Cosmic Reflections (Lan Su Garden)
Traditional Chinese Teahouse at
Lan Su Chinese Garden
The teahouse in the Tower of Cosmic Reflections at Lan Su Chinese Garden gives visitors the opportunity to sit, relax, and enjoy tea and food while gazing into this beautiful and special garden. Operated by us since the year 2000, the teahouse is a great place to learn about Chinese tea culture, and to enjoy the serenity, beauty and symbolism of Lan Su.
Garden admission applies. Lan Su Chinese Garden members receive 10% off in the Teahouse. Visit www.lansugarden.com for more information on garden admission and membership.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is open to visitors seven days a week, year-round, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
October 15 – April 14: 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
April 15 – October 14: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
239 NW Everett Street,
at the corner of Northwest 3rd and Everett
Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures. Built by Chinese artisans from our sister city Suzhou (home of China’s famous ancient gardens), it is the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. While touring the garden, the Tao of Tea teahouse is found in the “Tower of Cosmic Reflections.” It is a traditional Chinese teahouse serving a variety of teas and snacks.
Visit our teahouse to see the current selection of teas.
Dumplings, buns, noodles, moon cakes and more can be enjoyed daily with our specialty teas.
Q: Do you need to pay the Garden admission fee to be able to come into the teahouse for tea?
A: Yes, the teahouse is situated inside of the Lan Su Chinese Garden. The teahouse is open during Garden hours, and all customers must first pay admission to the garden.
An annual membership is available through the Garden for people who would like to come regularly. http://www.lansugarden.org/tickets-membership/buy-membership/
Q: Why do you close earlier than the garden?
A: The garden and the teahouse share the same entrance so in order for the garden to close up, the teahouse must be empty. The teahouse stops seating half an hour prior to the garden’s closing time. This gives customers time to finish their tea and snacks and make their way out of the garden.
Q: Do you have tea ceremonies?
A: Guests can choose to have their teas served in single-serving styles or ceremony styles. Ceremony-style teas begin at $6 per person.
Q: How much time should we spend in the teahouse?
A: Customers are encouraged to plan and stay for at least 45 minutes in order to have enough to time to the enjoy our teas and snacks. Customers who are planning on ordering tea flights or larger meals should plan to stay longer.
Q: Can we share a pot of tea?
A: We offer a wide range of Chinese teas, brewed and served in traditional Chinese styles. Teas at the teahouse are served individually or as ceremonies. The prices begin at $4 per person.
Q: Tea tasting?
A: For guests who would like to sample a variety of teas, we also serve “tea flights.” Flights include three to five kinds of tea in ceremony style and are priced from $20 to $35 for two people.
Q: Can we eat lunch there?
A: Traditional light meals and snacks are available throughout the day. Snacks and light meals include: steamed dumplings, Chinese rice noodles, turnip cakes, tea eggs, and daikon salad, as well as five kinds of mooncakes and three kinds of cookies. Snacks and light meals are priced from $2 to $10.
Q: Do we need to make a reservation?
A: We do not take reservations for small parties during the week and we are unable to accommodate reservations on the weekends. If the teahouse is busy, we will provide a waitlist.
Q: Group reservation?
A: Reservations can be made for groups of 10 or more on weekdays only between 10am and 11am. We have a minimum set fee per person for group reservations, which includes traditional Chinese tea service and complimentary light snacks. Please note that the prices do not include admission to the Garden, which is required to access the teahouse.
If you are interested in a group visit to the teahouse, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Private event?
A: The second story of the Teahouse is available for private rental, 2 hour minimum, 25 people maximum, on weekdays only (no weekends), September through May. Please contact email@example.com for further information.