How I heard of this place: When I first moved to Seattle, a new and soon-to-be good friend of mine wanted to show me around town, and some of his favorite cafes. We made our way to the ID, the historic and picturesque Panama Hotel and I was hooked!
Type of cuisine: “The Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee House, a visual feast, serves grilled Panini sandwiches and fresh pastries.” Known for the plethora of unique and aromatic loose-leaf teas, the cozy, amber-toned space is inviting, spacious and warm.
Ambiance: “While the palate enticing aromas quench your hunger your eyes may wander to the pictorial museum adorning the walls, or linger on the beautifully preserved original wood flooring.”
What I ordered: A pit-stop in our day of sightseeing to show off my favorite city, cafe by cafe, I left the choosing up to my sister.
We delighted in the fragrance and soon indulged in the steeped comfort of our Tangerine-Ginger infusion pot for two ($11.28).
What I loved: Everything from the quirks of entry, to the calming ambiance, from the history captured in photographs lining the brick walls, to the soothing infusions consumed give life to the Tea House.
Why I loved it: See above. There is little wrong with this Tea House, and everything right about it.
Cost: Average to high ($3 – $12 per cup or pot to share)