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15 Divine Places to Sip Tea in Austin

Seek out warming cups of hot water and crushed leaves

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A tea flight at the Steeping Room
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(Relatively) cooler temperatures means it’s time to warm up with hot tea. Whether you’re looking for a classy afternoon tea service with dainty sandwiches and scones or just a really good cup to go along with breakfast, lunch, or dinner, let Eater guide you to the best tea Austin has to offer.

Enjoy elegant tea services from the Driskill Hotel, opt for standalone cups from spots like Josephine House, find real mint tea at Flying Carpet, explore the array from Buddhist temple Xiang Yun, Britain-obsessed cafe Full English, British-inspired bakery Brentwood Social House, and much more. This update includes meringue-obsessed patisserie Fluff Meringues.

For more caffeine needs, check out Eater's guide to the best coffee shops, cafes with Wi-Fi, and matcha spots.

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Xiang Yun Tea Room

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Within the Xiang Yun Temple is the Buddhist temple’s tea room, where the vegetarian lunch is served with green and fruit tea.

Tea and food at Xiang Yun Tea Room
Tea and food at Xiang Yun Tea Room
Reid H./Yelp

Tea Haus

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It's in the name: the cafe offers up an array of hot teas like vanilla mint chai and camomile, alongside strawberry brick toast and basil chicken in a cozy setting.

Tea Haus
Tea Haus
Thao N./Yelp

Brentwood Social House

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Zhi Tea is on the table over at cafe Brentwood Social House, which pairs perfectly with British and French pastries. The European-inspired cafe also offers afternoon tea services complete with pots, savory and sweet items, and appropriate tablecloths and tableware.

Brentwood Social House’s baked array
Brentwood Social House’s baked and tea array
Brentwood Social House [Official]

Fluff Meringues & More

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The meringue-based patisserie imports its various teas from London’s Tea Palace. There are also two different afternoon tea options, a limited one with scones, clotted creams, jams, and pastries, and the second with cheese and charcuterie.

A tart and tea from Fluff Meringues
A tart and tea from Fluff Meringues
Fluff Meringues/Facebook

The Steeping Room

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While also providing teas to Austin restaurants, the Steeping Room also operates a brick-and-mortar tea restaurant. The various services include the Zen Tea, which comes with Napa rolls, edamame, and matcha-covered brownies with pots of chai, and the Kasbash Express with hummus, feta, and more. Plus, you can bring home some tea.

Tea at the Steeping Room
Tea at the Steeping Room
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Hotel Ella

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Elegant West Campus Hotel Ella serves up weekend afternoon teas. There are Zhi Teas, along with sandwiches, pastries, and sweets. Reservations must be placed 48 hours in advance.

Josephine House

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The stylish cafe offers a larger selection of Steeping Room Teas, including rooibos chai, Moroccan mint, and lemon-vanilla white.

Josephine House
Josephine House
Bertrand C./Yelp

Wu Chow

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The pots of tea available from Wu Chow include chrysanthemum, oolong, and pu’er, for dim sum.

Tea at Wu Chow
Tea at Wu Chow
Christine W./Yelp

The Driskill

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Feel fancy with the historic hotel’s afternoon tea service, which comes with tiny sandwiches, desserts, and scones.

Tea service at Driskill
Tea service at Driskill
Driskill/Facebook

Zhi Tea

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Another well-known tea purveyor, Zhi Tea’s shop (in a new location) offers up tea pots, sandwiches, snacks, and free Wi-Fi.

Koriente Restaurant

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The cozy Korean restaurant’s tea array includes cups of hot teas from black to herbal.

A meal at Koriente
A meal at Koriente
Jin C./Yelp

Elizabeth St. Café

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The international options on Elizabeth Street Cafe’s tea menu includes the jasmine pearl from Fujian, China, and black tea with from Vietnam.

Tea service at Elizabeth Street Cafe
Tea service at Elizabeth Street Cafe
Ann Marie N./Yelp

Kendra Scott Flagship

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The cafe within local jewelry shop Kendra Scott’s flagship store offers a reservations-only high tea service on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s served in a pretty gold filigree tea set exclusive to the store, plus there’s biscuits, tea sandwiches, pastries, and optional champagne.

Tea service at Kendra Scott
Tea service at Kendra Scott
Chris Lammert

Full English Cafe

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Immerse in a full-on British experience with Full English, with teas and all sorts of dishes from across the pond. High tea includes tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets, and all sorts of steeped drinks. Note: the high tea service needs to be booked a day in advance.

The tea setup at Full English
The tea setup at Full English
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Guan Yin Tea House

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Run by So-Han Fan of West China Tea Company and Christopher Caballero of SMteaX, Guan Yin Tea House is where he hosts community tea tastings where guests learn about the different types and sources of the leaves. There’s a focus on Chinese teas and the practice of gongfu cha, a specific way of preparing and presenting teas.

Teas from Guan Yin Tea House
Teas from Guan Yin Tea House
Guan Yin Tea House/Facebook

Xiang Yun Tea Room

Tea and food at Xiang Yun Tea Room
Tea and food at Xiang Yun Tea Room
Reid H./Yelp

Within the Xiang Yun Temple is the Buddhist temple’s tea room, where the vegetarian lunch is served with green and fruit tea.

Tea and food at Xiang Yun Tea Room
Tea and food at Xiang Yun Tea Room
Reid H./Yelp

Tea Haus

Tea Haus
Tea Haus
Thao N./Yelp

It's in the name: the cafe offers up an array of hot teas like vanilla mint chai and camomile, alongside strawberry brick toast and basil chicken in a cozy setting.

Tea Haus
Tea Haus
Thao N./Yelp

Brentwood Social House

Brentwood Social House’s baked array
Brentwood Social House’s baked and tea array
Brentwood Social House [Official]

Zhi Tea is on the table over at cafe Brentwood Social House, which pairs perfectly with British and French pastries. The European-inspired cafe also offers afternoon tea services complete with pots, savory and sweet items, and appropriate tablecloths and tableware.

Brentwood Social House’s baked array
Brentwood Social House’s baked and tea array
Brentwood Social House [Official]

Fluff Meringues & More

A tart and tea from Fluff Meringues
A tart and tea from Fluff Meringues
Fluff Meringues/Facebook

The meringue-based patisserie imports its various teas from London’s Tea Palace. There are also two different afternoon tea options, a limited one with scones, clotted creams, jams, and pastries, and the second with cheese and charcuterie.

A tart and tea from Fluff Meringues
A tart and tea from Fluff Meringues
Fluff Meringues/Facebook

The Steeping Room

Tea at the Steeping Room
Tea at the Steeping Room
The Steeping Room/Facebook

While also providing teas to Austin restaurants, the Steeping Room also operates a brick-and-mortar tea restaurant. The various services include the Zen Tea, which comes with Napa rolls, edamame, and matcha-covered brownies with pots of chai, and the Kasbash Express with hummus, feta, and more. Plus, you can bring home some tea.

Tea at the Steeping Room
Tea at the Steeping Room
The Steeping Room/Facebook

Hotel Ella

Elegant West Campus Hotel Ella serves up weekend afternoon teas. There are Zhi Teas, along with sandwiches, pastries, and sweets. Reservations must be placed 48 hours in advance.

Josephine House

Josephine House
Josephine House
Bertrand C./Yelp

The stylish cafe offers a larger selection of Steeping Room Teas, including rooibos chai, Moroccan mint, and lemon-vanilla white.

Josephine House
Josephine House
Bertrand C./Yelp

Wu Chow

Tea at Wu Chow
Tea at Wu Chow
Christine W./Yelp

The pots of tea available from Wu Chow include chrysanthemum, oolong, and pu’er, for dim sum.

Tea at Wu Chow
Tea at Wu Chow
Christine W./Yelp

The Driskill

Tea service at Driskill
Tea service at Driskill
Driskill/Facebook

Feel fancy with the historic hotel’s afternoon tea service, which comes with tiny sandwiches, desserts, and scones.

Tea service at Driskill
Tea service at Driskill
Driskill/Facebook

Zhi Tea

Another well-known tea purveyor, Zhi Tea’s shop (in a new location) offers up tea pots, sandwiches, snacks, and free Wi-Fi.

Koriente Restaurant

A meal at Koriente
A meal at Koriente
Jin C./Yelp

The cozy Korean restaurant’s tea array includes cups of hot teas from black to herbal.

A meal at Koriente
A meal at Koriente
Jin C./Yelp

Elizabeth St. Café

Tea service at Elizabeth Street Cafe
Tea service at Elizabeth Street Cafe
Ann Marie N./Yelp

The international options on Elizabeth Street Cafe’s tea menu includes the jasmine pearl from Fujian, China, and black tea with from Vietnam.

Tea service at Elizabeth Street Cafe
Tea service at Elizabeth Street Cafe
Ann Marie N./Yelp

Kendra Scott Flagship

Tea service at Kendra Scott
Tea service at Kendra Scott
Chris Lammert

The cafe within local jewelry shop Kendra Scott’s flagship store offers a reservations-only high tea service on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s served in a pretty gold filigree tea set exclusive to the store, plus there’s biscuits, tea sandwiches, pastries, and optional champagne.

Tea service at Kendra Scott
Tea service at Kendra Scott
Chris Lammert

Full English Cafe