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 Review

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.

Alfred Tea Room Review

Alfred Tea Room Review

Alfred Tea Room Review

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.

Alfred Tea Room Review

Alfred Tea Room Review

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?!).

Alfred Tea Room Review

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!

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Alfred Tea Room

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  1. I just want to tell you how much I adored your review of this! Also, right? Matcha is gross! I try and I try to like it but I just don’t? I keep thinking maybe it hasn’t been made right for me anywhere? Idk but I really and truly thought I was the only one that wasn’t into it.

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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    1. I know! It’s kind of the worst. It’s like you kind of want to go back, but then you kind of don’t haha. Thanks for the comment Joti!

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  2. Lol! It’s so funny you say that about matcha because I feel the exact same way! My Hubby is obsessed with matcha and orders it as a boba drink, macaron flavours, ice cream – everything is matcha match matcha. I just can’t stand the flavour! I don’t even know how to describe it, other than unappealing. I would rather have boba or as we Canadians call “bubble tea” any day! I’ve heard a lot about this tea place but I’m not a huge tea drinker either. I would probably just be going for the photos lol. Did they have boba options that we’re not tea flavoured??

    xoxo Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

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    1. Ewwww hahaha. I could not imagine ordering matcha everything. That sounds so gross! I think all their boba options were teas unfortunately. You can add milk though. So the boba tea I got was a milk rose tea. 🙂

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  3. I haven’t heard about this place but I swear I saw this on instagram the other day, and I don’t mean on your account either! I didn’t know it was a tea place but from the snap it looks hella cute. Shame it’s only tea. I don’t really like tea because it always tastes too “earthy” (that’s a nicer way of describing it than I usually do).

    Sxx
    http://www.daringcoco.com

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    1. They are everywhere on Instagram! Haha. I swear they have the most photographable coffee places around, so you’ve definitely probably seen them. They also have an espresso location just down the street from this place. So check that out instead!

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  4. Beautiful and chilled place to enjoy tea. Although, it’s a shame that they’re a little too expensive the decor is awesome and definitely photo-worthy.

    XoXo Noma

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    1. I hear a lot about it too, so I knew I had to check it out. All the Alfred shops are super cute and are always on Instagram haha.

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  5. You’re too funny, girl, you had me cracking up, lol! Well, I’ve never tried matcha tea, but I’m so scared now because those who hadn’t and recently had a taste, hate it! I don’t like the taste of earth, so I don’t know if I’d order it, I’d probably have a sip of my mom’s, it sounds like something she’d love to drink, she’s into earthy drinks and oils, lol. I appreciate your honest review of the place, you gave us a great idea for what to expect if planning to stop in. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great day!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. I could drink bubble tea every day! Not a super big fan of hot tea, but I do like tea lattes. The pink everywhere is so cute!

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  6. I got super excited when you said this post was about tea. And it’s in LA! I’m headed there next month so I’m definitely checking this place out. Expect some pink pics on my Insta haha! You said the pics didn’t come out well inside, but I thought all your pics looked great here. Do you mean with an iPhone vs. a DSLR?

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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    1. Thank you Yasmin! I can’t wait for you to go! Alfred is such a cute place. I actually just shoot with a little point and shoot digital camera. It’s not the best camera (obviously), but not the worst either. Had I had a DSLR I am sure I could have gotten way more photos on the inside. But when I write I assume I am writing for the average person who just wants a cute shot from their iPhone. If that makes sense haha.

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    1. Haha do you even live in LA kasie? JK JK. 😉 It definitely makes a great photo, but the tea is a bit over priced. Sucks! I really wanted to like all aspects of them.

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  7. I have been wanting to check this place out because of the decor! I know the drink is not going to be that amazing especially for the mediocre reviews on Yelp. I totally LOL’d when you mentioned getting a matcha drink just for photo purposes! hahaha My favorite tea of the moment is from Half & Half. I either get the passion fruit green tea with honey boba or the mango oolong with honey boba. And then I was drinking dairy I used to have Osmanthas Jade Oolong Milk Tea with boba! I totally recommend that one if you’re okay with something a bit more floral!

    ~Crissy
    http://www.whimsicalfawn.com

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    1. The reviews on Yelp totally matched how I felt. It is a bit too expensive for the mediocre tea. I think people just really buy in to them as a lifestyle more so than a coffee/tea shop. I do like floral teas! Usually when I get boba tea I order a peach green tea. It’s my staple! I will totally try some of your suggestions. Thank you! 🙂

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  8. I love cute little places like this! I’ve never had an iced rose tea before, but honestly, it sounds absolutely amazing and I just love the idea so much. 🙂 I really like all kinds of tea, recently I’ve been enjoying this little fudge melt – flavoured green tea and it’s totally amazing. x x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

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