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Steep Yourself In Mexico City’s Underrated Tea Scene

by Lauren Cocking

posted on January 13, 2020

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Mexico City may not feel like the obvious place to enjoy a cup of tea and yet, it’s the perfect place to do so. After all, what better way is there to escape the chaos of the Mexican capital than with a warm cup of chai or a refreshing boba?

It’s unsurprising, then, that a handful of exquisite, purpose-built tea rooms, specialist stores, and tea-championing cafes have sprung up in some of the capital’s coolest neighborhoods. Whether you’re a tea drinking novice or a loose-leaf connoisseur, there’s a Mexico City tea house to suit everyone. Here are five of the best.

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Photo Courtesy: Caravanserai

France may be best known for baguettes and arthouse cinema, but it seems tea is also on the agenda too. At Caravanseraï, an appropriately over-the-top French tea house located in one of La Roma neighborhood’s most opulent-looking buildings, choose from two rooms in which to enjoy your tea. The green teas are spectacular, but if you prefer the sweeter things in life, stick to the chai and pastries.

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While Praga 29 doesn’t specialize solely in tea — in fact, it’s better known for its organic coffee — this gorgeous Art Deco café has a tea lover’s trick up its sleeve: matcha. Enjoy a cup on one of the petite two-seater, street-side tables and accompany it with a flavorsome cake. Alternatively, take the party inside, where the beauty of the Art Deco details — from the stained-glass windows to the tiled bathrooms — really shines.

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Chiapas cooperative coffee, salmon bagel with cream cheese, capers and chives, cheddar swiss brie & cranberry apple sandwich, ham goat cheese roasted tomato & honey sandwich, matcha with coconut milk

Photo Courtesy: Cassa Tassel

Just off one of the main thoroughfares, in the popular Roma Norte neighborhood, sits the unassuming (and tiny) tea shop, Casa Tassel. Everything about the place oozes comforting coziness, from the teapots lining the back wall to the shabby-chic, mismatched furniture. There are only a couple of tables, so browse the extensive menu while you wait to get a seat. Any of the milky chai blends are incredible, although the house special is made with chocolate, cardamom, and black tea.

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Black tea with roses, green sunshine tea with ginseng and ginger, black tea with chocolate and mint, Jocoque cucumber finger sandwiches

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Bubble tea makes for a refreshing twist on a warm cup of chai, perfect for a hot day in Mexico City. And while a few places serve up bubble tea (a.k.a. boba) in the capital, the so-called pioneers of the tapioca trend are Cassava Roots. Head to its Coyoacán branch — the crowd skews younger — and order a silky Royal Milk tea with popping boba. Or, if you’re not sold on the idea of putting exploding balls in your mouth, go for a Fruity Mango tea with guava-flavored jellies.

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Ninja Revitalizing tea, Geisha Coffee Supreme, Sensei Healthy Infusion & Tisane, Popping Boba

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Barrel upon gleaming barrel of tea stare down at you from the floor to ceiling shelves in Tomás Casa Editora de Té in swanky Condesa. Black tea lovers especially will be in for a treat and, while the triple-digit tea selection might seem daunting to the uninitiated, all you have to do is ask and the staff can guide you to your perfect blend.

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Matcha, yerba mate, baked goods

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