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The Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee House

Map & Directions 605 1/2 S. Main St.
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Coffeehouse
  • Sun 9am-8pm, Mon-Sat 8am-10pm
  • MasterCard, Visa
  • Free Wifi
  • Lunch
  • None
  • Not Necessary, Accepted
  • Street


Seattle Weekly's Description

This old rooming house, once home to Japanese immigrant families before they were snatched away for World War II internment, is now a hotel, tea shop, and museum. The eclectic tea selection includes different teas from China, Japan, India, and Sri Lanka, along with the usual teahouse staples. Try the pale, smooth jade oolong, or the smoky, complex lapsang-souchong. And on a weekend tour, you'll be let into the basement itself, which stores the belongings Seattle's Japanese families had to leave behind. Bring a camera, in the best Japanese tradition, and be a good tourist.

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  • Richard W. on 12/18/09

    This place is a historical landmark. Go in just to peer down through the floor at the storage room where many Japanese families stored their belongings during the internment (WWII).And coffee is good

  • Eric T. on 11/16/10

    The Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee in Japantown's historic Panama Hotel offers a range of black, green and herb teas in a relaxed space that acknowledges the contextual past of the hotel's location.

  • Joe H. on 04/04/10

    Excellent tea selection and they are open everyday until 9pm. Their wifi is very flakey though.

  • Kirill Z. on 04/18/14

    Wonderful quiet place to chat, read a book, or maybe to even write one :) wifi is total shit though :D

  • Vivian N. on 12/12/13

    Matcha latte is always a sure bet.

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