Seven places for teatime in the Mile High City.
The Earl Grey chai latte from Platform T
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Although Denver’s thriving coffee scene has been widely celebrated, the city is also home to a slew of fantastic tea-centric cafes. Whether tea is your warming beverage of choice or you’re just looking for a break from your standard latte, visit one of these local shops for a quick morning pick-me-up or a relaxing afternoon tea break.
If you’re on the hunt for a traditional cuppa, this 12-year-old Highland establishment is your best bet. The owner hails from the United Kingdom, and she brings an authentic British tea-drinking experience to Denver. Savor your English breakfast tea with a tender, house-made scone slathered in Devonshire cream, or gather a group of friends for the elegant afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches and petits fours. Reservations are recommended for afternoon tea, which is served between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 2401 15th St., 303-455-4832
With more than a hundred blends from around the globe to choose from, the selection at this modern teashop sounds overwhelming—that is, until you take a peek at the neatly organized menu. Platform T divides its loose-leaf varieties into six categories (herbal, spicy, sweet, fruity, tropical, and exotic) so it’s easy for you to find a new favorite. Admire the modern interior while you drink a whole pot or take one of the specialty warm drinks—we love the Earl Grey chai latte (a chai made with milky Earl Grey tea)—to go. 682 S. Colorado Blvd., 303-756-1464; 95 Lincoln St., 303-777-5687
In addition to its 100-plus loose-leaf tea options, this downtown cafe also serves more than 85 different varieties of boba, a Taiwanese milk tea filled with chewy tapioca balls. (Instead of tapioca, you could also add one of six jelly fillings to your drink, which come in flavors like lychee and mango.) If it’s chilly outside, we recommend the warm almond-avocado flavored milk tea. It sounds unusual, but it’s delicious—just try it and you’ll see what we mean.1690 Champa St., 303-627-5468
Since last summer, this Speer cafe has been serving up spicy house-made chai and fresh herbal tea blends in a bright, welcoming space. As the name suggests, the owner mixes up a few particularly tasty teas infused with rose petals. We recommend a refreshing cup of green tea with rose and lavender. 90 Pennsylvania St., 303-593-2119
Crafty tea drinkers, take note: This quirky Tennyson spot is a one-stop shop for both tea and yarn. Stop by for a hot pot of apricot black tea with marigold, stock up on by-the-ounce blends for home brewing, or sign up to take a fiber arts class. This month, Tea for Ewe is offering a three-part beginners’ knitting seminar. 4234 Tennyson St., 303-955-4022
The tea menu at this South Broadway eatery is split into nine categories, from white teas to oolongs to herbal blends. Pair a cup of the top-shelf Darjeeling with a house-made strawberry scone for breakfast, or sip on an iced raspberry-lavender tea with the smoked salmon and cucumber sandwich for lunch. 1450 S. Broadway, 303-777-2255
Whether you’re settling in for a study session or grabbing a quick cup before a hectic workday, this bright little tea shop offers several cozy drink options. Warm up with a Red Rocks latte—a caffeine-free blend of red rooibos tea, steamed milk, and vanilla—or snag a canister of loose-leaf tea to take home with you. 4100 E. 8th Ave., 303-321-0445