5 places to sip tea in San Francisco
1) Lovejoy's Tea Room
A frilly and fun space with mismatched tea sets, linens, and vintage furnishings. In fact, it used to be an antique shop and has since evolved into the tearoom it is now. They also have a shop across the street with antique serving pieces and tea blends for purchase to host your own gathering.
2) Song Tea & Ceramics
A simple and elegantly designed gallery and tasting room with rare, exceptional quality teas and wares (tea pots and cups) mainly from China and Taiwan. Guests are invited to sit, taste, chat, browse and unwind. Porcelain jars contain an ever changing selection of teas discovered by the shop owner during his travels.
3) Samovar Tea Bar
Modern and minimal describes this perfect spot for just tea. The menu consists of select blends that can be ordered to-go or enjoyed onsite. Their housemade chai is exceptional – piping hot, rich, full of spice and blended in big copper pots. There’s even a vegan version, too.
4) The Rotunda
Atop the Neiman Marcus department store is this elegant restaurant situated under a stained-glass dome with a view of Union Square. They’re open daily from 11 am to 4 pm for lunch and the beautiful afternoon tea service (with exquisite sweets, cookies, tarts and finger sandwiches) starts at 2 pm.
5) Stonemill Matcha
This is the city’s first premium matcha cafe serving lattes, cold brews and sweets infused with the fine green tea powder from the Kyoto region of Japan. For the full dining experience, hearty Japanese comfort dishes, like the katsu sando, are available. They’ve partnered with SF’s best bakeshops to create their pastries and desserts.
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