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Townshend’s Alberta Street Teahouse 

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Head towards the restrooms and down the stairs for more space. No music downstairs. Food carts next door and close to several other shops in the Alberta arts district.

This place gets extremely crowded, so if you're not here by 1pm, probably best to wait for another day. They do have a lot of seating though, including the main room, a downstairs basement seating area, a patio outside and a garden seating area in the back. I can usually find a spot, even if it's not the one I want.

The best feature about working from a tea house is that it's usually a lot quieter than a coffee house - no loud machines or baristas knocking the espresso spoon-thing on the counter. Townshend's can get a little loud with conversation, but overall is a great place to work.

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More about this space

CoffeeNone
TeaTownshed's brewed, iced, kombucha, boba
Foodpot pies, bagels, soup, pastries, snacks
Seating Capacity 35+
Outside Seating 12+
Group Space Yes
Types of SeatingSmall tables, Larger tables, Lounge chairs / couches
On the Webwww.townshendstea.com  


Community notes

  • theholla on

    Order a large pot of tea for less than $5 and work for hours! There’s tons of seating upstairs and downstairs (and outside + in the garden when it’s nice out). Great music, ambience, people, tea. My favorite spot in Portland.

  • mnml on

    Lot’s of space both inside and out. Fantastic tea selection!

  • rainacomeshine on

    I love having a large pot and small cup to stretch my time/beverage ratio. Music can be hit or miss (upstairs and down) but staff have quieted downstairs volume on request. Lots of seating variety, but it’s often full so you have to vulture for the spot you want. Couches, bar downstairs and dining-style table downstairs are a good ergonomic fit for shorties like me! Attracts a New Age crowd that loves to hear themselves talk, so volume is often a personal issue 😉

  • Jay R on

    Password update 6/26: teaparty

  • punchingjudy on

    Went with the intention of getting some work done and tried to hide in the basement. Unfortunately, a large group of college students decided to come down there and loudly socialize. Music playing upstairs and down. No coffee. WiFi did work nicely. My pot of tea was good. … But I wouldn’t go here if I needed to work.

  • Josh.wardiniJosh.wardini on

    A zen like environment that yields productivity. Stay upstairs if a light amount of noise is needed to keep energized, head downstairs if complete silence is required for think tank and hard study hours. Wifi password worked perfectly, staff was friendly, and strangers will offer a bit of knowledge when overhearing familiar topics.