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Jul 25, 2008 08:26 AM

Where to Buy Mariage Freres Tea

Anyone know where on the Peninsula, South Bay, or SF I can buy tins of Mariage Freres tea (specifically the Marco Polo blend)? I used to buy it at Dyptique on Maiden Lane, but that has closed. Also have purchased it at Dean & Deluca in St. Helena, but that's too far to go for now. I've never had luck finding it in stores like Draeger's, Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma, etc., but haven't looked real recently. Buying online is much more expensive from what I can tell. Thanks for any tips.

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  1. I buy mine at the Pasta Shop 4th St Berkeley.

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    1. re: wolfe

      The Pasta Shop definitely has that blend. They also sell other blends by the 1/4 lb, which is nice.

      Also, I saw it recently at the Williams Sonoma stores in SF and in Corte Madera.

      1. re: cyleater

        Actually you can put any amount, from the glass canisters, in the little black bags. I usually only take an ounce or so but the Shop is on my way to work.

      2. re: wolfe

        The one in Market Hall (Rockridge) also carries it.

      3. Dandelion on Potrero sells a wide selection of Mariage Freres Tea. It is a wonderful little housewares store across from DWR.

        55 Potrero Ave, San Francisco, CA

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        1. re: norjah

          I've gotten it at the Williams-Sonoma in Union Square recently.

          1. re: norjah

            I second Dandelion. They have a pretty large selection of Mariage Freres tea, including Marco Polo.

          2. The bakery in Cal Mart, Sweet Things (I'm pretty sure it's called) carries it, I believe. Located in Laurel Village.

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            1. re: rln

              I second Sweet Things Bakery in Cal Mart. I buy my Mariage Freres - Marco Polo blend there regularly. I can highly recommend their key lime pie as well!

            2. French teas can be pretty hard to get. Recently, our teens brought back some Earl Grey from Paris that's the best I've ever had. We can't find it, not even on the web, except on a French site, in French, that wouldn't honor our credit card.
              It's a company called Compagnie Coloniale. Anyone know how we can get more without going to Paris? Or, failing that, is anyone going to Paris soon that could bring some back for us?

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              1. re: Kim Cooper

                You should give Made in France a call to see if they can stock it. Have you ever been to their warehouse sales in Brisbane? Their website is If they cannot stock it they may have some ideas for you.

              2. Perhaps Peche Mignon on Clement b/n 2d and 3d?


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                1. re: Jeff

                  Their web site says "Teas coming soon". Have they arrived yet?

                  1. re: wolfe

                    Sorry, don't know. Heard about the place from my wife, but haven't been. A quick call ought to do, though. Good luck.

                    1. re: Jeff

                      Thanks for the suggestions about the French tea. I'll check around. I didn't know about any of those places.

                    2. re: wolfe

                      Peche Mignon carries Palais du The teas, but not Mariages Freres. They sell maybe half a dozen varieties, but if you're willing to buy more than a few bags of one flavor the owner will order it for you.