Where to Find Tea in Portland

Boba, Loose-Leaf, and More
February 29, 2024
Enjoy a high tea service with a modern twist at Abigail Hall. (Abigail Hall)
Whether it's a steaming mug of Earl Grey or a refreshing boba beverage, tea serves as a panacea for seemingly any problem. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, we've compiled this list of some of our favorite destinations in town to grab some tea, from distinguished loose-leaf blends to sugary iced concoctions. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Boba Milk List
Boba Milk sets itself apart from the rest of the bubble tea pack with its cold-brewed teas, made without artificial flavors or powders. Flavors include classic Ceylon black tea, jasmine, Vietnamese coffee, matcha, cacao, and chai, and there's chrysanthemum milk tea and golden milk tea for those abstaining from caffeine.

Bubble N Tea List
In addition to classic milk tea flavors and seasonal specials like honey lavender and strawberry matcha, this Beaverton spot offers frosty smoothies in flavors like coconut and Thai tea.

Ding Tea
Fans love this Taiwanese tea chain for its high quality teas and fresh ingredients, with flavors like Hokkaido black tea, passionfruit Yakult, and kumquat. The "Monster Boba Latte" (brown sugar and milk topped with foam) is a customer favorite.
Boise, Lents, PSU

Fat Straw List
Vegans need not be left out at this cozy cafe, which has been open since 2005 and offers plant-based milk tea made with coconut milk as well as flavored iced teas, smoothies, and espresso smoothies.

Owners Stacy Kwong and Beyah del Mundo's self-described "friendly neighborhood queer boba bar" started out as the world's first self-serve boba truck in Los Angeles and now operates two outposts in Portland and Beaverton. Choose from exquisite flavors like "The Girlfriend" (jasmine green milk tea with whipped matcha foam) and "Know Your Roots" (taro root, purple yam, and almond milk), plus beverages topped with ice cream. (Note that the "mini" downtown location carries a limited selection.)
Downtown, Beaverton

Royaltea Portland List
Fresh fruit is the star at this international cheese tea chain, which serves flavors like fresh taro, red dragon strawberry, tropical fruit, and honeydew.

Tea Bar List
You'll find a range of high-quality teas made with A-grade tapioca pearls and served in mason jars at this popular local shop founded by Portland native Erica Indira Swanson.
Pearl District

Tiki Tea List
Only premium ingredients are used at this small locally owned shop, from house-steeped teas and house-made syrups to fresh fruit, milk, and cream. Go classic with a flavor like Ceylon or matcha, or try one of the rotating specials.
Alberta Arts District

Yoonique Tea List
True to its name, this cafe offers one-of-a-kind flavors like "golden lava milk" (sweet salted egg yolk with fresh milk), "Duricado" (an avocado and durian smoothie with toasted coconut and almond toppings), and "Rosy Cheezy" (white rose oolong iced tea with lychee jam and salted cheese foam).


Abigail Hall List
Abigail Hall's weekend "royal high tea" isn't your grandmother's fuddy-duddy tea service—they describe it as "a little bit classic, and a little bit saucy, just like the women who continue to inspire us." The experience includes a tower of sweet and savory bites, vintage teacups, Smith Teamaker offerings, and tea cocktails. If you're looking to kick it up a notch, add booze pairings and/or CBD beverages.

Emperor Georgiou's Tea Room List
Trekkies, take note—this queer, Black, neurodivergent-owned tea room is named for the Star Trek Terran emperor portrayed by Michelle Yeoh. Owners Wellington and Brendon Georgiou are inspired by the series' utopian vision and attempt to provide a safe space for all and foster an equitable environment for their employees. They offer a wide range of teas, including lavender Earl Grey, masala chai, oolong, and vanilla rooibos, and snacks ranging from vegan ham and cheese sandwiches to pomegranate scones.

Enthea Teahouse List
Located in a cozy converted home, this inclusive tea house hosts traditional gong fu tea ceremonies complemented by a selection vegan snacks—you may also find a smattering of tea pets (small clay figurines) gracing your table. They also host events such as screenings of Miyazaki films and live harp performances.

Fly Awake Tea House List
Tucked away behind She-Bop, this hidden gem offers a diverse range of gorgeous teas, including Chinese varieties and pu-erh cakes, as well as tarot readings.

Portal Tea Company
Formerly known as Tea Chai Té, this longtime local chain operates three locations, including one in a cozy house in the Northwest District and another housed in a converted caboose in Sellwood. The business was the first to bring boba to the Portland area and offers a dizzying array of over 120 teas, including over 20 chai blends, plus nitro teas and kombucha.
Northwest, Sellwood, Eugene

Smith Teamaker
We'd be remiss not to mention this well-known name in Portland tea, known for its blends from the popular "Lord Bergamot" to Rose City genmaicha. Its tasting rooms serve iced drinks, lattes, tea and chocolate flights, and more.
Central Eastside, Nob Hill

The Tao of Tea List
This elegant tea house, which dates back to 1997, is often cited as one of Portland's finest and hosts gong fu tea ceremonies, with dozens of loose-leaf blends to choose from. The food menu features internationally inspired dishes such as paneer, samosas, Chinese dumplings, spanakopita, tamales, and dal and rice.

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