Loose Tea in Toronto
I have been trying to find a good place to buy different types of loose tea here in Toronto. I used to shop at a place called the Tea Haus in London but have not yet foudn anything like it here in Toronto.
Capital Tea no longer has retail location but can be access on the web. http://www.capitaltea.com/
the owner is very knowledgeable and helpful. If you are looking for something in particular or have an idea of what you want, give him a call, and describe what you want, he will be able to recommend a few items...
I agree with the Tea Emporium recommendations. We buy our loose tea there and have never been disappointed (and we drink A LOT of tea). In fact, we've picked up the same black teas (Yunnan Imperial and Keemun) at Mariages Freres in Paris and found no discernible difference in quality or taste. You won't be disappointed.
I like the Tea Market. Not only do they have a selection of interesting loose leaf tea, they can also sell you a cup of whichever tea you like brewed on the spot, to go with the cookies and things they carry. And the owner is friendly and knowledgeable, once I was looking for something and he was able to get it for me the next week.
They're underground at Yonge and Bloor. At the subway level where the Shoppers Drug Mart is, go down the stairs by the Source; they're on the other side of the tunnel.
I also shop online at Hasu Teas. www.hasuteas.com/
The Golden Mint is really great as well......
It is just south of College On Yonge......
Lots of YUMMY teas
I usually buy my tea online from Capital Tea or from House Of Tea on Yonge Street, Tealish, The Tea Emporium or Red Tea Box.
I love the House of Tea by the Rosedale subway station. Woyuld recommend it to anyone....
1015 - 1017 Yonge Street
House of Tea on Yonge is for sure where you should go.
It's right close to Rosedale Subway - you get out walk to yonge go right and it's there two shops in or so.
I have found some of the highest grade tea there that are all hand picked by a woman who is (for lack of a better word) a tea sommelier.
I've gotten great tea there, whole leaves (not crushed), hand dried, no chemical... amazing.
Pacific Mall is the only other place I've gone to buy tea.
I just love a good fragrant jasmine green. I drink it all day.
Another vote for the Tea Emporium here. Always been satisfied and like the chance to try new teas and blends...