Can’t We Just Get Oolong? Tasty Tea in Woodland Hills

If there’s one activity Southern Californians are indulgent in, it’s wine-tasting; after all, with so many wineries and great places to sip within the L.A. city limits alone, it’s no wonder some across the globe call California the wine capital of the West. The same can be said for beer and breweries, considering the robust craft beer culture and plethora of local breweries that, for many, define the consummate Los Angeles lifestyle.

But imagine a place beyond wine and beer tasting…where a tea-sampling experience that sweeps you beyond the quasi-typical microwaved cup of Lipton and Netflix marathon awaits to introduce you to the exotic side of the classic beverage. Sound unimaginable? The following Woodland Hills shops prove that the UK isn’t the only locale in the world that knows the ins and outs of tasty teas.

DAVIDsTEA is the brainchild of David Segal and his cousin Herschel, both of whom shared a vision of providing great tea served in a friendly environment in the form of colorful, modern stores. What began in Toronto, Canada in 2008 has become a sweeping network of locations across Canada and the United States, encompassing an experience that offers 150 types of teas including exclusive blends, limited edition seasonal collections, traditional “straight” teas and exotic infusions from around the globe – to say nothing of the largest collection of organic teas and infusions in all of North America. DAVIDsTEA’s L.A. location is situated at 6316 Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

High Tea Cottage serves high tea, afternoon tea and luncheon in an elegant setting, with reservations required at this out-of-the-ordinary Los Angeles favorite. If you love afternoon tea – notably high tea – and view the experience as one of the most pleasurable pastimes an individual can indulge in, you will adore the formalities and rituals of tea time at High Tea Cottage. With an elegant format, the art of “grand tea” is expressed here, infused with local cultural flair and fare; this is only one of the myriad of reasons High Tea Cottage requires reservations and cannot guarantee walk-in availability. This unique tea experience can be had by visiting 21938 Costanso Street in Woodland Hills.

Barista Society, established in 2013, has become Woodland Hills’ newest specialty coffee shop, serving delicious specialty coffees, teas, hot breakfast sandwiches and pastries from Donut Snob. The shop’s skilled baristas ensure each customer enjoys an incredible beverage that will resonate throughout the work day, so if you’re a coffee or tea aficionado, this is definitely the spot for you…a place that’s “always serving good energy.” Barista Society’s newest location is centrally situated at the trendy Village at Westfield, after having gained a loyal following of coffee and tea fanatics with its first location at the U.S. Bank Tower in the financial district in 2013. Stop by today and try some of the Valley’s best-tasting teas while mingling with the friendly baristas. Barista Society’s Woodland Hills location is situated at 6220 Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

Leo & Lily was established in 2011 with the goal of providing each customer with a gourmet dining experience in a casual, inviting environment. Here, European and Mediterranean flavors fuse to create healthy, unique and delicious dishes – but the restaurant has also become a favorite for Woodland Hills-based tea aficionados, who routinely return for Leo & Lily’s selection of hot and iced variants. No matter if it’s food or beverage, though, this L.A. staple uses only the finest ingredients and makes everything from scratch in the freshest way possible. What’s more, its owners work closely with local farmers to ensure customers enjoy their meals and beverages with only the highest-quality ingredients. Leo & Lily is located at 22420 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and its Woodland Hills location joins a legacy of the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the United States, continuing to connect loyal customers with carefully handcrafted products. Delivering the look, taste and aroma of the world’s best coffees and teas is what The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf does best, and every sip takes you to the corners of the Earth where each flavor was cultivated. Company reps work directly with tea growers in rich, fertile regions like Sri Lanka, Kenya, China, Japan, Thailand and India in handcrafting varieties of tea that meet exacting specifications; the result is a standard of quality, taste and heritage that you’re sure to enjoy when sampling the very best whole-leaf teas and drinks available anywhere. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Woodland Hills location is situated at 21851 Ventura Boulevard.

As an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia, tea has become the most widely-consumed drink in the world. When you’re ready to experience the many different types of tea, with their cooling, slightly bitter, sweet, nutty, floral or grassy notes, look no further than the Woodland Hills shops highlighted above.