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Vital Tea Leaf

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Address: 509 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415.544.9838
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 7:00 pm

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well worth taking time to visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
Grants Pass, Oregon
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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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49 reviews 49 reviews
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Savannah, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 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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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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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
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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