Tea Garden

Twin Cities, Minnesota

4.1 / 10 votes

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Bubble tea with soy milk options

Coffee/Tea/Juice

The Tea Garden is a tea and coffee shop which offers bubble tea, coffee, and a quality assortment of teas. They have multiple ways to steep and serve so be specific about how you want your tea whether in a tea pot or simply in a bag. Bubble tea is basically tea, sugar and creamer with your choice of syrup flavor blended with ice or in a latte form and then tapioca pearls are added (or any kind of jelly). They have a food and dessert selection but it varies, some veggie options and vegan cookies.

Added by Dave Rolsky on Jul 20 05 (last updated Feb 5 09)

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Tea Garden has a great atmosphere, parking (which is a rarity in Uptown Minneapolis), free wi-fi and vegan options! Their tea lattes are vegan upon request (replace the lactose-free milk whey product with soy milk) and so delicious! The staff is very understanding and accommodating, so it's one of those places you don't have to feel self-conscious about asking, "is this vegan?" I'm pretty sure I would live here.

One thing -- I didn't know there was a vegan menu until I read here. I wish they made that a little more public and known, but perhaps I just didn't see it.

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I give this place kudos for having a separate vegan menu (albeit only containing drinks, not food) and for having a decent array of loose-leaf teas. I also like that they have pre-packaged vegan cookies (though freshly baked ones are better).

However, I don't like the ambience in there. It's a bit too spartan and unwelcoming, in my view. And it doesn't fall into the hip, retro-modern look, either. It just looks plain, with a slight twinge of grime, the likes that accumulates when tables aren't cleaned off regularly.

Their worst offense, by far, is that they don't have mugs or in-house cups. Everything comes in paper cups, with those cardboard holders, and un-recyclable lids. This is inexcusable given that they're in the eco-mecca of Uptown, and that almost every other independent cafe in the Twin Cities offers re-usable cups and utensils. Tea Garden has a long way to go in terms of being eco-friendly.

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Neighborhood

Uptown

Directions

On the SE corner of 26th and Hennepin.

Non-Smoking

Wheelchair Accessible

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Taiwanese

Features

  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wi-Fi

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Hours

9am - 10pm
9am - 1am
9am - 10pm

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