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The Best Of Hong Kong
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By The Loop HK Staff | October 12th, 2020

With the weather turning (ever so slowly but surely), Hong Kong will soon be firmly in the grip of autumn. And with that, comes a need for unfettered coziness and comfort. While you’re hygge-ing, why not pick up some fragrant teas to set the mood? Because nothing says autumnal comfort like a steaming brew. So without further ado, here’s exactly where to find the best teas in Hong Kong to add to your collection.

best tea in Hong Kong at teakha
Photo: Plantation / Facebook

Plantation

This homegrown tea brand hardly needs any introduction – it’s become so popular that’s it’s popping up all over town, from Upper House to Soho House and everywhere in between. There are two iterations of this popular brand. Hidden away in Sheung Wan, Teakha is an intimate tearoom where you can enjoy all manner of teas and cake, as well as full-on lessons in tea, if that’s your thing. Just a neighborhood over, Plantation is chock-full of high-end leaves sourced from across the globe. If you’re looking for a rich Darjeeling or boutique Taiwanese brew, this is the place to find it.

Teakha, Shop B, 18 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, 2858-9185, www.teakha.com

Plantation, 18 Po Tuck Street, Sai Ying Pun, 3482-2660, plantation.hk

best tea in Hong Kong at Tealosophy
Photo: Tealosophy / Facebook

Tealosophy

Forget the bars, clubs, and restaurants – there’s a more healthful reason to head down to Wyndham Street. Inspired by Japanese Zen philosophy, everything in this tranquil spot is designed to calm. There are plenty of high-quality teas on offer, which can be enjoyed onsite, to-go, or freshly brewed at home. Best of all, everything is presented in delightful Japanese fashion, from the elegant teaware to the meditative calligraphy scrolls that line the walls. Top tip: the teas are available through FoodPanda, too!

38 Wyndham Street, Central, www.facebook.com/tealosophyhk/

best tea in Hong Kong at Ming Cha Teahouse
Photo: Ming Cha Teahouse / Facebook

Ming Cha Teahouse 

This wildly popular teahouse has won plenty of accolades but it started by accident. An artist-designer husband-wife team had been asked to design a teahouse for a client; when it opened the pair weren’t impressed by the brews on offer and decided to open their own. Now, Ming Cha is an all-out tribute to everything tea. Whether your go-to cuppa is an earthy green, a scented herbal, or a wakes-the-dead black, you’ll find it here – and all in environmentally-friendly packaging, too.

Room 1007-1008, 10/F, Cheung Tat Centre, 18 Cheung Lee Street, Chai Wan, 2520- 2116, www.mingcha.com

green Ginko tea shop facade
Photo: Green Ginko Tea / Facebook

Green Ginko Tea

Billed as Hong Kong’s first hand-brewed tea bar, the focus at this Poho teahouse is exquisite, delicate Japanese and Chinese teas. This is one for the connoisseurs – the leaves here are very premium, so it’s likely you’ll find varities here you’ve never even heard of. Green teas are – as the name suggests – the house special, so feel free to indulge in the wide range of sencha, matcha and other verdant teas. The baristas here are happy to chat to you and make bespoke recommendations, and the space also hosts private events such as tea ceremonies, seminars, and brand crossovers.

1 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan,www.greenginkgotea.com

best tea in Hong Kong at TWG Tea
Photo: TWG Tea / Facebook

TWG Tea

Perhaps the most large-scale commercial tea brand in Hong Kong TWG Tea boutiques can be found all across Hong Kong. The Singapore-born brand has searched all across the world for a truly spectacular selection of high-end teas, so there’s definitely something for everyone. The boutiques themselves are elegant propositions, boating an early 20th century English teahouse style that just begs visitors to come in and linger at a white-clothed table sipping on tea and indulging in tea sandwiches.

Various locations, twgtea.com

Ying Tee Tea House

More than 130 years old, Ying Kee is one of the oldest tea shops in the city. A move from Guangzhou to Hong Kong and several generations of ownership hasn’t blunted the quality of its leaves. There are eight categories of tea available with endless variants and grades within each (and staff have an encyclopaedic knowledge of all of them). Ying Kee also has some beautiful teaware and gift sets, making this is one of the best places in Hong Kong if you’re looking for a gift.

Various locations, yingkeetea.com/en/about_company.php

a feast at Lock Cha Teahouse
Photo: Lock Cha Tea House / Facebook

Lock Cha Tea House

You probably know this Hong Kong icon more for its decadent dim sum offering, but it’s called a teahouse for a reason – it serves up some delightfully wonderful brews. Grab a table on the coveted first floor and peruse the menu – we can recommend the osmanthus oolong tea – you’ll quickly be tempted to order some bites to go with your drink. Feel free to grab some brews – and some gorgeous teaware – to continue the experience at home.

Various locations, www.lockcha.com/en/

tea pouring at Basao
Photo: Basao / Facebook

Basao

Basao’s story began in 2018 on Wanchai’s Star Street, but it now boasts two temples to tea (the second is in Causeway Bay). The focus here is carefully curated single-origin teas from all four corners of the globe, and all the top tea-producing countries are represented, from China and India to Taiwan and Sri Lanka. The tranquil cafes are the perfect place for a quiet mid-afternoon treat – drop in to enjoy a brew accompanied by desserts infused with teas.

17 Moon Street, Wan Chai, 2952-3313

16 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay, 2338-8172

basaotea.com

 

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