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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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Knowledgeable friendly staff and a great selection of teas

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Ben K
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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105 reviews 105 reviews
45 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Wanted to visit this place anyhow, but ended up ending our walking tour of Chinatown here. The tea was very tasty and we learnt about how not to make a cuppa tea. Do not do what you've been taught in Britain, you're effectively "murdering" your tea! Apparently :) It was interesting to hear why we make tea the way we... More 

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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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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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