage; it was an inverted massage, where you are on an incline, on your back where you feet are at the higher angle. It was interesting and relaxing but took some getting used to. He would get it again in addition to a normal massage but it is not a substitute. He also got a chai tea with his massage! After reading all the yelp reviews I wish I tried the chai, I’ll need to go back now.
I love this place. Walking my dog in the morning in the Northern Liberties section of Philly, I discovered a small shoppe, filled with all things tea. I felt the beginnings of an enthusiasm coming on and grabbed the “tea menu.” Spiced assam, I decided it would be. My first small brown bag of tea leaves would be spiced assam.
Then, a few days later, I returned to the small store with the small sign hanging nonchalantly above the door. It felt more like walking into the rabbit hole, magical.
I love this place and now, apparently, I love teas. Vanilla Honeybush is my latest pleasure…make the trip, it’s worth it.