From yum cha to bubble tea, Hong Kong’s obsession with tea ranges from traditional to trending. With a 5,000 year history, tea is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and is still used by TCM practitioners and experts around the 852 for health and wellbeing, while tea ceremonies are still a common social and meditative experience. Add these teashops in Hong Kong to your itinerary for a culturally unique experience with a little wellness twist.
PLANTATION by Teakha
This craft tea company and teashop in Hong Kong serve up Zen minimalism on a quiet Sai Ying Pun street. Founder Nana Chan of trendy Teakha fame is a bonafide tea lover, and personally sources a selection of unique teas across the globe, from Taiwan and China to Assam and Kerala. The leaves are gorgeously packaged in plum blossom styled cans and labels featuring tea-dye colours inspired by Chinese ink paintings.
18 Po Tuck Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong | www.plantation.hk | 3482 2660 | [email protected]
Artist and designer turned entrepreneur Vivian Mak works closely with tea farmers and artisans around China, preserving the biodiversity and original craftsmanship of some rare, premium Chinese teas. Her award-winning brand of premium Chinese teas comes in cute packaging, and MingCha also offers bespoke Tea Tasting and Pairing Concept Workshops at their Chai Wan studio or catering for corporate events.
901-902, 9/F Cheung Tat Centre, 18 Cheung Lee Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong | mingcha.com | 2520-2116 | [email protected]
Green Ginkgo Tea
This three-seater tea bar with nods to Nordic aesthestics is a sleek space of white and woods, except for the counter of grounding black granite with a built-in sink. They specialise in Japanese green teas but founder Shawn Mak is also a Chinese tea aficionado, so do ask to try his own collection of premium Chaozhou, Fujian and Sichuan teas which are not even on the menu, such as Sichuan Bamboo Green and artisanal Jasmine Silver Needle.
Yuan Yuan Tang Teahouse
From limited, fresh green teas, fragrant semi-fermented oolongs to astronomically priced wheels of black, earthy aged Puerh, this rustic-chic teahouse in Hong Kong with contemporary Chinese sophistication stocks a diverse assortment of rare teas from all over China with beautiful tasting notes. Have them brew the correct cup for you, or if you’re a tea connoisseur, pick your own leaf, a cushioned seat and matching exquisite teaware to conduct your own tempered tea ceremony.
4 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan | 2525 7168 | Facebook | [email protected]