Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Perennial Tea Room (2020)

Perennial Tea Room is the oldest tea business in Seattle and has become something of a local institution.  The tea shop, which first opened its doors in 1990, is located in Seattle's world famous Pike Place Market in Post Alley between Stewart and Virginia Streets.  

After nearly 30 years, the original owners decided to take a much-deserved break and sold the business a couple years ago.  The tea shop has changed ownership once more since then.  first wrote about Perennial Tea Room all the way back in 2012 when they hosted a tea blending workshop as part of a series of events leading up to the Northwest Tea Festival.  While I've visited the tea shop many times since that event, I only recently had the opportunity to drop in and see how much, if anything had changed since the new owners took over.

During my visit, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dolan who took over ownership of Perennial Tea Room in April 2019.  Regulars to the tea shop may recognize Dolan from his time working there under the original ownership.  His love for the business and its history is clear and while we may see some new products and services added over time, he plans to keep the original aesthetic and continue stocking those teas that we all know and love.  

The tea shop facade with its ubiquitous teapot sign and the interior layout remain largely unchanged and I felt comfort in that familiarity when I stepped inside.  

To the right you'll find packaged teas ranging from British standards to Northwest favorites, as well as teaware.  

To the left is a broad variety of loose leaf teas, displayed in glass canisters and available for purchase by the ounce.  A selection of teas, hot and cold, are available to sample and most of the teas on display can be prepared to enjoy in-house or to-go.  A few tables line the windows on this side with seating for two at each and there is additional seating at tables outside when the weather is pleasant.

For this visit, I enjoyed Iced Yunnan black tea followed by a cup of Iced Tahitian for the road.

1910 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

9:30am to 6:00pm 

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