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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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Tea Tasting

Happened to stop by here while we were in China Town and what a wonderful experience. Tasted various teas while getting an education about them and what their purpose was. Was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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NEW JERSEY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Happened to stop by here while we were in China Town and what a wonderful experience. Tasted various teas while getting an education about them and what their purpose was. Was able to get a Groupon and purchased two different teas. The black tea and the rosebud tea were both awesome!

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Chesapeake City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Tea lover or not this is a must see when in Chinatown. They offer free tastings and a fun, educational tea history. The tea selection and quality is amazing and the staff superb! The owner (my new "old Chinese uncle") even kept my boyfriend's 16 year old daughter and niece engaged and entertained. We bought a nice variety to take... More 

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Heathrow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We've been before and always met with Uncle Gee. He wasn't there when we arrived and we asked for him. The sales person was OK but we probably wouldn't have bought anything. Then WHAM Uncle Gee walked in, the atmosphere changed, and after a fun spiel we and our friends bought a load of tea. We like the location across... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We were walking down Chinatown when we saw this store, my mom and I went in to look around for a bit. The guy behind the bar insisted on us sitting down to try out some teas and even dad sat down for a while. The shop is lovely and the explanations they give for the different kinds of tea... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I stopped in while the rest of my family was down the block buying cheap shirts. I'm really happy I did. Was able to try several different teas and walked out with 8 oz. of the Blue People ginseng oolong. I've been drinking tea for over 15 years, but was able to learn a LOT in just the 30 minutes... More 

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jusserchn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My family and I walked into the location for some tea tasting. We were greated by the Ming, the owner. We spent over 20 mins tasting different teas. Ming never pressured us to buy anything, however, he patiently described each teas' flavor and health benefits. We did purchase some black tea, baby chrysanthemum (my 2 boys' favorite), and blue people... More 

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Natchez, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Entertaining, informative, and free. However, if you like the tea, it is going to cost you. No regrets with my new tea, tea pot, and brewing method. This stop significantly broadened my tea drinking education and experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The tea was very good.and everybody was really helpful.there is a big collection of tea.we tried mango green which was so so the last cup was bitter.the second tea was leeche black that I have to say was the best one.and the other one was chrysanthemum was great.

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Houston, TX
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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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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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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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