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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Mexico City, Mexico

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

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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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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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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