Have your tea your way at Serenitea

“I don’t drink coffee, I take tea, my dear,” says the Englishman in New York. Although I’m no Englishman—or Englishwoman, for that matter—I also do prefer tea over coffee. So when I sensed the blogosphere being a-twitter about this little tea house in Greenhills, I immediately went, “Where is this is Serenitea and why haven’t I been there?!”

Serenitea, as it turns out, a teeny tiny hole in the wall along J. Abad-Santos street in Greenhills. So little, in fact, that they only have space for two tables inside (and two very small tables outside), a bar-style “table” on the side, and the kitchen. That’s it.

When I arrived, my senses were assaulted with the heavenly, soothing smell of tea. Despite the many people queued up at the counter, it didn’t smell like people at all. Yey for cleanliness! As I sat at the bar to wait for Mica, Cai and Winston, I watched as a steady stream of people came and went to get their tea. The place barely had down time!

In Serenitea you choose your tea, your sinker, and your sugar.

There’s a myriad of tea flavors to choose from…

My personal favorite is the Hokkaido Milk Tea. As of writing, I’ve only tried about four flavors, though. There are so much more to try!

For your sinker, you choose from pearl, crystal, black bricks, pudding, lime jelly, and QQ. I got the pearl one because it’s the most familiar. Hehe.

And then you choose your sugar level. You can go from 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100% and even beyond 100% for all you people with a sweet tooth! I usually get 25% on my tea.

My first Serenitea cup was Hokkaido with pearls, 25% sugar. It certainly wasn’t my last, because a couple of hours later, I got a Wintermelon with coffee bricks and 25% sugar. Haha!

Of course, you also choose your size of Serenitea cup. The milk teas are only P95 for the large glass. It’s totally worth it!

There are also side dishes available. I ordered the hash brown expecting a Mickey D’s type of thing. BUT IT WAS NOT. It was salty sweet—I think it had cinnamon in it. It was a bit too flavorful by itself, but when you eat it alongside your tea, AH, HEAVEN!

Ah, Serenitea. I have found a new place to love!

Serenitea San Juan
1st Flr. G n L Bldg.
J Abad Santos St. cor. V.Cruz
Brgy. Little Baguio, San Juan

Monday – Thursday: 12 nn to 10:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 12:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Sunday: 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tel. No. 379-4166

Other branches:

Serenitea Banawe
74B N. Roxas cor. Banawe St.
Brgy. Sto.Domingo Quezon City

Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday: 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Tel. No. 238-2545

Serenitea Parañaque
268 Aguirre Ave.
BF Homes Paranaque (beside Nuat Thai Massage)
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tel. No. 794-3288

Serenitea Alabang
Cinema area
Alabang Town Center,
Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa
(I’ll put more info here once I get it ^_^)

Serenitea Robinsons Place Manila
Robinsons Place Midtown
Malate, Manila


  • Glenn Ong

    October 14, 2010

    At last, you’ve tried it already! 🙂

    They now have a new branch opened at Alabang.

    • Sarah

      October 15, 2010

      Oh yeah, I forgot about that branch! (Obviously, I’m not from there. Haha!) Thanks, Glenn!

  • simon

    October 14, 2010

    Nice to see your review, we go there often after school because its so close! 🙂 Good to see that you like it! 🙂

  • Micamyx

    October 14, 2010

    I miss it na. Must go home now! Want more Serenitea!

  • Suzanne

    October 14, 2010

    How sweet is 25%?

    • Sarah

      October 15, 2010

      With the pearl sinkers, it’s just right. I don’t prefer my tea to be too sweet, really. I like the tea flavor to overpower it 😀 Pero hindi naman bland.

      It also depends on the kind of tea, I think. The Hokkaido with 25% sugar is sweeter than a Wintermelon with the same sugar level. The Wintermelon with 25% is bordering on bland for me, I’d get it with 50% sugar next time.


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