406 Brook Street, Providence
Tucked away from bustling Thayer Street, Ceremony offers a reprieve from the everyday, in more ways than one. Especially popular among students (the prestigious Brown University is within walking distance), the minimally decorated café and tea house feels like a canvas upon entry, where the bold and colorful lattes are the art.
Owner Michelle Cheng opened the original Ceremony café in 2019 to huge success. Assistant Manager Amelie Zhou first fell in love with Ceremony as a patron of their Thayer Street location. “I wasn’t really looking for a job, but I found Ceremony and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to work here immediately!’” Because of its quick popularity, Cheng moved the business to a new, bigger location and expanded Ceremony’s offerings to include coffee, espresso, sake and more.
All tea used at Ceremony is sourced directly from farmers in China, Japan and Taiwan and are all organic and handmade. You can even experience an authentic tea ceremony by booking the private tasting room that accommodates groups as big as six. During the ceremony, tea is steeped at least six times to taste different portfolios, and every steep is at a different temperature and ratio. Best of all, each tea is paired with a snack.
Before you go, don’t forget to peek at the well-stocked retail section full of treats from tea brewing kits to mochi ice cream and even beautiful hand-painted pottery.
Our suggestion: Add a matcha, espresso or strawberry-flavored teddy bear onto any iced drink (try the perfectly purple ube latte) for the sweetest little photogenic addition.
Thanks for spending a moment with us at Ceremony! Which of their treats would you like to try?
Featured image: Top your iced drink with an adorable (and yummy) matcha teddy at Ceremony.