Your favorite tea shops?
I've decided that hot tea is the way to go for the coming cold months and am looking for the most interesting and diverse places in Montreal that sell loose-leaf tea. I've already been to My Cup of Tea in Chinatown (lovely selection, extremely nice owners), Camellia Sinensis (very nice white tea from there), Kusmi, and a location of David's Teas. I am aware of the massive selection at Les Douceurs du Marche, and I haven't yet been to Amours des Thes.
But where is your favorite? And what is your favorite teas from the places you love?
I think you just listed the major ones in the city, .
I usually go to Camelia for more exotic teas (like Pu-erh teas) and to Kusmi for my day to day earl-grey (and other similar teas)
Now, I navigate between a Pu-erg (the most "ordinary" one), a Darjeeling (1st flush) and Fuding Mao Jian (green tea) all from Camillia Sinensis.
You could see what is available at Myamoto (victoria st. in Westmount) for some japanese teas; but from what I've seen they have mostly "packaged" teas..
Akhavan has a nice selection of loose, packaged black teas - Iranian, Turkish, Indian, and more. I particularly like the Jahan blends of Earl Grey, cardamom, and just plain old "tea."
I've purchased a amazing white jasmin tea from Amours du thé.
You should also try Aziatica downtown. Chinese mostly, some beautiful blooming teas. http://www.asiatica.ca/
If you're a big tea drinker then indeed try Akhavan for middle eastern teas or Marche Hawai for chinese teas. The later has a staggering collection of loose or package at very low prices. This is a good place to get the expensive gunpowder or dragon pearls tea (10$ a jar versus 15-20 anywhere else).
EDIT: I also want to add that i love STASH aromatic tea, found in most groceries. It's not loose leaf, it's not pure tea, but they make a great afternoon tea (or ice tea!). I love the anise or chai ones.
Although not a sit-down place, La Bottine aux Herbes on Saint-Denis has great selection of loose leaf herbal teas (and many used frequently for medicinal purposes). I think that they are affiliated with the Herbalist academy and the staff are very knowledgeable, if you're looking for this sort of thing as well.