About Us

Established in 1945 Larry's Loose Leaf Tea Shop has become a favorite hangout for gourmet tea connoisseurs, poets, writers, or anyone who enjoys a great, healthy beverage. We offer free wireless Internet, Friday night poetry slams, and Saturday night live folk and jazz. Larry's Loose Leaf Tea is a proud recipient of numerous awards and widespread recognition, including Best Tea Shop in Orlando 2002-2008 (Metro News Daily) Best of the Best in Downtown, 2007, and Orlando's Favorite Hangout (Voted on by the readers of Orlando Magazine three years running). We proudly support the Orlando's Children's Fund and are proud members of the Chamber of Commerce. And of course, we are extremely eco-friendly.

With Bosa Nova flair, Larry's Loose Leaf Tea Shop cleverly bends post modern and vintage styles to create a comfortable spot that welcomes beat poets and business people alike. Our visitors come for exceptional blended tea drinks and friendly surroundings. Come, relax, and stay a while at Larry's Loose Leaf Tea Shop.

Owner and master coffee roaster Larry Pumperknickle opened Larry's in 1945, after visiting friends in the college town of Elm Lakes, in Northern Florida. He loved the late night tea houses; with their eclectic mix of people, the uplifting aroma of fresh tea leaves, and comfortable surroundings. Larry realized that Downtown Orlando lacked a real tea house. So, he sold his car, took his savings, and purchased a historic, brick wall former drug store location to open up the love of his life and his daily hang out, Larry's Loose Leaf Tea Shop. In fact, Larrry's tea shop was the beginning of the resurgence of downtown's nightlife. People now had a reason to come downtown again! Inspired by Larry's warmth and delicious tea offerings, patrons became family. Patrons began donating furniture, art, and even helped build the small stage that would serve as a showcase for local talent. Considering Larry's love of jazz, and folk music, it was natural that he invited local artists to perform at the tea house. Several local poets approached Larry and asked if he would host poetry readings. His answer was an enthusiastic, "Yes" Now, Larry's is attracting a large crowd on Friday nights. Definitely one of Orlando's most unique nights.

But, more than atmosphere, great music, and cozy comforts, Larry's has always been about the drinks. From freshly brewed fair-trade teas, to the finest imported Chinese white teas, Larry's creates every drink with love and attention.



Open everyday from 6:30am to 8:00

 

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