on Friday, April 19, 2019
Tea Cellar, photo courtesy of Tea Cellar, Cedar Falls
We often talk about our coffee shops, but we can’t neglect how popular tea has become. The Cedar Valley reflects this resurgence in our joy of tea at cafes, retail shops, cafes and events.
In the Cedar Valley, you’ll find tea shops serving tea as it’s meant to be served, in a tea pot and china cups, along with tasty treats to enjoy. The Tea Cellar and Laughing Tree Café are truly your tea advisors.
209 State Street, Cedar Falls
Open Monday-Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (open until 7:00 pm on Thursdays)
The Tea Cellar has a selection of white, black, rooibus, green and herbal teas as well as a selection of sweets that change daily. The Tea Cellar believes in the tea experience and the desire to unwind and set electronic devices aside to enjoy tea in a cup and saucer. Paired with a pastry and served on a tray, you'll enjoy a cup of tea steeped to perfection (they'll even give you a timer to be sure). Want to enjoy their tea from afar? Visit their online shop, order their teascription (monthly delivery) or visit the Cedar Falls Hy-Vee where you’ll find a broad selection of their teas.
Laughing Tree Cafe
225 Commercial Street, Waterloo
Open Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Located inside the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Laughing Tree Café offers sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. But they may be best known for their tea. More than 30 different kinds of loose leaf tea are available. Laughing Tree can hold private tea parties and explain the nuances of tea as well as the best methods for steeping a perfect cup. It’s about the experience of tea
In the case of the Tea Cellar and Laughing Tree Café, they’re active in the community and often plan special, tea events. It could be a tea party or special tasting. Watch their websites and Facebook pages for upcoming events.
Laughing Tree Tea Cafe, photo courtesy of Laughing Tree Tea Cafe, Waterloo
5725 University Avenue, Suite A, Cedar Falls
Open Monday-Wednesday and Friday –Sunday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
One of newest tea shops is a bubble tea shop called PearlTea. What is bubble tea? It’s iced tea made with sweetened milk (and additional flavorings) and sweet “pearls” made from tapioca. PearlTea specialized in making bubble tea and offers lattes, smoothies and other seasonal drinks.
The Tea Cellar, Laughing Tree Tea Cafe and the Grout Museum also offer tea parties during the year. In May, the Grout Museum will host a tea party at the Snowden House in Waterloo.
- May 11, 2019
Mother's Day Tea Party
Celebrate mom with a low tea and learn about hobbies women enjoyed during the Victorian era.
You’ll also find a selection of teas at Kitchen Essentials in the Cedar Falls Downtown District. They have kitchen tools and supplies as well as tea pots and accessories.
Want to find more Things to Do, Places to Eat & Drink and Places to Stay while you’re in Cedar Falls? Visit or call the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 800-845-1955 or at 6510 Hudson Road. The visitor center is open seven days a week.
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Pastries at the Tea Cellar, Cedar Falls
Updated from original post on 4/24/18
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