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Vital Tea Leaf

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Address: 509 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108-2405
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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It's a place very friendly and very clean, very well located in Grant Avenue. We were able to taste many teas. Our charming saleswoman gave us explanations very interesting for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Geneva, Switzerland
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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We did a tasting of several teas probably 10, gaing a lot of knowledge. Tea can be expensive but I think it was a worthwhile thing to do in chinatown.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a place very friendly and very clean, very well located in Grant Avenue. We were able to taste many teas. Our charming saleswoman gave us explanations very interesting for choose and above all knowledge of tea. Then you have the choice of buying what will suit you. It was very good. To do. Made a stop.

Thank 683jeans
Starcross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Vital Tea Leaf is a lovely shop that brings China Town even more to life: the tea tasting is very informative and there is no pressure to buy - though the background on tea and the displays are way too intriguing to resist. This time we requested the tea to be sent straight to our home address and it arrived... More 

Thank Zippingale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

We were going a quick walk through China Town to max out every moment before driving to our planned destination of Napa and stumbled upon this cute shop. As a native Texas I love sweet tea , with extra sugar but of course this shop was the complete opposite . Mr. Ming and his young sidekick were experts! What we... More 

Thank Alaster83
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We initially came in to drink a pot of tea and get off of our feet. Maggie the shop owner was very kind and explained a lot about the Tea and its health benefits. The tea shop does not sell pots of tea but will sell packages of tea. We got to try several types and had a great time.... More 

Thank ZUTravelin
Ladyville, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

The aroma invites you in, and announces that yes, this is the place. That long varnished table, with the tea accoutrements neatly placed at intervals along it. Yes, you'll want tea. In the short time, i was there, i tasted some lovely cups and the gift of the dragon eye fruit (longan) was a super nice touch and excellent pairing... More 

Thank KatieNumi
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Vital Tea Leaf is a wonderful shop in Chinatown. They are very generous with their complementary tasting. The owner was very gracious. I asked about medicinal use of tea, which I was somewhat familiar with, since I was facing surgery for blocked tear ducts. After using Baby Chrysanthemum Tea for 4 weeks, I am symptom free during the day. Even... More 

Thank Gail W
Canton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We did the Chinatown walking food tour and the guide brought us to this tea tasting shop. The owner spoke good English and all of us in the group understood very well. There are teas for all kinds of health ailments and moods. Chinese teas are drunk to maintain the body's system balance and does not have much caffeine.

Thank Bernard P
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

We stopped in here after our Sidewalk Food Tour of Chinatown (see my separate review of that) and had a great time with their free tea tasting. "Stephanie" (not his real name - he was goofing around with us, I think his name might have been Kenny and was the owner), was very friendly and humorous as he gave us... More 

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denver, co
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

I thought I'd buy a hostess gift for the person we were staying with, so we sampled a few teas and picked three to bring her. $120! We settled on two bags for $80. I wasn't sure if we got gyped or if their tea is always $40 a bag.

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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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