Best tea shop in East Bay?
I had been planning to make a trip over to Imperial Tea Court on Shattuck for the first time, but I just read a post that happened to mention Far Leaves on College. Now I'm torn - where should I go? I like Chinese and Japanese teas in general, though I'm really hoping to find a good lychee tea right now. Is there any difference in between these two stores? Price, yes, I noticed. Is that a function of local rent costs?
Are there perhaps other tea stores I should be looking into? Where do you, fellow chowhounds, go for your tea needs?
Thanks for your input!
Far Leaves Tea
2979 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
1511 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
I like far leaves. They have a small but finely chosen selection. My husband loves the Red Lychee tea at Teance. I think they are stronger in green and oolong than black teas. The Pasta Shop has a nice selection of imported European brand teas, in bags and loose. Much better for the black selections. My current fave is the Mariage Freres French Breakfast, followed by the The du Nil.
2531B 9th St, Berkeley, CA