An invigorating way to start the morning. A welcome pick-me-up on a long afternoon. And a social beverage, shared with friends. Tea is an integral part of cultures all around the world – from the UK, to Greece, Japan, China and further afield! We’ve put together the best 11 places in Berlin for a brew, no matter whether you fancy a laid-back cup and biscuit or a sophisticated high tea experience.
Tip 1: Enjoy a taste of Tajikistan at Die Tadshikische Teestube
The Kunsthof, a historic courtyard in the heart of Berlin, is home to an array of galleries and artists’ studios – as well as a little corner of Tajikistan. No detail has been spared in conjuring up its immersive atmosphere, be it the hand-cut sandalwood columns or the fact that the chairs around each indoor table have been replaced with the traditional cushions. The same level of dedication applies to their teas: each entry on their lengthy list (and, of course, their menu of delicious Tajik dishes) is carefully prepared to the Teestube’s exacting requirements!
Where: Die Tadshikische Teestube, Oranienburger Straße 27, Mitte
Tip 2: Trust the experts at Tee Tea Thé
With no fewer than three tea boutiques across Berlin, Tee Tea Thé are true experts in all things brewed, steeped and infused. Put their wide range of Ronnefeldt teas through its paces in their tearoom, accompanied by Tee Tea Thé’s freshly baked scones. A delicacy served with traditional strawberry jam, exotic ginger preserve or warming plum & cinnamon jam – not to mention their homemade clotted cream!
Where: Tee Tea Thé, Goltzstraße 2, Schöneberg
Tip 3: Take part in a tea ceremony at Chén Chè Teehaus Berlin
Chén Chè, meaning ‘bowl of goodness’ provides a restorative oasis in the heart of Berlin. Offering a wide range of Eastern teas and tempting home-cooked Vietnamese delicacies, it’s ideal for a moment of calm in the middle of the day. And if you’re interested in experiencing Vietnamese tea customs for yourself, you can even book a special traditional tea ceremony!
Where: Chén Chè Teehaus, Rosenthaler Straße 13, Mitte
Tip 4: Dive into the world of green tea at MAMECHA
MAMECHA Green Tea Café offers an amazing array of Japanese green teas, with some names you might recognise (like sencha) and some you might not (like genmaicha). If you fancy something cool and refreshing instead, their menu also offers a wide range of cold beverages, such as a chilled mugicha green tea. And if you’re just not a green tea fan, rest assured you’ll still be able to enjoy a brew – with fresh infusions of mint, lemongrass or ginger.
Where: MAMECHA, Mulackstraße 33, Mitte
Tip 5: Sip in style at Regent Berlin
Tucked away within the five-star Regent Berlin hotel, the Tea and Lobby Lounge offers a refined tea-drinking experience. Its marble floors, crystal chandeliers and opulent oil paintings make it the perfect place to indulge in an elegant afternoon tea with miniature cakes and finger sandwiches. Not forgetting, of course, scones with jam and cream!
Where: Regent Berlin, Charlottenstraße 49, Mitte
Tip 6: Enjoy an alfresco cuppa at the Teehaus im Englischen Garten
Nestled amid Berlin’s English Garden, the Teehaus im Englischen Garten is surrounded by lush green lawns and stunning landscapes. This hidden gem boasts a laid-back atmosphere, deliciously crispy apple strudel – and an unexpectedly long list of teas, available either by the pot or by the mug. The perfect spot for a catch-up with friends or for simply sitting and enjoying the view!
Where: Teehaus im Englischen Garten, Altonaerstraße 2, Schöneberg
Tip 7: Go global at the Chinesisches Teehaus & The Cottage in the Gardens of the World
Berlin’s Gardens of the World are home to two cafés specialising in tea – albeit in very different ways. The Cottage focuses on the British teatime tradition, offering everything from full-blown afternoon tea to a delicious slice of triple chocolate shortbread (all washed down with a cup of English Breakfast, of course!). The Chinesisches Teehaus, conversely, offers more than 30 rare Chinese teas – and if you can’t whittle it down to just one, you can pick a trio to enjoy during a tea tasting. There’s no doubt about it: tea is a truly global beverage!
Where: Gardens of the World, Blumberger Damm 44, Marzahn
Tip 8: Hark back to a bygone era at Berliner Teesalon
A shop and café in one, Berliner Teesalon will immediately leave you feeling nostalgic. As you walk in, you’ll see scores of huge metal tea urns behind the wooden counter – and the old-fashioned weighing scale used to portion them out. Specialising in unflavoured teas from Asia, almost everything in the shop is available to enjoy in their cosy café area. And with various sweet treats on offer, too, it’s the perfect place to escape the modern world for an hour or two.
Where: Berliner Teesalon, Stuttgarter Platz 15, Charlottenburg
Tip 9: Have a Hellenic experience at TEE·SALON·IKI
The wittily named TEE·SALON·IKI (say it out loud!) sources its delicious products directly from small-scale producers in Greece. With unique herbal teas, including sweet wormwood and common mugwort, on offer, it’s perfect for committed tea drinkers looking to try something new. And if a trip to TEE·SALON·IKI has got you dreaming of warm Mediterranean shores, you can bring a taste of Greece home with you, in the form of some honey or olive oil from its shop.
Where: TEE·SALON·IKI, Böckhstraße 50, Kreuzberg
Tip 10: Live the life of luxury at the Ritz Carlton
The Ritz Carlton hotel chain is synonymous with luxury – and its Berlin outpost is no different. While you’re free to simply order a cup of whichever tea you fancy from their lounge menu, their lavish afternoon tea is where the Ritz Carlton Berlin really shines. Featuring a selection of bite-size sweet and savoury delicacies, you can even add a glass of English sparkling wine for an extra little treat!
Where: Ritz Carlton, Potsdamerplatz 3, Mitte
Tip 11: Embrace modernity at Wilde Mathilde
When you cross a bar, a tearoom and a restaurant with tons of vibrant, colourful flair, you get Wilde Mathilde! It’s the perfect spot for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up of tea and cake – with everything handmade in house. And if you can’t decide between the airy macaroons or the classic black forest gateau, opt for an étagère: Wilde Mathilde’s lavish tower of delicious petit fours!
When: Wilde Mathilde, Rathausstraße 23, Mitte