Sit, brew, sip…it’s tea time! Tea is an inescapable part of Hong Kong’s rich food culture. But it’s more than just a side to wash down your dim sum – for centuries, it’s been a ritual in its own right. It’s a classic drink that can be enjoyed any place, and at any time of day. Here is a list of five places around town to get the perfect cup, every time.
Fo Tan’s yú teahouse is a true hidden haven for lovers of all things tea. The beautiful space sells fine Chinese teas and ceramics, and also holds regular tea appreciation workshops to up your game from casual couch drinker to refined savant. As well as the blends, the team also takes a bold approach to snack pairing, with everything from Taiwanese dark chocolate to fine Italian ham having appeared on the menu to encourage further appreciation of the brew.
Add: yú teahouse, Workshop B, 14/F, Century City Industrial Centre, 33-35 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan, New Territories
Tel: 00852 2359 3988
In many cultures all over the world, tea is the mechanism at which they welcome people into their homes or start a conversation with strangers. Here at teakha, they too believe that tea is a window to opening our hearts. Through this window, they welcome you into their “home”, to experience a lifestyle that is in touch with their community and their environment. One that values the little joys in life as homemade cakes, the sound of music lingering in a back alley, or ever so basically, the forgotten art of talking to our neighbours.
Add: Teakha II, 18 Po Tuck Street, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong, +
Tel: 00852 3956 9009
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New premium tea purveyors Basao are hoping to change the way that Hong Kong thinks about tea by offering a well-crafted and versatile range of blends. While tea has traditionally been seen as a commodity, Basao instead is focusing on the story behind the blends, with the team personally visiting their partner farms in China, Taiwan, Nepal, India and Japan to help them restore life into their soil and maintain their commitment to clean farming processes. It’s only available online for now, but sometimes there’s nothing more indulgent than taking time out in your own space to enjoy a piping hot cup of premium tea.
Add: 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 3752 3800
Not burdened with the MTR exits that have made neighbouring Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town the hottest new hoods on Hong Kong Island, Shek Tong Tsui has quietly built itself up into a bit of a hipster haven. It’s here that’ll you find an increasingly interesting range of fashion boutiques, art spaces, and uber cool cafés.
The year has already started with a bang though with the opening of Artisan Room. The sleek new café is another spot to while away the day, with a selection of premium brews to go alongside pastries and light bites that go beyond the standard Hong Kong café fare.
Add: Artisan Room, 8-12 South Lane, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2656 3198
jrink is probably one of the best kept secrets in town. Over 80 different house-made blends tea are available at this seriously cool corner spot in the thick of the Tai Hang grid, which can be had hot or cold, in-store or in your own time. You know they’re serious about tea when they brew it for you in an Alpha Dominche Steampunk 4.1, a machine which has gained rockstar status in the coffee world in just a few short years.
Add: jrink, 21 Ormsby Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2284 4203