Are you a tea lover in a country of coffee lovers? Do you ever say “let’s grab a cup of tea” instead of a cup of coffee and are met with perplexed, bewildered looks? Well, fear not—you are not alone in your love for tea in Logan Square. While there are plenty of remarkable coffee shops in Logan Square, Logan Square is home to a plethora of wonderful tea options as well. Based off of my experiences as a tea lover, I have compiled a list of my favorite tea spots in the Logan Square area, which are all vegan-friendly. Some of these might be obvious, while others might be more hidden gems.
Tea Bar by Easthill (1816 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
While Tea Bar is on the outer edges of Logan Square close to Bucktown, it’s worth the extra miles out of the center. There is an actual tea bar you can sit at with bright wood and plants hanging in the background. If you’d like more privacy, you could sit in the back in the midst of unique art. They have a great selection of tea from China, Taiwan and Japan that are authentic and undiluted with sugar. More specifically, they have black tea, green tea, and white tea.
The Jasmine Pearl is a favorite of mine as it has an aromatic flowery taste. They use the real tea leaves and make sure that the tea is steeped to perfection. An added bonus is that they also have delightful teapots. The service was great as well; they are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they have. You can also reserve a tea tasting with the founder and owner, Keqi Meng, where you will not only taste teas from all over East Asia but you will also get to learn about the rich history and traditions surrounding these authentic teas.
Chiya Chai (2770 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
This is clearly an obvious tea gem of Logan Square. If you are a chai fanatic like I am, you will definitely appreciate the wide variety of options for chai here. Chiya Chai is a Nepalese-Indian cafe that also has a special room in the back for a more relaxed dining experience. Their cafe area is bright and has an open industrial feel. With over 15 chai options to choose from, you won’t be underwhelmed. My favorites are the Spicy Cardamom, Spicy Masala and Fresh Turmeric Curry. They are robust flavors with traditionally spicy ingredients that give the Chai a remarkable kick. If you’re looking for something sweeter, try the Caramel Sea Salt Chai, which is a nice complement to a Spicy Masala Chai if you’re sharing it with another person. And with this heat, all the drinks can be iced to refresh your body and soul. On top of all of this chai, they also have boozy Chai cocktails, which is a great deal during their Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Passion House Coffee Roasters (2631 N. Kenzie Ave.)
As a newer addition to Logan Square, Passion House Coffee Roasters does not disappoint. Located in the former Bow Truss Coffee Roasters space, Passion House has a minimal aesthetic with hip and trendy plant decor. They have a small counter area to sit at along with a medium-sized backroom and a small outdoor patio area that can finally be utilized. Passion House provides artisanal coffee and remarkable loose-leaf hot tea and sparkling iced tea with a sprinkling of baked goods.
They put as much effort into their tea as they do their coffee. They have authentic, loose-leaf black tea, green tea, herbal tea, and white tea with incredibly complex flavors. Their sparkling white tea tastes as clear as it looks and is extremely refreshing while basking in the sunlight. Their black tea has a slight smokey flavor that adds to its intensity and is reminiscent of a smoky Russian tea. If you are looking for a unique tea experience in a hip space that isn’t too crowded with excellent music ranging from Against All Logic to My Bloody Valentine, Passion House is the place to be.
Colectivo Coffee (2261 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
A treasure of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Colectivo Coffee has finally come to Chicagoland with another location in Lincoln Park. Located at the bottom of the MiCA apartments, Colectivo is colorful and bright with a window to gaze out at and a more private area to do work at with fewer distractions in the back. They also have a lovely patio with plenty of bright furniture to enjoy the impending summer and spring. While they are known for their robust coffee and delicious sweet and savory food options, Colectivo has plenty of tea options. Their Masala Chai has a perfect balance of sweet and spicy to give you a bit of a jolt in the day without feeling overwhelmed and jittery. I’ve been drinking this Chai for 12 years so Colectivo is definitely a go-to Chai place.
Maybe you’re looking for something more refreshing and less spicy? They also have a lovely Iced Sportea to give you a natural energy boost. It will be a perfect accompaniment to an almond croissant on a summer morning as you’re sitting on the patio. The Sportea tastes like a fusion of a black and green tea with a hint of lemon. Colectivo also has a wide assortment of Letterbox Tea if you’re wanting a cozy, hot tea without the milk.
Same Day Cafe (2651 N. Kedzie Ave.)
Same Day Cafe is a picturesque, relaxed cafe in the heart of Logan Square. Its sign and exterior are unassuming but their food and beverages are everything but. It’s a smaller cafe with a wonderful collection of records and natural light. There are some cute plants on the wall, but it’s not overdone. It feels unadorned with sparks of a rustic ambiance. While Same Day is known for their killer gourmet grilled cheese, they also have a wide assortment of beverages ranging from homemade sodas to Chai. While they don’t have loose-leaf tea, they do have a decent collection of finer bagged tea. The Apple Chai is a lovely balance of spicy and sweet flavors. They also have Green Tea with Cherry Blossom and a Peach Rooibos tea if you’re looking for something with less caffeine. They have a really tasty Horchata, which is perfect for drinking outside on their patio in the summer, or now. It’s not too sweet and has a really great balance of flavors with a nice cinnamon kick to it.