The coffee-drinking western world needs more eastern tea houses. Steep is a wonderfully contemporary yet authentic Taiwanese tea experience. As in, you sit in a well-curated aesthetically muted space, waiting for your water to boil to the perfect temperature in a beautifully minimalist Fellow electric gooseneck kettle, and brew your loose leaf tea in traditional clay tea pots and sip from delicate tea cups. Like your cool cousin took over your uncle’s coffee table tea set.
Founded in 2019 by two tea lovers from Chinese and Taiwanese backgrounds, Steep is their vision for a modern tea house, a place for people to slow down and appreciate tea in a bright, airy space. They have a curated selection of Chinese and Taiwanese teas, fresh brewed and cold brewed options, a seasonal light food menu that should not be slept on, and a cute little retail corner featuring products by local artists and pretty tea ware. Tucked away in the corner of a quiet (for now) shopping center with a sunny courtyard, Steep makes for a peaceful escape.
Go here for: sit down Chinese style casual tea ceremony, a light bite, to replenish your tea stash
Order this: steeped tea (kung fu style) – go for an oolong or black tea, chicken rice, or a small bite
Amount of time to spend: an hour or two for some slow tea time, or just stopping by to grab something to go
When to come: weekdays for a tea time treat, evenings for drinks
Parking: there is a paid lot adjacent to the plaza, or there is metered parking along Broadway (just triple check parking signs, there’s no parking during rush hour)
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Last visited: October 2021
Last updated: December 2021