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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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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.

1 Thank itwasfunwhileitlaste
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

Want to learn how to make and drink tea...go to Vital Tea Leaf in San Francisco. There are two locations on Grant street. Both appear to be run by the same owner. Sit down, try teas and have great conversation to relax and unwind especially if you're on travel and just getting off a plane. In addition to being educated,... More 

1 Thank Iknowtravel2012
Porto Alegre, RS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

If walking in chinatown you should stop here and taste some Teas. .. Nice place, very friendly staff and the owner prepares Teas for everyone. Try it!

Thank rfmilanez
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

My family and I stopped by this great store on Christmas Day. Ming was very accommodating and knowledgable about tea. My family learned a lot and had a lot of laughs along the way. Ming treated us as family. We also learned he owned a local restaurant and ended up cancelling our dinner reservations to dine at Begoni Bistro Wok... 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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