There’s something special about drinking well-made tea. It’s the type of beverage that often sparks true appreciation for quality and origins, and it's associated with taking time to enjoy a simple pleasure. If you're looking for a comforting break from the day, these are the best places in Denver for tea enthusiasts to embrace their beloved beverage:
Babe’s Tea Room
2401 15th Street
Babe’s Tea Room is a grown-up tea party come to life. Full-service afternoon tea ($42 per person) includes a variety of classic tea sandwiches such as cucumber and chive cream cheese or vegan chickpea salad along with scones and other sweet treats (including gluten-free and vegan options). You can also stop in anytime to sip on options like matcha or chai lattes, or the Lavender London Fog, which is a blend of Earl Grey, a lavender vanilla housemade simple syrup and the milk of your choice. Evening tea is also available, paired with tiered tapas, charcuterie and salads.
321 17th Street
The Brown Palace has been open since 1892 and is Denver's best-known destinations for afternoon tea, which starts at $50 per person. Traditions are not missed here, with Devonshire cream shipped from England to pair with handmade pastries. A variety of tea choices are available or, for a boozy option, order A Mad Tea Party made with chamomile-infused Tito’s vodka, honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehives, lemon and Chandon Brut.
1450 South Broadway
Capital Tea is a family-owned business that's been open since 2006. It serves more than one hundred types of teas, and its traditional English tea time is served all day ($30 per person; reservations required). It includes unlimited tea, finger sandwiches and desserts, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available for an additional fee. If you're just popping in for a cup, food options include hummus served with flatbread and veggies, soup, salads and sandwiches such as smoked salmon and curry tuna salad.
1700 Platte Street
While there are a growing number of places to get boba, or bubble tea, we love sipping traditional hot Chinese tea at Colorado Tea Station. Originally founded by Jimmy Huang, a tea master from Taiwan, it also serves a wide variety of cold drinks in flavors like rose milk, winter melon and tapioca green.
Ku Cha House of Tea has two locations in Denver — Cherry Creek North and the Denver Pavilions – as well as outposts in Lone Tree, Boulder and Fort Collins. You’ll find more than one hundred tea varieties from China, Japan, India and all over the world. In addition to teas sourced globally, there are unique blends made in-house. Ku Cha also offers classes on teas, tea culture and traditional brewing methods, along with Chinese tea ceremonies.
611 22nd Street
TeaLee’s Tea House is proof that an ideal accompaniment to a hot cup of tea is a good book. Located in Five Points, it doubles as a bookstore and offers specialty loose-leaf teas, which can all be served hot or cold. Along with rotating soups, salads and charcuterie, toasties (sandwiches) are also served, with options that include honey-roasted turkey with Brie, curry egg salad and a loaded grilled cheese made with Colorado cheeses and spicy red-pepper jam.