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“nothing special here, just over priced cheap quality tea” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Old Curiosity Tea Shop

Old Curiosity Tea Shop
91 Main St. North, Markham, Ontario L3P 1X7, Canada
(905) 472-9927
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Ranked #5 of 476 restaurants in Markham
Cuisines: Delicatessen, English
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
markham
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“nothing special here, just over priced cheap quality tea”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

ok, im a total tea critic and fanatic. the place is nice if you like the old fashioned english tea time thing but the tea, i dont think anyone realizes that every single tea they are selling along with the accessories are coming straight from metropolitan tea company, the same thing you can get at longos or any other place that serves tea for that matter. theres nothing unique or exquisite about it. certainly not worth what they are selling it for. the flavored teas have either unlisted ingredients or "natural flavors" which aren't actually natural at all, they're just derived flavors. I know for a fact because I have bought from metro that the teas they are selling here cost about 10-20$ a pound and they are selling cheap tea for 10$ per 100 grams?! Theres much better out there.
actually, i just remembered this place (i must go again!) theres a tiny tea room on bur oak at church, something temple, (cant remember off hand) the girl is a certified herbalist and tea artisan and hand makes all the tea fresh with real stuff that you can see in the hundreds of clear jars she has in an open concept kitchen area, everything thats in the tea is on an ingredients card she gives you. totally original and with health benefits and the taste! you've never had anything so delicious, she is great and gives you all kinds of information of the teas and herbs and for anything that ails you...(best night sleep i ever had after she gave me a sample of sleepy tea to take home...she said i shouldn't drink and drive haha) they have a bit later hours too so you can go by after dinner, and her tea is cheaper but i think worth triple, oh, and she customizes for you on request! they also sell do matcha which is by far the best (was rated by brain ready as the best in the world!)i hope that helps!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Ontario
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful little spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2010

If you like tea, using bone china tea cups, and good old fashion English food, this is the spot for you. The ambiance is wonderful and brings a smile to your face. They have over 200 kinds of tea to try and purchase. The staff is amazing, dressed in old fashioned wait staff attire. And the food is excellent. You can also have High Tea on the weekends. A must try.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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toronto
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“The Best Afternoon Tea in Canada”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2009

If you are a tea connoisseur or simply love to enjoy a nice cup of tea in a relaxing atmosphere, I fully recommend the Old Curiosity Tea Shoppe. It's like walking into an old English shop!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Best Tea Shop in York Region”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2009

If you are a tea connoisseur or simply love to enjoy a nice cup of tea in a relaxing atmosphere, I fully recommend the Old Curiousity Tea Shoppe. It's like walking into an old English shop with the servers in full costume. The food is delicious, mainly sandwiches and soups however they also offer an incredible shepherd's pie and the scones are to die for. They have over 100 different types of tea, fresh and ready to sample. I really love this place and since my husband and I love going to different tea houses when we travel, this is definitely one of our favorites!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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