After water, tea is the second-most commonly consumed beverage in the world.  Loaded with antioxidant polyphenols, which have been demonstrated to possess anti-cancer properties, and containing virtually no calories, tea is as good for you as it is refreshing.  There are many tea houses in Raleigh that offer delicious, high-quality tea and relaxing atmospheres to wind down for a bit during your exploration of the area.

Located in Cameron Village, TeaGschwendner is a global leader in specialty teas.  They carry more than 300 varieties, ranging from simply delicious and inexpensive options to the rarest teas that are grown on the world’s finest estates.  If your timing is right, you’ll get to enjoy one of their many tea tastings during the week and learn while you sip.

Irregardless Café has a fairly large tea list offered all day, so you can “Make any time, tea time.” Their café’s high-quality teas are from places like Sri Lanka, Egypt, China and South Africa and include Oolong, Green, Chai, Rooibos Red and so much more.  Here, you can also grab a delicious bite to eat while you enjoy your tea.

To enjoy your tea in a truly upscale atmosphere, Herons at The Umstead Hotel offers a daily afternoon loose-leaf tea service.  This is the perfect location for a classic tea party or a refreshing afternoon tea break while exploring Cary.

These are just a few of the many tea houses in the area where you can find high-quality tea and the ambiance to match.  Refresh, rejuvenate and relax yourself during your next visit to greater Raleigh by making a stop at one of these inviting alternatives to a coffeehouse experience.