It’s Tea Time in Chinatown - NBC Bay Area

It’s Tea Time in Chinatown



    It’s Tea Time in Chinatown
    The inside of Vital Tea Leaf in San Francisco. Photo: David M on Yelp.

    Now that San Francisco’s high tourist season is winding down, Bay Area locals can once again move freely about the City. 

    A good starting point for an autumn walkabout is our renowned district known as Chinatown. Once past the famed pillars flanking Grant Avenue at Bush Street, shopkeepers await the customers.

    Each of these stores is full of merchandise from a multitude of countries in the Far East as well as some home grown goodies.

    Window displays produce promise of not to be missed value and variety. Inventory is often offered up just outside the front doors and bargains abound. Traditional Asian music blares from open windows on second and third levels of the brick buildings.

    Just up the block, you’ll turn over a new leaf at Vital Tealeaf. This simple, serene shop is family owned with several locations in San Francisco and Seattle.

    Having premiered earlier in the year, the 509 Grant Ave. location for Vital Tealeaf is already a popular stop.

    The selection of tea and related accessories is seemingly unlimited. It is very helpful to have in house connoisseur, Herman Tuong available to offer guidance while he brews up sample sips of jasmine pearl white, apple green, yellow sweet, golden turtle red and lychee black teas.

    Don’t forget to ask for a taste of the angel tea. It’s dreamy.

    Tis the Season

    Vital Tealeaf is a perfect stop for most of the names on any holiday list. A set of crystal tea cups with matching pot is elegant and graceful.

    Traditional porcelain or contemporary ceramic tea cups are always a welcomed gift and the stainless steel tea leaf container is attractive as well as useful.

    Double layer glass tea cups can be the answer for those who have just about everything. They even have a clever and sophisticated boxed set titled All the Tea in China.

    Plan a Tea Party

    Whether it’s tea for two or twenty, Vital Tealeaf is one stop shopping. Of course, you might feel the need to pick up a dragon costume or a string of lanterns. In either case, they’re available just next door.

    Help yourself to a fortune cookie before you leave Vital Tealeaf so you’ll know what to expect next!

    Vital Tealeaf  509 Grant Ave. in  San Francisco, 415.544.9838,

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