And I mean that. I sat outside the back patio and garden area of The Random Tea Room & Curiosity Shop, for a good while. It felt like an hour. Actually it felt like time stood still and I was the only person on Earth, or at least the only person back here.
Philadelphia has always feel full of enchantment and exciting things and places to come across. This shoppe, nestled in the Northern Liberties part of town, ranks right up there with the best of them.
When I walked in I had to explain to Becky, the owner and Birdie who was working the counter about what I was doing. I could’t be inconspicuous in such a cozy space like this. I’m glad I wasn’t. Both could not have been more friendly and accommodating. I took a bunch of photos of all the amazing wonders, artifacts, and teas on the wall.
Yes, I’ve heaped so much praise on this lovely establishment and I’ve yet to get into the teas I sampled.
A the weather continues to be glorious, the House Sencha was recommended. Of course I had it in iced form and as an aside, when I walk into most places for the first time, I usually go for the ‘house” anything or a similar strong recommendation from the staff. It may sound amateur or touristy, but that’s the fun of this.
The honey I tasted from the sencha was incredible. I was also dehydrated so initially I was taking much quicker sips than I should have been. I need to take it easy and walk over to the garden, and that’s where I slowed down.
In between taking a few (well maybe a bunch) of pictures I just sat there. All worries, all fears, all anything seemed to dissolve. This was as relaxing and tranquil as could be. And to say that all thoughts went away would be a falsehood. I mean it did but then other thoughts and feelings presented themselves. Many were positive yet many were contemplative. As long as it’s a place of peace and de-stressing than you’re doing something right. In this busy and hectic way of life many of us live, to find a place to sooth your soul is always welcome. I’d like more please. And then I’d like some more please. And I took my sweet tea time with the sencha and appreciated it that much more.
Speaking of more, after a while, Birdie brought me a sample glass of their Red Berry Mélange. What a joy this was too. It helps that this was free but I would gladly pay for the tallest glass in the place. I love that the synopsis reads good for kids and grown ups alike. I felt like a kid and a grown up all at once while at this shop. I adore this place.
If you believe in positive energy than this is going to be an uplifting and romantic experience. I have romanticized places during my time of blogging and in my personal life for years. I think that’s how it should be done. A place that makes you feel good should be expounded upon as much as possible.
This was my first time, and the first can sometimes me the most memorable. But I sense that a recurring visit will lead to many great memories in the future. This tea room is perfect for solitude or a relaxed time with a love one. Maybe next time I’ll do the latter. But either way you’re going to be good. The staff will take great care of you.
Now here’s all the information you need, from their wonderfully user-friendly website.
Here’s their menu of teas, upcoming events, exhibits, and their menu, which is deliberately limited. I love how they downplay serving food. It really makes them stand out. However, you may have seen a minuscule looking cookie in some of these pics. Yes this is was a magnificent vegan rosemary shortbread cookie. It complemented both of my teas to perfection.
Maybe most of important of all, you can purchase their teas online. This is where things could become habit-forming if their first two teas I tried were any indication.
I love Philadelphia and I adore this shoppe. It’s so approachable and I love the size. It’s so understated, yet overwhelming initially, but oh-so-welcoming. I look forward to be welcomed again soon.