Sure, Vienna might have one of the strongest coffee cultures in the world, but if you think that means tea is treated like a second-class citizen, you've clearly been huffing some loose leaf. There are plenty of teahouses across the city that will surprise and excite tea-thusiasts. Whether you're after a traditional English experience with cups of Earl Grey or prefer a matcha latte with a dash of meditation, we've found nine of the best tea experiences Vienna has to offer.

Sir Harly's Tea

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Top hats, petticoats, taking a turn around the room: all elements of a good Jane Austen novel. Feel at home in the Regency era at Sir Harly’s Tea, hidden away in the Raimundhof, where you’ll find more than 150 types of tea including English as well as herbal and matcha. But, of course, the real treat here is the afternoon tea, served between 4 and 5 p.m. Sitting at a low tea table, you’ll indulge in tea and scones as well as cucumber, salmon and egg sandwiches. Simply smashing. 

Where: Mariahilferstraße 44/45, Raimundhof, 1060, Vienna
When: Mon.-Weds. & Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  
More info: 660 7771999; harly-tea.at

 

Süssi Salon de Thè

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If you’re less Elizabeth and more Marie Antoinette, to be honest, then French tea salon Süssi in the 4th is, er, just your cup of the good stuff. The intimate space is filled with chandeliers, sumptuous tablecloths, velvet wallpaper and bone china. Order a black tea with a dash of milk and then check the menu for the fresh tart or quiche of the day to accompany. We hate to state the obvious, but Süssi also offers colorful macarons.
Where: Operngasse 30, 1040, Vienna
When: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 1-9 p.m.
More info: 699 12590464; suessi.at

 

Teenorissimo

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Former ballerina Sandy and her husband run this delightful first-floor teahouse in Hietzing where tea is revered as much as their first love: opera. Every blend at Teenorissimo is named after well-known opera characters. The Madame Butterfly, for example, is an aromatic green tea with a mild taste and almost no bitterness; Otello is a blend of rooibos, coconut chips, ginger pieces, cinnamon, apple bits, cardamom, black pepper and almond flakes. All teas, from whites to oolongs to herbal, can be enjoyed in store or taken home to achieve #hyggegoals. 
 
Where: Wittegasse 2, 1130, Vienna
When: Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
More info: 676 6463703; teenorissimo.eu
 
 

Artee

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Speaking of hygge, there is nothing more comforting than a tea ritual. For that, Asian teahouse Artee will educate you in both Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies. Sign up for a workshop and you’ll learn the ins and outs of these spiritual practices. During the next one (February 5 at 7:30 a.m.), called the Gong Fu Cha morning tea ceremony, every single aspect of tea preparation (from the water you use to the accessories) is thoughtful and intentional. 
 
Where: Siebensterngasse 4, 1070, Vienna
When: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: +43 1 5240166; artee.at
 
 

Cha No Ma

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There are two reasons to visit this authentic Japanese teahouse, and only one of them is tea. But let’s begin with the vast selection of Japanese green tea at Cha No Ma: You’ll find different varieties, mixtures and matcha variations. The latte is lovingly prepared and you can taste the difference. The second reason to visit is for the sweet and savory Japanese snacks on offer. The crowd favorite is onigiri, white rice formed into triangles and filled with all types of savory fillings. Or try the dorayaki, small sweet pancakes filled with azuki red bean, vanilla cream or chestnuts.
 
Where: Faulmanngasse 7, 1040, Vienna 
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
More info: +43 1 5879406; chanomavienna.at
 
 

Hotel Bristol

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Winter might be a pain most of the time, but when you sink into a sofa beside a roaring fire at Bristol Lounge, you’ll be grateful for the season. Warm up even more by ordering the afternoon tea featuring traditional English delicacies like scones with clotted cream and jam. Herbivores, join the party with the vegan afternoon tea menu that includes a donut of radishes, strawberries, chickpea and pumpernickel; fruity couscous cakes with red onion jam; and almond cream scones with a delicate apricot and strawberry jam. 
 
Where: Kärntner Ring 1, 1010, Vienna
When: Daily, 7 a.m.-midnight
More info: +43 1 51516553;  bristol-lounge.at
 
 

Haas & Haas

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Spoil yourself and your wanderlust at Haas & Haas. Afternoon tea is served Monday to Friday at 3 p.m., when you can choose between British, Russian, East Frisian and Moroccan tea traditions, including the treats that are commonly paired with them. The A La Menthe menu, inspired by Morocco, includes green mint tea and is served with rolls filled with fresh sheep's cheese, mint and olives as well as marzipan-filled "gazelle horn" cookies with orange blossom water. For a real St. Petersburg welcome, the Russian tea ceremony served with blinis ends with a shot of vodka. Because of course. 
 
Where: Schubertring 5-7, 1010, Vienna
When: Afternoon tea, Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m. 
More info: +43 1 5129770; haas-haas.at
 
 
 

Melounge Lobby Lounge

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Elegance abounds in the Ritz-Carlton's lobby lounge for the daily afternoon tea, called Tea & the City. Not only does this afternoon tea menu offer a wide selection of specialty teas, but it also has some of the most divine scones this side of the Thames. Try the cranberry blue cheese scones, or spread your buttermilk scones with a strawberry-and-pepper jam.    
 
Where: Stephansplatz 4, 1010, Vienna
When: Daily, 2-6 p.m.
More info: +43 1 31188150; ritzcarlton.com
 
 

Demmers Teehaus

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Finally, no list of teahouses in Vienna would be complete without the city's premier purveyor of all things tea, Demmers. Since its humble beginnings with one shop in the 1st district in 1981, Demmers has expanded all over the world. At the flagship store, you’ll find more than 300 types of loose-leaf teas, blends and tea bags as well accessories. After you’ve stocked up on your favorites, check in to the upstairs tea room for dessert. 
 
Where: Mölker Bastei 5, 1010, Vienna
When: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
More info: +43 1 5335995; tee.at

Stergios Prapas

Stergios is an art collector, an investor, an entrepreneur and a father of a beautiful daughter. He's also a freeletics freak and a lover of good food and great wines.