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Yumchaa

Restaurants, Cafés Brick Lane
3 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)
Yumchaa

Time Out says

This Brick Lane branch is the newest kid on the block from Yumchaa – a small group of cafés specialising in tea. Yumchaa began life as a market stall at sites across London and now boasts six bricks-and-mortar spots around the capital.

More than 40 loose-leaf tea blends are available to drink in (and to buy and take home), with options ranging from black, white and green tea to matcha, rooibos and tisanes. They're served alongside locally roasted coffee, pastries, sandwiches, muffins and salads, as well as tea accessories to purchase from the shop.  

Yumchaa says
Fuel your market adventures in Brick Lane and Spitalfields with a spot of afternoon tea at this quirky cafe. On a mission to 'free your tea',

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Address: 137 Brick Lane
London
E1 6SB
Opening hours: 8am-8pm
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Users say (14)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:3
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Tastemaker

Yum Cha is an amazing place for unique tea flavors and nice vibes. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is really nice. It’s the place you want to catch up with your friends over a nice cup of tea and maybe some cake - because these go together! You can also buy tea for your home and some tea-related “gadgets”. I have been there also for a workshop and I loved it.

tastemaker

I had a really nice time with my friend last week in this little tea place. I work in the area but I never tried it before, I will definitively go again. The only thing I would recommend them to improve is the service. 

tastemaker

I went to an event hosted at Yumchaa. I love the location but that was where the love ended. I walked in a bit late for the event and was greeted by a cold barista. I asked if I could have a coffee and she said sure and take a seat. After about 20mins I thought where is my coffee? I went to ask her and with a horrible tone she pointed to the coffee at the end of the bench and said it's been sitting there for you. How was I supposed to know this? I just drank it (Cold and All) because,  to be honest, she scared me. I was not impressed and I won't return. 

tastemaker

When I visited this branch for an event the member of staff serving was unfortunately really unhelpful and miserable. There is a vast range of teas on offer and you can smell a lot of the tea leaves to help you make a decision. I tried the strawberry and kiwi blend. Unfortunately I seemed to struggle with the teapot. It leaked everywhere when I poured it and I thought it was due to a crack in the teapot so I got a new one but the exact same thing happened! Everyone else seemed to manage it fine so maybe it was just me but honestly it was enough to put me off going again! The little bit I did get in the cup was good though!

tastemaker

Unfortunately the brick lane shop doesn't live up to the branches in central London. The atmosphere was a bit poor and definitely don't get the matcha late, as it's just full of milk and no matcha

Tastemakertastemaker

Cute little shop with a great tea selection.  You can have either cold or hot options.  I went in on a night where there was a rather large group and as they are a small place it seemed as though the staff were a bit overwhelmed as they were knowledgeable but not the most friendly and gave the impression they were just trying to get through the group of people.


It is a nice refuge from the busyness of brick lane though - and it certainly has some delish teas! If you get a chance, try their Goodge St branch as well

tastemaker

I went for an embroidery class which was hosted at Yumchaa on Brick lane. It was the perfect place for the event as it's quaint and cosy.

I managed to try the strawberry and kiwi tea which was delicious and also a chai-inspried cinnamon flavoured white tea that I took home with me. I think I would visit again to try the other tea flavours especially after being informed that there was apparently a colour changing tea.

The only negative was the lady behind the counter. She wasn't the most helpful - there was no 'service with a smile'. I think I'll try one of the other branches next time!


I am a coffee person, big time, but coming to Yumchaa for a craft class, I decided to give tea a chance for once. I was pleasantly surprised, Yumchaa has more than 50 different teas on offer and the two that I tasted were delicious and very original. The venue itself is charming and feels very comfy, a good place to sit for a few hours and to enjoy the surroundings. One low point: the lady at the till didn't give me any advice on which tea to try although I was clearly struggling, maybe something to improve in the future. 

tastemaker

I am not usually a massive fan of tea places but this little tea shop is just the best. 
First of all the staff is adorable and will not judge or laugh at you if you're an absolute tea idiot, like me... 

You have plenty of little tester pots where you can smell the flavour and the lady behind the counter seem to be more than happy to guide you and give you advices.

Definitely a place I'd recommend on Brick Lane!

tastemaker

I visited Yumchaa for a craft class. The tea - while tasty - was not served with a smile. The lady behind the counter wasn't rude, but wasn't particularly polite either. Other members of staff towards the end of the night were much friendlier - maybe they should switch their front of house staff around? Despite this the tea was delicious - as was the white tea blend I took home with me!

Tastemaker

I work near the Tottenham Court Road Yumchaa and frequent it when I am feeling like a tea instead of a coffee. This is a new branch in Brick Lane and I liked the feel of it right away. It's very different form TCR or the Soho one as this felt more modern. I had my favourite which is Chili Bang Bang, it never disappoints and has a nice warmth to it. I was there in the evening for an event which fit the group perfectly. I have to say, the member of staff who made my tea was gruff and made me feel unwelcome and like an idiot for not knowing what I wanted. I would have liked to try something new but she was not helpful and rude. The second member of staff, which I met at the end of the event was lovely. Brick Lane is full of culinary adventures, but if it's tea you're after, give them a try.

Tastemaker

I only got to sample the tea here, but am now thoroughly addicted as the two flavours I tried were really delicious. I don't think I'll be in a rush to go back to the cafe specifically, as I tend to be a bit of a coffee drinker when I am out, but if I want a chance and I am in the area I'll certainly bear it in mind for a stop-off. I am now, officially, a customer and will be buying their teas from now on. 


I'm afraid we had a really bad experience here. Very aggressive service.

I would recommend you seek out some of the really terrific alternatives on Brick Lane.

Until they improve their customer service - not worth going to!

tastemaker

Being a complete novice when it comes to all things tea, I was quite intimidated by Yumchaa and walked past once before deciding to embrace the embarrassment and step inside. 

Right at the entrance is a counter filled with little pots of herbal teas, each comprising Yumchaa concoctions of edible flowers, dried fruit, spices and leaves. If I hadn't felt awkward before this point, a new flash of panic struck my heart. Fortunately, I was wearing my big girl pants and when the extremely helpful barista greeted me, I asked for advice. Referencing my limited knowledge ("I like breakfast tea"), he kindly found me a suitable blend to try called 'A Walk in the Woods'. I asked if I'd need milk to which he found a solution where I could try it both ways and decide for myself.

Reassured that I was going to make it through this tea-drinking experience in a positive way, I indulged in some lunch too: croque monsieur and carrot cake. Both were delicious and the tea was delightful.

I shared a table with a couple of folks who I learned worked at Yumchaa and they were incredibly friendly and explained a bit more about Yumchaa which was interesting to hear and made for good company. All in all a good experience and will easily brave another visit soon.

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