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Vital Tea Leaf

509 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133 (Chinatown)
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Ranked #7 of 222 Shopping in San Francisco
Type: Specialty Shops
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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

This enhanced our trip to Chinatown so much!! I'm so glad we stopped!! We had an excellent tea tasting and learned so much!! The customer service is outstanding!!!! I can't wait to order some tea online to have at home!

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Savannah, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

There were three of us walking through Chinatown and we chanced upon this shop. Two hours later we walked away, having had a marvelous time at the tea tasting bar, chatting with Mark. We learned a lot about tea, talked about travel and couldn't have been happier. I bought some Monkey Pick for myself and can scarcely wait to get... More

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La Mirada, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Vital Tea Leaf is a nice place of respite between site-seeing and shopping in Chinatown. If you are in the area, come for the tea tastings and visit Uncle G. He is an 84 year old character in Chinatown who gives his philosophy on life as he pours you tea to sample. His is very entertaining and the tea is... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

My husband and I are new to drinking tea, but thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We sat down, chatted, and laughed with "uncle" while trying multiple teas. A great stop to rest tired feet and feel refreshed.

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Goodyear, Arizona, USA
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely our best stop in Chinatown. Fun, entertaining and educational. What more could you want? Kenny had our entire group laughing and hanging on his every word. We learned more in an hour about tea than we ever thought we could. Even though we accidentally stumbled into this shop, we will all definitely come back.

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We recommended this shop from a delightful experience one afternoon in the City. We bought a lot of teas which we later thought we were buying online. The first time we ended up with malware from their site and told them the next time in their shop. They insisted we try it again. We did when we ran out of... More

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Highland Village, Texas, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A friend & I ducked in just to see what was inside - what a find! Over an hour later, we'd sat at the tea bar, met friends, sampled many teas and learned so much about the art of tea! GREAT day with Kenny - he was such a delight :) I came away with really yummy teas and a... More

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Lino Lakes, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My husband and I stopped in to taste tea while visiting Chinatown. Little did we know that we would have such a good time sampling teas. Sampled many varieties , learned a lot about tea in a no pressure sales environment. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Worth the time spent here, relaxing, educational and fun!

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Boulder City, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

After walking all around downtown San Francisco, Chinatown, North Beach and even South of Market, we were tired and so happy to take a load off and sip a variety of delicious teas. It was a fun, educational hour or so as we sipped a variety of teas from teeny cups. Wish I had more money to spend on teas

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

What a fun way to learn about and enjoy a variety of different teas. We were tired of walking and our tea-master invited us to sample about a dozen different teas in teeny little cups.

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