Another day and another go at finding a tea shop for my tea-drinking readers! I’ve known about Alfred Tea Room for some time now and I knew I had to hit it on my second trip to LA this year. Alfred Tea is Conveniently located right down the street from their most well known Alfred Coffee shop. So depending on your mood, they are both in walking distance of each other. One thing’s for sure… There’s no shortage of caffeine and beautiful interiors at Alfred.
Alfred Tea Room is located down a little alleyway that is too picturesque for words. It really is the kind of place to escape all the madness of West Hollywood. Walk down the alley and you’ll notice how much more relaxed life seems. There are a few other shops within the alley, but you cannot miss Alfred with its baby pink decor.
Me and a friend hit up Alfred Tea Room on a Friday afternoon, laptops in hand and ready to ‘work’. How much work actually got done was questionable. We immediately noticed the cute store front and couldn’t wait to see what was inside! Alfred Tea Room loves baby pink and teal green, which was an immediate observation. The space wasn’t too large but cozy enough for a few guests, and the majority of the seating is outside in the alley. They have the cutest little gifts and trinkets too! I bought a mug because I couldn’t help myself. Their tagline? Tea yes, you maybe.
I ordered an iced rose tea with boba, which was really good. Initially I couldn’t decide between the rose tea and the thai tea, but the barista told me everyone loved the rose tea so I went with that one. To be honest the boba could have been a little better. They were a little hard, but the rose tea itself was pretty good. I had a sip of my friend’s matcha tea which was nasty by my standards. Let me say, I am not a fan of matcha, but for the sake of the blog she let me know it was good. All I tasted was ‘earth’, and I doubt that would have made a viable description for a review.
Overall I don’t think we were blown away by either of our drinks. I should note that this place isn’t cheap either. I think it’s around $6 for a boba and they packed mine with ice. So it didn’t really feel worth it to me. I much prefer the authentic places because the boba is much better and cheaper.
I think the best part about visiting Alfred is that it’s a visual experience. Alfred didn’t rise to a brand because they had good coffee, though they wouldn’t really be here with bad coffee either. They’ve become a lifestyle brand and an opportunity for instagrammers and content creators to share their visually appealing elements, whether it be their amazing decor or well designed coffee cups. There’s no shortage of good photos being taken at Alfred Tea Room.
Lighting is tricky here. I would not suggest taking many (if any) photos inside. There is no natural light except for the light that comes through the main entrance. Everything else is artificial. I did manage to grab a few decent photos of a huge palm they have against their famous pink tiled wall inside, however it didn’t turn out too great with the mixing of natural and artificial light. Your best bet is to snag a seat outside and throw your cup against their pink wall (don’t literally throw your cup). If you’re really just in it for the photos, order a matcha iced tea and use that as a contrast against the pink wall. It will really pop and you’ll get a great Instagram photo! Then dump your matcha tea out and order a boba tea. Kiiiiiding (but seriously, how do you guys drink that stuff?!).
All in all, this place is definitely worth a stop if you’re in to tea. Even if you’re not in to tea, there is something here for everyone. Or you can head down the street to Alfred Coffee and grab yourself some espresso. I wish I had the time to test out more drinks. I really wanted to try something hot, like a chai tea latte. Hopefully you get a chance to check this place out if you’re in the area. And it’s okay if you buy the mug. It got me too…
What is everyone’s favorite tea-based drink? Leave a comment below and let’s chat!