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Vital Tea Leaf

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Address: 509 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415.544.9838
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10:30 am - 7:00 pm
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An avid tea drinker, I thought I knew something about tea. Visiting Vital Tea Leaf, changed all of that. This place was a highlight of my San Francisco Trip. I purchased several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Houston, TX

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Houston, TX
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

An avid tea drinker, I thought I knew something about tea. Visiting Vital Tea Leaf, changed all of that. This place was a highlight of my San Francisco Trip. I purchased several different teas and am looking forward to enjoying them, learning more about them and ordering more in the future.

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Minneapolis, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Absolutely fell in love with tea because of my friend dragging me in here! There are a few 'tea tasting' shops apparently in SF, but she said this one was the best so we kept walking until we found it. And she was right! Delightful! Charming! I bought 2 kinds of tea & a little teapot thing for me. And... More 

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We went in expecting to pay for a cup of tea each, but were instead given a free tasting of around 10 different teas, with an interesting explanation of the types of tea and the differences between them. We ended up buying some to take back to the UK with us, and they ship internationally in case you want to... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I had a short, amusing, but very educational foray into Vital Tea Leaf. Uncle Gene played the role of wise, protective Uncle who endured my questions and provided tips on my own unique tea rituals. In addition to his advice, I was purchased two different books on Chinese tea culture to further my knowledge and appreciation of this ancient tradition.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Loved everything about it! Sat down and tried a bunch of amazing teas, these two were my favorite. Can't wait to go back next time I'm in San Fran!

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Perth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Love love LOVED this place. We were seated at a bench and fed the most amazing teas by the most informative host. It was so enjoyable, highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

i walked into the Red Blossom tea place, and didn't get a good welcome or any help with their very expensive teas. At the Vital Tea Leaf, I was able to try any teas, and after talking with the proprietor he recommended a mix of two teas which had become one of my favorite teas to make. I really enjoyed... More 

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

when we walked into this shop we didn't realize they offered tea tasting, we were mostly impressed by the very wide range of teas offered for sale. we asked if we could taste a tea before purchasing and that's when the real wonder began. A gentleman by the name of Royal who was extremely friendly and helpful gave us an... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Assuming Uncle Gee is there, and that's the key assumption, this is worth checking out even if you are not a tea enthusiast. His stories, knowledge, and humor need to be a part of any Chinatown visit. This might be a stop that you think will take 15 minutes, but end up taking an hour.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The owner of this shop is such a nice man! I learned so much about various teas, how to make tea properly (supposedly), and how to drink tea properly (supposedly). It was definitely a learning experience and a lot of fun. The folks at Vital Leaf really do know their stuff. The teas can be on the pricier side, but... More 

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Additional Information about Vital Tea Leaf

Address: Address: 509 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415.544.9838
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 7:00 pm

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighborhood.
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