5 Places to Buy Great Tea
Whether you want to tuck into a cup of tea or buy loose leaves to take home and brew yourself, these places have you covered.
Expand your tea horizons with unique blends and flavours available at dedicated tea shops.
Whatever your cup of tea, here are five places that offer a great array of teas – the kinder, gentler alternative to coffee.
The Bean Stop
The Eau Claire Market may not offer much in terms of shopping, but if you’re in the downtown area and looking for a unique blend of tea, then this long-standing shop has got you covered. With green teas named White Monkey Paw or Jasmine Dragon Tears, it’s worth trying out a few to see if their tastes live up to their exotic-sounding names.
Eau Claire Market Barclay Parade S.W., 403-261-0865
Aside from having a seemingly endless selection of teas (try the Earl Grey Green for an interesting mash-up), this little boutique shop that’s located just below Higher Ground Cafe in Kensington has a good array of tea-wares, as well as customized tea tins that feature designs from a variety of local visual artists.
This slick-looking tea spot is a great place to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea with a friend or pick up a tea to go. While large-scale chains sometimes add not-very-natural ingredients to make flavour infusions, Factory prides itself on being 100 per cent natural with its flavour infusions, like the Velvet Vanilla Rooibos or Tangerine Ginger Green.
If you’re a real tea fan, then this place is for you. One of the oldest tea shops in all of Calgary, the specialty shop in Inglewood is a tea retailer in its purest form. The people that work here are extremely knowledgeable about each and every leaf in the room, of which there are hundreds of varieties.
1228 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-0728, teatrader.com
Stop by The Calgary Farmers’ Market to check out this family-run tea business. For something a little different, try out a blooming tea (you’ll need a glass tea pot for this one) to watch tea leaves and dried flowers unfold in hot water. A drink and a show!
*The original version of this story said The Tea Factory is in Kensington. It is on 4th Street S.W.