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We love drinking tea because it brings out our inner tranquili-tea! Tea and its corresponding culture play a huge part in Hong Kong’s historic DNA, and though traditional teashops are often recommended for tourist itineraries, modern teahouses are also on the rise. From authentic Chinese black tea to Japanese matcha, here are all the places where you can sit down for a nice cuppa.
Tea is all about attitude, and that’s what Atteatude is all about. This hidden tea shop is actually an oasis for tea lovers to get a chance to DIY their own orders. What this means is that you have an opportunity to familiarise yourself with different types of tea, pick a flavour as well as a cup to drink from, then watch the staff demonstrate the brewing process before you get to try your hand at making the tea.
The prices here are a little different than what you might be used to. For the first hour of your visit, you pay $48, then for every 30 minutes after that, you are charged an extra $15. If there are special teas you would like to try, feel free to ask the staff, who will let you know the supplementary charges for each brand of tea.
Atteatude, Room H, 1/F, Mong Kok Building, 97 Mong Kok Road, Mong Kok | (+852) 6275 7702
We’ll let you in on a little secret: Located on the twenty-third floor of Tung Nam Lou Hotel, Room68 is a secret café that lets you take in unspoiled views of the impressive Hong Kong skyline. With a distinct vintage vibe, from the décor to the tables and stools used for the furnishings, you can find posters from Hong Kong’s golden age of films as well as gilded porcelain plates lining the windows. Room68 specialises in Chinese teas and traditional afternoon tea snacks, and they offer private tasting experiences for rare brews as well to delight the tea connoisseurs among us. Browse their retail selection and purchase some selected leaves to indulge at home!
Room68, 23/F, Tung Nam Lou Hotel, 68 Portland Street, Yau Ma Tei | (+852) 3708 7768
The newest addition to the teahouse scene has taken over a quiet corner in Tai Hang. But this is no ordinary teahouse: The Shophouse is actually one big project that has taken over the five-storey building with the vision of “cultivating a bespoke lifestyle collective driven by art and culture through connecting unconventional talents.”
Enter through the glass doors to order your tea on the ground floor and choose to enjoy it upstairs where they have a small table with four tatami seats. The rest of the building is covered in selected artworks by local and overseas artists that you can explore, with an artist studio on their rooftop garden, it is all about the exploration and the experience with this teahouse.
The Shophouse, 4 Second Lane, Tai Hang
Green Ginkgo Tea is Hong Kong’s first hand-brewed tea bar, with premium tea sourced from Japan and China that can surprise even a tea lover. Each pot of tea is brewed by their tea baristas using carefully adjusted techniques according to the types of tea and even the weather conditions.
You can interact with tea baristas to understand more about tea and let baristas understand your preferences as you to drink to enrich yourself in the knowledge of tea, whether it is the Premium Awarded Uji Matcha ($128) or the Jasmine Phoenix Oolong ($158), you never know what may surprise you!
Green Ginkgo Tea, 1 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan
Another popular teahouse concept is BASAO, with their first store opening in Wan Chai back in late 2018 and their second store in Causeway Bay in late 2019. Their tea menu is really helpful for beginners, with flavour profiles for each tea and a colour indicator for whether they are green teas, oolong teas, or black teas. You can start off with something more classic such as the Red Heart Tie Guan Yin ($48) or go for the discovery flavours such as Oriental Beauty ($145) that carries notes of Fuji apple, cinnamon and mandarin. Their sweet delights are also a must-try, including their Homemade Tea Cake Roll ($36) with different tea-flavours!
You wouldn’t really expect to find a teahouse all about calmness and tranquillity surrounded by bars and clubs in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, but that’s exactly where you will find Tealosophy Tea Bar on Wyndham Street. What sets the teahouse apart from the others is their inhouse Japanese tea ceremony tatami room that regularly hosts workshops and incense burners throughout the shop too really elevating the experience. Tealosophy Tea Bar is open until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday, so next time you ask your friends to hang out in Lan Kwai Fong, why not try enticing them with a hot brew?
Tealosophy Tea Bar, 38 Wyndham Street, Central
PLANTATION by teakha is crazy about tea. Once you walk into the store, you will be enveloped in the aroma of freshly brewed tea as you browse through all the teas they have on display. They source loose leaf teas and teaware directly from the makers themselves, so every item is imbued with a history of hard work and craft. They hope to share the intricacies of these stories about tea through contemporary and friendly means because tea should be easily accessible for everyone in order to slowly become a part of our daily lives. They host regular tea tasting and pairing workshops, but you can also sit down and brew your own tea for a quiet afternoon.
Plantation by teakha, 18 Po Tuck Street, Sai Ying Pun | (+852) 3482 2660
Hong Kong’s first contemporary tea cocktail bar, Tell Camellia, is tucked in an alley in H Code in true speakeasy fashion. Led by industry veterans and co-founders Sandeep Hathiramani and Gagan Gurung, Tell Camellia introduces a unique cocktail drinking experience based on exotic teas sourced from around the world. They have now extended their cocktail bar concept to an afternoon tea bar, with hot and cold brew teas available. You can choose from green tea, black tea and fruity teas in the tea room and admire either their aesthetic interior or the pretty bamboo facing the bar!
Tea Camellia, LG/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central | (+852) 9821 5501
One of Hong Kong’s most renowned teahouses is LockCha Tea House, with multiple locations across Hong Kong, each with their own specialities. The location in Admiralty is more reminiscent of the traditional days when tea houses could be found around every block, whereas their Tai Kwun location is a bit more modern, with gilded birdcages as hanging decorations above the bar table.
Not only can you taste tea at any of their shops, but they also do wholesale tea and vegetarian dim sum. Their Steamed Truffle Siu Mei ($45) and the Pan-Fried Mushroom Bun ($38) and must trays. We heard that they also have tea cocktails and tea beer on their menu now so we look forward to trying it out!
Yú Teahouse is hidden inside The Eslite Spectrum in Tsim Sha Tsui, where the whole bookstore shares the minimalistic aesthetics of the teahouse. They have wholesale tea, tea appreciation workshops and they are also available for events!
Every month they put the menu spotlight on different teas since they aim to educate the general public about the many variations of tea available. Their cold brew teas are also freshly brewed every day with a limited amount, and the are teas like White Peony and Big Red Robe that are available hot and cold as well so you can pinpoint your preference.
Yú Teahouse, Shop L230, 2/F, The Eslite Spectrum, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3419 1089
Pop-up concepts are just so alluring since you never know when they will appear and it just makes you want to find them extra more. At Matchali, the team of “diehard matcha activists” gives us classic and creative matcha drinks made with fine matcha powder for an explosion of flavour. Understanding the trend of food photography, there are stone pads on the counter where the drinks are posed for foodie photos. The matcha will be set on the side and the staff will wait until your camera is ready before they pour the luscious green mixture into the drink you order. Boomerang, anyone?
Matchali, Shop 239, 2/F, Landmark Atrium, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 9684 9838
Another blast from the past is Fukien Tea Company, still standing strong under the steady command of third-generation tea master Patrick Yeung. He’s been into tea for all his life, and he is always keen to share his love for tea. They specialise in heavily roasted teas and they roast their high-fire Tie Guan Yin Oolong for 60 hours to bring out the best of the tea’s floral notes. Sit with the tea master for an afternoon and have him brew some of the best tea in town for you.
Fukien Tea Company, 6 Mercer Street, Sheung Wan