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Feb 8, 2007 04:22 PM

Good loose tea in TO?

I'm looking for some really good quality oolong. Anyone know if the tea place in SLM is any good? or if there's somewhere better in the city?

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  1. I hear that the Tea Emporium in First Canadian Place is pretty good.

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    1. re: spades

      Tea Emporium ( has a store at 351 Eglinton West, among other locations.

    2. Ten Ren Tea at Spadina and Dundas has every kind of Chinese tea imagineable. And House of Tea by the Rosedale subway is wonderful. The owner is charming, very helpful and is the biggest tea enthusiast you will ever meet. Tea Emporium is ok, but expect to pay more. After all, it is in the heart of the city's business district.

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      1. re: Lotus Seedling

        +1 for House of Tea ... I think HoT is also carried at Pusiteri's, but you are so right, the owner at her Rosedale location is so warm and charming ...

        ... and just noticed this is an old thread ...

      2. Try Tealish, it's a wonderful tea shop on Queen W near Trinity Bellwoods Park. They only sell loose leaf, and everything is kept in giant canisters behind the main counter, like a tea apothecary of sorts. Their tea list at has several kinds of Oolong.

        1. There is the "The Old Tea Curiosity" at Markville mall. that has many loose teas

          1. There are a few tea shops along Bayview in Leaside. Although I've blanked on the name, a shop on the west side of Bayview has beautiful teas. I found a wonderful Lapsang Souchong there.

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            1. re: embee

              That's also a Tea Emporium on Bayview.

              1. re: embee

                2 votes for this one -- we always pick some up when we're in town.