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Our story

Our journey started in 1990 as a tea room near the corner of La Cienga and 3rd in LA.


Over 30 years ago our founders Devan and Reena Shah brought their knowledge and expertise on tea to the city of Los Angeles. While Devan focused on importing the best teas from around the world, Reena turned her attention to our tea rooms. Bringing the class and decadence of Afternoon tea to the masses.

Our founders not only expanded tea culture in Los Angeles, they helped create the tea culture of Los Angeles. Since then, Chado has continued to educate and delight the city of Angels with its vast array of teas from all over the globe.

A Brief History

  • 1990 the beginning

    Chado Tea Room was founded, the first store was located on the iconic 3rd Street in Los Angeles across from the Beverly Center.

  • 1992 the aquisition

    Chado was acquired by Devan & Reena Shah. Reena ran the stores while Devan imported and exported teas from around the world to keep the store’s supply filled with new and different teas.

  • 1993 another location

    Devan & Reena Shah open a 2nd location down the street in the famous Los Angeles Farmer’s Market located next to CBS studios.

  • 2000 bigger & Better

    Chado closes the Farmer’s Market stall to make way for a bigger and better location.

  • 2002 the expansion

    Chado Tea Room expands to Old Town Pasadena on Raymond, right off of the main street, Colorado Blvd. Pasadena is known for the Rose Bowl which houses the annual USC vs. UCLA Football Game.

  • 2008 Little Tokyo

    Chado Tea Room adds another location in the heart of Little Tokyo, located in the Japanese American National Museum.

  • 2011 la Tea festival

    In June of this year Hollywood Chado opened its doors. The first Los Angeles Tea Festival was held in August, this took place outside of the Little Tokyo tea room.

  • 2012 the best is yet to come

    In February of this year our Chado Hollywood location moved closer to the stars. Located right outside the historic doors of the Dolby theater, where the Oscars are held every year. In August the store that started it all, the 3rd Street location closed its doors. But the best was yet to come.

  • 2017 our largest store opens

    Chado opens their largest store to date in the Torrance/South Bay area. With an extensive collection of tea accessories alongside the immense tea collection, this location is truly a tea connoisseur's heaven.


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