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Vital Tea Leaf

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Address: 509 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-544-9838
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After a fabulous meal, of Dim Sum, we looked for a shop that would sell herbal teas. I had been feeling poorly, with a bad sore, scratchy throat & congestion. I have used teas... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Mercedes6623
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San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a fabulous meal, of Dim Sum, we looked for a shop that would sell herbal teas. I had been feeling poorly, with a bad sore, scratchy throat & congestion. I have used teas & herbs for years, for congestion & stomach pain & cramps. We entered this store & were greeted by a young lady. My husband & I... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

My parents and I stopped in at Vital Tea Leaf on our first day in San Fransisco as we wandered the very lively streets of Chinatown. Hunter took us on a 'tea tour' and thoroughly explained the different flavor profiles, origins and health benefits of the various teas he served up. It was not only informative and tasty, but also... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

This shop brings tea tasting to life. You can simply join for a free tasting and a long bench. A very knowledgable and entertaining member of staff is introducing you to their broad selection of teas. For us it was a real five star experience.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We wandered down to Chinatown to visit the shops and try some tea. Our favorite shop was Vital Tea Leaf. The shop offers free tea tasting throughout the day. It is a mom and pop tea shop; and both proprietors are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to medicinal uses of tea. We spent a couple of hours learning... More 

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

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.

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Starcross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 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 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 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 

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Ladyville, Belize
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 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 

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As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighbourhood decorated with colourful 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 neighbourhood.
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